For our third week in this awareness series about Sustainable Procurement, as part of our efforts to advocate sustainable tourism practices here in the Philippines, we’ll be highlighting the impacts of air-conditioning and cooling equipment, and how to procure more sustainable alternatives to these materials.
Some of the impacts of cooling equipment on our environment are the following:
In light of these factors, here are some recommended criteria that businesses can consider on their next purchase of sustainable options to air-conditioning and cooling equipment:
However, in order to truly enhance the market for these alternatives, here are a few opportunities that the sector can maximize:
- Economic incentives such as competitive pricing compared to conventional options, and lower monthly utility costs
- Further education about sustainable options with government and consumer campaigns
- Green labels have more influence compared to other product groups, resulting in more educating and awareness raising
You can learn more about recommended sustainability criteria for selected product groups in the report Local Market Readiness Analysis for Sustainable Procurement of Selected Products in the Philippine Hospitality Sector, written by Strategia Development Research Institute, Inc. and commissioned by PCEPSDI in 2019.
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