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Geothermal power to fuel snack production in the Philippines

Cadbury chocolate (source: flickr/ vlad_the_impala, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 22 Apr 2019

Global snack producer Mondelez has signed a power purchase agreement for electricity produced at the Bacon Manito geothermal power plant of EDC in the Philippines for its snack productions of among others Oreo cookies, Toblerone and Cadbury chocolate.

As reported by the Manila Standard yesterday, Mondelez Philippines, the local unit of global snack manufacturer Mondel?z International Inc., has tapped geothermal producer Energy Development Corp. to supply power to the former’s manufacturing plant in Sucat, Parañaque City.

Under the agreement, EDC will supply 100-percent geothermal energy to Mondelez from the 150 MW Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project in the Bicol region.“We are proud to source our power from 100-percent renewable energy.

Sustainability for our company is about preserving our world and its people. We all depend on just one planet. The smart and sustainable use of natural resources to reduce our environmental footprint is necessary now more than ever.

This latest initiative complements our other sustainable projects in the Philippines,” said Mondelez Philippines plant lead Atul Kulkarni. Mondelez Philippines is best known for providing Filipinos with snack products such as Eden cheese, Cheez Whiz, Tang powdered beverage, Oreo cookies, Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

Aside from its goal of being a snacks leader in the country, Mondelez wants to set the benchmark in being a responsible business and contributing to the community where it operates in.Globally, the company has declared its 2020 sustainability goals, which include the 15-percent reduction of its absolute carbon dioxide emissions in its manufacturing worldwide by 2020.

The shift of its Sucat plant to 100-percent renewable power is Mondelez Philippines’ contribution towards achieving this goal.“We have a biomass boiler which uses biodegradable sources of fuel, a rainwater treatment facility in our plant to lessen water waste, plastic waste recycling projects and solar power systems, which all contribute to the achievement of our sustainability goals,” Kulkarni said.

EDC head of business development, marketing and trading Marvin Kenneth Bailon said the company is honored to have a global company such as Mondelez Philippines sharing the same values with them.

Source: Manila Standard