ACEN has piloted the circularity approach in its 120 MW solar plant in Alaminos, Laguna construction site, diverting away from landfills a total of 32,540 kg of plastic collected from the solar panel packaging materials – or the equivalent of about 25 compact size cars – to be upcycled into eco-bricks and utilize in building the solar plant facilities.
ACEN aims to scale up this waste management program and implement it in the company’s project developments in the Philippines, a significant stride towards its environmental and sustainability goals.
According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the global demand for plastic will continue to grow and is likely double in the next 20 years. However, only 9% of the total plastic produced is recycled today, and it is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic leak into the environment. Packaging is the largest application of plastics globally, creating a growing societal pressure for companies to adopt circular models with no waste.
ACEN is also exploring to extend this circular approach within its project locations by developing Eco-hub recycling facilities through partnerships with the local community, through the segregation of garbage, and the set-up of collection points in sari-sari stores, groceries, markets, and shops where plastic products are usually found. These partnerships aim to provide sustainable supply chains with community involvement, a key objective of the Eco Hub recycling facility.
Through its partnership with innovative environmental solutions group, Green Antz Builders, ACEN can successfully integrate a circular approach in its renewable energy developments to fulfill its parallel goal of protecting the environment, creating jobs to reignite the economy, and engaging its host communities meaningfully while creating clean energy.
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