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Mainstreaming of Zero Carbon Resorts Project continues

Technical trainings in El Nido, Puerto Princesa conducted

Participants in the training session in El Nido listen attentively during the discussion on ZCR 3R Strategies - Reduce, Reuse and Redesign - which gear SMEs toward energy and cost efficiency. (PHOTO/Rowena Pasamonte/PCSDS ZCR)

Participants in the training session in El Nido listen attentively during the discussion on ZCR 3R Strategies – Reduce, Reuse and Redesign – which gear SMEs toward energy and cost efficiency. (PHOTO/Rowena Pasamonte/PCSDS ZCR)

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) continues to popularize the Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) Project through Technical Training and Sharing Sessions held in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido town in January 2017.

This activity is part of the mainstreaming of ZCR Activity in PCSDS-District Management Offices (DMOs) and local government units (LGUs). Included in the activity were sharing sessions for ZCR best practices and hands-on training in conducting energy assessment activities, actual conduct of on-site energy assessment, evaluation and report writing.

The capacity building training in El Nido on January 10-11 saw participation of 18 technical persons from PCSDS and LGUs from Northern Palawan. On one hand, 20 technical persons from PCSDS and LGUs from Puerto Princesa City, and Southern Palawan took part in its counterpart in Puerto Princesa City on Jan. 13.

They were all exposed in the actual situations of energy services in Tourism small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In El Nido, 20 SME members underwent Rapid Energy Assessment, while 2 SMEs in Puerto Princesa went through the same assessment.

PCSDS DMO North Chief Alex Marcaida (extreme right) sits with the participants during the report writing session. (PHOTO/Rowena Pasamonte/PCSDS ZCR)

PCSDS DMO North Chief Alex Marcaida (extreme right) sits with the participants during the report writing session. (PHOTO/Rowena Pasamonte/PCSDS ZCR)

Participants were also given up-to-date information on green technologies and products as advance solutions for reduction of energy consumption and increase of energy efficiency.

A separate set of consulting team, meanwhile, was organized for Northern Palawan and Puerto Princesa City to support the implementation, documentation and monitoring along the ZCR 3R methodology – Reduce, Replace, and Redesign.

The participants have committed to support the sustainability of the ZCR Project in their respective locality.

 

 

 

Towards Energy Efficiency & Use of Appropriate Technologies:
The Zero Carbon Resorts Project

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 policy framework for the sustainability of the ZCR project.

The SEP and ZCR complements each other as the former provides a policy on green tourism, while the latter provides technologies on energy and cost efficient method to achieve green technology.

ZCR is implemented by GrAT in Palawan through its partner, the PCSD, which carried out its first phase in 2009 to 2014, and now the second phase in 2014 to 2018. Its core areas are Puerto Princesa City and the northern tourism towns of El Nido, Coron and San Vicente.

Among these core areas, there are a total of 288 ZCR members – 79 of which are from the city, 70 from the Calamianes Island and 123 from the northern mainland municipalities.

The PCSDS-ZCR has been encouraging mostly tourism accommodations such as hotel, resorts and beach cottages to join ZCR, and other tourist-related establishments, such as restaurants, dive shops and souvenir shops, and perhaps soon institutions such as schools and offices.

To date, the ZCR 3R strategies – Reduce-Reuse- Redesign – have been replicated in 35 provinces in more than 750 registered member companies.

For more information regarding the Zero Carbon Resorts Project, you can go to: www.zerocarbonresorts.eu or email: zcr@grat.at.

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