The Responsible Energy Initiative (REI) is a multi-year programme working to ensure renewable energy in Asia achieves its full potential and creates value in a way that is ecologically safe, rights-respecting and socially just. REI Philippines is the second inquiry launched as part of the Responsible Energy Initiative.

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Read the Initiative's latest report

The Responsible Energy Initiative in the Philippines

REI’s second focal country is taking place in the Philippines in partnership with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Oxfam Philipinas, the Center for Empowerment, Innovation and Training on Renewable Energy (CentRE), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and Forum for the Future.

Who's involved

Why the Philippines?

In 2022, Forum for the Future conducted an independent scoping study of energy transition systems in Southeast Asia to inform a decision of which country in the region would be the most conducive location to implement the Initiative. The study found that the Philippines had reached an inflexion point where policy, market momentum and the global focus on decarbonisation had converged – creating the enabling conditions for REI to support the changes needed. 

Specifically, we found that in the Philippines, there is presently:

  • A forward-looking policy and regulatory environment to support RE acceleration.
  • A diverse range of RE technologies, which impacts can be addressed.
  • A mature RE developer sector ready to engage in multi-stakeholder collaborations.
  • A dynamic and mature civil society driving social and ecological resilience.
  • Potential for a full value chain approach in establishing a responsible energy system.
  • Growing investment and influence from local, regional and international financiers.

Owing to these characteristics, we have chosen the Philippines as the second focal country for REI.

Launched 26 January 2024

Renewable Energy to Responsible Energy: A Call to Action

In 2023, REI Philippines conducted a situational analysis of the ecological and social impacts that may emerge with the scaling of renewable energy. This culminated in the first report, exploring: 

  1. How these impacts are currently governed,

  2. How market actors respond to these impacts, and, 

  1. How the Initiative might effectively contribute towards creating a renewable energy system that is more socially just and ecologically sound.

Join us

We are looking for RE developers, manufacturers, financiers, procurers, policymakers, CSOs and philanthropies who share our ambition of an ecologically safe, socially just and future fit energy system. REI Philippines will be embarking on a collaborative process to codevelop an industry-wide shared vision, and actions that can bring us there. 

Reach out to Forum's Principal Strategist Cynthia Morel [email protected] to find out more about the initiative and how you can collaborate together on REI Philippines.

Contact us to join REI Philippines