URC harnesses more solar and hydro power sources – Manila Bulletin

Universal Robina Corp. (URC), one of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies, is taking a big step this month toward its 2050 “net zero” goal by sourcing electricity from power generators that use renewable sources.

In a statement, URC said it had signed an agreement with MPower/Vantage, Bacman and First Gen to supply at least 18 of its facilities in Luzon and two others in the Visayas with geothermal, solar and hydroelectric power.


These include factories in Pasig, Laguna, Cavite, Pampanga, Antipolo and Bulacan, as well as facilities in Cebu and Negros Occidental.

This will be one of URC’s largest projects to date, as it pursues the goal of “net zero” by 2050. Net zero means balancing the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that the company issues with the quantity it eliminates.

This commitment will support the country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which aims to reduce the Philippines’ GHG emissions by 75% by 2030.

“One of our focus areas is climate action. As part of climate action, URC is heading towards Net Zero by 2050,” said David Lim, URC’s Director of Sustainability.

URC’s facilities in Luzon will be powered by geothermal, solar or hydroelectric power as the company pursues its net zero goal.

He added that “we are aiming for a low-carbon economy by optimizing the use of renewable energy among other tools to reduce the impact of GHG emissions”. The goal is ultimately to “have all of our factories using electricity from 100% renewable energy by 2025,” Lim said.

This isn’t URC’s first initiative to pivot to renewables. it has installed solar panels that generate nearly 2 megawatts at its manufacturing facilities in Canlubang, Laguna and San Fernando, Pampanga.

Plans are also underway to install solar panels at factories in Calamba, Misamis Oriental, Tarlac, Pampanga and Cebu.

Overseas, URC’s solar energy initiative is even broader.

Its Thai subsidiary has installed solar panels on six factories and four warehouses within its compound in Samut Sakhon province, southwest of Bangkok. The solar panels can generate an estimated 6 megawatts of power.

The company’s Vietnamese subsidiary, meanwhile, is in the process of installing 3-megawatt solar panels on the roof of its coffee factory in Vietnam’s Binh Duong Singapore Industrial Park.



Rosemary C. Kearney