To: Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG); Officials of the Provincial Government of Bohol; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Department of Energy

No to Coal in Bohol

No to Coal in Bohol

We, the Bohol Clean Energy Advocates, call on the Sanggunian Panlungsod of Tagbilaran City and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol to recognize the negative impacts of coal-based power generation and the need to shift to renewable energy sources by passing resolutions to support calls for “a moratorium on the establishment of carbon-intensive and fossil-based technologies”; and interpose its objection on any proposed coal-fired project within our province.

We also urge on the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Energy to deny any applications for coal-fired and other fossil-based power plants within Bohol; and implement the mandate for the development and use of renewable, sustainable energy sources and technologies.

We urge the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG) and the Officials of the Provincial Government of Bohol to faithfully and strongly enforce the Vision and Mission of the province as “a prime eco-cultural destination and a strong, balanced agro-industrial province, with a well-educated, God-loving and law-abiding citizenry, proud of their cultural heritage, enjoying a state of well-being and committed to sound environmental management”, through “good governance and effective partnerships with stakeholders”; as well as the declaration of our province as an Eco-Cultural Tourism Zone under Republic Act No. 9446 that mandates us to “protect and enhance the natural features and cultural heritage of the tourism zone, while providing sustainable economic opportunities for the local community”.

Why is this important?

Alarmed that there are sectors in the Provincial Government along with investors and power providers who are poised to endorse a backward idea of a coal-fired power plant in the island, we demand that our leaders to lead us in achieving Bohol’s Goals that include, among others, Environmental Protection and Management; and, Responsive, transparent and accountable governance.

Drawing from our earlier manifesto, we echo the call, this time, taking a firm stand against whatever plans and machinations there might be to utilize coal in generating power within our province. We have united behind the following arguments:

1. THAT COAL IS DIRTY AND DEADLY. Coal damages both people and planet. Existing and proposed coal power plants in the Philippines can cause up to 2,410 premature deaths annually according to a 2015 Harvard study. Coal burning emits substances which contribute to smog, haze, lung disease, and respiratory illnesses; as well as neurological and developmental damage in humans and other animals (US Energy Information Administration, 2017). Coal mining contributes to soil erosion, water pollution and loss of biodiversity. It is directly linked with climate change as it is responsible for 46% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, inducing natural disasters.

2. THAT COAL IS COSTLY. While there is still a popular perception that coal is sold cheaply, a research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) revealed that coal use actually brings with it additional costs that are not traditionally taken into account such as: (1) Subsidies to coal producers; (2) Air pollution estimated to cause more than 6,000 global deaths annually; and, (3) Greenhouse Gas emissions that undermine targets under the Paris Agreement on Climate. If we monetize these impacts the total cost of coal is estimated to be around USD 11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), more than double the cost of competing renewable energy based on recent renewable auction results.

3. THAT GLOBALLY COAL IS NO LONGER A VIABLE OPTION. The recent falls in solar Photo Voltaic prices have led India to cancel new coal capacity, in addition to rising concern about the impacts of coal use on air pollution. In China, this concern led to a moratorium on new coal plants in 28 out of 31 provinces. With the tide turning against coal across the world, there is real concern that investments made today could soon be impossible to operate on environmental, public health and cost grounds, leaving a legacy of stranded power stations as the last monuments to the age of coal. (IISD, 2017)

WE REJECT the proposal or plan of private or government investors in establishing a coal-power plant in the province of Bohol because it is tantamount to a violation of the existing laws and commitment for the Boholano people;

WE DECLARE that renewable energy is the way forward. A 2013 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report said that in 2011, at least 384 renewable energy service contracts were awaiting approval from the Department of Energy, equalling to 6,046 MW of generation capacity. Currently, there are 13 operational coal-fired power plants with a combined installed capacity of 4.937 MW;

WE STRONGLY SUPPORT the development of renewable energy sources as the way forward for our beloved Bohol that claims to have ecological and cultural tourism as its main path for sustainable development being one of its primary economic drivers.

WE ENJOIN our fellow Boholanos and residents to join us in this worthy cause to save our environment from this threat of destruction for our sake and the future generation.

WE DEMAND as citizens and voters that the Sanggunian Panlungsod of Tagbilaran City and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol shall recognize the negative impact of coal-based power generation and the need to shift to renewable energy sources by passing Resolutions to support calls for “a moratorium on the establishment of carbon-intensive and fossil-based technologies”; and interpose its objection on any proposed coal-fired project within our province;

WE ALSO URGE on the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Energy to deny any applications for coal-fired and other fossil-based power plants within Bohol; and implement the mandate for the development and use of renewable, sustainable energy sources and technologies.

Bohol, Philippines

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Reasons for signing

  • To fulfill our inter-generational duty to the present generation and to the generation to come, as enshrined in the case of Oposa v. Factoran. And to recognize the fact that the dissipation of nature is not Earth's peril but of humankind.
  • No to coal ..there is so much renewable energy we can make use! Coal power plant means a damage Bohol.
  • Let's keep it clean and green. No to coal. Yes to Clean Energy! ❤

Updates

2018-05-13 08:49:46 +0800

(Update for April 7, 2018 #latepost)

On 6 April 2018,the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol sponsored en masse and unanimously approved the passage of Prov. Ord. 2018-005 Declaring the Official Policy of the Provincial Government of Bohol Disallowing the Building or Establishment of Any Coal Power Plant in the Province of Bohol.

As previously noted, we hope that this is just the start of Bohol's (and the country's) just transition towards 100% renewable energy.

2018-03-28 12:26:13 +0800

Great news for the Holy Week. Thanks to your support and the relentless voices of concerned Boholanos from multiple sectors, the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG) and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) finally agreed on saying NO to an establishment of a coal plant in the province during their joint session yesterday. A "No Coal in Bohol" policy is set to be passed in the next regular SP session on April 6.

Beyond this development, we are hoping that our island province (and the whole country) will have a just transition towards 100% renewable energy.

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2018-03-08 22:53:53 +0800

Yesterday, 7th of March 2018, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) convened as a Committee of the Whole where the Clean Energy Advocates of Bohol was invited to explain to them our “Manifesto Against the Establishment of a Coal-fired Power Plant in Bohol”.

Environmental research specialist Noelyn “Weng” Dano, Ph.D. (Environmental Studies) and Atty. Alma “Kins” Aparece of the Bohol Climate Walkers (the group of Bol-anon environmental advocates who, in November 2015, walked 100 kilometers from Tagbilaran City to Anda as part of the global Paris COP21 People’s Pilgrimage for climate action, but calling specifically for 100% Clean Energy for Bohol) gave a presentation expounding on the points presented in our manifesto.

Follow this link for the reflections of Dr. Weng after the said interface with the SP >>>
https://www.facebook.com/boholcleanenergyadvocates/posts/116081222518474

2018-03-07 21:03:13 +0800

500 signatures reached

2018-03-05 01:40:24 +0800

100 signatures reached

2018-03-04 14:48:16 +0800

50 signatures reached

2018-03-04 12:26:24 +0800

25 signatures reached

2018-03-04 11:18:52 +0800

10 signatures reached