NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Southern Negros Geothermal Project (SNGP) in Valencia town in Negros Oriental recently received the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification from the certification firm SGS Philippines.
The recognition is granted to companies that serve as models in imparting the identification and reduction of environmental risks and negative impacts in their management system.
The ISO certification is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
“We are proud to have received this certification from the world’s premier inspection, verification, testing, and Certification Company,” James Villaroman, EDC’s business unit head for Negros Island disclosed.
“This recognition further seals our commitment to responsible environmental management, which is crucial to our company’s sustainability,” he added.
EDC maintains its commitment to bring service to people along with responsible environmental stewardship through its watershed management and BINHI programs.
Launched in 2008, EDC’s BINHI program aims to reforest 1,000 hectares of forest land for 10 years in areas which host the energy firm’s facilities. It also targets to reinstate the abundance of premium, native tree species in its areas of operation.
The renewable energy company also assures that biodiversity conservation and forest protection and monitoring are included in its environmental programs.
Meanwhile, EDC site in the municipality of Valencia aims to be a model in implementing waste reduction and conservation initiatives which will result to savings in the operational costs.
The SGS Philippines conducted the stage 1 of the certification audit in SNGP last June and stage 2 last July this year. The certification was granted last month after EDC-Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit complied with the standards of ISO. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/with reports from Fances Ariola/EDC Corporate Communications/Article first published at PIA Website on Sept. 8, 2014)