In an effort to reduce carbon emissions at its bottling plants Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines is trialling the use of biomass fuel by widening its sources for renewable energy at all its facilities and plants across the country.
A new steam-boiler biomass technology uses discarded rice hull, fired by gasification method invented by Amertech Industrial Ventures owner and president Jayme Ancla, and Coca-Cola claims the technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the steam production process of the plant.
Coca-Cola export media relations manager Wally Panganiban told BusinessMirror that a biomass-fuelled furnace was in operation in the Ilocos plant, in Meycauayan, Bulacan, and Calasioao in Pangasinan, and the company plans to install similar furnaces in all its 23 plants across the Philippines for steam generation.
"As the urgency of climate action becomes more apparent, a fundamental change is needed to the way the company operates without increasing its carbon footprints with the use of green technology such as biomass," Panganiban said, adding that the technology would satisfy the current supply needs of the bottling process on the site.
The company claims that the technology will reduce dependency on fossil fuel imports and will also contribute to environmental and social sustainability locally and globally.
About 2,730t of carbon dioxide emission is expected to be reduced annually from each plant through biomass technology, with 365kg of rice hull needed to generate one tonne of steam.
Other green ideas implemented by Coca-Cola include recycling programmes, water saving technology and energy efficient lighting.According to the firm, the Ilocos facility also houses a water treatment facility and a water recovery system saves the company at least 130,000l of water a week.
The company’s Misamis Oriental plant in Mindanao features green technology such as roof rainwater catchment systems, efficient lighting and other technologies that are expected to boost revenue.
Image: The biomass technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in steam production process of the plant. Photo: The Coca-Cola Company