Upsilon Sigma Phi and Unilever Champion Sustainability in CAN U-Talk
The Upsilon Sigma Phi - the oldest Greek-letter organization and fraternity in Asia – through its Climate Action Network (CAN), held its 2nd U-Talk webinar highlighting our Climate Transition Action Plan. The webinar aimed to raise awareness on climate change and how the private sector is stepping up in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
Featured in the U-Talk was our VP for Sustainable Business & Communications, Ed Sunico. As one of the companies who have strongly expressed support to protecting the planet, Ed highlighted how global threats such as climate change and social inequality are deeply intertwined. Climate change not only impacts the environment, but also leads to economic instability as it affects the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. Hence, we have set ambitious goals to combat these threats through our Climate Transition Action Plan.
Climate Transition Action Plan
The Climate Transition Action Plan sets out a range of targets and actions designed to deliver an emissions reduction roadmap covering our operations, value chain, brands & products, and even in the way we influence the wider society.
We have put this plan into action starting with ourtransition to 100% renewable grid electricity in all our sites thru our partnership with First Gen. We are also leading various climate-action initiatives including plant-based food transformation, transition to non-HFC point of sale ice cream freezers and driving a massive plastic collection program thru our Kolek-Kilo-Kita program in hundreds of barangays in the country.
In parallel to these efforts, the government, through the Department of Energy, has initiatives in their pipeline that will support the companies with their climate transition journey such as its plan to support E-mobility in the near future. “The DOE is advocating for the acceleration of the use of E-vehicles for Filipinos by providing dedicated lanes as a non-fiscal incentive. These green routes, once cleared by the other government agencies, such as MMDA and DPWH, will help companies utilizing electric vehicles to become more efficient in their logistics”, shared DOE Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella. In an earlier webinar, he said that the Philippine government will remain active in creating policies, laws, and initiatives to boost climate resilience.
Upsilon Climate Action Network (CAN)
The Upsilon CAN initiative seeks to focus discussion on the worsening global climate situation. The platform encourages an interchange of ideas and solutions among Filipinos on ways to address the global problem brought about by climate change.
Also present in this edition of the U-Talk were Office of the Civil Defense Director Tecson John Lim, Pasig Congressman Roman Romulo, and MORE Power CEO Roel Castro to name a few.
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