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PH still leads in ‘green’ sustainability–WEC

The Philippines has retained the top spot in environmental sustainability in energy resources for the third straight year, the World Energy Council (WEC) said in a report.

“While not in the Top 10 overall,” the country “is leading the way on the environmental sustainability dimension,” WEC said in its World Energy Trilemma Index 2017, which covered 125 countries.

The index ranked these countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy through three dimensions: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

“Together, they constitute a ‘trilemma,’ and achieving high performance on all three dimensions entails complex interwoven links between public and private actors, government and regulators, economic and social factors, national resources, environmental concerns, and individual behaviors,” the report said.

While the Philippines leads in environmental sustainability, it ranked 63rd in energy security and 95th in energy equity.

The country took the 70th spot in the overall index, from 61st last year and 62nd in 2015.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi welcomed this news, saying it recognized the Duterte administration’s advocacy of encouraging Filipinos to make energy efficiency and conservation a way of life.

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