First Gen Integrated Report 2019

Sustainability

Environmental Performance

First Gen manages its impact on the environment by complying with environmental laws conducting environmental risk assessment and employing mitigating measures to protect the environment within its areas of operations. The Company also contributes to the conservation of natural resources outside its premises through forest restoration and coastal marine protection.

15,924,383.5

tCO2e GHG avoided vs coal

19,468,054

tonnes of Carbon stored in Geothermal Reservations

112,177

hectares forest protected

71,447,760

tonnes C02 forest carbon captured

141,328

seedlings produced

572

species of fauna

14

species of mangrove monitored

13,633

kilos of compostable waste

968

kilos of residual waste

445

kilos of recyclable waste collected during monthly coastal clean-ups

109.3

hectares marine protected areas supported

Recognitions

First Gen Clean Energy Complex received the following awards:

  • Plaque of Recognition in Appreciation of the Many years of Dedicated Service and Commitment to Protect the Environment through Best Environmental Practice (BEP) and Best Available Technology (BAT)
  • Plaque of Recognition in Appreciation as Donor Partner in the Adopt- a-River Program
Coastal clean-up done by First Gen in collaboration with local government units and the community

Environmental Compliance

(GRI 307-1)

First Gen ensures that all pertinent Philippine environmental laws with regulations are complied with. First Gen power plants managed by FGPC, FGP, FNPC, EDC FGHydro and FGBukidnon maintain and Environmental Management Systems all certified with ISO 45001:2015. The EMS of these power plants are audited by their certifying bodies on a yearly basis.

The policy for the assessment of environmental aspects and impacts, and establishment of programs for environmental protection and preservation are included in the Environment and Occupational Safety and Health (ESH) Policy signed by Chairman Federico R. Lopez and President Francis Giles B. Puno.

Water monitoring of the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team at the mangroves areas of FGCEC

First Gen complies with the following legislations:

Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275)

National Water Resources Board Regulations

Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003)

Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (RA 6969)

Clean Air Act of 1999 (RA 8749)

Materials

(GRI 301-1)

First Gen is committed to delivering power reliably to the grid by ensuring the availability of natural resources when needed by the power plants. Guided by the Sustainability Policy, the Company manages the use of natural resources not only to sustain fuel sourcing but also to contribute to environmental conservation and protection.

The materials First Gen uses in its operations are composed of:

Water and Effluents

(GRI 303-1, 303-2, 303-3, 303-4, 303-5, 306-1, 306-3, 306-5)

First Gen sources its water from deep wells, water concessionaires, watershed areas, and bodies of water near the power plants. The Company utilizes water throughout its various processes, namely:

  • Domestic use (i.e., canteen operations)
  • Sanitation
  • Boiler feed water
  • Cooling and treatment processes
  • Running hydropower turbines

ZERO

Significant Spills for all the power plants

Interactions with water as a shared resource

All of First Gen’s power plants have specific wastewater treatment implemented. These power plants monitor and treat their wastewater before discharging it as allowed under law.

The seawater used by thermal plants for condenser cooling employs a once-through system and is returned to the sea. Wastewater treatment facilities are provided to comply with effluent quality before discharge to receiving bodies of water.

Effluent quality is regularly monitored before discharge in compliance with the Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standards of 2016.

2019 Data Extraction (in ML) Consumption (in ML) Discharge (in ML) Discharge destination
Santa Rita 601,909.6 116.5 601,793.1 Batangas Bay
San Lorenzo 265,169.0 239.1 264,929.9 Batangas Bay
San Gabriel 243,156.4 30.6 243,125.9 Batangas Bay
Avion 187.8 170.0 17.8 Cabubulag River
Agusan 38,739.7 0 38,739.7 Agusan River in Bukidnon
Pantabangan-Masiway 3,312,685.3 3.3 3,312,682.0 Upper Pampanga river
EDC (Power Plants and Head Office) 2,079.2 - - -
RBC Head Office 2.9 0 2.9 -
TOTAL 4,463,929.3 559.3 4,461,291.1 -

Waste Management

(GRI 306-2, 306-4)

The Company, together with its O&M contractors, established an integrated waste management program to ensure that hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are stored, transported, treated and disposed of according to regulatory requirements and standards. Due diligence of third-party service providers is carried out in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are generated from different processes in the power plant and from various activities in administrative offices. First Gen routinely monitors and disposes the waste it generates via varying methods.

HAZARDOUS WASTES (in tonnes)
2019 (in tonnes) 2018 (in tonnes)
543.5 160.9
NON-HAZARDOUS WASTES (in tonnes)
2019 (in tonnes) 2018 (in tonnes)
1,393.1 4,957.7
Disposal method 2019 (in tonnes)
Hazardous
Recovery 87.9
Recycling 0.2
Physico-chemical treatment 452.7
Solidification / Encapsulation 2.8
Non-Hazardous
Composting 1.8
Landfill 1,379.7
Recycling 11.7

Energy

(GRI 302-1, 302-2, 302-3, 302-4)

Energy is essential to the operation of First Gen’s power plants. While First Gen produces power, it also monitors its fuel consumption from renewable and non-renewable sources, as well as the electricity consumed by the organization. It also optimizes the use of electricity through programs and projects on energy reduction such as consumption monitoring, conservation programs, information campaigns, and use of solar panels.

Energy consumption within the organization

2019 (in GJ) 2018 (in GJ)
Santa Rita 20,172,548.1 22,097,684.9
San Lorenzo 9,359,888.4 10,806,728.6
San Gabriel 6,265,549.0 5,420,922.8
Avion 1,060,033.6 690,864.9
Agusan 22,310.1 13,641.5
RBC Head Office 5,349.7 6,036.0
Pantabangan-Masiway 3,560,762.9 4,712,094.5
EDC - Head Office and power plants 95,637,665.5 101,047,937.9
TOTAL 136,084,107.0 144,795,911.3

Energy consumption outside of the organization

2019 2018
Total energy Consumption outside the organization (GJ) 47,452.7 50,581.5

Energy Intensity (EI)

Plants Power Generation (GJ) Total Energy (GJ) Net Energy Output (MWh) Product EI* Over-all EI**
Santa Rita 45,485,669.0 20,172,548.1 7,188,040.0 6.4 2.9
San Lorenzo 22,523,781.9 9,359,888.4 3,732,510.0 6.1 2.6
San Gabriel 16,015,709.2 6,265,549.0 2,758,300.0 5.9 2.3
Avion 1,758,788.4 1,060,033.6 196,750.0 9.0 5.4
AgusanRHEP 52,208.9 22,310.1 8,580.0 6.1 2.6
RBC Head Office 0.0 5,349.7 - - -
Pantabangan-Masiway 4,972,834.1 3,560,762.9 393,000.0 12.7 9.1
EDC - Head Office and power plants 189,875,150.9 95,637,665.5 8,021,890.0 23.7 12.0
First Gen (Over-all) 280,684,142.1 136,084,107.0 22,299,070.0 12.6 6.1

*Power Generation (GJ) / Net Energy Output (MWh)
**Total Energy (GJ) / Net Energy Output (MWh)

The Company also utilized other energy reduction initiatives:

  • Solar Project Phase 1 installed on the First Gen Clean Energy Complex (FGCEC) Admin bldg. rooftop – actual savings of 216.72 GJ in a year
  • Use of LED lightings in ARHEP – actual savings of 187.45 GJ
  • Rehabilitation of PHEP Air Handling Unit – under evaluation
  • Replacement of lighting system/fixtures to LED – ongoing data gathering
  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Installation at Malitbog Unit 3, Malitbog Bottoming and Mahanagdong to reduce houseload consumption at reduced load capacity – initiative under evaluation; baseline data gathering

For 2019, there has been no reduction in energy requirements of products and services.

Solar rooftop project at FGCEC admin building

First Gen continues to implement energy reduction programs such as consumption monitoring, conservation programs, information campaigns, and use of solar panels. First Gen also uses technology to mitigate and lessen the greenhouse gas emissions it produces. For the total energy consumed for 2019, 72% (97,239,528.33 GJ) were from renewable sources while 28%  (36,929,468.67 GJ) were from Non-renewable sources.

Emissions

(GRI 305-1, 305-2, 305-3, 305-4, 305-5, 305-6, 305-7)

The Company ensures that monitoring systems are in place and complies with the Point Source Emission Standards of the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and its implementing Rules and Regulations (DAO 2000-81) by maintaining the Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to measure real time plant emissions. Indirect emissions along with emissions due to service rentals and transport network vehicle service bookings are accounted. 

Carbon Emissions

SITE SCOPE 1 (tonnes CO2 eq)​ SCOPE 2 (tonnes CO2 eq) SCOPE 3 (tonnes CO2 eq) EMISSION INTENSITY
2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018
Santa Rita 2,577,969.3 2,716,462.4 - - - - 0.4 0.4
San Lorenzo 1,273,089.3 1,334,205.6 - - - - 0.4 0.4
San Gabriel 899,354.1 748,034.6 - 2,806.0 - - 0.3 0.3
Avion 99,160.2 64,773.5 1,888.3 1,680.8 - - 0.5 0.5
Agusan 13.0 14.5 - - - - - -
RBC Head Office 64.8 180.6 - 719.3 16.0 10.0 - -
Pantabangan-Masiway 97.8 141.0 322.0 327.0 - 3.0 - -
EDC 855,967.0 807,438.0 4,395.0 4,409.0 5,193.0 5,812.0 0.1 0.1
TOTAL 5,705,715.5 5,671,250.0 6,605.0 9,942.2 5,208.6 5,825.0 0.3 0.3

Reduction of GHG emissions

Company Initiative or Program GHG reduced or saved (tonnes CO2e) Scope Affected Method and assumptions used to calculate energy savings
Santa Rita, San Lorenzo, San Gabriel & Avion Solar Project - Phase 1 3.5 Scope 1 Actual Electricity Generated for the Period
Agusan Energy Conservation Program 3.1 Scope 1 Subtracted the 2019 consumption from 2018 consumption
Burgos Burgos Temfacil Solar Rooftop Project 0.7 Scope 1 Actual Electricity Generated for the Period
RBC Head Office Electricity Consumption Shift to Renewable Energy 890.3 Scope 2 Actual Electricity Generated for the Period

Other significant air emissions monitored

Amount (in tonnes)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) 1,106.4
Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) 3,386.3
Sulfur Oxides (SOx) 185.7
Particulate Matter (PM) 186.3

Biodiversity

(GRI 304-1, 304-2, 304-3, 304-4)

Apart from complying with environmental laws, the Company also implemented programs geared toward environmental protection and biodiversity conservation in the environment surrounding its power plants.

The Company has the following biodiversity projects:

  • Cumulative Impact Assessment on valuable environmental components
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Forest Tree Nursery at FGCEC, which provides seedlings to various organizations and agencies in Batangas
  • Operation of mangrove nursery which provides mangrove seedlings and propagules in Batangas

The different aspects of EDC’s stewardship responsibility for the watershed areas inside the geothermal reservations is translated into the BUFFER framework, which stands for:

  1. Biodiversity conservation and management
  2. Upland community management
  3. Forest restoration
  4. Forest protection
  5. Ecotourism, and
  6. Regulatory compliance

The state-of-the-art forest protection program called the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System also helps ensure healthy forest cover in the watersheds.

Mangrove planting at FGCEC
for HIGHLIGHTS - A new specie of Rafflesia named in honor of Ms. Connie Lopez as Rafflesia consueloae and tagged as the smallest among the giant flowers
A new species of Rafflesia consueloae named in honor of Ms. Connie Lopez and tagged as the smallest among the giant flowers

OPERATIONAL SITES IN PROTECTED AREAS

Sites Biodiversity Value Impacts on Biodiversity
577.1 hectares of Leyte Geothermal Project located in Ormoc/Kananga, Leyte Anonang Lobi-Range Key Biodiversity Area overlaps with the development block. Lake Danao Natural Park (Republic Act No. 11038) is also adjacent to the Development Block For 2019, a total of 380 trees were cut covered by two Tree Cutting Permits for the Pad MGM and Brine Plant Development - Mahanagdong A. Also a Private Land Timber Permit covered the cutting of 12 trees for the landslide mitigating measure project. For the trees cut, a replacement ratio of 1:100 has been complied.
330.1 hectares of Bacon Manito Geothermal Project in Sorsogon City/Manito, Albay Bacon Manito Key Biodiversity Area overlaps with the Development Block None
230.9 hectares of Southern Negros Geothermal Project in Valencia, Negros Oriental Cuernos de Negros Key Biodiversity Area overlaps with the Development Block. Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park (Republic Act No. 11038) is located adjacent to the Development Block. For 2019, four (4) hazardous trees were cut covered by Tree Cutting Permit.
120.4 hectares of Mt. Apo Geothermal Block in Kidapawan, North Cotabato Mt. Apo Natural Park (Republic Act 9237) is adjacent to the Development Block For 2019, Forty (40) trees were cut for the binary project with a total area covered of 0.84 hectares. The cutting of trees is covered by Tree Cutting Permit with replacement ratio of 1:50 since the trees cut are planted trees.

First Gen implemented these programs with the participation of its local communities and employees. Additionally, the Company also secures necessary permits prior to conducting expansion projects that can alter the power plant’s surrounding environment. Through these programs, First Gen is able to protect and conserve marine and forest areas, while providing livelihood opportunities to local communities.

Habitats protected or restored

Center of the Center

Way back in 2004, First Gen has been implementing the Center of the Center, a marine conservation program, covering 101.93 hectares located in Verde Island Pass, Batangas. The program, in partnership with the Batangas Provincial Government – Environment and Natural Resources Office, and ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, supports the Bantay Dagat (sea watch volunteers) in the Province of Batangas in their conduct of marine law enforcement in their respective municipal waters. In 2016, First Gen provided operational support to the Bantay Dagat from the Municipalities of Tingloy and Lobo while assistance in livelihood program was accorded to the Bantay Dagat in the Municipality of Mabini.

The program has also strengthened capability building and awareness, and granted incentives that resulted to:

  • 348 Bantay-Dagat members provided with capability-building
  • Insurance Protection of 35 marine protected areas covering 1,554 hectares in the Province of Batangas
  • 29 Bantay Dagat provided with operational support and incentive
  • 60 students from Malabrigo Elementary School and Malabrigo National High School completed the Marine Information, Education Campaign (IEC)
  • 14 employees completed the Facilitators’ Training for Marine IEC and 37 Head Office and Site Office employees participated in the marine IEC

BINHI Forest Restoration

BINHI is the nationwide greening program of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC). Its aim is to restore denuded forests, preserve and propagate threatened native tree species, and protect biodiversity to leave a legacy of a verdant Philippines for the next generation. It covers its geothermal project sites: Albay and Sorsogon; Leyte; Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental; and North Cotabato and Davao del Sur as well as the non-geothermal areas (Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija; Ilagan, Isabela; and Burgos/Solsona, Ilocos Norte), and the Frontier Areas (Misamis Occidental, Camarines Norte, Misamis Oriental, Davao del Sur.) The partnership of EDC with various farmer associations in the various EDC sites, led to the reforestation of 9,449 hectares of watershed areas in its project areas and other areas outside of the company’s operations from 2009 to 2019.

In 2019, 30 hectares of lands in BacMan and Mt Apo Geothermal Projects and 70 hectares of grasslands in Pantabangan-Masiway Hydro Power Project were planted with indigenous forest and fruit trees. Also, 2,000 hectares of existing BINHI plantations across EDC project sites were protected and maintained.

Forest Protection

Forest Protection entails all EDC initiatives to protect the forests and watershed areas inside the geothermal reservations where the company operates. This includes forest patrol and enforcement of forestry laws, forest fire management and control and IEC with communities in its geothermal project sites: Albay and Sorsogon, Leyte; Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental; and North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

In partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Local Government Units and people’s organizations, a total of 34,770 hectares of watershed areas within the development blocks and identified conservation areas across geothermal project sites were prioritized for forest patrolling using the Lawin System, a technology-based forest and biodiversity protection system that uses smartphones to capture patrol data on biodiversity and threats and open-source technology for geo-spatial analysis.

In 2019, EDC, DENR, and other partners conducted more than 600 patrols across the four geothermal reservations, resulting in six apprehensions and confiscations of illegal forest products. EDC also provided around 400 man-hours of training for its community volunteers and partner agencies (AFP, PNP) on forest law enforcement, Lawin patrolling, forest fire prevention and response, and other aspects of forest protection. The Company also supported Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns to increase awareness of local communities on the importance of forests and biodiversity, and environmental laws.

IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations

Species monitored CR EN VU NT LC Total
Birds 2 9 24 28 264 337
Fish 0 1 0 1 26 42
Mangrove 0 0 1 0 10 14
Bats 0 2 6 4 32 45
Reptiles 0 0 2 1 27 40
Amphibians 0 0 1 5 49 68
Medium mammals 0 1 5 4 20 31
Small mammals 0 0 1 0 8 9
Total 2 13 40 43 436 586

CR - Critically Endangered ; EN- Endangered ; VU - Vulnerable ; NT - Near Threatened ; LC - Least Concern

Critically Endangered (CR)

A category containing those species that possess an extremely high risk of extinction as a result of rapid population declines of 80 to more than 90 percent over the previous 10 years (or three generations), a current population size of fewer than 50 individuals, or other factors (International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)) 

 

BIRDS

Philippine-Eagle
Photo by Neon Russell

Pithecophaga jefferyi – Philippine Eagle (photo above)
Gallicolumba keayi – Negros Bleeding-heart

MEDIUM MAMMALS

visayan warty pig eating
Photo credits to: http://animalia.bio/visayan-warty-pig

Sus cebifrons – Visayan Warty Pig

Endangered (EN)

A designation applied to species that possess a very high risk of extinction as a result of rapid population declines of 50 to more than 70 percent over the previous 10 years (or three generations), a current population size of fewer than 250 individuals, or other factors (International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN))

BIRDS

North-Philippine-Hawk-eagle
Photo by Neon Rosell

▷ Nisaetus philippensis – North Philippine Hawk-eagle (photo above)
▷ 
Lonchura oryzivora – Java Sparrow
▷ Dasycrotapha speciosa – Flame-templed Babbler
▷ Chrysocolaptes xanthocephalus – Yellow-faced Flameback
▷ Gorsachius goisagi – Japanese Night Heron
▷ Nisaetus pinskeri – South Philippine Hawk-eagle
▷ Penelopides panini – Visayan Hornbill
▷ Vauriella albigularis – White-throated Jungle Flycatcher
▷ Zosterornis nigrorum – Negros Striped Babbler

BATS

Golden-crowned-Flying-Fox
Photo by Neon Rosell

▷ Acerodon jubatus – Golden-crowned Flying Fox (photo above)
▷ Nyctimene rabori – Philippine Tube-nosed Fruit Bat

FISHES

Yellowtail-Clownfish

 Amphiprion clarkii – Yellowtail clownfish

AMPHIBIANS

hazels-forest-frog
Photo credits to: Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) @philippinesbiodiversity

 Platymantis hazelae – Hazel’s Forest Frog

MEDIUM MAMMALS

Photo credits to: https://www.panaynews.net/conservation-of-wv-endemic-species-pushed/

Cervus alfredi – Visayan Spotted Deer (photo above)
Crocidura negrina – Negros Shrew