San Miguel Corporation—through its power subsidiary SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGP)—has planted a total of 2.7 million trees as part of its initiative to go greener and cleaner.
According to SMGCP, the tree-planting was undertaken via Project 747, which is a reforestation and carbon capture program that started in 2019 and aims to plant seven million trees in designated locations in the Philippines to fight against climate change.
Through Project 747, SMGCP will plant a million trees every year, which will occupy more than 4,000 hectares of land.
SMC President Ramon Ang said the initiative will complement their efforts to transition themselves as a provider and user of renewable energy.
The conglomerate has publicized its plan to put up three clean-coal power plants with a capacity of 1,500 MW, as part of its long-term sustainability goals.
“Through massive reforestation, we can help mitigate the impacts of climate change. Over the past couple of years, we have also been utilizing the best and most modern technologies to minimize our impact on the environment, even as we try to provide for our country’s growing need for reliable and affordable power,” Ang explained.
As part of its transition away from non-renewable energy sources, SMC is planning to build 31 battery energy storage system (BESS) facilities in the country between 2021 and 2022.
Besides this, they’re also putting up solar plants at 10 locations in the country equipped with BESS facilities, a liquefied natural gas plant, and a hydroelectric power plant.
“As with our other initiatives, this massive tree-planting project represents our commitment to environmental stewardship. With each of our business units pursuing sustainability programs and engaging their respective communities to help out, I am confident we can collectively achieve a lot in the next couple of years in terms of meeting our climate goals,” Ang said.
So far, the company has finished planting 780,214 seedlings out of their 1.1 million target for 2021. The remaining 320,000 trees are expected to be planted by September.
Areas in Zambales, Davao Occidental, Bataan, Negros Occidental, Pangasinan, Albay, Bulacan, and Quezon province have been chosen as ideal places for the tree-planting project.
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