Nestlé Philippines, a major food and beverage manufacturer, said Monday it plans to expand its renewable energy footprint in Mindanao.
The company runs its factories in Luzon and its main office in Makati City on 100-percent RE.
It said that to further expand its RE program, it would run its Cagayan De Oro factory, the hub of Nescafé production in the country, on RE in line with its commitment to achieving Nestlé’s global ambition of net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Nestlé Philippines senior vice president and head of corporate affairs Jose Uy III said in a recent forum in Mindanao a crucial mission in reducing the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions is to decarbonize the power sector by shifting to renewable energy.
“As a food and beverage company, we protect nature because we depend on its gifts. This is why tackling climate change is a top priority for us with our net zero roadmap focusing on sourcing responsibly, shaping a waste-free future, and transforming our operations,” Uy said.
Uy said switching to renewables is advantageous for businesses because it saves energy costs, strengthens stakeholder relations and enhances corporate sustainability.
“We committed that 100 percent of all our manufacturing plants will be running in RE. That is a commitment worldwide, so all of our factories have to deliver by 2025,” Uy said.
Nestlé Philippines, in partnership with the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, recently held a hybrid forum that gathered key stakeholders in the energy industry to discuss the important role of RE and service delivery in Mindanao.
“We can, as companies, reduce our GHG emissions by scaling up our clean energy competitiveness and innovations for a more sustainable environment. In doing so, we will help to harness the potential of renewable energy and contribute to the growth of the energy sector. It is a win-win proposition both for businesses and the planet,” Yu said,