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Holcim Philippines, McDonalds Philippines seal sustainability partnership

From left: McDonald’s Philippines director for restaurant operations, solutions and equipment Jack Divinagracia and AVP for corporate R\relation & impact Adi Hernandez with Holcim Philippines president and CEO Horia Adrian and chief sustainability officer Samuel Manlosa, Jr. during the signing of their sustainability partnership to further raise decarbonization and circularity of operations on June 26  at McDonald’s McKinley West.

LEADING building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. and quick service restaurant giant McDonald’s Philippines are teaming up to advance sustainability in the country with a partnership to accelerate decarbonization and circularity of their operations.

The partners are currently working together on sustainable waste management through Geocycle which converts qualified materials into alternative fuels and raw materials in cement production.
Furthermore, Holcim Philippines and McDonald’s plan to collaborate on expanding the network of sustainable stores under its McDonald’s Green and Good platform, built and operated with a significantly lower environmental footprint. Holcim and McDonald’s will explore the latter’s building solutions that have a lower carbon footprint and virgin raw material components to further raise the environmental performance of Green and Good stores.
Since its launch in 2021, McDonald’s Green and Good stores have used circular solutions such as recycled steel building frames and eco-pavers and bricks with shredded plastics to reduce the use of virgin natural resources. Electric consumption is also more sustainable through solar panels, LED lights, smart aircon systems, low-power water heaters, and heat-reflective glass panels.
Holcim Philippines, meanwhile, has a range of sustainable building solutions such as its low-carbon blended cement ECOPlanet. It is also set to expand its green offerings to include aggregates recycled from demolished concrete, aerated blocks that use less materials, and permeable concrete for rainwater harvesting systems.
Kenneth S. Yang, president & CEO of McDonald’s Philippines: “We look forward to working with Holcim as we scale our Green and Good program. Together with partners like Holcim which continuously innovate to be better for the planet, we’ll be able to learn and integrate solutions as we grow and open more new stores. With every action that we take for the environment, we’re planting the seeds for a greener and more sustainable future.”
Holcim Philippines president and CEO Horia Adrian: “A big thanks to McDonald’s for trusting Holcim to be its partner in expanding its Green and Good store network and further elevating the sustainability performance of these outlets. We are excited to see this partnership further drive our organizations’ sustainability performance and positive impact on the environment.”
Holcim Philippines has consistently demonstrated its commitment to making a positive impact while growing its business. In 2023, the company launched new blended cement with a lower environmental footprint while delivering excellent building performance. It accelerated digitalization across operations for greater resource efficiency highlighted by a 12% reduction in freshwater withdrawals. Holcim Philippines also reused more than a million tons of qualified wastes as alternative fuels and raw materials to help partners avoid landfilling and lower consumption of virgin resources.
Through Geocycle, Holcim Philippines is among the pioneers of co-processing, a government-approved and globally-recognized waste management technology that repurposes qualified discarded materials into alternative low-carbon fuels and raw materials in making cement.
Geocycle has 71 city and municipal government partners across the country as more communities seek ways to reduce waste sent to landfills. Geocycle also welcomed more industrial partners in 2023 as manufacturers embrace solutions for their plastic wastes in compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law.


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