Celebrating its 128th year in the food and beverage industry, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is leveraging on their decades of experience to broaden their sustainability goals.
From their water sustainability projects from two years ago which aims to cut group-wide water use by 50% by 2025, SMC is now moving onto addressing the issue of solid waste pollution.
Pushing for Solid Waste Management
SMC announced that their subsidiary, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp., is looking to partner with a local technology provider and social enterprise to build a hub for materials recovery and recycling.
The facility will be able to turn garbage into eco-bricks and pavers, which will be then used in the construction of homes for low-income families and for small-scale projects like public toilets and more materials recovery facilities.
As part of its sustainability push, San Miguel discontinued its plastic bottled water business last year. SMC is also currently developing cost-effective biodegradable plastic packaging for its food and beverage business.
SMC’s Chairman, Ramon Ang also recently mandated the banning of single-use plastics in their main offices.
Pushing for Carbon Sequestration
SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. is also aiming to reduce the corporation’s impact on the environment by planting four thousand hectares of trees and mangroves which would sequester and store their carbon dioxide emissions.
“We’re planning to utilize carbon sequestration, or carbon capture. What we will do is to protect some 70,000 hectares of both upland and mangrove forests across different provinces. We’re also looking at another 4,000 hectares for upland and mangrove rehabilitation,” said Ang.
Other initiatives of SMC include planting around 600,000 new trees in various locations in the past nine years under San Miguel Brewery’s “Trees Brew Life” initiative.
Also partnering with the World Wide Fund during SMC’s anniversary for a massive cleanup activity at the Las Piñas portion of Manila Bay; and mobilizing its roughly 800-strong network of employee volunteers for simultaneous coastal cleanups and mangrove planting activities nationwide.
via Philippine Star