Site beautification and biodiversity enhancement
In our Lugait plant, you will be surprised to see a butterfly garden. It is said that butterflies not only help enhance biodiversity, but they are also a barometer of a healthy environment.
Today, our Lugait plant is considered an industrial ecotourism center. Students, and even tourists visit our plant because of this, and our herbal garden and orchidarium.
Through our nursery operations, we have been able to propagate endemic species for our reforestation program.
Reforestation has been implemented in 61.64 hectares, with an 89.60% survival rate of trees planted.
Progressive quarry rehabilitation
Our progressive rehabilitation efforts are not just limited to areas that are actively being quarried, but including degraded areas within our MPSAs.
In the case of Lugait, out of 63 hectares actively quarried, 12 hectares have been progressively rehabilitated and an additional 92.8 hectares of idle lots, despite non-utilization.
Final mining rehabilitation and decommissioning plan
Holcim Philippines was the first Philippine company to submit a final rehabilitation plan and have it approved by the DENR.
The total combined rehabilitation cost for the four plants is estimated at PhP72.14 million which is to be funded within a period of 12 years.
Keeping the air clean: Measures to reduce emissions
Our company invested on a complete set of Continuous Emissions Monitoring System as part of its compliance to the Holcim Group requirement. This goes beyond the Philippine Clean Air Act requirement for a cement plant.
The CEMS enables us to monitor gaseous and dust emissions in real time.
To minimize fugitive dust, we maintain bag house filters and electrostatic precipitators in all our plants.
Holcim, as a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has committed to reduce emissions by 20% in the year 2010.
CO2 reduction through fuel substitution, energy efficiency and mineral components utilization
Through our alternative fuel and raw materials program, we are able to reduce our use of fossil fuel as we co-process agricultural and residual waste to derive thermal energy.
Because we respect the hierarchy of waste, our co-processing program does not hamper waste reduction efforts. We do not co-process waste if ecologically and economically better ways of recovery are available.
Our AFR program is guided by strict qualification criteria and lab testing procedure prior to co-processing and is monitored by regulators.
The impact to emissions is also carefully monitored.
Alternative raw materials include industrial waste, used tires, agricultural waste and residual waste like plastics.
Our AFR program provides a sustainable solution to waste management and helps minimize the country's carbon footprint. Waste such as rice hull which would normally be burned in the open thus producing CO2, is collected by Holcim and used as alternative fuel, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
Currently, Holcim has tied up with city government of Makati, Marikina and Quezon City in collecting used car tires and other rubber waste for co-processing.