Emissions, Effluents, and Waste
Given that we are in the power generation sector, emissions are a critical topic for EDC. We utilize a science-based strategy and the best available technology to support our efforts to manage this aspect. We also practice continuous air quality monitoring and third-party multi-sector monitoring.
In 2021, EDC retained its carbon intensity of 0.1 tonne of equivalent CO2 per megawatt-hours (MWh). With our operations powered by renewable energy, our energy facilities have significantly lower carbon emissions than national grids, which are mainly reliant on fossil fuels. In comparison, the carbon intensity of EDC facilities is seven times lower than an average coal plant. With this, EDC powers its customers’ businesses, while also significantly reducing their carbon footprint
EDC implements the Zero Discharge System (ZDS) with regard to effluents, along with protocols for proper waste management for both solid and hazardous wastes.
EDC follows a waste management hierarchy, prioritizing prevention, reduction, reuse, recycling, and recovery over disposal to landfill. EDC complies with all regulatory requirements particularly on the storage, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes. Majority of our hazardous wastes are recovered and recycled such as used oil, used batteries, and electronic wastes. Meanwhile, for non-hazardous or solid waste, we have Material Recovery Facilities across our project sites where wastes are sorted and recycled as much as possible. We engage with third-party contractors accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to transport, treat and dispose of our hazardous wastes. We have also partnered with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) to donate the proceeds from the recycling of hazardous wastes to the latter’s Bantay Kalikasan Program.
To further minimize our waste and reduce the cost of waste disposal, we also worked with ALKFI in its Bantay Langis and Bantay Baterya Programs. These projects reprocess used oils and junk lead-acid batteries that are classified as toxic wastes. EDC also partnered with the French organization, Plastic Flamingo (PLAF), for our Plastic2Shelter Project. The Trash2Cash project was also implemented in our Leyte site. Other recyclable wastes in all EDC sites are transported to the local government unit’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) or sold to junk shops.
To manage waste and promote circularity, EBWPC also launched the Trash2Cash program to address the plastic waste inside the Burgos Wind facilities. This was part of the Continuous Improvement (CI) idea by the Site CSR Lead in partnership with the Environment group as the implementing team for this initiative. This aimed to influence the attitude of involved groups on waste segregation and plastic use through cash incentives. Plastics collected are then ground into smaller pieces to form eco-bricks for small-scale construction projects.
A Basura Exchange Memorandum of Agreement with the Burgos Municipal Police Station, under the Philippine National Police was also signed. Driven by its core value of “Makalikasan” or “environmentfriendly,” the MPS replicated the Basura Exchange Initiative of the nearby barangay. In the agreement, Burgos PNP will collect eco-bricks from the community in exchange for food packs, grocery items, or mobile load. EBWPC will provide logistical support to sustain the project as a partner in this initiative. This initiative targets students who wish to participate. Collected eco-bricks will be used in small-scale construction projects of the Philippine National Police.
In 2021, 43% by weight of EDC’s total waste was recycled, recovered, or reused. With less waste going to the landfills, we significantly reduced the amount of potential methane released into the atmosphere. We also recycled 82% of our total hazardous waste. With these, EDC contributes to the advancement of the country’s Circular Economy. EDC also saved costs in some projects that utilized recycled parts, improving our operational expenses and enhancing the financial capital flow. PLAF’s Plastic2Shelter and the ALKFI initiatives are also geared toward communities, enhancing our social license to operate while elevating the lives of surrounding communities.
At the baseline level, we ensure compliance with applicable pollution control laws, regulations, and standards such as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990, and the recently institutionalized Executive Order 174 (“Philippine Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management and Reporting System”).