Mondelez Philippines, the local unit of global snack giant Mondelez 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.”
EDC is one of the world’s largest geothermal producers and the country’s leading renewable energy company with an installed capacity of 1,471.8MW. EDC is a subsidiary of the First Gen Corporation, the country’s largest clean energy company, with a portfolio that includes natural gas, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydro.