In­vest­ing in En­ergy’s Fu­ture

Newsweek International - - PROMOTION - Global Busi­ness Power

In April 2018, the Philip­pines took a ma­jor step to­wards de­vel­op­ing a sus­tain­able and ef­fi­cient en­ergy sec­tor when Global Busi­ness Power (GBP) in­au­gu­rated its GBP In­sti­tute for En­ergy (GIE). The two-storey, 1,863m2 train­ing fa­cil­ity in Iloilo City will en­able the lead­ing com­pany to en­hance en­ergy ef­fi­ciency by pro­vid­ing a learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment hub for its em­ploy­ees across 11 power gen­er­a­tion plants in Panay, Min­doro and Cebu.

The GIE high­lights GBP’S com­mit­ment to learn­ing and to sup­port­ing the govern­ment’s “Build, Build, Build” in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram. It will “help move the coun­try for­ward through the cre­ation of a ro­bust pool of highly skilled, highly ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als,” says GBP Pres­i­dent Jaime T. Azurin; “It’s a big in­vest­ment, but we have to train peo­ple how to run mod­ern plants in the most ef­fi­cient way pos­si­ble.” The in­sti­tute houses a state-of-the-art coal-fired power-plant sim­u­la­tor with cir­cu­lat­ing flu­idized bed tech­nol­ogy — a cut­ting-edge clean-coal com­bus­tion method that GBP al­ready uses. It also fea­tures train­ing rooms, lab­o­ra­to­ries, an au­dio-vis­ual room and an e-learn­ing class­room. Demon­strat­ing the com­pany’s fo­cus on ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity, the GIE gen­er­ates part of its own en­ergy re­quire­ments from so­lar power, which GBP aims to build, along with hy­dropower and biomass, to com­ple­ment its ex­ist­ing plants. “For the next five years, our in­ten­tion is to grow by 60%, or­gan­i­cally or through ac­qui­si­tions,” says Azurin; “With GIE, we can build knowl­edge and ca­pac­ity that will se­cure the fu­ture of our com­pany, our em­ploy­ees and the en­ergy sec­tor.”

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