Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) is going green.
MPTC chief finance officer and senior executive sponsor for sustainability Christopher Lizo sad the company is considering transforming its operational toll roads to sustainable highways in line with efforts to contribute to a resilient future for all.
“This is in alignment with the company’s commitment to build with least disruption to the communities and the environment, and supporting Philippines’ first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 75 percent by the year 2030,” said Lizo.
The company’s 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) is being integrated with resource-saving and emission-reduction technologies while maintaining the high standard of road safety features of the expressway.
Existing toll plazas of the operational sections of CALAX are equipped with solar panels that can power its own operations.
According to MPTC, the total power output of 116.58kWp has avoided over 10,200 kg of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to having planted 304 trees.
Installed solar panels and inverters are expected to be operational for 25 years and 10 years, respectively.
Lizo said all future toll plazas and offices along the road alignment shall have provisions of solar photovoltaic system installations.
CALAX is a high-speed road network that connects Cavite and Laguna. Once completed in 2023, the tollroad is expected to serve around 45,000 motorists.
It currently operates from Binan, Laguna up to the east of Silang, Cavite.