FPH launches ‘clean energy tourism’

April 22, 2016 8:28 pm

First Philippine Holdings Corp. (FPH) launched the Good Tours—a series of group tours in its power plants as part of the advocacy for clean and renewable energy.

In its pilot tour, FPH showcased the biggest wind farm in the Philippines, the Burgos wind farm.

Operated by affiliate Energy Development Corp. (EDC), Burgos is a showcase of 150 megawatts (MW) of clean energy. Located in Ilocos Norte, the wind farm covers 700 hectares of rolling hills with 50 wind turbines that rise 120 meters from the ground.

The wind farm constitutes new ecotourism sites and livelihood opportunities and inclusive growth for the local government units and host barangays in the area.

The other sites that will be included in the Good Tours are FPH’s natural gas, geothermal, and hydroelectric power plants across the country.

FPH accounts for 17 percent of the country’s power needs.

“The Good Tours is part of FPH’s Powered by Good campaign. Powered By Good aims to build awareness and create appreciation for businesses that build the nation – renewable energy, industrial parks, mixed-use developments, and energy services,” FPH said.

“Well, I think in the Philippines we have very aggressive carbon reduction targets and to me we are in that situation already,” said Federico Lopez, chairman and CEO of FPH, First Gen and EDC.

“And we have to look again for ways to meet that 70 percent reduction from business as usual. I think there are ways to do it,” Lopez noted.

“We cannot say that the Philippines only accounts for that 0.3 of world’s global emissions. To me, it is not right to reason in that manner because whatever emission we spew goes to the same atmosphere.

“That layer of atmosphere is just like a thin layer of varnish around the globe. When you put it that way, we don’t have much room to fill the atmosphere with more carbon,” Lopez said.

“The later we reverse this trend of carbon emissions, the more drastic it’s going to be . . . for everyone trying to reduce emissions. So that’s a future point in time.

“Right now, if you’ve got the opportunity to stop bringing these carbon emissions, you should grab that opportunity. It should have been done yesterday,” he added.

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