Asia Brewery, Shell Energy ink deal

Asia Brewery Inc. (ABI), has tapped Shell Energy Philippines Inc. for the supply of renewable energy (RE) to the the Lucio Tan-owned diversified beverage company’s manufacturing facilities in Luzon.

The power supply deal, which involves 15 megawatts (MW), was signed by ABI President and COO Michael G. Tan and Shell Energy President and COO Bernd Krukenberg.

The RE contract is one way to reduce ABI’s carbon footprint. Other similar moves, it cited, include the recycling of broken or waste glass to produce new glass bottles. Another material used in manufacturing bottles is lahar, which comes from the 1990 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

ABI said nothing is wasted and thrown, even powdered glass wastes, which are utilized in their pavements and walkways within the Cabuyao, Laguna plant premises.

Also, ABI cited other sustainable projects aimed at strengthening its sustainability thrust. These include its regular tree-planting activities, which started in 2016. Its mission is to plant one million trees a year, with a cumulative target of 8.4 million trees planted by 2020 in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. With the help of local farmers, the company can plant fuelwood species for traceability and sustainability of wood for curing tobacco.

Shell Energy, for its part, aims to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 and is committed to helping customers with cleaner energy solutions to enable them to lower their net emissions. It offers gas, power including renewable power, and a range of environmental products to offset unavoidable emissions from energy use.

The Department of Energy, under the latest Philippine Energy Plan, aims to increase to 35 percent the share of renewables in the country’s power mix by 2030 and to 50 percent by 2040. This means an additional renewable capacity of 73.9 gigawatts (GW) must be realized over the next two decades.