Philippines adopts ways to reduce pollution

The distribution of the 20 Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded electric tricycles or e-trikes in Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila, Philippines’ capital, on Wednesday came a week after a lawmaker proposed banning the use of plastic bags in major establishments. In a statement, ADB’s Principal Energy Specialist Sohail Hasnie said that every 20,000 e-trikes that are introduced to Manilia’s streets will save the 100,000 liters of foreign fuel imports each day or about 35 million U.S. dollars annually. ADB said e-trikes are more sustainable and energy-efficient.

     “This initiative not only benefits the environment, but it also supports the Philippines drive to become more energy independent,” Hasnie added.

Smoke-belching had become a serious matter in the Philippines, especially among public transportation such as tricycles, jeepneys and buses which contribute a huge part in polluting the country. Emissions from the transport sector currently represent 30 percent of all pollution in the country, and approximately 80 percent of air pollution in Metro Manilia , ADB said. Over 3.5 million motorized tricycles motorcycles with sidecars are currently operating in the Philippines, producing more than 10 million tons of carbon dioxide and using close to 5 billion U.S. dollars of imported fuel each year.


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