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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Journey

At First Balfour, our commitment extends beyond sustainability as we continuously practice and prioritize eco-friendly practices and collaborate with like-minded organizations to accomplish our mission. Follow our journey as we work towards creating a better future for all.

2011

Establishment of the first green building in the Philippines through the Philippine Green Building Council

2016

Recognition of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) of First Balfour’s commitment to upholding sustainability practices

2020

Adoption of new company mission

2021

Becomes founding member of the Net Zero Carbon Alliance, T1 Transport begins to offer electric vehicle services

2022

Signing of Memorandum of Agreements with Ako ang Bukas, an initiative that aims to push for climate neutrality in the country; and The Plastic Flamingo, an organization that aims to curb plastic pollution through sustainable waste management efforts

2023

Setting of 2030 targets

Our SDGs: SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 8, SDG 9, and SDG 12

Key Figures

Decarbonization

At First Balfour, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint through consistently monitoring our carbon emissions. Resulting findings allow us to create effective and regenerative strategies as part of our broader decarbonization roadmap. Ultimately, these measures help us fulfill our ultimate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 Carbon Emissions for 2022

15,257

tons of CO2e

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Scope 1: 13,994 tons CO2e of direct emissions from fuel use
Scope 2: 1,263 tons CO2e from indirect emissions from consumed energy

Trees Planted

18,805

seedlings planted
from 2013 to 2023

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This was made possible through the collective efforts of our employees, highlighting our active participation and drive towards restoring the environment.

Recyclable Plastic Waste Recycled and Diverted

430,816.32

kg worth of waste collected in 2022
(mostly plastic and construction materials)

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First Balfour makes an effort to properly segregate and recycle waste that can be produced during the building of projects, and is committed to taking tangible steps towards reducing waste.

Solar Power Net-Metering

128,667

kwh of excess solar power generated
from the solar panel from 2019 to 2023

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As part of the company’s efforts to use renewable energy sources, First Balfour has been utilizing a 100 KW solar panel since 2019. The excess power generated from the solar PV in the mentioned years was delivered to the local distribution.

Rainwater Harvesting

8,125,000

liters of rainwater collected
from 2016 to 2023

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A rainwater harvesting system was installed at First Balfour’s head office in Paranaque City back in 2016 to support its goal of fulfilling SDG #6 and establish sustainable water management practices.

Projects

We deliver on our promises by constructing infrastructures that positively impact both the communities and the planet, in line with the SDGs to which we are committed.

Water Reliability

1,400

MLD of water supplied through various water
reliability projects e.g. reservoirs, treatment plants, conveyance
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1,200 MLD of water conveyance systems
50 MLD of water treatment plant
161 ML of water reservoirs

Clean Energy

2,600

MW + of renewable energy to millions of Filipino homes
through various solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power facilities
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New geothermal, solar, and wind power plants with a combined capacity of 272 MW
Rehabilitation, upgrade, and maintenance efforts for with a combined capacity of 2,300 MW +

Sustainable Transport

40

km + of construction and various rehabilitation works for railways, bridge,
and expressways serving thousands of Filipino commuters everyday
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5.7 km of new rail viaducts and stations
Rehabilitation, upgrade, and maintenance efforts for 25km+ of railway
Construction of 11km of new roads and bridges

Carbon Reduction Strategies

We remain steadfast in our goal of using renewable and clean energy throughout all facets of our operations. As part of our objective to uphold environmental sustainability, First Balfour strives to accomplish the following carbon reduction strategies:

Improvements in productivity and efficiency

Pushing for productivity and efficiency gains in our operations, specially thru digitalization

Shift to renewable energy

Switching to renewable electricity in our head office, projects, and businesses

Material reduction and circular economy

Identifying opportunities for circularity

Decarbonizing our fleet

Switching from diesel to electric, hybrid, or other new technological solutions for our equipment fleet

Sustainable investments

Diversifying to green products and services to decarbonize

Nature-based solutions

Explore opportunities in nature-based solutions (NBS)/Carbon Offsets

Our Commitments to Partner Institutions

First Balfour also continues to partner and collaborate with diverse groups to uphold our mission, work towards its SDGs, and progress towards a more sustainable future.

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Net Zero Carbon Alliance

We are a founding member.

Learn more here: Net Zero Carbon Alliance Website

Ako Ang Bukas Movement

We pilot the supplier engagement on decarbonization.

Learn more here: AkoAngBukas Facebook Page

Philippine Green Building Council

Our Head of Human Resources and Administration, Mr. Carlos Pedro Salonga, is a member of the board.

Learn more here: Phil GBC Website

Council for Inclusive Capitalism

Our Chairman, Mr. Federico Lopez, is a Steward. Our President, Mr. Anthony Fernandez, is a member.

Learn more here: Council for Inclusive Capitalism Website

First Balfour Regeneration Path

Technical Working Group

Bolstering our commitment to decarbonization and regeneration, our company, First Balfour, has formally institutionalized a Technical Working Group (TWG) for sustainability since August 2022. The group is responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring the company’s corporate sustainability initiatives. Led by Vicente M. de Lima II, Head of the Strategic Business Planning (SBP) Department, the TWG ensures that all initiatives are done in accordance with our mission and geared towards our net-zero target by 2050.

Convening once a month to streamline the sustainability reporting process and discuss significant updates, the TWG is in charge of strengthening First Balfour’s systems for capturing and analyzing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data; submitting regular progress reports to our partner institutions, including the Net Zero Carbon Alliance and Council for Inclusive Capitalism, on our sustainability targets and achievements.

In the photo (L-R): AM Ramos (ESH), Seannekate Amilbahar (ESH), Anj Abibuag (Strategic Business Planning), Coleen Kagaoan (Quality), Elaine Sison (Commercial), CJ Ortego (Technical Services), Limuel Banaag (Project Planning and Innovation), Dolly Ramos (Corporate Communications), Bryce Temew (Strategic Business Planning), Ronna Bautista (HR), Jay-R Tactac (Admin), Je Penaranda (Industrial Projects), Anchel Cruz (HR), Miko Chua (Procurement), Hans Ong (Concrete & Aggregates), Macky De Lima (Strategic Business Planning)

ESG News

First Balfour remains committed to undertaking and supporting various initiatives that aim to advance social progress for the common good.

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