East zone concessionaire Manila Water, controlled by ultra bilyonaryo Enrique K. Razon Jr., has become the first water utility company in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia to be recognized by the International Water Association (IWA) for its efforts in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Manila Water was among the 42 Climate Smart utilities across the world which were honored at the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark held last September 11 to 15.
IWA recognized Manila Water as a Climate Smart Utility in the first year of its Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Program, following a robust review.
The program aims to inspire utilities and all their stakeholders to embrace climate resilience under three key pillars for action namely, climate adaptation, mitigation, and leadership.
“It is imperative for Manila Water to adapt first to climate change because it is here, and its impacts are already felt,” Manila Water sustainability head Sarah Bergado said.
“Now that a certain level of stability is achieved, then it is time to double our efforts to contribute to mitigating climate change impact through energy efficiency, renewable energy transition, NRW reduction, watershed management and wastewater treatment expansion,” she added.
Manila Water is among the first companies in the country to adopt a climate change policy.
The company’s greenhouse gas q emission reduction programs include its transition to renewable energy wherein a four percent reduction was realized in 2021 compared to 2020 through onsite solar power generation and RE purchase.
Manila Water addresses raw water quality risk through nature-based solutions, with 2,459 hectares of watershed areas reforested with 1.2 million native trees planted since 2006.