The search for 2017’s Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) Green Certificate Awardees goes on.

The ZCR Team of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSDS) conducted a total of four ZCR awards validation. “We do this activity to validate the applicants if they meet the awarding criteria of the ZCR program,” said Jesus Mikhael Catain, who leads the validation and assessment for the PCSD-ZCR Team.

The PCSDS ZCR Team conducts validation for ZCR Awards at a resort in the emerging tourism town of San Vicente. (PHOTO/PCSDS ZCR)
The PCSDS ZCR Team conducts validation for ZCR Awards at a resort in the emerging tourism town of San Vicente. (PHOTO/PCSDS ZCR)

“Aspect such as resource consumption awareness, implementation of environmental policies and effective energy efficiency programs are all considered vital in achieving the said award,” Catain noted.

As of November 2016, a total of 16 hotels, resorts and the likes vying for the said award had been validated. The awarding date will be announced soon.

The ZCR Project is funded by the European Union, through the SWITCH Asia Programme, which aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the tourism sector and its value chain in the Philippines and Thailand with a focus on reduction of resource consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

In the Philippines, Palawan is chosen as a pilot implementation area as it continues to emerge as one of the major tourism destinations in the country. The province also has the R.A. 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act, a unique legislation that can provide the policy framework for the sustainability of the ZCR project.