How local MSMEs can help curb Philippines’ environmental issues


    DESPITE being one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia, the Philippines is considered the most susceptible to hazards brought by climate change.

    About 99 percent of companies in the Philippines registered as micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) and they have a role to play in tackling these environmental challenges. They have the potential to take the lead in helping address the collective burden and help mitigate the effects of climate change in the country.

    When it comes to running an eco-friendlier business, Epson’s printers can help SMEs reduce its energy consumption through its heat-free Micro Piezo and PrecisionCore printing technology and can consider these three steps to go green and save the environment.

    The Philippines still uses non-renewable sources to power up cities and businesses every day, and while the government continues to explore alternative energy sources, the best course of action in the immediate future is the adoption of ecological options and an overall reduction in power consumption.

    One option for MSMEs is the use of efficient office equipment, such as printers, projectors, and other electronic devices, that can support business processes using less power. For instance, MSMEs can consider switching from laser to inkjet printers, which can save up to 85 percent energy in normal operations.

    Nowadays, MSMEs show readiness to make this switch, as they increasingly consider “eco-friendliness” when buying office equipment. According to an Epson study on the digital transformation of SMEs in ASEAN, 76 percent of MSMEs in the Philippines prefer owning inkjet printers due to its ecological advantages, and since printers account for about 10 percent of the energy consumption of a typical office, using inkjet also translates to lower energy costs.