NGO advocates more environmental protection among business players

June 8, 2009 11:31 am 

MANILA, June 8 — A non-government organization (NGO) official is seeking from the business sector more environmental protection measures that will help further reduce establishments' contribution to pollution and greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions which drive climate change.

"Our establishments are more environment-friendly today than 10 years ago but this isn't enough as we have a catch-up job to do," Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) Executive Director Lisa Antonio said Monday on the side of a greening industries forum that Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosted in Quezon City.

She noted establishments must continue identifying and integrating into respective operations measures that'll either minimize or eliminate discharges which pollute water, air and land.

Such measures must also limit or even curb carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions which scientists identified as causing global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere, she continued.

These emissions are mainly from fuel for industrial equipment, production operations and transport of establishments' personnel.

Antonio noted establishments must look into the matter since environmental destruction's threats to society, the economy and earth itself "is very real."

"Business as usual isn't an option," she said during a presentation at the forum.

Last week, a report cited international think tank Grant Thornton's latest research as saying more Philippine business stakeholders are getting into environmental protection already.

Antonio assured PBE will continue advocating such action to help further expand care for the environment.

"It's a challenge that must be addressed," she said.

During the forum, DENR Secretary Lito Atienza reiterated his call for the business sector's cooperation in environmental protection.

"We ask this sector to help in such endeavor and concentrate on green ideas that can address problems besetting nature," he said.

He urged establishments, particularly private water concessionaires ManilaWater Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., to put up wastewater treatment facilities that'll clean up substances before these discharge into water bodies.

Establishments that continue failing to correct respective pollutive practices risk closure, he added. (PNA) DCT/CJT/utb

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