The World Bank has chosen Cebu City to be one of only three cities in East Asia to serve as a pilot area for their Sustainable Urban Energy Development (SUED) program. Vietnam’s Danang and Indonesia’s Surabaya are the other pilot areas.
SUED, which operates through an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) grant, is aimed at providing these cities with a sustainable program for energy efficiency. The organizers envision the program as a way to help reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is currently estimated at over 19,000 tons annually.
The program is also geared to complement Cebu City’s proposed Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, which is expected to begin operations by 2014.
World Bank representatives, along with partner agencies, have started assessment of greenhouse gas emission within the City to commence the program. The data they gather will be presented and used during a workshop with the representatives from the other pilot areas by the 2011 year-end where the three cities will discuss and develop standards for a sustainable energy program.
According to the World Bank, there are six key areas for energy efficiency, specifically: transportation, buildings, electric power, public lighting, water and waste water, and solid waste.