Metro Manila, Philippines - Fossil fuel companies spend millions on glossy ad campaigns about clean energy, while they continue to drill into the earth to increase production of oil and gas. Burning fossil fuels release emissions that have a devastating impact on our planet, the science is clear – we’re in a climate emergency that fossil fuels are helping to create.
The Philippines is one of the most affected countries by the climate crisis, each year threatened by extreme weather events. While the national government has slowly taken steps to transition away from fossil fuels, coal continues to dominate the Philippines’ power supply. But how exactly can investing in renewable energy help the Philippines?
Curbing the climate crisis. When fossil fuels are burned, large amounts of carbon dioxide are released, a greenhouse gas, into the air. Greenhouse gasses trap heat in our atmosphere, causing global warming. Already the average global temperature has increased by 1C. Warming above 1.5°C risks further sea level rise, extreme weather, biodiversity loss and species extinction, as well as food scarcity, worsening health and poverty for millions of people worldwide.
Reduced air pollution. The burning of fossil fuels – especially coal, petrol, and diesel – is a major source of airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
Reduced health risks. Scientists have known for years about the deadly impacts of fossil fuel combustion, but a new peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Research puts the global death toll at more than twice that of previous estimates. According to the research, exposure to PM 2.5, from burning fossil fuels was responsible for about 8.7 million deaths globally in 2018.
Economic boost. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), every dollar spent on Energy Transformation will deliver a payoff between three and seven dollars. Country-wide adoption of renewable energy creates employment opportunities as well. A May 2020 report by McKinsey showed that government spending on renewables and energy efficiency creates 3 times more jobs than spending on fossil fuels.
Grid stability. A household solar energy system helps lessen the electrical load off of the grid by generating its electricity needs through solar energy during the daytime. This helps avoid rolling blackouts whenever power supply from the grid is scarce. A new study also suggests that a 100% renewable energy-powered grid would avoid blackouts or grid instabilities thanks to a number of reasons – partly that the system would reduce energy demand by up to 60%, and partly that, as previous studies have shown, wind and solar tend to complement each other in terms of availability at different times – both daily and seasonally.
Investing in renewable energy will greatly benefit the Philippines and lessen its dependence on dirty and unstable fossil fuels.
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