By BusinessWorld


SHANGRI-LA’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu has picked Aboitiz Power Corp.’s brand for clean and renewable energy, Cleanergy, to power its operations and support its environmental sustainability initiatives.

The resort is able to choose its own electricity supplier under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) scheme.

“(Reliable power supply) is very vital to our operations, as power interruptions have adverse effects on our operations and hamper our guest experience,” DayalanSwamidurai, director of engineering at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, was quoted as saying in a statement.

With RCOA, Mr. Swamidurai said Shangri-La Mactan has reduced power outages and costs as well as experienced greater transparency in invoicing.

“There are six environmental categories that Shangri-La, as a group, focuses on, including climate change mitigation,” Shangri-La Mactan’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability service leader Irene Tan-Meca was quoted as saying in a statement.

Ms. Tan-Meca outlined the hotel’s efforts to reduce the impact of global warming, such as “lowering their energy consumption through existing systems and processes; the use of energy-efficient technologies; banning the use of CFCs in refrigerant and aerosol systems; and alternative energy sources.”

The Shangri-La group is targeting to achieve a 20% reduction in energy and CO2 emissions intensity by 2020, based on 2015 levels.

AboitizPower First Vice-President Sandro A. Aboitiz said Cleanergy is the company’s answer to the rising demand from businesses seeking sustainable energy solutions.

“More than just supplying power, we are looking at providing better solutions to our customers. Our wide portfolio of energy sources, both renewable and non-renewable, gives us the flexibility to meet the demand of our customers, while assuring our customers of the reliability that only AboitizPower can give,” he said.