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EU delegation commits to lower carbon emissions

EU targets to bring down the carbon emissions by 40% in 2030.

European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen (3rd from left) plants mangroves in Bohol over the weekend. Photo by Rey Anthony Chiu/PIA-Bohol

The European Union (UE) reiterated its commitment to lower carbon emissions, with its top envoy to the Philippines biking for 50 kilometers around Bohol this weekend along with local bikers.

European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen conveyed the message to help counter climate change and to underscore European Union’s commitment to lower carbon emissions.

And the EU’s target is to bring down the carbon emissions by 40% in 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Together with First Secretary Jerome Riviere of the EU Delegation and Marc Rooijackers of the Asian Development Bank, Ambassador Jessen biked for 50 kilometers around Bohol this weekend along with local bikers.

This was the first time that Ambassador Jessen biked in Bohol.

Along with other ambassadors and diplomats, he previously biked more than 200 kilometers in Guimaras and in Palawan.

To further stress the importance of the environment, Ambassador Jessen participated in the mangrove activity in Panglao.

In another bid to foster cultural understanding among nations, Riviere and Rooijackers conducted symposia about the EU at the Holy Name University.

Riviere talked about EU PH relations with Political Science students of the university.

The students and management of the University expressed interest in participating in the upcoming European Higher Education Fair.

Ambassador Franz Jessen (in green shirt) with his companions during his bike tour in Panglao Island, Bohol. Photo courtesy: European Union in the Philippines

Riviere had a chance to see the quality products of Escuella Taller as he commended the institution for providing educational opportunities for the youth.

Cycling Background

Europeans regard cycling as the most energy efficient transport mode with a great potential to reduce energy consumption and to enhance the liveability of any city, municipality or province.

It can also become a high impact measure to foster energy-efficient transport patterns in countries without an active or stable cycling culture.

It introduced the concept of Velomai to highlight cycling as the best way to go to work from home.

Cycling is the best way to exercise and to remain fit, and at the same time, it reduces pollution through noise and exhaust emissions, and reduces congestion problems.

The concept of bicycles originated in European Union.

The prototype of the bicycle was developed by French craftsman, Comte Mede De Sivrac in the 1790s while Baron Karl Drais Von Sauerbronn, a German nobleman patented his Draisine in 1817.

The concept called bicycle evolved through the years until the current period. Rey Anthony Chiu/PIA-Bohol

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