Ajinomoto’s pilot sustainability project
L-R: Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation President Tsutomu Nara and Meralco FVP and Chief Commercial Officer and Spectrum President and CEO Ferdinand Geluz
Meralco’s relationship management team, under Enterprise, was instrumental in the partnership between APC and Spectrum. The power distribution utility proactively oversees the energy needs to ensure daily operations of APC. When Meralco was informed of their pilot sustainability project in 2021, the former introduced its solar solutions arm Spectrum. This project is in line with APC’s 2020-2025 global initiative to reduce environmental impact, with its pilot solar project in the Bulacan province.This is another testament of Meralco having it’s customer needs at the forefront, therefore providing tailor-fit end-to-end energy solutions.
Under the partnership, Spectrum will install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a total capacity of 1,015.56 kilowatt-peak (kWp) at APC’s manufacturing plant in the municipality of Guiguinto. This will allow APC Group to generate approximately 1,331,500 kilowatt-hours of energy per annum, which translates to estimated annual savings amounting to Php700,000.
On February 3, Spectrum and APC Group held a ceremonial contract signing for this sustainability initiative, which is expected to help APC Group achieve its goal of reducing its environmental impact by 50% while also improving business operations.
Speaking during the ceremonial signing, APC President Tsutomu Nara said: “APC Group considers this venture as a good investment in establishing a win-win solution as both our company and the Filipino society would benefit greatly from this endeavor. This is only the beginning of more developments in this area as we continue to expand our sustainability efforts.”
This project enables APC Group to contribute to parent company Ajinomoto Company Inc.’s sustainability targets by utilizing solar power.
Once Spectrum completes the installation, APC will be able to reduce its carbon footprint by an estimated 865 metric tons, which is equivalent to planting 1,950,523 trees or reducing 2,352,456 miles in vehicle travel per year.
Spectrum President and CEO Ferdinand Geluz, for his part, added: “We are proud and excited to partner with Ajinomoto in their first solar project here in the Philippines. This project is a symbol of our shared focus on sustainability, and one of our goals of reducing our reliance on non-renewable energy sources to ensure a more sustainable and brighter future.”
Spectrum is a renewable energy solutions provider offering tailor-fit solutions for industrial, commercial, and residential customers through an in-depth understanding of energy consumption behaviors and strategic partnerships with world-class technology partners.
APC Group, on the other hand, markets Ajinomoto products in the Philippines. The local unit of Japanese multinational firm Ajinomoto Co., Inc. aims to bring happiness to every Filipino through their products and services that contribute to food and wellness, and to better lives for the future.
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