Green Business and Ecolabelling Seminar
April 16, 2010


As part of the Earth Day celebrations with the aim to promote sustainable production and consumption, Green Business and Ecolabelling Seminar will be held on April 20 at the Sta. Rosa New City Hall Building Multipurpose Room. This activity intends to orient Sta. Rosa- and Biņan-based business owners and company officials on the ecolabelling and green procurement programs as a twin strategy to promote sustainable production and consumption. Aside from this, participants will also be introduced to green technologies that will mitigate the alarming environmental impact of climate change through a mini exhibit. This seminar invites Pollution Control Officers, Procurement Officers, Production Managers, and CSR Officers of local manufacturer and service providers in Sta. Rosa and Biņan.

Engaging in Green Business, and eco-labelling the products and services would significantly reduce CO2 emissions and industrial pollutions usually caused by companies. This need is seen in Sta. Rosa City, an emerging business and industrial zone next to Mega Manila. For this reason, Laguna-based participants will be introduced to concept, principles, and benefits of Green Procurement, Ecolabelling, and Sustainable Production and Consumption. The activity will present the National Ecolabelling Programme Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GCP), a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)/ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) programme and an ISO 14024 application that is voluntary, third party declaration, and multiple-criteria-based. NELP-GCP aims to encourage clean manufacturing practices and consumption of environmentally preferable products and services.

Participants will be introduced to the Green Purchasing Alliance Movement and will also be encouraged to partake in the green purchasing advocacy. Highlights of the activity include orientation about the National Ecolabelling Programme, the government project of awarding the Green Choice Philippines (GCP) Eco-Seal to environmentally-preferred products and services; workshop on green procurement and eco-labelling; and the Mini-Exhibit of products with the GCP seal. This seminar is organized by the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), the administrator of the NELP-GCP, and the GenTwoFifteen Development Foundation, Inc. (GDFI), an environmental NGO based in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This activity is free admission and is limited only to 100-200 participants. For reservation, call up Marlon Era of GDFI at 0920-9604494 or email gdfi2000@yahoo.com or greenchoicephilippnes@pcepsdi.org.ph


By: JM Embate