AC Energy integrates circular economy in renewables development

In another pioneering move, AC Energy has piloted the circularity approach in its 120 MW solar plant in Alaminos, Laguna construction site, diverting away from landfills a total of 32,540 kg of plastic collected from the solar panel packaging materials – or the equivalent of about 25 compact size cars – to be upcycled into eco-bricks and utilize  in building the solar plant facilities.

AC Energy aims to scale up this waste management program and implement it in the company’s project developments in the Philippines, a significant stride towards its environmental and sustainability goals.

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According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the global demand for plastic will continue to grow and likely double in the next 20 years. However, only 9% of the total plastic produced is recycled today, and it is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic leak into the environment. Packaging is the largest application of plastics globally, creating a growing societal pressure for companies to adopt circular models with no waste.

“This pilot plastic waste conversion project will allow us to close the loop and reduce the environmental impact in our construction sites and host communities. With the success of this first run, we hope to replicate this program in our other project sites as we continue expanding our presence in the country and abroad,” said Irene S. Maranan, AC Energy’s Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability. “Sustainability is fully integrated in our company’s strategy and vision of achieving 5,000 MW of renewables by 2025,” Maranan added.