Zero Carbon Resorts best practices: A case of Palawan, Philippines

Jazztin Manalo


Building energy appropriate solutions for a cleaner environment is a desirable outcome for lesser fossil fuel dependence, thus the objective of “green technology” options. Green Technology is defined as technology that seeks to improve environmental performance, and is use interchangeably as climate-smart, climate-friendly, and low-carbon technology. This technology includes both process and product technologies that generate low or no waste and increase resource- and energy-efficiency. The 3R (Reduce-Replace-Redesign) concept of Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) - a European Union SWITCH-Asia Programme aims to promote cross country exchange of best practices through site learning observations coupled with strong policy dialogue for sustainable development and effective ecotourism in the Philippines.

This paper presents the best practices and learning’s of the ZCR Programme in the province of Palawan. Review of available data and correspondence were utilized to gather valuable key information. With the adoption and application of the ZCR method, resorts have not only contributed in the natural resource conservation but also increase their business profitability. The utilization of solar energy, rainwater harvesting, waste recycling & management and use of LED lights have all lead in decreasing carbon footprints of the resorts for improved environmental condition and healthier population. The methods, practices, applications, and uses of green technology in the concept of 3R’s in the province of Palawan is discussed and presented.


green technology, Zero Carbon, ZCR Practices, ecotourism, sustainability


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