DENR receives 10 units of electric, hybrid cars from Mitsubishi

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has received 10 units of electric and hybrid cars from Japanese auto giant Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) as part of their partnership in promoting clean energy and environmental protection.

The donated cars, consisting of 5 units of Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and 5 units of Outlander plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), will be used by the DENR as service vehicles at its central office in Quezon City and regional offices in the cities of Cebu and Davao.

During the ceremonial turnover held at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City on Thursday, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones said the DENR solidly supports the use of vehicles run by renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions coming from the transport sector.

"We need to encourage the production and consumption of technologies which do not damage the environment," said Leones, who spoke in behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

The turnover ceremony was the highlight of the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Summit held at the WTC from June 29 to 30. The two-day forum brought together experts and policymakers from the ASEAN member countries to discuss technology, innovation and environmental policies concerning the automotive sector.

Apart from donating cars, the MMC will also install quick battery charging systems for the electric and hybrid cars in selected DENR offices.

Carbon emissions from electric and hybrid cars are significantly less than those of a conventional car, which is dependent on fossil fuel, making them an attractive option when looking to go green.

According to the DENR's Environmental Management Bureau, motor vehicles account for 88 percent of the total air pollutants in Metro Manila. The rest are attributed to factories and open burning.

Last February, the DENR and MMC signed a memorandum of understanding in which the multinational car manufacturer, under its corporate social responsibility program, vowed to support the agency's environmental projects, including the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicle technology.

The MMC also agreed to establish mangrove and bamboo plantations covering a total of 100 hectares within a period of 4 to 5 years.

As soon as he assumed office in May, Cimatu vowed to prioritize environmental protection through full implementation of existing laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management.

Source: Department of Environment and natural resources