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Eagle goes green on 7th anniversary

To commemorate the first cement bag it produced back in 2010, Eagle Cement Corp. (Eagle) took to the forests of San Ildefonso, Bulacan for a tree planting activity in celebration of its seventh anniversary.
Dubbed AnniversaTree: Let’s Go Green Together, the activity was joined by around 150 employees of Eagle who planted 6,000 seedlings of narra, molave, mangium and bagtikan trees.
Eagle president and chief executive officer Paul Ang, chief rinancial officer and treasurer Monica Ang, and chief operating officer Manny Teng were also present during the activity.
Eagle’s anniversary this year is a major milestone, as the company listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange just last May. In just seven years, the company has already produced more than 300 million bags of cement, built the single-largest integrated cement plant in the country, and gained repute as one of the best-performing cement firms in the Philippines.
According to Eagle Environment manager Jeni Libo-on, the tree planting brought Eagle closer to its goal to plant 100,000 trees by the end of 2017 as part of its efforts towards carbon neutrality.
The company has committed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to plant and nurture 31,000 trees for 2017 alone, as Eagle’s share in the National Greening Program and Mine Forest Program.
Presently, Eagle has already planted 50,000 trees on 100 hectares of land in different parts of Bulacan: Barangay Akle in San Ildefonso, Barangay Kandila in Dona Remedios Trinidad, and Ipo Dam. The planted trees have a combined carbon sequestration equivalent to almost 1.1 million kilograms of carbon dioxide.
“Going beyond compliance, Eagle has initiated a progressive rehabilitation plan that aims to successively ‘green’ the buffer zones, an advance initiative on top of the Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan (FMRDP),” Libo-on said.
She added that Eagle encourages its employees to be environmental stewards themselves by enjoining each person to plant at least 50 trees every year.
Apart from its greening initiatives, Eagle also further contributes to carbon sequestration through its cement plant’s waste heat recovery (WHR) system. This energy-saving system afforded by Eagle’s latest manufacturing technology allows the company to convert its waste heat into clean energy that supplies 20 percent of the plant’s electricity requirement.
In 2016 alone, Eagle was able to offset almost 83,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide through WHR. This feat, among other initiatives, has earned Eagle the prestigious Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Award from the Department of Energy last year.
Eagle is proud to have soared to greater heights since its first bag out in 2010, while being responsible stewards of the environment.
The company commits to continue and expand its pro-environment initiatives to help ensure the country’s sustainability.

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