Santo Domingo.- The head of the National Business Environmental Protection Support Network (RENAEPA) on Sunday said a company can be both competitive and achieve substantial economic efficiency, while respecting the environment.
Roberto Herrera urged business and industry to change attitudes, and consider opportunities to reduce or eliminate waste before it’s generated, and evaluate technology options to develop responsible environmental management.
He said there’s evidence of boosted productivity and economic efficiency when industries implement environmental strategies for cleaner production processes, products and services, in addition to low production costs and helps reduce waste and emissions.
Herrera, speaking in the Dominican-French Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Dialogue "Cleaner Production, the Path to Competitiveness and Sustainable Development," stressed the incorporation of tools which allow industries to compete on equal footing with their counterparts in the DR-CAFTA trade pace and noted that Dominican Republic undertook commitments with the United States as a signatory of free trade agreements, to comply with regulations and environmental production standards.
The business leader added that while industrial development has caused serious environmental damage, more than 50% of industrial waste can be prevented.