SMC’s water footprint management saves 4 billion liters of water each year
Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. has already saved four billion liters of water since it announced its goal to reduce water usage at its facilities by 50.percent by 2025.
The four billion of liters saved equals the annual household needs of about 137,000 households.
SMC has cut water use by 14 percent across its food, beverage, packaging, power, fuels and petrochemicals, and infrastructure businesses.
“This is more than half of our mid-point goal of 20 percent reduction by year 2020, and we’re only just beginning. We’re pleased with these results and we’re eager to reduce it further,” said SMC pesident Ramon S. Ang.
Most of the reduction came from the substitution of water sourced from the ground, from surface sources, and water district supply, to sea water–reducing the company’s use of scarce water supply.
“The first year has been about instilling a culture of conservation among our employees, and improving water systems and processes, where possible. From now through 2020, our goal is to cut as much as we can by improving water management, utilizing rainwater harvesting, and increasing the amount of water we recycle and re-use,”Ang said.
Also part of SMC’s long-term sustainability goals is to completely exit from the bottled water business in the third or fourth quarter of the year when excess inventory in the market would have been depleted.