20 March 2024 – ACEN RES, the retail electricity supply unit of the Ayala group, has forged a strategic partnership with Philippine telecommunications leader PLDT Inc. (PLDT), committing to power 33 of PLDT’s facilities nationwide with 100% renewable energy. This initiative is a concrete step in PLDT’s decarbonization journey, aligning with global efforts to mitigate climate change by reliance on fossil fuels in favor of clean energy. The collaboration further cements both companies’ dedication to advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Melissa Vergel de Dios, PLDT chief sustainability officer, emphasized the significance of the transition: “Our pivot to renewable energy transcends efficiency metrics or target achievements. As we all increasingly feel the worsening impacts of climate change, we need to accelerate action and turn these challenges into profound opportunities to work together towards a better future for our planet, our children, and their children. Our partnership with ACEN RES is a significant stride in realizing our sustainability goals, and we are grateful for their collaboration in forging a path to a secure and sustainable future.energy-secure, sustainable, and digital future,” Vergel de Dios added.

Tony Valdez, ACEN senior vice president, expressed pride in the partnership: “We applaud PLDT for its proactive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Their initiative serves as inspiration, encouraging others – from supply chain partners to its expansive network – to embrace sustainable practices. PLDT embodies the essence of meaningful connections and transforming lives.”

A standout among the 33 facilities transitioning to renewable energy is the PLDT-Smart Integrated Operations Center (IOC) in Makati City, a two-storey state-of-the-art facility housing the group’s network teams. Equipped with top-tier network monitoring and multimedia conferencing facilities, among others, the IOC is seen to enhance PLDT and Smart’s capability to deliver world-class, leveled-up services.