PH to launch 1st trade show for int’l sustainable solutions and technologies as climate change woes mount
February 28, 2020

Cup made from Pinyapel

Cup made from pinyapel. Pinyapel, a paper made from discarded pineapple, is one of the sustainable materials that can be explored to replace traditional plastic cups. It is a result of the materials research and development initiative of the DTI-Design Center of the Philippines in collaboration with Nature's Fresh, CDO Handmade Paper and Ideatechs Packaging. (Photo by D&AD)

The Philippines is launching a new event that will champion sustainable solutions and technology in a bid to promote sustainable consumption and production in the food industry. The Sustainability Solutions Expo: Food and Beverages (SSX:F&B) is slated on May 21-23, 2020 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), Pasay City. It is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM).

“SSX’s first edition will focus on the food industry to enable our local industries to adopt global practices and technologies that can make their production processes more sustainable and environment-friendly,” said Abdulgani Macatoman, DTI Undersecretary for Trade Promotion Group.

Macatoman said sustainability is becoming a global concern, especially in the Philippines where many industries and communities are experiencing vulnerability on the effects of climate change.

“Efforts are being done to minimize the environmental footprint and waste that goes along food production. National agencies, local government units (LGUs) and businesses are pushing for various greening efforts. The use of new technology to provide clean and sustainable energy is also being practiced by companies in various industries,” noted Macatoman.

“For our part, DTI is strengthening its drive to showcase these efforts to create a business environment in the Philippines that promotes sustainable consumption and production. SSX is one of our major initiatives towards this direction,” he added.

Macatoman also said the event aims to strengthening the value and supply chain linkages of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and other stakeholders in the Philippines in terms of sustainably produced goods and raw materials.

He added that the magnitude of the MSME sector, which makes up around 99.5 percent of the total businesses in the Philippines, will inevitably leave threats to the environment if their products continue to be manufactured and consumed in an unsustainable manner.

Through SSX, DTI-CITEM aims to match MSMEs with international and local technology solutions providers that specialize on sustainable farming, manufacturing, packaging and logistics, food processing, equipment and machineries, refrigeration and cold chain, waste management, recycling and material recovery, plastic alternatives and solutions, and green engineering technology and green packaging.

“With the presence of MSMEs and the technology solution providers, this event serves as a fresh start for the Philippine food industry to scope on where it is now and where it should be going in view of the global efforts to foster sustainable means of consumption and production,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

Stakeholders from the food and allied services sector will also share their green practices and showcase their sustainably sourced products. This includes producers of organic, Natural and Healthy products, Halal-, Kosher-, Fair Trade-certified products, owners of local farm and fresh produce, eco-friendly food products and ingredients and raw materials, and farm-tourism sites.

Climate change, a serious issue for Filipinos

A recent global survey showed that among 28 countries, the Philippines has the highest percentage of people who believe that climate change will greatly affect human lives.

Published in 2019, the survey conducted by YouGov, a British market research and data analytics company, showed that 75 percent of Filipino respondents believe that climate change will leave “a great deal of impact” while 19 percent believe that it will bring “a fair amount of impact” on human beings. The Philippines is beset by an average of 20 typhoons in a year, which may explain why most Filipinos believe that climate change is real and has far-reaching consequences, the report also notes. Flooding during typhoon occurrence is further aggravated by the blockage of garbage in drainages and waterways.

The Philippines is the world’s third-largest source of plastic leaking into the ocean and has among the highest trash collection rates in Southeast Asia based on the 2015 report on plastic pollution by Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

About 60 billion sachets and 17.5 billion plastic bags are discarded yearly in the Philippines with less than 20 percent being recycled or reused, according to the United Nations Environment Program report in 2018.

“Adopting eco-friendly packaging options, proper waste disposal and material recovery methods, sustainable energy management and other greening practices would go a long way in combating environmental degradation and minimizing the effect of climate changes,” Macatoman said. “These are just some of the sustainable solutions and technologies that will be highlighted in SSX.”

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  • Sustainability Solutions Expo will focus on food and beverage in its first edition at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on May 21-23, 2020.
Sustainability Solutions Expo

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), is organizing a new trade show named the Sustainability Solutions Expo (SSX) that will showcase international sustainable solutions and technologies. Its first edition is set to be launched at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on May 21-23, 2020.

SSX aims to capacitate Philippine micro-, small-, and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) in pursuing more efficient and ecofriendly means of production in line with DTI’s overall thrust towards sustainability, according to CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

In its first edition, SSX will focus on the Philippines’ food and beverage industry—highlighting the latest food-related solutions and technologies and championing local food manufacturers and producers that adhere to environmental and economic sustainability.

“SSX: F&B will highlight local and international sustainable solutions and technologies to encourage and capacitate our local MSMEs and other stakeholders in adopting sustainable methods of production and consumption, that are efficient, safe and ecofriendly, across our value chain,” said Suaco-Juan.

Industry players eyed to exhibit will come from the sectors of organic, healthy and natural food; HALAL/Kosher/Fair Trade/Organic certified products; post-harvest handling technologies and facilities; cold chain, refrigeration and storage facilities; green packaging; ingredients and raw materials providers; waste management and recycling; plastic solutions; green engineering technology; certifying bodies and financial institutions; material resource recovery; and transport and logistics.

Meanwhile, invited in SSX’s first edition are food companies, farm cooperatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Local Government Units (LGUs). Also expected to join are the manufacturers, producers, importers and wholesalers, distributors and retailers, venture capitalists, policymakers and regulators, financial institutions, researchers and members of the academe.

“Through the trade event, our MSMEs will gain access to new technologies that they can adopt for more efficient manufacturing, allowing the country to better integrate into the global supply chain. Further, the event will serve as a vehicle to spread awareness on international sustainability initiatives to encourage the public to adapt green consumption and lifestyle,” she added.

Suaco-Juan said CITEM has partnered with the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is currently in-talks with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to further bolster the event.

SSX: Food and Beverage in Focus

The Philippines is one of Asia’s largest producers of food as its food and beverages (F&B) sector makes up around half of its manufacturing industry.

Roughly 90 percent of the industry’s output is consumed domestically as of 2016 but as quality and efficiency continue to improve, the Philippines will be able to further export opportunities in the region due to its strategic location and membership in various free trade agreements.

According to Suaco-Juan, to strengthen food exports and ensure sustainable growth, the Philippine government recognizes the need for a more efficient and sustainable means and methods of production.

DTI has identified the need to “encourage and support innovation” under its Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and organize “reverse trade fairs for the manufacturing sector” under its Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 to strengthen value and supply chain linkages and promoting green growth which led to the conception of the SSX: F&B.

“SSX:F&B is also spearheaded to fast track the adoption of sustainable consumption and production in the country and contribute to global efforts in preserving the environment as part of the Philippines’ commitment in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, with the United Nations,” said Suaco-Juan.