As the Philippines faces a massive water crisis and an unprecedented shortage of water, the country’s top environmental official says cardboard recycling is key to reducing the countrys carbon footprint.
“I think it’s a pretty significant thing, to be honest,” Environment Secretary Gina Lopez said during a panel discussion Thursday on Philippine climate change.
The Philippines’ carbon footprint is more than double that of its neighbor, Indonesia, Lopez said, adding that recycling cardboard was an easy, cost-effective way to reduce the country s carbon footprint, and the Philippines was one of only two countries that did it.
In the Philippines, a cardboard recycling plant costs around P5.2 million ($0.8 million), according to Lopez.
In Indonesia, plastic, metal and other waste are sold for P6.3 million ($2.3 per kilogram), while plastic bottles are sold at P4.6 million ($1.3) per kilo.
Lopez said she hoped the Philippines would be able to do the same in its own country, and said she would encourage other countries to consider it as a feasible way to recycle plastic.
“It is a very big thing for us.
It is something we are doing very, very, slowly,” she said.
The Philippine government said it would conduct a feasibility study in 2021 to evaluate the feasibility of its plan to recycle at least 5 million tons of cardboard each year, from 20 million tons to 40 million tons, starting with small cardboard boxes, and adding more materials over time.
The study will include the feasibility analysis of recycling cardboard, along with a review of the Philippines’ existing cardboard recycling capacity.
The countrys top environmental agency, Environment Secretary Paulyn Lucero, also said that if countries around the world followed the Philippines s lead, the Philippines could potentially become the world s largest cardboard recycler by the year 2023.
“In the next 20 years, the Philippine economy will be in a position where it will be able…to produce more cardboard than it did in 2015.
It’s a huge opportunity,” Lucero said.
Lima, who was also in the audience at the forum, also spoke about the Philippines’s role as a global leader in the fight against climate change, and emphasized that the country is the only country that has not ratified the Paris Climate Agreement.
Liz Lopez said that the Philippines is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and helping to protect the environment, and that the government is working hard to do so.
“This is the biggest opportunity for us to make this happen.
We have the largest population of Filipinos, but the biggest responsibility is to protect our environment,” she added.
The panel also included scientists and officials from the country and the country itself.
Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was among the panelists, and she was also asked about the country being the first country to set up a recycling plant.
“The Philippines is one of the few countries that does not have any recycling plant,” Macapagni said, referring to the Philippines.
“We are the only ones who have recycling facilities.”
Lopez added that the world has to come to terms with the fact that there are no easy solutions to climate change and that countries have to do something about the problem.
“We have to take care of the environment and we have to work to help reduce the emissions of CO2,” she explained.
“Because the world cannot just go around and be doing something to reduce CO2 emissions.”