Climate change is one of the most pressing and defining global issues today. It has become imperative for both the
public and private sectors to continue to band together to primarily, safeguard the welfare of the people and to step up to strengthen the resilience of the nation.Editor’s note: This press release is sponsored by SM Store and was handled by BrandRap, the sales and marketing arm of Rappler.services and dedication to upholding standards..
Solar rooftop at SM City North EDSA The Philippines currently ranks third globally when it comes to climate change vulnerability.In relation to its geographical location, it is more exposed to altering intensities of climate change manifested through erratic weather systems and natural calamities.The SM Store recently launched the SM Green Finds initiative to make everyday living better for the planet and for Filipinos.The private sector is called upon now more than ever to align with the principles of sustainable development and to take on the same firm stance on environmentally sound practices in its operations.As large corporations, they believe they can make a significant impact in society and encourage the public to follow in their footsteps.Mr.Alongside SM retail affiliate brands, SM Green Finds offers resourcefully made products made from natural ingredients that promote local artisans and support community livelihood.Hans T.
Sy “I constantly encourage the private sector to work closely with the government.By making greener options easier to find and making it more affordable, we can easily shift to living green,” says SM Retail Inc.The company believes it’s imperative to take its business to the next level by embedding a sustainability program that secures continued growth while strengthening its competitive advantage as a premier multinational company in Asia and Oceana.This way, we can be more cohesive in our efforts to make more meaningful progress towards a better and sustainable future.As a private enterprise, SM Prime will continue to do its share in addressing climate change for the benefit of communities,” said Hans T.According to the UN Environment Program, in order to live sustainably, one must have an understanding of how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us.Sy, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee.It relies heavily on natural resources around the country, hence the need for sustainability initiatives that manage their impact on the environment, while enhancing responsible management of relevant resources.Water conservation ADVERTISEMENT Sustainability at SM Prime is at the core of its corporate identity.“We find ourselves with a very unique opportunity to bring both our customers and our supplier partners toward a greener shopping experience – one that prioritizes the welfare of our communities and our common home, our planet,” adds Manalo.
SM Prime has spearheaded sustainable practices as well as set records in pioneering programs to consciously protect the environment and strongly focus on resilience in its developments.For one, the property conglomerate embarked on a campaign to substantially reduce its water consumption.Greener Practices through the SM Green Movement The SM Green Finds is one of the many initiatives under the SM Green Movement – a collective effort of SM, together with its partners, customers, and communities towards Green Living, a Green Culture and a Green Planet.It also studies regulatory requirements, establishes guidelines, and develops immediate action plans.It pioneered the installation of sewage treatment plants even before the measure was required by way of the Clean Water Act in 2004.Today, its sewage treatment plants recycle 8.It has been investing in green solutions like water catchments facilities and solar energy panels.7 million cubic meters of water, lessening its dependence on fresh water sources for air conditioning operations, gardening, water closet flushing and other non-potable uses.URC explores creative approaches to managing their environmental waste.
SM Prime’s water catchment basins across 20 SM malls can also catch and store almost 79 million liters of water in total every time it rains, or as much as 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools.It has engaged its customers and communities to take part in keeping the environment clean through its programs like Trash to Cash and coastal clean-ups.By controlling the flow of flood water, surrounding communities have been provided more protection against the devastating effects of floods, alleviating what communities would normally fear when the rains come.Renewable energy SM Prime continues to explore ways to promote environmental consciousness in its operations and developments to minimize environmental impact.Through the SM Green Movement, SM takes its commitment further by creating practical solutions to make green living easier for everyone it serves.Besides developing green spaces and reusing water in their malls, SM recently added more e-vehicle charging stations in select branches across the country.In 2014, SM Prime achieved an important milestone in the country with SM City North EDSA becoming then the world’s largest solar-powered mall.Today, SM Prime is adding eleven more malls with solar roof decks.6MW capacity to recycling an average of 8.
Showing its firm resolve to advance its sustainability agenda, the company is committed to increase the use of renewable energy by 50% in 2022 across its various business segments, ahead of the national goals to be 35% renewable by 2030.However, there are only several charging ports available in the metro.Through these efforts, SM Prime is committed to provide affordable and clean energy to its tenant-partners, minimizing the carbon footprint emission in its operations.With the SM Green Movement, we can only expect more innovative green spaces to rise.Collaboration toward resilience As a key figure in the private sector, Mr.Sy and his dedication to environmental protection continues to serve as a testament to how Philippine businesses can usher positive change toward disaster resilience and risk reduction management in the country.Sustainably designed, the two-tower, 14-storey office has received the IATF-LGU’s safety seal requirement as well as the WELL Health-Safety Rating for facilities operations.It coincides with the government’s National Renewable Energy Program, which promotes a more eco-friendly society for all Filipinos.In 2012, Mr.
Sy joined the United Nations Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) for Disaster Reduction.For responsible management of resources, it is equipped with automated lighting systems to lessen power consumption, water recycling facilities for water closets in employee washrooms, and proper waste management facilities where recyclables are endorsed to the Trust International Paper Corp (TIPCO) in Tarlac.In 2015, he was also inducted as the first and only Filipino member UNDRR ARISE (Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) International Board.Within The SM Store, mall-goers can purchase products ranging from beauty, technology, fashion, and home tools that boast eco-friendly and sustainable features through the Green Finds badge.He currently serves as co-chair in the ARISE-Philippines network and National Resilience Council (NRC) of the Philippines, representing the private sector.All buildings have designed back racks for employees to encourage green mobility.He continues to help develop multi-sectoral partnerships in the country to strengthen the ability of corporations, including MSMEs, to prepare and respond to disasters brought about by natural hazards such as earthquake.“Climate change is looming over our Mother Earth.Pushing for responsible waste management Smart and PLDT don’t restrict themselves from participating in sustainable efforts despite being network and telecommunication providers, respectively, for Filipinos across the country.
If we can contribute no matter how little and if I can get everybody to be aware of it, I think we will make an impact.It’s never too late,” said Mr.Sy in a video interview for the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders initiative.Recently, PLDT and Smart piloted the #FarmSmart Farm program in Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, alongside the social agri-enterprise Farmvocacy.Tags:.
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