Gokongwei Group’s property arm embraces bold sustainability goals

Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC), the listed property developer of the Gokongwei Group, yesterday announced bold sustainability targets including a shift to clean power by 2035 as it continues to strengthen its sustainability efforts. 

Thus, RCL intends to use clean power in all its current and future mall projects, in line with its goal of shifting power requirements to renewable energy sources by 2035. 

In its 2021 Sustainability Report “Thriving, Sustainable Communities,” RLC said the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for a more focused approach to sustainability.

Thus, RLC is looking to increase the impact of its sustainability initiatives, while delivering value to the business, said RLC president and CEO Frederick Go.

“We continue to invest in creating low-carbon and resilient spaces to further reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, protect the environment, and promote efficient land use,” Go said.

In all, RLC has created its own roadmap toward a net zero carbon ambition by 2050. This is in line with the global push to limit global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Moving forward, RLC will also pursue more investment opportunities through the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) or the RE Market — once it is established — and engage with clean energy providers for both Luzon and provincial areas. 

In 2021, RLC’s Robinsons Malls and Robinsons Offices nationwide used 30.24 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy.

To-date, RLC has 24 malls with solar rooftop installations, generating nearly 30 MW of clean and renewable energy. 

This includes the world’s largest solar-powered shopping mall – Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga – which boasts a 2.88-megawatt system covering a 1.75- hectare roof space. 

For the company’s non-biodegradable materials, Go said, the company will also shift to recycling and other waste processing facilities.

“By 2030, RLC intends to divert all discarded non-biodegradable materials in our properties away from landfills and toward recycling and other waste processing facilities,” Go said.

In terms of reducing waste, RLC has implemented a campaign aimed at reducing annual food spoilage by five percent in all its hotel and leisure properties located in tourist capitals. 

“Through these programs, we will be able to better manage the volume of waste generated in our residential developments even after the units have been turned over to the homeowners. We look forward to expanding these initiatives to all RLC properties. By 2025, all RLC developments – whether new or existing – will have design plans with wastewater treatment and materials recovery facilities,” Go said.