Coca-Cola FEMSA Philip­pines taps re­new­able en­ergy

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Coca-Cola FEMSA Philip­pines, Inc. (KOFPH), the cur­rent li­censed bot­tler of Coca-Cola prod­ucts in the coun­try, will be in­te­grat­ing more re­new­able en­ergy in its op­er­a­tions as it shifts four more of its bot­tling fa­cil­i­ties to run on re­new­able and clean sources start­ing Oc­to­ber 26, 2018.

To this end, KOFPH has signed on the Lopez-led First Gen Cor­po­ra­tion’s re­tail elec­tric­ity arms— First Gen En­ergy So­lu­tions, Inc. (FGES) and Bac-Man Geother­mal Inc. (BGI)—for the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity from re­new­able en­ergy sources, to power Co­caCola’s bot­tling fa­cil­i­ties in Ilo­cos, Pan­gasi­nan, Pam­panga, and Cebu.

Coca-Cola FEMSA has been striv­ing to make clean en­ergy a more prom­i­nent part of its global man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, in keep­ing with its long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to re­duce its car­bon foot­print and to achieve sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions through the use of re­new­able en­ergy sources and the adop­tion of new tech­nolo­gies to fur­ther en­hance op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency.

This part­ner­ship be­tween KOFPH and FGES will help the lo­cal bot­tling com­pany work to­wards its Global 2020 Sus­tain­abil­ity Goals on En­ergy: re­duce the car­bon foot­print of Coca-Cola FEMSA’s value chain by 20 per­cent against its 2010 global base­line; and in­te­grate clean and re­new­able sources in its op­er­a­tions. Coca-Cola FEMSA has been work­ing to re­spon­si­bly man­age its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print in all of its op­er­a­tions across the globe, to­wards sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tional sys­tems that cham­pion en­vi­ron­men­tal wel­fare. In light of this, the com­pany has been con­tin­u­ously look­ing for ways to har­ness strate­gic, re­spon­si­ble, and ef­fi­cient mea­sures for its en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious poli­cies to take ef­fect across its value chain.

To date, ap­prox­i­mately 40 per­cent of the elec­tric­ity needs of Coca-Cola’s bot­tling op­er­a­tions are al­ready be­ing sourced from re­new­able en­ergy, which is be­ing con­sumed by six of its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties. In Fe­bru­ary, Coca-Cola’s Sta. Rosa and Can­lubang Plants started in­te­grat­ing re­new­able en­ergy into its op­er­a­tions.

The bot­tling arm of Coca-Cola is staunchly com­mit­ted to fur­ther strength­en­ing its sus­tain­able op­er­a­tional sys­tems, as it en­hances ca­pa­bil­i­ties across its value chain.

There are 19 Coca-Cola bot­tling fa­cil­i­ties all over the coun­try.

Both li­censed re­tail-elec­tric­ity sup­pli­ers, FGES and BGI are af­fil­i­ates of First Gen Cor­po­ra­tion (First Gen), the Philip­pines’ lead­ing clean and re­new­able en­ergy com­pany. First Gen’s port­fo­lio of power plants run on geother­mal, hy­dro, wind and so­lar, which are re­new­able en­ergy; as well as nat­u­ral gas, the clean­est form of fos­sil fuel.

With 3,490 megawatts of in­stalled ca­pac­ity, the First Gen plants ac­count for a fourth of the coun­try’s gross power gen­er­a­tion.

Con­trib­uted Photo

(L-R) First Gen Cor­po­ra­tion chief fi­nance of­fi­cer and se­nior vice pres­i­dent Em­manuel Sing­son, se­nior vice pres­i­dent Vic­tor San­tos Jr., En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion pres­i­dent and chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Richard Tan­toco, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philip­pines chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Fabri­cio Ponce, sup­ply chain di­rec­tor Car­los Man­rique, and fi­nance di­rec­tor Jawa­har So­lai Kup­puswamy.---

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