Philippines : Adoption of green practices into the tourism sector

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced their partnership with the Philippine Hotel Owners Associations, Inc. (PHOAI) by abiding to the Philippine Green Building (GB) Code, in which both parties commit to establish a more eco-friendly  hotel industry by adapting more green practices into the tourism sector.

According to Maria Victoria Jasmin, DOT secretary, greening the hotel industry is an effort to open big opportunities to sustain growth in Asia. Through the collaboration with PHOAI, DOT can provide cleaner air and greener environments to travelers, and is able to help hotel owners bring down their electricity bills.

Arthur Lopez, President of the Phillippine Hotel Owners Associations, Inc. (PHOAI) pledged to make the Philippines Green Building Code in their ‘top list’ of hotel owners’ priorities by improving energy efficiency and using some of the best technologies and practices for their establishments.

The Philippines Green Buildings Code is a standardized framework that enhances resource and environmental management, which includes the building’s whole life-cycle from design and construction, to occupancy, operation and maintenance without significant increase in cost.

The Code estimates to reduce carbon emissions by 1.87 million metric tons and increase energy savings by 3.9 million megawatt hour annually by 2030.

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