Economic Slow Down is Bad for the Environment

pollutionAccept it or not, the world is now in economic slow down and recession. Thousands of workers are being laid-off everyday. Even companies with strong economic backing are now signalling to cut-off employees. Despite government efforts to stimulate economies, it seems that the effects of the world economic downturn is more than what anybody expects.

The cost-cutting strategies of companies will be listed: work force reduction, reduction of expenditures, usage of cheaper options, and I could expect, pollution control as it is not cheap to operate and maintain pollution control equipment.

Care for the environment and pollution control, particularly in third world countries like the Philippines, are the last priorities when developing company budget as these are indirect costs, they do not affect production directly.

Implementing government agencies should be proactive in monitoring non-compliance to environmental laws. Corruption, however will make these agents to act blindly on what are happening. If before this slow down of the world economy, corruption is already rampant, I believe, moreso now. To cut cost, companies will not anymore bother maintaining their pollution control equipment worse, will never operate them to the detriment of the environment.

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About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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