Shell to use ‘recyclable’ asphalt, solar panels in retail expansion ventures

Published June 12, 2021, 9:30 AM

by Myrna M. Velasco

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation will be using ‘recyclable’ asphalt as well as solar panels and rain catchers at its planned 60 to 80 new retail stations that will serve as expansion ventures in beefing up its downstream oil business in the country.

The pilot project of the company with such amenities is its Marilao mobility station in Bulacan province, which was built using 100-percent recyclable asphalt called “Bitumen FreshAir.”

According to Shell, the use of that technology for its model Marilao mobility station “significantly reduced the impact of the industry on local air quality levels.”

In addition to having solar as the retail outlet’s energy source, that mobility station was also equipped with rain catchers; while its walls are made of eco-bricks that are touted as reusable building materials from plastic bottles — one that had been filled with solid plastic that makes them denser.

Shell noted “this allows for greater insulation, which reduces energy consumption in the long run, resulting in lower financial costs and environmental impact.”

On the oil firm’s blueprint is a target to build 60 to 80 additional retail enterprises that will have similar features as that of its Marilao mobility station.

With the company’s targeted spending of P4.0 billion to P5.0 billion annually for its retail portfolio expansion, Shell is eyeing to bulk up its mobility stations to 1,500 by year 2025.

“These sites will have features similar to the Marilao mobility station like the installation of solar panels, rain catchers, eco-brick walls and integrated retail offers that promote environmental awareness and conservation,” Shell said, adding that some of the stations will also be utilizing Bitumen FreshAir.

Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar G. Romero stated that the company’s 2021-2025 strategy plan “focuses on reducing carbon footprint and tapping renewable energy while continuing to provide its customers with premium products related to mobility and transportation.”

He added “the company is strongly positioned to meet the resulting recovery of energy demand as well as the growth in consumer spending.”

In continually pursuing business growth in the Philippines, Romero indicated “we are making the necessary changes to ensure the future of energy for Filipinos and help the Philippines move forward.”

On a wider scale, its parent firm Royal Dutch Shell which is reeling from a legal environmental battle, noted that “deployment of clean energy technologies in Asia Pacific will accelerate in the coming years as energy transformation strategies are increasingly adopted by more and more countries.”

Jeremy Bentham, vice president for Global Business Environment of Shell, emphasized that “there will be a need for faster deployment of cleaner technologies in the economy,” and the private sector will be the one driving technologies into commercial-scale rollout as well as in making them affordable.

“There is still a huge need for energy for a growing market, as being able to serve customers is important,” he said, noting that “there will be decarbonization in all types of business.” ###