Vida Rodriguez | Dec. 13, 2017
Key players in the cement manufacturing industry have been called to make the move to green and sustainable operations. Likewise, consumers were urged to choose cement products that are produced in an environmentally sustainable manner, to encourage the further greening of the building and manufacturing innovations in the industry.
The call was made by Nabil Francis, President of Republic Cement, during the CEO Forum organized by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) during its national convention recently held at Makati Shangri-la.
The 2017 PHILGBC National Convention is the largest gathering of green building leaders, professionals, builders, and advocates from all around the Asia Pacific region. Its culminating activity, the CEO Forum, brought together C-level representatives from PHILGBC Corporate Members and industry leaders to discuss various industry updates, exchange ideas and best practices, and formulate programs for the uptake of green buildings and sustainability in the Philippines.
Discussing the third session on the supply side of the green building, Francis brought the crowd up to speed with how manufacturers like Republic Cement are supporting the development of green buildings.
Francis shared that cement is a key constituent of concrete, the second most consumed material on the planet following water. Therefore, manufacturers and green business advocates alike are challenged to find more eco-friendly solutions.
Solutions are existing for green cement. As a responsible corporate citizen, Republic Cement continues to look for ways to reduce our environmental footprint by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, increasing the recycled component in our products, and replacing traditional energy sources with alternative fuels.
–Nabil Francis, President, Republic Cement
Francis, a well-decorated executive in the field of cement manufacturing, shared that Republic Cement has consciously focused on manufacturing its product as a green developer.
A number of the company’s sustainable practices have been integrated into its operations. These practices include the use of biomass and refuse-derived fuels, sourced from waste segregation facilities to power its cement production. Through the Total Ash Management agreement, it has inked with coal-fired power plants, Republic Cement also uses byproducts of coal-fired power generation as a viable alternative to non-renewable quarry materials, such as pozzolan, limestone, and gypsum, in the production of its fly ash blended cement.
The Republic Cement group, a joint venture of Ireland-based CRH and local conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures, services roughly one-fourth of the cement needs of the Philippines and has six cement manufacturing plants around the country. Continuously decreasing its carbon footprint and engaging in responsible cement production is a key part of Republic Cement’s contribution to the Aboitiz Group’s promise of advancing business and communities.