The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded over P1.3 million in subsidy to the five-star hotel The Peninsula Manila for using an environmental-friendly air-conditioning system.
In a ceremony held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said that the amount represents 15 percent of the cost of its newly installed chiller that uses ozone-friendly refrigerants in compliance with the requirements under the Philippine Chiller Energy Efficient Project (PCEEP), a World Bank-assisted project being implemented by the DENR.
PCEEP aims to speed up the replacement of inefficient chillers and other cooling equipment containing ozone-depleting substances (ODS) used by various industries. The project is funded by grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) amounting to $2.6 million and the Ozone Trust Fund worth $1 million.
The Peninsula Manila is the first beneficiary of the PCEEP.
“Indeed, there is much reward to be had when you are ozone-friendly,” Paje said after handing out a check worth P1.3 million to Sonja Vodusek, The Peninsula Manila general manager.
“We hope that other hotels and establishments all over the country will follow suit,” he added.
Paje also commended the Makati City-based luxury hotel for its “consistent high marks in improving its operations toward becoming more ozone-friendly.”
“On top of the subsidy, The Peninsula Manila stands to benefit more in terms of lower electric consumption and lower carbon footprint which may also be a big plus in its efforts to green its operations,” Paje said.
“This alone is a tremendous boost to the hotel’s corporate social responsibility,” he added.
The Peninsula Manila enrolled in the PCEEP its one 577 tons of refrigeration in December 2010. Five months later or in May 2011, a sub-grant agreement was signed between the DENR and the hotel to formalize the latter’s participation in the project.
In July 2012, the new 23XRV energy efficient chiller was installed to serve the air-conditioning needs of the hotel.
A chiller is the main component in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems to cool buildings. Old chillers use ODS and greenhouse gases (GHGs) as refrigerants, namely chlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons.
PCEEP is supporting the country’s commitments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The primary objectives of the project are to reduce GHG emissions by replacing chillers with non-CFC energy efficient ones, and promote energy efficiency and savings.