Updated: July 12, 2019 04:48 AM GMT
Philippine Catholic bishops attend their biannual plenary assembly in Manila on July 8 where they discussed proposals to divest from 'dirty energy' sources. (Photo by Roy Lagarde)
An environmental think-tank in Manila has welcomed a decision by Catholic bishops in the Philippines to halt investing in "dirty energy" sources such as coal.
They made the decision during their biannual plenary assembly in Manila last week.The non-government Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) said the move is a great help to the cause of defending the environment. reject coal and other fossil fuels and choose the Earth over their pockets."He said the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, yet it is also one of the few countries where investment in coal continues to rise.According to government data, coal made the highest contribution to the power generation mix of the country at 44.5 percent in 2015.In 2015, the cement industry used 15.2 percent of the country’s coal supply, while 5 percent went to other industries.A Greenpeace report in 2016 revealed that there were an estimated 2,410 premature deaths in the Philippines each year due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases from coal-related pollution.
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