Mondelez Philippines, the local unit of global snack giant Mondelēz International, Inc., has taken another step towards empowering people to snack right by making its operations more sustainable. The company’s manufacturing plant in Sucat, Parañaque City is now powered by 100% geothermal energy as supplied by its partner, the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project in the Bicol region.
Mondelez Philippines is best known for providing Filipinos with their favorite snack products such as Eden cheese, Cheez Whiz, Tang powdered beverage, Oreo cookies, Toblerone, and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. The company aims to be a snacks leader in the country by providing consumers with the right snack, for the right moment and made the right way. The latter means setting the benchmark in being a responsible business and contributing to the community where they operate in.
Globally, the company has declared its 2020 sustainability goals, which include the 15% reduction of its absolute carbon dioxide emissions in its manufacturing worldwide by 2020. The shift of its Sucat plant to 100% renewable power is Mondelez Philippines’ contribution towards achieving this goal.
“We are proud to source our power from 100% renewable energy. Sustainability for our company is about preserving our world and its people. We all depend on just one planet. The smart and sustainable use of natural resources to reduce our environmental footprint is necessary now more than ever. This latest initiative complements our other sustainable projects in the Philippines,” shared Mondelez Philippines Plant Lead Atul Kulkarni. “We have a biomass boiler which uses biodegradable sources of fuel, a rainwater treatment facility in our plant to lessen water waste, plastic waste recycling projects, and solar power systems, which all contribute to the achievement of our sustainability goals.”
“We are honored to have a global company such as Mondelez Philippines sharing the same values as us,” EDC Head of Business Development, Marketing, and Trading Marvin Kenneth Bailon shared. “Geothermal energy, for us, is the holy grail of renewable energy. It is the only baseload renewable energy, which means it can run 24/7, without depending on the seasons. This makes it a reliable source of uninterruptible power.”
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.