The Need for "Green" in the Philippines



Think Green, Philippines

2030 is the new 2050! According to the latest IPPC report, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect our communities and ecosystems over the next three years. This effort is crucial to keeping the world average temperature below 2C and aiming for 1.5C.


With the building and construction industry accounting for more than 30% of carbon emissions, sustainability has become a primary design goal in the built environment. But where is our country right now?


The Net-Zero Goal

As part of the global push for sustainability, the Philippines' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) aim to cut emissions by 75% by 2030.


The Philippines has established strong emission reduction targets, but there is still more work to be done to convert these words into action. With a growing global population and increased energy demands, the government, local businesses, and corporations are being urged to innovate in the direction of sustainability.


Achieving Net-Zero requires profound organizational transformation and a holistic approach that must be trickled down to every sector at once. On the other hand, going green poses some difficulties that we must conquer with diligence to achieve our goal.


Rethinking Businesses

While an individual can only do so much due to a lack of consistent resources, the government, regrettably, is heavily reliant on the electoral process, which can have a significant impact on the country's environmental movement depending on the candidate chosen. This leaves private firms the most consistent bodies capable of leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.


As a result, Philippine private companies are working hard to attain sustainability and do more to prevent climate change. Some prominent corporations have declared their net-zero targets and continue to report their progress.


With consumers and investors now highly interested in more sustainable businesses, this change has encouraged more companies to follow suit. Some businesses have already switched from coal to renewable energy to power their activities, while some have already started reducing their use of plastic waste and other pollutants. On the other hand, existing and emerging businesses have shifted their focus to the creation of green products and services.


Are You On Track?

The world is changing at a tremendous pace, and if we do not adapt, we shall suffer from no chance of regeneration. Climate change is real, and we have the ability to reverse course. We must not only take action to prevent more harm but also begin the process of reversing harmful practices so that future generations can enjoy a healthy planet. With climate change hitting businesses more and more, it's important to address our carbon footprint more seriously than ever. The first step is to recognize where we are lacking, and only then can we really focus on improving.


As the building and construction industry shifts to sustainable designs, procedures, and materials, is your business on track?


JCVA champions a new standard in the sustainability of our projects by keeping environment and sustainability planning in mind from the earliest stages. We can give you the latest advice on strategies and measures to make your development sustainable. Email us at info@jcvassociates.ph and visit www.jcvassociates.ph to know more about our service offerings.



Sources:

https://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/edc-pushes-on-net-zero-carbon-emissions-in-the-philippines/

https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/08/23/2121854/philippines-has-yet-establish-net-zero-emission-goal

https://business.inquirer.net/333549/corporate-ph-marching-toward-net-zero

https://www.iea.org/reports/global-status-report-for-buildings-and-construction-2019


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