By Jenifer C. Tilos
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has proven that it is on the right track by investing in a low carbon future as it made the Carbon Clean 200™ list.
According to EDC’s Corporate Communications Officer Frances Ariola, EDC is the only Philippine company in the list of the world’s largest publicly-traded firms that lead the way with solutions for the transition to a clean energy future.
The rankings were based on the companies’ total clean energy revenues as rated by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Only companies with a market capitalization greater than $1 billion and have earned more than 10 percent of its total revenues from clean energy sources are eligible to be considered in the list.
Twenty-nine countries are represented in the latest Clean 200 group, which have an average market capitalization of $9.4 billion and generate over $363 billion in clean energy revenues per year.
China had the most number of companies in the list with 68, followed by the US with 21 firms, and Japan with 21 corporations.
EDC, which ranked 119th this year, hopes to move up in the list as it achieves its growth objectives in the coming years, said Ariola.
Clean 200 excludes all oil and gas companies and utilities that generate less than 50 percent of their power from renewable sources, as well as the top 100 coal companies measured by reserves.
It also disqualifies companies profiting from weapons manufacturing, tropical deforestation, the use of child and/or forced labor, and companies that engage in negative climate lobbying.
“EDC is a carbon neutral company and is the leading renewable energy company in the Philippines. Its total installed capacity of 1,458MW from geothermal, wind, solar, and hydro power sources accounts for 21 percent of the total installed renewable energy (RE) in the country,” said Ariola.
She added that the company has committed to not invest in coal and to make renewable energy more accessible to the Filipinos to help drive a low-carbon economy for the country.
This commitment was reinforced by EDC’s partnership with the Philippines Renewable Energy Holdings Corporation (PREHC), a consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Mira) and Arran Investment Pte Ltd (Arran), an affiliate of GIC Pte Ltd.
PREHC’s 31.7 percent acquisition of EDC’s total outstanding voting shares from existing shareholders is the largest single foreign investment in the country under the Duterte administration.
Launched in 2016, Clean 200 is an initiative of non-profit foundation As You Sow whose mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility, and Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and research company that produces corporate rankings, research reports and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.
The report was produced to start a dialogue on how investors can work together to achieve a clean energy economy and how to best evaluate and highlight those that are already transitioning to clean energy.
In 2016, EDC generated 8,531.5GWh that helped the country avoid 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
EDC goes beyond generating RE to help in decarbonizing the country by restoring forests through its BINHI greening legacy.
It has planted 6.2 million seedlings covering 8,964 hectares of denuded land in 2016.
This resulted in 793,563 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered in 2018, which is on top of the 2.4 million tons of equivalent carbon sequestered in biomass for taking care of our geothermal reservations.
“EDC’s carbon footprint of 806,117 CO2e from its operations in 2016 is only 30 percent of the carbon absorption of the forests and plantations that it nurtures,” Ariola reported.