SIX pilot manufacturing sectors have started initiatives to improve environmental sustainability and strengthen global competitiveness.
The sectors adopting green industry roadmaps include the automotive and auto parts, pulp and paper, plastic, furniture, housing and copper. It is expected that green operations help reduce cost of production, particularly electricity and water, and address vulnerability of production sites to climate change risks.
“Today, the business community sees in the overuse of natural resources and the impacts of climate change as key challenges to doing business successfully and to ensure the long-term economic growth perspective,” according to the Greening the Philippine Manufacturing Industry Roadmap.
Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) Executive Director Salvio Valenzuela noted the sector is implementing various green projects, including the establishment of private plantations for future sustainable source of materials for the industry under the government’s National Greening Program, high-end bamboo furniture program, and green furniture design competition.
He said industry players are seeking fund for the Project Green Home that aims to undertake the “green” approach to promote sustainable consumption and production in the Philippine homestyle industry.
The project targets to benefit 300 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from various regions, and will be implemented in three years.
“Through this component, overall resource efficiency will be increased. Moreover, the effective marketing strategy will increase the consumption of the global and the local market for green products,” Valenzuela said.
More SME members of Philippine Plastics Industry Association Inc. were called to join the green road map and undergo a plant level energy audit.