Holcim launches Circular Explorer in Manila Bay to preserve marine ecosystems in the Philippines








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Holcim launches Circular Explorer in Manila Bay to preserve marine ecosystems in the Philippines

07.07.2022 / 07:00


  • First solar-powered catamaran operated by One Earth One Ocean to clean up coastal areas of plastic waste in Manila Bay
  • Strengthen local action with educational and scientific programs in partnership with the University of the Philippines Institute of Marine Science
  • Quezon City is listed in the Bloomberg Circular City Barometer as one of the top 25 cities worldwide leading the transition to circular living

Holcim and One Earth One Ocean today launched the Circular Explorer in Manila to help clean up the coastal areas of the Philippines. The first 100% solar catamaran of its kind, the Circular Explorer is designed to recover up to four tons of plastic waste per day in order to sustainably preserve vital marine ecosystems. At the same time, he is piloting an education program to empower students and local communities as agents of change to take action for people and the planet. Taking a science-based approach for greater impact, it partners with the University of the Philippines Marine Institute to advance ocean research. With integrated sensors and microplastic collectors on board, it will drive live data mapping throughout its journey to power faculty research programs.

Magali Anderson, Director of Sustainability and Innovation at Holcim: “With the current demographic and urban growth, Holcim is committed to improving the standard of living for all by building more with less. That’s why we drive circular construction as a global leader in materials recycling to build a net zero future that works for people and the planet. The Circular Explorer is a platform for communities to join us in transitioning to circular living. »

Doc. Deo Onda, Deputy Director of Research, University of the Philippines Institute of Marine Science: “Now more than ever, we need science to help us understand the environmental challenges we face and to guide us towards equitable and lasting solutions. Scientific initiatives, such as that supported by Holcim with its Circular Explorer, are a significant contribution to these efforts. By advancing research together, we can help educate the public and support key decision makers with relevant data to take action.

Horia Adrian, President and CEO, Holcim Philippines: “The circular explorer is a symbol of Holcim’s commitment to sustainability. Across our business, we have recycled more than 20 million tons of materials into alternative fuels and low-emission feedstocks across our operations over the past 15 years. By 2024, we will become the first company in our industry in the Philippines to operate solar panels in our factories. I am thrilled to partner today with like-minded organizations to make a bigger difference together.

In the Philippines, Holcim’s 1,070 employees operate four factories at the forefront of sustainability, with brands ranging from ECOPlanet green cement to its advanced line of building solutions for resilience and repair.

In line with its commitment to circular building, Holcim is engaging with cities around the world to accelerate the transition to circular living. To enable broader action, Holcim launched the Circular Cities Barometer with Bloomberg Media, showcasing the world’s top 25 cities at the forefront of circularity. Quezon City features in this global ranking, standing out for its circular systems and leadership. It was the first city in the Philippines to set up waste-to-energy power plants and has banned all single-use plastics since 2019. Its nearly 3 million residents can pay their utility bills with credits obtained by recycling plastics, metal, paper and cardboard. .

To intensify circularity in the region, Holcim brought together experts from the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources with non-governmental organizations such as Build Change to discuss how to move from a linear take-do- waste” to a circular economy. reduce-reuse-recycle’.

About Holcim
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim enables greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improves living standards around the world. With sustainability at the heart of its strategy, Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company promotes circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the construction industry, including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Geocycle, Holcim, Lafarge and Malarkey Roofing Products. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about improving people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

Learn more about Holcim at www.holcim.com and by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Learn more about the circular explorer here.

Learn more about the Bloomberg Circular Cities Barometer here.

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