Procter & Gamble Philippines, the leading multinational consumer goods company and manufacturer of trusted health and hygiene brands, presented the Clean and Efficient Energy trophy to Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in the first-ever Europa Awards recently.
The Europa Awards is an award-giving body established by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP). It recognizes companies that make significant contributions towards sustainability in line with global standards and the Philippine Development Plan. The Chamber is actively involved in sustainability-related advocacies covering energy, water management, circular economy, and more.
The Clean and Efficient Energy Award is given to the company that has successfully incorporated the use of clean energy and accelerated efficient practices in its day-to-day operations. Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. was recognized for its solar farms, NXplorations project, Access to Energy, Shell Livewire, and clean energy programs.
“We are proud to present the Clean and Efficient Energy Award at the inaugural Europa Awards. We believe environmental sustainability is a real business strategy and hope this prestigious recognition encourages other companies and organizations to integrate it into theirs,” says Raffy Fajardo, President and General Manager of P&G Philippines.
Present in the event were keynote speakers Lars Wittig, Vice President, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; H.E. Luc Veron, Ambassador to the Philippines, EU Delegation; H.E. Igor Driesmans, Ambassador of the Mission of the European Union to ASEAN; Sen. Pia Cayetano, Chairperson in the Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Innovation, and Futures Thinking Philippine Senate; Usec. Mercedita Sombilla, Undersecretary of the National Economic and Development Authority; and Florian Gottein, Executive Director of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.
P&G as a champion for climate action
As a platinum sponsor of the Europa Awards, P&G is a proud supporter of and champion for environmental sustainability. Like the ECCP, P&G upholds sustainability standards and supports the Philippine Development Plan.
The company declared its global sustainability goals under ‘Ambition 2030,’ which aims to make responsible consumption possible by making impactful interventions in the areas of climate, water, and waste.
Under its climate commitments, P&G aims to be carbon neutral by the end of the decade. Its plant in Cabuyao, Laguna uses 100% renewable electricity. They have reduced the site’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80%, ahead of its global target of 50% reduction of GHG in its sites by 2030. What it can no longer reduce, it offsets via its P&G Forests for Good reforestation program in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
P&G also aims to conserve water and source at least five billion liters from sustainable sources. Moreover, it strives to achieve a 35% increase in manufacturing water efficiency at P&G sites. The company has already sourced two billion liters and has observed a 27% increase in water efficiency.
Lastly, P&G aspires to create smart packaging and circular solutions, so no waste finds its way into nature or the oceans. The company aims to cut its use of virgin plastic in packaging by 50% and make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. Today, Safeguard multipacks have eliminated its plastic overwrap and shifted to using 100% recycled paper cartons, while Herbal Essences bio: renew bottles are made from 25% post-consumer resin or recycled plastic. All P&G plants also now qualify as zero manufacturing waste to landfill.