SMC on track on goal to cut wa­ter use by 50%

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Miguel Corp. said it has made sig­nif­i­cant head­way on its goal to cut wa­ter use across all its op­er­a­tions and has started in­vest­ing and putting in place pro­grams as part of its am­bi­tious push to in­te­grate sus­tain­abil­ity into the con­glom­er­ate’s busi­ness strat­egy.

The com­pany, which cel­e­brated its 127th an­niver­sary yes­ter­day, said that its busi­nesses have mapped out a plan to reach an in­terim goal of 20 per­cent re­duc­tion by 2020. In­vest­ments in tech­nolo­gies have also been com­mit­ted early this year to en­sure it meets its 50 per­cent re­duc­tion goal by tar­get year 2025.

The am­bi­tious goal, en­shrined in its “Wa­ter for All” ini­tia­tive, was first an­nounced in March this year. It in­volves re­duc­ing do­mes­tic and util­ity use of wa­ter across SMC’s bev­er­age, food, pack­ag­ing, power, in­fra­struc­ture, and fu­els busi­nesses.

Since then, SMC’s busi­nesses have al­ready de­ter­mined base­line wa­ter con­sump­tion against which the 2020 tar­get of 20 per­cent re­duc­tion and 2025 tar­get of 50 per­cent re­duc­tion, will be mea­sured.

Early this month, SMC an­nounced it was ex­it­ing the plas­tic bot­tled wa­ter busi­ness to lessen its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print. It is the first time a busi­ness was dis­con­tin­ued to sup­port the com­pany’s sus­tain­abil­ity goals.

SMC pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ra­mon S. Ang said the two ma­jor ini­tia­tives are part of a larger push to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity.

Ang, how­ever, clar­i­fied that the dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of the bot­tled wa­ter busi­ness will not count as part of the wa­ter use re­duc­tion ef­forts.

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