Monday, June 19, 2017

Philippines: Unilever Chooses Geothermal Energy to Power Production

First Gen, Unilever forge a mutual journey to ‘clean’ energy future (Manila Bulletin)

First Gen Corporation’s subsidiary – its licensed retail electricity supplier (RES) unit First Gen Energy Solutions (FGES) recently cornered a new ally in Unilever Philippines Inc. in what could be fairly considered a concerted journey into ‘carbon positive energy future’ – anchored on not just reinforcing their respective ‘brands’ but taking their sustainability goals to a whole new level.

Unilever signed up a supply agreement with FGES to procure its energy needs from a geothermal plant – initially satisfying its aims of having 100-percent renewable energy to power up its chain of operations.

As qualified by Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap, “our Cavite facility is running on 100-percent geothermal energy – with renewable energy accounting for 15% of our total energy mix,” adding that “while switching to renewable energy sources have led to a decrease in our carbon emissions by 31-percent for this year, we are not stopping there.” On a global scale, Mr Yap qualified that Unilever “set an ambitious target of being carbon positive by 2030, sourcing 100-percent of our total energy across operations from renewable sources by such time.”