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Corporate Sustainability Videos: Spotlight on Energy Development Corporation

Today’s blog features Energy Development Corporation or EDC. EDC has been instrumental in making geothermal energy viable in this part of the world. From its inception as a state-owned corporation to its privatization as part of the Lopez Group, EDC has always blazed the trail in developing sustainable power projects. Most of its initiatives in environmental management are now modeled in national regulatory processes like the promulgation of social benefits to host communities (ER 1-94) and the application of the scoping and social acceptability process in the Environmental Impact Assessment Statement.

EDC is the only energy company in the Philippines to earn the Client Leadership Award from the World Bank-International Finance Corporation after Manila Water Company.

This video shares its story on how EDC had shaped and is continuing to shape the practice of sustainability in the developing energy projects. The company has international expansion programs in Indonesia, Peru and Chile.

Disclaimer: The views written in this blog is that of the author only and may not necessarily represent the organizations or entities mentioned.

Corporate Sustainability Video Series: Spotlight on Ayala Corporation

Manila Water Company, an Ayala-led corporation was the very first listed company to publish a sustainability report in the Philippines. In 2007, Manila Water was also the Client Leadership Awardee of the International Finance Corporation.

It’s experience is inspiring the other Ayala companies to embark on a sustainability journey. A little blue bird tells me that in 2013, the Ayala group will be publishing its GRI-based sustainability report with an assurance statement, and probably at A level of application. It’s about time. For a moment, I thought they were lagging in sustainability leadership as energy giants Energy Development Corporation of the Lopez Group and Petron Corporation of the San Miguel Group have been shaping the practice in the Philippines.

In the next blog, we feature the sustainability video of Energy Development Corporation. Stay tuned.

Disclaimer: This blog post reflects the personal view of the author and not of the companies mentioned herein.

Great Expectations from the 2nd National Sustainability Reporting Conference (Philippines)

It’s a wrap for tonight. Looking forward to participating in tomorrow’s by-invitation only event at the University of Asia and the Pacific. Companies who are intensifying their efforts in sustainability reporting can be compared to the “marchers”. A friend and fellow sustainability enthusiast refers to them as the sustainability lions. A pretty apt moniker to match the glowing ratings of the country considered to be an emerging economy by rating agencies like JP Morgan and Moody’s. Talk about parallelisms. What do I expect from the sustainability lions as they strut their swagger. Will the form be substantiated? I got hold of the list of presentors and here’s what the conference has to offer:

Perspectives from a Non-reporting Organization
Ms. Cynthia V. Pantonal
Executive Director
AES Philippines Foundation

Business Case for Sustainability Reporting:

1. Strategic Decision Making & Enhanced Business
Operations; Stakeholder Responsiveness
Mr. Tommy T. Valdez
Vice President for CSR
San Roque Power Corporation

2. Supply Chain Sustainability Management:
A panel discussion on crafting a sustainability agenda
and developing a supply chain roadmap
Ms. Marilou G. Erni
General Manager
Petron Foundation

Tools & Best Practices on Writing a Sustainability Report:

1. Materiality Testing and Disclosure on Management Approach
Ms. Agnes De Jesus
Senior VP for Environment & External Relations
Energy Development Corporation

2. Applying for A-level GRI-Checked Report
Mr. Roderick De Castro
Executive Director
Team Energy Foundation

An open forum follows after the presentations. The lead organizer of this event, Prof. Colin Hubo tells me that the conference was intended to be a small gathering of like-minded people. A small group of passionate sustainability practitioners will indeed make for a potent cauldron of discourse and maybe a little debate to spice up the conversations.

A wise sage once told me that a sustainability report does not indicate that the reporter is a responsible organization. What the sustainability reporting framework (predominantly GRI) offers is a comparable platform for understanding and disclosing of actions and measures that are tied to various bottomlines (the three-pronged spear of John Elkington).

Let’s see how the lions roar tomorrow.

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BINHI Youth Conference

Energy Development Corporation, the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company based in the Philippines launches its first ever BINHI Youth Conference on November 14-17 at the scenic mountain city of Antipolo, Rizal province.
With the objective of producing environmental and sustainability youth leaders in the country, the 2012 BINHI Youth Conference gathers more than 60 college students from all over the Philippines to exchange learning on youth leadership, greening strategies, communication planning and project development.

Speakers are National Youth Commissioner-at-Large Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, nephew of the democracy hero Ninoy Aquino, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Sano.
More to come in the next few days. Follow @davedevilles on twitter for real-time updates.

Birthing Geothermal Power in the Philippines (The NZ Legacy)

This week, the Philippine president visits New Zealand and Australia to promote strong economic and cultural ties. The relations of the Philippines and New Zealand runs deeper with the latter bequeathing its technical know-how in geothermal engineering, which became a catalyst in the former’s rise to world geothermal energy leadership.

As early as the 1950s, geothermal was already being studied by the eminent Filipino geothermal scientist Dr. Arturo Alacaraz. It was not brought to bigger scale until the oil crisis the creation of Energy Development Corporation, as the governmental arm in exploring and developing indigenous energy alternatives.

New technology was needed and the country had zero knowledge about developing that potent energy lying beneath dead volcanic systems. The Philippine Government signed a bilateral agreement with New Zealand. New Zealand was the logical choice because it was operating geothermal projects in its own country. The cooperation agreement provided a NZ$15 million technical assistance package that funded the exploration of the Tongonan and Palinpinon fields.  A drilling rig was  included in the assistance package.

There was another more natural reason for cooperation with New Zealand. While geothermal steam of such geothermal leaders as Italy and USA are vapor-dominated, New Zealand’s and the Philippines’ are both hot water-dominated. This makes New Zealand’s expertise more compatible with local conditions.

Within five months of EDC’s formation, the first deep exploration well had been drilled at Tongonan led by a motley crew of geologists, geochemists, volcanologists and geophysicists, with the addition of some recruits coming from the oil industry. By 1977, the 3-MW pilot plant in Tongonan was put up. Another 6-MW was ran after wells in Okoy 2 and Okoy 5 in Palinpinon were drilled.

Working with the New Zealand’s technical arm, KRTA, had always been impressive and the size and pace of geothermal development programs have been breathtaking. From Tongonan and Palinpinon, this synergy was brought to a higher level with the collaboration on the Unified Leyte project. The 700-MW steamfield was conceptualized, bidded out, constructed and commissioned in a remarkably short time frame of only three years.The Kiwis were impressed about this given the history of the Ohaaki field where the entire facility was commissioned some 20 years after production drilling had been completed.

Below is a collection of rare photos chronicling those formative years. Credits to the Public Relations Department of Energy Development Corporation for sharing these mementos.

Former Energy Minister (seated right) signs the bilateral agreement that would commence the PHL-NZ partnership leading to the country’s enviable position as one of the world’s top geothermal leader

A geothermal production well, circa 1977

A separator station is set up in Leyte

The mission aid talks served as the bridge that linked the NZ expertise with the Filipinos’ desire to learn wet steam technology

This aerial shot presents the newly minted Malitbog geothermal power plant located in Leyte. It was in the Tongonan Valley that geothermal struck big time. At 232.5, Malitbog is the world’s largest geothermal power station under one roof.


The Malitbog power plant is one of the powerhouses of the national electric grid, supplying clean geothermal power to Luzon island where much of the economic activities happen.


The Palinpinon steamfield, circa late 70s. A showcase of engineering ingenuity, this project is well known for its compact size, fitting into one manageable area the main components of a geothermal project — from multi-well pads for production to the fluid collection and recycling system that connects the steam fuel to the power station.


The Palinpinon steamfield today, a veritable source of geothermal power that supplies electricity to the Visayas grid.


The well discharge has become a symbolic image of the Philippines’ geothermal success story