Mandaue City is APEC's latest low-carbon model town

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Oct. 14 (PNA) -- Considered the sixth smallest government unit in the Philippines in terms of land area, Mandaue City is now far bigger than anyone realizes.

On Tuesday, during the 12th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Ministers' Meeting, Japan announced the selection of Mandaue as the APEC's latest Low-Carbon Model Town. (LCMT), besting two other nominees -- Krasnoyarsk City in Russia and Subang Jaya in Malaysia.

This entitles Mandaue City to a feasibility study grant that will determine policy program measures to realize its targets for green technology opportunities, particularly in buildings, urban planning, and transport sector.

Mandaue City was chosen as the newest LCMT for having a clear target for reducing its carbon dioxide emissions and for crafting measures to establish a sustainable city to address air pollution and traffic congestion.

Its proposed project consists of developing green growth areas and interconnecting these areas within Metro Cebu. An ordinance will also be proposed to promote disaster-resilient buildings in the city.

The LCMT project of the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG), launched in 2010, is part of the APEC's Green Growth initiative, which involves upgrading policy initiatives; expanding capacity building and public-private teamwork to promote green industries through finance, trade promotion, green jobs education and training; and facilitating the development and spread of green technology.

In 2011, the Yujiapu financial district in Tianjin, China was chosen as the test case for the LCMT project. Other previous winners include the city of Da Nang in Vietnam, which implemented an innovative system of electric motorbikes and charging facilities.

Samui Island in Thailand also got support for its feasibility study to utilize solar, wind and small hydropower; for its reliance on electric vehicles; and for its reforestation efforts and protection of existing forests.

The island also adopted green technologies for resort and hotel developments, such as solar water heaters, solar panels on rooftops, biomass power generation of kitchen waste, and increased ventilation for natural cooling. (PNA)

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