AboitizPower commits to protecting the environment by minimizing the negative impact of our activities through compliance with government regulations and third-party evaluations, reduction of carbon emissions, water and energy efficiency, proper waste management, and involving our employees in conservation efforts.
AboitizPower currently harnesses Cleanergy, our brand for renewables, from hydro, geothermal, and solar power sources and continues to explore more opportunities to develop renewable energy. AboitizPower, together with its partners, currently owns 1,248 MW of total net sellable capacity from Cleanergy.
AboitizPower strives to maintain a Balanced Mix Portfolio by providing reliable and ample power supply at reasonable and competitive prices, while integrating social development and environmental stewardship into our business operations. Together with our partners, our total net sellable capacity is at 4,653 MW, with an energy mix of 27% Cleanergy and 73% thermal energy.
Our 10-year energy transition strategy will bring our portfolio mix to an almost 50:50 Cleanergy and Thermal capacities by 2030, which will ultimately address our country’s energy trilemma of energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.
Government Compliance and Third-Party Certifications
The company complies to various environmental laws in the Philippines, such as the DENR DAO30-IRR for EIS Systems and Republic Act 6969 Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.
Our Operational Control subsidiaries have all secured ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems as part of our commitment to the environment and our communities.
The company did not have any significant fines related to environmental or ecological issues in the past four fiscal years.
All Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports of AboitizPower are submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Impact Assessment & Monitoring Division, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
All EIAs can be accessed through DENR’s Compliance Monitoring System (CMR) Online. However, the page is accessible only to the Environmental Regulators (DENR EMB) and can be requested by the public upon the regulator’s approval.
Carbon Emissions Reduction, Energy and Water Efficiency
In 2015, AboitizPower signed The Manila Declaration and joined the Water Alliance. The commitment aims to lower emissions, address climate change resilience, and embed sustainability in our business processes.
Year on year, the company ensures to reduce carbon emissions, and manage water and energy resources efficiently.
Water Consumption and Recycling
In 2020, the total water consumption of the company amounted to 1,202,619 cu. meters. An increase of 510,835 cu. meters which can be attributed to the full operation of our Thermal Visayas, Inc (TVI) units in Cebu. Our recycled water decreased by around 47% for the year due to the recalibration of our data scope and update on our methodology for data collection.
AboitizPower follows its standardized guideline on solid waste management to include proper segregation, handling, storage, and disposal. This guideline promotes environmentally-sound methods that maximize the utilization of valuable resources and encourages resource re-use, recycling, and recovery, as well as establishing community partnerships where practicable.
Furthermore, the company ensures that all hazardous waste generated within the facilities are properly identified, labeled, and handled to avoid adverse impact on human health and the environment.
In 2020, AboitizPower group has a total of 1,282 tons of hazardous wastes. Moreover, the total solid waste in 2020 amounted to 217 tons, with 60 tons (27%) of total solid waste recycled from paper, plastics and metal wastes, and 28 tons (13%) were identified as compostable.
Biodiversity and Conservation
In line with our carbon emissions reduction and commitment to improving climate change resilience, the company and its subsidiaries have implemented various initiatives and activities that promote biodiversity and environmental conservation. Some of these activities are made possible by our team member volunteerism and partnership with our host communities, government agencies, non-government organizations and people’s groups. Some of these activities include the Annual Aboitiz Groupwide simultaneous tree planting, Cleanergy Park, watershed projects, adoption of protected areas, Adopt-a-River, Adopt-a-Marine Sanctuary, coastal and river clean-ups, and Philippine Eagle Adoption.
In our plant operations, we have installed pollution control devices and implemented resource optimization as part of our environmental efforts.
Furthermore, to contribute to SDG 15 (Life on Land) and the group’s commitment to plant nine million trees by 2020, the company planted 1.5 million trees in 2,030 ha from 2016 to 2020. During these years, the company also contributed to SDG 14 (Life Below Water) through 133 coastal/river cleanup activities resulting in 132,967 kg of waste collected. However, due to travel restrictions and health protocols because of the pandemic, the number of tree planting and coastal and river clean-up activities decreased for the year.
Some of AboitizPower’s facilities are haven for wildlife because of the great range of habitats; open sea, the beach, grassland, marshland, and freshwater pools. In one facility alone, 45 different species of birds were spotted and identified, five sea turtle nests have been discovered, and live coral cover around the facility increased from 16% in 2013 to 30% in 2018. (The Sea, Sky, and TSI)
AboitizPower has been a partner of the Philippine Eagle Foundation since 2010. Through this partnership and the Captive Breeding Program, we ensure that the national bird of the country is fed, taken care of, sheltered, and conserved.
Tree Planting Activities
Coastal and River Cleanups
Conservation Initiatives (Biodiversity Initiatives and Environmental Improvement Initiatives)
- Watershed projects
- Adoption of Protected Area
- Adopt-a-Marine Sanctuary
- Installation of pollution control devices
- Resource optimization
GHG Emission (Scope 1 and 2)
Notes for data transparency:
- Since 2015, AboitizPower has been using the Operational Control approach in setting the organizational boundary for the accounting methodology of GHG accounting; which means AP accounts for 100 percent of the GHG emissions from operations that AP has control.
- This system is guided by the corporate accounting and reporting standards of The Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed by World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute.
- Data includes Carbon dioxide, Methane & Nitrous oxide emissions.
- Data only covers AP Generation Units, accounting for Distribution units is ongoing.
Generation units included in the report are the following: AP Renewables, Inc, San Carlos Sun Power, Inc., Luzon Hydro Corp., Hedcor, Inc., Hedcor Sibulan, Inc., Hedcor, Tudaya, Inc., Hedcor Sabangan, Inc., Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc., Therma Marine, Inc., Therma Mobile, Inc., Therma South, Inc., East Asia Utilities Corporation, Cebu Private Power Corporation, SN Aboitiz Power Magat, Inc., SN Aboitiz Power Benguet, Inc., Therma Power Visayas, Inc., and Therma Visayas, Inc.