Leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. participated last March in several virtual roundtable discussions on sustainability by private and public partners to share its accomplishments and commitment to care for the environment.
On March 30, Alan Cuyno, Project Manager of Holcim Philippines’ waste management co-processing unit Geocycle, shared the company’s contributions to addressing the country's plastic pollution challenge in the Consumer Care Webinar by the Consumer Policy and Advocacy Division of the Department of Trade and Industry.
He provided an overview of Holcim Philippines’ sustainability commitments and discussed Geocycle’s achievements in helping reduce plastic wastes going to landfills, rivers, and oceans. A focus of Cuyno’s talk was co-processing, a technology that allows Holcim Philippines to save traditional fuels and use alternatives to produce cement. Co-processing lowers CO2 emissions and helps preserves natural resources for a longer time. Finally, it enables the company to recycle materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Cuyno was also tapped by the Climate Change Service of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to serve as panelist for talks on March 8 and 4 on the measurement, reporting and verification of greenhouse gases and the potential of co-processing to reduce carbon emissions of the cement industry.
Meanwhile, Holcim Philippines Environment Manager Stephanie Frogoso participated in a March 19 discussion hosted by the World Resources Institute and Business for Sustainable Development on the barriers and opportunities in advocating for science-based targets in reducing carbon emissions of Philippine companies. She highlighted Holcim Philippines’ plans to improve its carbon footprint in line with the goals set by the leading global building solutions leader LafargeHolcim Group on climate and energy.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian welcomed the opportunity for the company to be part of these discussions and committed to support dialogues on strengthening environmental stewardship of companies.
“Our company is honored to participate in these discussions and share our perspectives and best practices. They are helpful to raising awareness about the importance of sustainable development and preserving our planet. Holcim Philippines can be counted on as a partner in the country’s sustainable development with initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment and community,” he said.
Adrian noted that Holcim Philippines’ initiatives for the environment support the overall commitment of the LafargeHolcim Group to take a bigger role in addressing environmental challenges.
"With sustainability and innovation at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to building a world that works for people and the planet. Healing our planet is not a one-company, one-industry, or one-country show. Healing our planet and preserving its beauty for future generations is a task that requires strong collaboration among the public, private sector, and every one of us. We support the development of policies and initiatives for green construction. It is important to increase the awareness and educate all stakeholders to embrace eco-friendly and innovative products and solutions with less carbon footprint and support a circular economy” he said.