Companies help the environment by making their offices operate on clean energy

Published December 10, 2020, 1:57 AM

by Johannes Chua

The call for sustainability must be an encompassing one. It is not only enough for eco organizations or passionate individuals to take up the cudgels for the environment, corporate entities must also, in their own way, make their operations and activities environment-friendly, too.

It is in this mission that companies like Globe is moving toward a green direction. In a statement, Globe has announced that more of its offices are “now operating on clean energy.”

This move, the telco said, is aligned with its ambition of reducing its carbon emission by transforming its energy usage to renewables.

Globe is continuously innovating to enhance energy and resource efficiency, undertaking best practices beyond regular compliance in its day-to-day operations.

Just recently, it added two more sites in Makati, one in Quezon City, and one in Tarlac, which brings its roster of energy-efficient and environment-friendly offices to seven sites across the country.

Globe has announced that more of its offices are now operating on clean energy.

Previously, Globe has announced that three of its corporate offices, including its headquarters in Taguig, Quezon City, and Cebu, have achieved carbon neutrality. The three Globe corporate offices have a combined carbon reduction of 2,919 tCO2e or equivalent to the emissions of a gasoline-fueled car being driven for 11,621,563 kilometers.

These actions have earned Globe the “Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction (VER),” which assures the company’s capability to declare 100 percent offsetting of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with its electricity consumption. VER is a certificate awarded to projects, mostly in developing countries, that decrease or avoid CO2 emissions. It is attained through verification of avoided carbon impacts by renewable energy installations such as solar, wind farms, and hydropower plants, as well as through energy-efficiency projects. It is backed by recognized international quality standards such as the Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Gold Standard.

“Environmental transparency and social responsibility is vital to tracking progress toward a sustainable future, and these are values that Globe continues to champion. Adding more sites that are not only regulatory compliant but proactively addressing climate change risks is proof of our commitment to doing business better and improving our communities,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP and chief sustainability officer.

As a purpose-driven company, Globe remains committed to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 9, which aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.

The telco is also putting into action its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by supporting the “Race To Zero” global campaign spearheaded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and COP26 Presidency, and backed by the GSMA, the global mobile industry body. This activity is part of the GSMA’s bid to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero no later than 2050 through the collective efforts of all mobile network operators around the world.