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DOE dangles green techs
for Bohol public transport

TAGBILARAN CITY, October 27 (PIA)--Seeing Bohol's development agenda pegged on clean and sustainable environment, a government agency pushing for cleaner alternative fuel technologies (AFTs) eye the province as pilot to adopt the technological innovation and be declared the first province to champion the green technology in public transportation.

Department of Energy (DOE) senior research specialists Engrs. Loreto Moncada and Jorge Vincent Bitoon revealed that they have been moving around the country seeking local government units who would have the political will to adopt the innovations in alternative fuel.

By alternative fuel technologies, the DOE means electric vehicles, liquefied petroleum gas powered automobiles, compressed natural gas run vehicles, liquefied natural gas and hybrid electric vehicles.

Engr. Bitoon, a young specialist at the DOE showed that of the country's petroleum oil mix usage, some 72 % is used by transport.

Petroleum oils, when burned, produces carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxides.

On the other hand, he showed transport fuel consumption by sector reached 88.2% for road transport, 6.9% by water transport and 4.8% by air transport.

This just shows that fossil fuels used in road transport, my give commuters the convenience but it also releases heavy carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses which trap solar energy in the atmosphere.

The phenomenon changes weather patterns, disrupts natural atmospheric conditions and impacts on farming cycles, polar cap melting and the increase in sea levels.

With the carbon emissions building up coupled with the increasing cost of imported fuel, the government through the DOE puts up its research and development initiatives on alternative fuels in Bohol.

During the Seminar on the Promotion of Energy Sector Innovation through the Use of Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies held at the Kew Hotel October 24, Engr. Bitoon also showed that there have been 9,251,560 Land Transportation Office registered motor vehicles across the country this year.

He did not mention that Philippine roads are still littered with unregistered and non-road worthy vehicles.

Of those registered, 5.3 million are gasoline fed cars and taxis, 1.9 million jeepneys and some .9 million tricycles, according to Bitoon citing land Transportation Office records.

At the DOE Energy Utilization management Bureau, achieving energy security and fuel diversification while meeting environmental challenges through the utilization of alternative fuels has been their task.

And by so doing, the government through the DOE pushed for the cleaner and more environment friendly alternative fuel and energy systems for transport.

In the pipelines are liquefied petroleum gas for automobiles and jeepneys, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, electric vehicles and the hybrids.

The option offers no tail pipe emissions, less noise and vibration which enhances comfort, low maintenance costs as it has few moving parts and charging can be done overnight when electricity demand is low, according to the DOE.

For Bohol, which is already an established green destination, adopting to the green technologies in transport can be a loud statement and can even be globally acclaiming as a champion for the environment, DOE said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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