Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has partnered with Plastic Flamingo (PLAF) for a plastic-to-shelter project aimed to help eliminate plastic waste materials.
PLAF is a French social enterprise with a pilot project in the Philippines that aims to develop a solution to fight marine plastic pollution in emerging countries.
The Philippines was ranked as the world’s third biggest polluter with 2.7 million metric tons of plastic wastes generated annually, according to the report released last year by McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.
Under the agreement, plastic waste materials of EDC employees who are based in Manila and adjacent areas will be collected once a month and will be turned over to PLAF for proper waste recycling, upcycling and disposal.
Part of PLAF’s program is segregating the collected plastics according to its classifications and then transforming them into Eco-Planks used in producing emergency shelter for populations hit by disaster.
Regina Victoria Pascual, EDC corporate support functions head and assistant vice president, said the partnership is an addition to its earlier environmental efforts including the release of sustainability reports since 2010, information campaigns among employees on proper waste materials disposal and donation of eco-bricks to sister firm, First Balfour.
“Still, we knew that there’s always a way to do more, to have less waste, to have better environmental impact–which led to our desire to have zero waste in EDC. Our bigger hurdle came last year when we started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and realized that all those food and grocery deliveries and items ordered online that came in layers of bubble wrap have resulted in accumulation of plastic waste in our employees’ respective houses. This led to our search for a partner that can help us manage our personal plastic waste and convert them into sustainable products,” Pascual added.
At present, EDC has a portfolio of over 1,499 megawatts (MW) equivalent to 20 percent of the country’s total installed renewable energy capacity while its 1,204.67 MW geothermal portfolio accounts for 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity.