Coke PH ramps up solar panel installation

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country, has ramped up installation of solar panels in its manufacturing sites. 

Coca-Cola Bacolod Plant - Completed in February 2021, the installation of close to 3,000 solar panels at Coca-Cola's Bacolod manufacturing site has enabled sizeable monthly cost savings, with solar utilization at around 15% of the total average monthly consumption of the plant– a significant reduction in power reliance from the local energy provider. This partnership with BuskowitzEnergy is in line with Coca-Cola’s longstanding commitment to invest heavily in energy efficiency across its sites nationwide.

In a statement, the country’s largest beverage firm, said it achieved another sustainability milestone in the first quarter of 2021 upon completing the installation of almost 14,000 solar panels in its Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, and Bacolod plants.

A multi-phased solar panel project is underway that covers four more sites— namely, Canlubang, Sta. Rosa, Zamboanga, and Cebu—with 2022 as a target deadline. With this, CCBPI is pursuing a 24,000 solar panel project, with the total capacity to produce a maximum of 9.4MW. More projects are in the pipeline— two plants in North Luzon and the Visayas are being assessed for renewable energy integration.

Energy efficiency is one of the company’s strategic investment areas. Efforts to further integrate renewable energy (RE) into its operations are part of CCBPI’s Cleaner Energy 2.0 initiative—a roadmap toward becoming a leader in clean energy use and energy use ratio in Southeast Asia by 2023. 

Coca-Cola Misamis Oriental Plant - Over 7,000 solar panels were installed on Coca-Cola's Misamis Oriental plant in March 2021, in partnership with Buskowitz Energy, with the capacity to generate an average of 2.8MW. Coca-Cola will continue prioritizing initiatives that enable the significant reduction of its overall energy consumption, while maintaining the quality of its beverages.

To date, as much as 65 percent of Coca-Cola’s total energy consumption is sourced from renewable and clean energy, which are geothermal, solar, and biomass resources. The company’s two mega plants, Canlubang and Sta. Rosa, were the first to utilize RE in 2018. All of Coca-Cola’s manufacturing sites that are viable to be converted to 100% RE—given the existing grid and connectivity infrastructure—have been transitioned to use clean energy. These sites are Sta. Rosa, Canlubang, Ilocos, (Calasiao) Pangasinan, Cebu, San Fernando in Pampanga, and Meycauayan.  

“Organizations of our scale need to consciously and deliberately manage our environmental impact. By placing sustainability at the core of our operations, we are able to demonstrate that growing a successful business through sound and responsible enterprise strategies is highly achievable.” said  Gareth McGeown, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. “We are increasing the volume of our production and maintaining the quality of our beverages, hand-in-hand with hitting our sustainability goals.”

 Even with the challenges brought by the pandemic, Coca-Cola steadily poured in investments—an initial $63 million  for 2021 and $95 million in 2020—to ensure the highest standards of safety, quality, and sustainability for every bottle that reaches its customers.  

Coca-Cola has been delivering significantly on reducing overall energy consumption. To track progress on this front, the Company uses a metric called Energy Use Ratio (EUR), which is the amount of energy used for every liter of product produced.

The suite of energy savings initiatives has so far improved Coca-Cola’s energy use ratio from 2014 to 2018 by as much as 30%, which means that Coca-Cola is utilizing less power even as it produces more beverages—but it is not stopping there. 

Coca-Cola Davao del Sur - In March of this year, close to 4,000 solar panels were successfully installed at Coca-Cola’s Davao del Sur plant in partnership with Team Energy – allowing for annual savings on energy cost and improvements in power quality and system loss reduction. At CCBPI, integrating renewable energy into our operations is part of our roadmap toward becoming a leader in clean energy use and energy use ratio in Southeast Asia by 2023.

CCBPI has introduced more operational excellence programs, which include step change in processes through initiatives like “LUPIT” (Level-Up Process Improvement Teams) that are fueled by a rewards and recognition scheme. LUPIT, a Filipino word for awesome, is run through a combination of focused improvement teams and individual employee improvement ideas and suggestions.

“Our 20 plants across the Philippines are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that allow for efficient energy and water consumption. We make sure that we continuously innovate and upgrade our processes, train our people, and invest in technology to ensure that the systems we have in place demonstrate our commitment to sustainability—it’s not all talk,” added McGeown.