Construction of ‘green’ buildings urged to curb carbon dioxide emission

November 10, 2018

ARCHITECTS and engineers of sustainable buildings or “green” buildings provide the crucial solution to help the country achieve its commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.  

Climate Change Commission Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez said this during the gathering of architects and engineers dubbed “Green Breakthrough 2018” held at Conrad Hotel, Pasay City. “As architects and engineers your role is to help this country achieve its commitment in the Paris Agreement to reduce 70% of our CO2 emissions by 2030 and help maintain global warming by 1.5C or below. Your sustainable designs provide one of the most vital solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, who is also a former senator and secretary of the Environment Department, told the audience of professionals, and participants from the government, private, academe and professional organizations, that the leading climate scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in their latest United Nations special report that global warming is worsening and occurring more rapidly than expected.  

“In fact, these climate change experts reminded the world that we only have 12 years to limit the warming of the earth to 1.5C to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change,” Alvarez noted.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, 195 countries of the world agreed to keep global temperatures well below 2 Celsius.  But, according to the latest IPCC report, warming should be limited to 1.5 Celsius or below by 2030.  The IPCC said the warming of 2 Celsius will result to disastrous impacts.  

The half a degree difference will significantly worsen the risks of droughts, typhoons, floods, heatwaves, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people and the 0.5 Celsius additional warming will completely wipe out the corals leading to extreme hunger for the world population.

Alvarez pointed out that the building sector accounts for 36% of the Philippines’ total energy consumption next to the transport sector and produces 35 to 40% of carbon dioxide emissions.