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MARINA, CCC a more environmentally friendly and sustainable maritime sector

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Maritime Business Authority (MARINA) have joined forces to create a greener and more sustainable maritime business.

According to a news release from the CCC on Wednesday, the collaboration was the outcome of a recent meeting between the two organizations to discuss goals and plans for decarbonization that were in line with MARINA’s Maritime Industry Development Program (MIDP) 2019–2028.

Promoting an environmentally friendly maritime industry is one of the main goals of the MIDP.

By signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the CCC and MARINA vowed to deepen their collaboration further.

Given that the shipping sector contributes to climate change and is responsible for more than 3% of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, the CCC noted that their collaboration with MARINA was crucial.

“The CCC will provide technical expertise, including guidance on mitigation and adaptation measures, to support MARINA’s policies and programs on decarbonization, as well as sharing of scientific studies and data sources on GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions,” it continued.

According to a report by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the shipping sector was responsible for around 1.015 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions globally between 2007 and 2012.

The National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) are both by forming a collaboration with MARINA, according to the CCC.

“The proposed collaboration forms part of the CCC’s goal of building and strengthening strategic partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders to influence greater climate action,” the statement read.

MARINA sought to match the nation’s mitigation goals with the decarbonization plans in the technological, operational, and economic measures.

It invited the CCC to join the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee to Facilitate the Ratification and Accession to and Implementation of Maritime Conventions (ICCFRAIMC), a technical working group under the National Task Force.

Additionally, MARINA requested that the CCC attend the meetings of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 15) from July 26 to July 30 and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) from July 3 to 7.

The IMO Regional Conference on Seizing Opportunities for Green Shipping in Asia and the Pacific was recently held in Manila, where the CCC participated alongside the MARINA.

Key maritime stakeholders from the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian States attended the conference to discuss energy efficiency, short sea segments, maritime education, and international legislation.

In order to strengthen the region’s capacity to face the challenges of climate change and move toward a more sustainable and green sector, CCC vice chair and executive director Robert Borje emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation among international organizations, governments, non-government organizations, shipping firms, and other maritime stakeholders.

“Shipping is an essential component of our economy, but it also has a big effect on the environment. We can create a sustainable maritime industry that helps our economy and climate by working with MARINA on green shipping initiatives, added Borje.

To properly combat climate change and modernize the shipping sector, we need a global strategy that is investment-led, rapid, just, and equitable. The CCC only requests only one thing from all of our stakeholders. He continued that climate change poses an existential threat and challenge, and now is the ideal time to address all of these issues, particularly in the maritime sector.

Sonia Malaluan, the Deputy Administrator for Planning at MARINA, noted that working with the CCC is a crucial step in the country of the Philippines’ transition to carbon-neutral shipping.

“We hope the CCC can support us in developing and implementing policies that will help reduce the carbon footprint of our shipping industry,” the spokeswoman said.

The development, promotion, and regulation of the nation’s maritime industry are all coordinated by MARINA, an attached agency of the Department of Transportation.

Commercial garbage

Meanwhile, CCC Commissioner Albert dela Cruz Sr. urged businesses around the largest lake in the nation to take care while disposing of their industrial waste to prevent pollution of the lake’s environment and waterways.

Dela Cruz decided after researchers from Mindanao State University (MSU), Cris Gel Loui Arcadio and Hernando Bacosa, discovered a significant amount of microplastics in the 900-square-kilometer waters of Laguna de Bay.

Dela Cruz cited the study in saying that dangerous microplastics could hurt both people and marine life.

“To combat the detrimental effects of plastic and microplastic pollution in Laguna de Bay, we must expand our cooperation. If we don’t take the appropriate steps, it will seriously impact food production, public health, and the way of life for our fishermen. He declared, “Bubuhayin din tayo ng lawa, buhayin natin ang Lawa ng Laguna.

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