City of Quezon City
Philippines

Population: 3066600
Area of jurisdiction: 172 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2010 ):  53,923 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Biodiversity Profiling Project
Having the largest number of open and green spaces in Metro Manila and being known as the "Green Lung of the Metropolis", Quezon City developed and implemented the Biodiversity Profiling Project not only to ensure the preservation of green spaces and tree species, but also to raise awareness on what tree species are planted in the different areas of the city and provide local policymakers with an updated, comprehensive profile of the City's flora which can serve as inputs to the City's land use and biodiversity plan. The inventory makes use of a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) with built-in camera that takes photos of trees with their corresponding coordinates (Longitude and latitude values). The output of the project is an integrated City Map that show the City's Green Spaces and the different kinds of tress. Currently, an initial total of 780,479 trees were accounted within the City's boundary which includes: 720 trees from the grounds of Quezon City Hall Compound; 2,542 trees on Quezon Memorial Circle; the University of the Philippines, DIliman Campus having 1,992 trees; the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center with 6,209 trees; La Mesa Watershed with 767,125 trees tagged, while the La Mesa Ecopark has an initial of 2,071 trees tagged and still on the process of completion. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Solid Waste Management Plan
The City's Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan covers all sectors and addresses problems in the implementation of environmental laws. The thrust of the plan is waste reduction/diversion through recycling and composting activities in the barangay level. The City's strategies include the following: (1) Waste reduction/diversion be encouraging the participation of the different sectors of the society; (2) Mobilizing the barangay councils to adopt and implement an ecological solid waste management program to manage recyclable and biodegradable waste; (3) Requiring and assisting the barangays to set up their own Materials Recovery Facility (MRFs) for recycling and/or composting activities; (4) Establishment of Materials Recovery System (MRS) thru junkshop-cum-MRF aggreements and introduction of kitchen waste collection; and (5) Strictly implementing the "No Segregation, No Collection" scheme. To date, 133 barangays have Barangay Solid Waste Management (BSWM) Committee complying with the provision regarding solid waste management, whereas 119 of the barangays have their BSWM Plan to set their initiatives as complimentary action to the City’s SWM Plan. Only 57 barangays have their own Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), while 85 barangays have Materials Recovery System (MRS). Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Biogas Emission Reduction Facility
The Biogas Emission Reduction Project is a project undertaken by the Quezon City Government and PANGEA Green Energy Philippines, Inc. to reduce and capture greenhouse gas emission (methane) of the closed Payatas Controlled Disposal Facility. The project also acts as source of renewable energy which converts methane into electricity which financially benefits the City through the trading of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), sale of electricity to MERALCO and free electricity supply of streetlights in the periphery of the dumpsite. It is the first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) registered under the UNFCCC in the country with a greenhouse gas reduction equivalent to 551,663 CO2 e tons over a period of six (6) years. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Green Building Program
The SP 1917 known as the Green Building Ordinance was established in 2009 requiring the design, construction, or retrofitting of buildings, other structures and movable properties to meet minimum standards of a green infrastructure, providing incentives thereof and for other purposes. There are 4 categories under the Green Building program namely, commercial buildings, institutional buildings, industrial buildings and those buildings that voluntarily applied. Currently, the Green Building Preliminary mandatory (upon satisfaction of the mandatory and elective green building requirements) has a total of 120 construction permit applications wherein 87 certified applications has been granted for commercial buildings while 33 is on-going; institutional buildings has a total of 46 involving 13 certified applications while 33 is on-going; for industrial buildings, 14 has been certified and 11 is on-going having a total of 25 applications; and for voluntary applications, there is 2 certified and 3 on-going having 5 applications. For the Green Building Final mandatory (after completion of the project and once the appropriate evaluation is completed by the Green Building Inspection Unit (GBIU), stating that the building complied with the green building requirements), commercial buildings have 19 certified and 32 on-going applications forh a total of 51 final permit applications; institutional buildings have a total of 9 applications wherein 1 has been certified and 8 is on-going; industrial buildings have 1 certified and 5 on-going for a total of 6 applications; and for voluntary applications, no certified and on-going application exists. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Energy Efficient Street Lighting
In 2011, by virtue of Environmental Policy Management Council (EPMC) Resolution No. 2011-04, S-2011, the Quezon City Task Force Streetlights was tasked to implement the City's Energy Efficient Streetlighting Program. It is a 5-year program which involves the utilization of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to replace all retrofit the City's existing luminaires that will reduce power consumption and GHG emission. To date, a total number of 50,028 luminaires was recorded, wherein 26,787 are under MERALCO flat rate Pole Mounted, 17,843 from High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and 5,398 are from Light Emitting Diode (LED). With the implementation of the said project, an actual savings of ₱1,088,344.76 per month of power consumption was computed. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Green Procurement
The Quezon City Green Public Procurement Team (QC-GPP Team) was created through Office Order No. 57, Series of 2012, which was signed by Hon. Mayor Herbert M. Bautista on May 11, 2012. This is in line with the Environment Policy Management Council Resolution No. 2012-05 – A Resolution Creating the Green Public Procurement Team to Monitor and Supervise the Implementation of the Green Public Procurement Program (GPP Program) of Quezon City. The QC-GPP Team devised an Action Plan for the QC-GPP Program which was approved and signed by Hon. Mayor Herbert M. Bautista in April 2012. The program strategy is not focused or limited on the purchase of eco-labelled products but to promote the production and use of environment-friendly products by developing standard environmental guidelines/criteria to be incorporated in the required technical specifications of the product in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for goods and services. Eight (8) commonly procured products and services were initially identified wherein standard environmental guidelines/criteria will be formulated. These are the following : Lighting and Electrical (Bulbs and Ballast), Furniture and Fixtures (Steel cabinets, Tables, Chairs), IT/Office equipment (Copier and Personal Computer), General Services (cleaning agents and materials). Start year  
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Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Clean Air Initiatives
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Low Carbon City Programme
Being a Low Carbon City is one of the priority policies of the city government. Reduction of the city’s carbon footprint through programs that lower energy consumption, reduce biogas emission from landfill gases, promotion of mixed-use developments and pedestrianization to reduce vehicle use, green building program to reduce impacts of greenhouse gases, and sustainable consumption and production are examples of development thrusts of the City Government. With this, a virtual Quezon City Carbon Bank was created thru a resolution no. 2015-01 of the Environment Policy and Management Council (EPMC) to set as a benchmark of projects and programs for a greener Quezon City. Also, critical mass of carbon wll be stored on the virtual carbon bank to initiate green financing using carbon market mechanism. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Low Carbon City Programme
Being a Low Carbon City is one of the priority policies of the city government. Reduction of the city’s carbon footprint through programs that lower energy consumption, reduce biogas emission from landfill gases, promotion of mixed-use developments and pedestrianization to reduce vehicle use are the development thrusts of the City Government. Start year 2010
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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12 Point Clean Air Initiatives
to initiate institutional partnerships to improve air quality. Also, advocacy projects such as Earth Hour and the Tour of the Fireflies are held every year promoting energy conservation and abatement of air pollution through the use of bicycles, respectively. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Green Procurement
In the planning phase are the Green Procurement program and the exploration of other renewable energy sources such as biofuels, biomass, biogas, geothermal, solar and hydro power. These projects aim to promote the culture of making environmentally-informed decisions in the purchase and use of different products. Start year 2010
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status In progress
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Energy Efficient Street Lighting
The City’s Energy Efficient Street Lighting project is also set to be implemented. Within the next five years, 25,000 existing streetlights will be fitted with energy efficient lamps (e.g. LED) to increase the City’s illumination while reducing power consumption and carbon emissions. Start year 2010
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Green Building Program
The Green Building Program, which is one of the main thrusts of the EPM Council, is now implemented through the enactment of the Green Building Ordinance and the completion of its Implementing Rules and Regulations in 2010. Buildings are required to meet minimum standards of a green infrastructure and tax credit incentives are given to those who will comply. Buildings owned by the Quezon City Government as well as school buildings are set for retrofitting to become green building compliant. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Biogas Emission Reduction facility
The City Government in partnership with a private firm, PANGEA Green Energy, is operating the Biogas Emission Reduction facility at its landfill. This project is recognized for being one of the first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the Philippines and Southeast Asia on waste disposal. It has a total Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) already verified amounting to 181,748tCO2eq (based on the annual report of PANGEA Green Energy).This biogas emission reduction project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an annual average of 116,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and replace 10.96 million liters of oil equivalent fossil fuel for the production of 42,000 megawatts of electricity for the next 10 years. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Solid Waste Management Plan
The Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department initiates and manages the city’s programs/projects on solid waste and air pollution. The City’s 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan has gained much recognition because of its highly participative features, and its integration into the formal mainstream, players who have erstwhile been in the informal sector. These efforts have enabled the City to consistently reduce its waste by 38%. Among the components of this plan are: • a multi-sectoral waste reduction/diversion strategy, involving not only households but schools, companies, community officials and various organizations; • strengthened waste reduction at the community level by incorporating the dedicated collection scheme in the City’s Garbage Collection, Cleaning and Disposal Terms of Reference; • enactment of the Junkshop Standardization Ordinance, where junkshops (junk traders) have been organized and integrated into the formal waste management system by capacitating them thru trainings, organizational management, etc. • holding of institution-based recycling with recyclables collection events in schools and malls where traditional and non-traditional wastes such as car batteries, ink and toner cartridges and electronic wastes are collected for treatment by recyclers accredited by the national government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Formulation of the City's Local Climate Action Plan (LCCAP)
The City Government through the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is in the process of formulating the LCCAP. Three (3) phases were already completed based on the initiatives and needs of the City Government namely, Climate Research and Impacts Assessment, Climate Exposure: Projections and Scenarios, Urban Systems Analysis and Risk Assessment. The series of workshops enabled the City to determine possible mitigating measures for future climate change risks, as well as to deepen the City's advocacies to reduce climate change impacts. Start year  
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status In progress
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Flood Control Strategy
The City’s Flood control and mitigation strategy works toward: (1) Implementation of the city’s drainage improvement programs, and integrates the development of linear parks along waterways; (2) Inventory, repair, recovery and construction of embankments and easements, as well as clearing and resettling of informal settlers; (3) Coordination on engineering works with resettlement strategies; (4) Continuous coordination with national government agencies and affected communities. The objective is to recover the silted channels of waterways by dredging and clearing of illegal structures, construct strong embankments, keep river banks clear by transforming these into linear parks, and to identify and guide the construction of flood catchment facilities. The community plays an important role in keeping waterways clean. The Riverways Management Program, conducted annually by the local government, engages community volunteers in a big waterways clean-up activity. This program has been regarded as a Sound Practice for Megacities by the National Research Institute for Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention based in Kobe, Japan. The City conducts regular clean-up of waterways that traverse the City thru the deployment of Riverways Cleaning Operationms Groups which is composed of 120 volunteers in 4 major river systems and its tributaries. The City is also active in projects on riverways management and rehabilitation. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Flood Control Strategy
The City’s Flood control and mitigation strategy works toward: • Implementation of the city’s drainage improvement programs, and integrates the development of linear parks along waterways • Inventory, repair, recovery and construction of embankments and easements, as well as clearing and resettling of informal settlers • Coordination on engineering works with resettlement strategies • Continuous coordination with national government agencies and affected communities The objective is to recover the silted channels of waterways by dredging and clearing of illegal structures, construct strong embankments, keep river banks clear by transforming these into linear parks, and to identify and guide the construction of flood catchment facilities. The community plays an important role in keeping waterways clean. The Riverways Management Program, conducted annually by the local government, engages community volunteers in a big waterways cleanup activity. This program has been regarded as a Sound Practice for Megacities by the National Research Institute for Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention based in Kobe, Japan. Start year 2010
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Housing and Resettlement program
The city government’s Housing and Resettlement programs are anchored on disaster-risk management. It is clearly marking areas that cannot be habitable, particularly those lying within 5 meters on either side of its earthquake faultline. These will be transformed into parks and learning laboratories for studies about the environment. For the poor, it has censused those living in danger zones (in waterways, on transmission lines, on flood plains) and is working with national agencies and the private sector for their speedy resettlement in organized housing communities. The city government is set to develop a model, socialized housing community designed not only to provide housing units, but also basic social amenities, such as a health center, daycare, public schools and a combination multipurpose and livelihood center. An idle land tax and a new socialized housing tax has also been imposed by the City Government to generate part of the P13.36 billion or 21.64 million euros needed to properly resettle the city’s homeless. Start year 2011
Sector Human health
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)
The Quezon City Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for 2011-2030 includes as part of its critical development framework, those considerations for disaster-risk reduction for the general population and for Protection Land Use. The latter term refers to the conservation and management of sensitive/critical ecosystems within the City, “to preserve their integrity,” the rehabilitation of degraded resources to allow them to regenerate, and the identification of environmentally constrained areas and limiting access to these areas to protect the human population from environmental hazards. ? The Plan clearly defines ‘Environmental Preservation Areas (EPA)’ within the city. These are zones which are environmentally sensitive and where limited land use activities are allowed. Moreover, the Plan provides for the vision of Quezon City as the “Green Lung of the Metropolis,” recognizing that Quezon City is endowed with the most extensive expanse of open space and greenery in Metro Manila. The City’s remaining open spaces take up about one-fifth of the total land area of the city, in greater expanse than that which can be matched by other Metro Manila cities. The requirements of two laws, the Climate Change Adaptation Act (RA 9729) and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (RA 10121) were also considered in the city’s land use plan. The clamor for a revision of the current zoning ordinance, for example, was raised by several sectors of the city’s constituency who had experienced weather-related disasters whose severity was yet unheard of in recent memory. For its part, Quezon City has taken the decisive move to make its CLUP, Comprehensive Development Plan, and all subsequent detailed plans and programs disaster-risk mitigation-compliant. Start year 2011
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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