Three plants of cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines were commended by the Department of Energy (DoE) for energy efficient operations, with the company’s Bulacan facility elevated to the Hall of Fame for sustained excellence.
For improving its energy performance by at least 5% from the previous year, Holcim Philippines’s plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan received an Outstanding Award, its third straight, in the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards. The company’s facility in Lugait, Misamis Oriental was conferred its first Outstanding Award, while Holcim’s Bacnotan, La Union plant received a citation. Ninety-one companies were recognized during awards held in December at the Dusit Thani Hotel.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO Ed Sahagun thanked the DoE for the recognition and promised to sustain the company’s efforts to boost efficiency.
“Cement manufacturing is an energy-intensive business. Our company always strives to improve our efficiency to help us manage our costs and environmental impact. Our country needs every drop of cement that can be produced and Holcim Philippines commits to doing this in the most efficient way possible to further support the market,” he said.
Holcim’s Bulacan plant was recognized for posting energy savings equivalent to 23.6 million liters of oil or 46.3 million kilograms of avoided carbon dioxide (CO2). The plant achieved these through its investments in efficiency initiatives and water recovery systems and increased use of alternative fuels and raw materials.
The Misamis Oriental plant’s energy savings was equal to 18.1 million liters of oil and 35.5 kilograms of avoided CO2. Finally, the La Union plant improved its energy consumption by 3.0 million liters of oil and 5.9 kilograms of avoided CO2. Two managers of Holcim Philippines were also commended as among the 50 Outstanding Energy Managers in the country.
The DoE has been conferring the awards for over 30 years to recognize firms that significantly reduce their energy consumption. Participating companies submit consumption reports that are evaluated by energy officials from the public and private sector. The award is a tribute to Emilio Abello, the former Chairman and CEO of Manila Electric Co.