Less is More: Practicing resource efficiency as we grow responsibly

Elina Mendoza | Feb. 27, 2018

Resource efficiency is one of the cornerstones of a green organization. It means that we utilize the planet’s limited resources in the most sustainable way possible, allowing us to deliver greater value with less input while minimizing our impact on the environment. It is also one of the Aboitiz Group’s sustainability focus areas and is linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal # 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.

One of the ways whereby we practice resource efficiency is through our Race to Reduce campaign (R2R), which was launched in 2010. Implemented yearly, it encourages business units across the Group to regularly monitor their consumption of power, water and paper. To achieve reductions in their consumption, business units (BU) have also introduced initiatives aimed at raising awareness among team members.

In the Corporate Centers, the Group’s digital transformation allowed us to substitute traditional paper use for more innovative, collaborative, and powerful online computer-based tools. For our Banking arm, we received LEED accreditations for UnionBank branches that employ notable sustainable practices. At the plants of our Food and Infrastructure groups, we have made good use of alternative fuel sources in producing our products to reduce our consumption of power. And in our Power business, AP Renewables best exemplified our resource efficiency thrust through an information campaign as part of a quality improvement program to lower electricity usage. These, among other BU-led strategies, have equipped team members with eco-friendly measures that contribute to our group-wide sustainability goals.

Beyond the BU-level solutions that were introduced, the R2R 2.0 campaign was also strengthened. Through the Aboitiz No Impact Challenge, team members were encouraged to introduce changes to their own lifestyles in ways that benefitted both themselves and the planet.

Reducing our environmental footprint is just one aspect of our efforts to limit our environmental footprint. Monitoring how we consume finite resources is another facet that enables us to effectively set the rate at which these are used. Gaining visibility of our consumption thus allows us to trace our power, water and paper requirements in a manner that is proportional and sustainable in relation to our growth.

Figure 1: Power, Water and Paper consumption on a group-wide basis

Figure 2: Power, Water and Paper consumption business unit breakdown

Our acts of mindfulness, when combined together, can collectively create a positive impact that can inspire our stakeholders to do the same. The steps we’ve taken help us manage our impact on the planet and cultivate a mindset of sustainability within and outside the organization, ultimately fulfilling our brand promise of advancing business and communities.