FPIP’s roadmap to being a decarbonized and regenerative park by 2030 is envisioned to involve a holistic transformation not just within FPIP operations but throughout the entirety of the park. FPIP’s road map also provides insight on potential priority areas that would create the biggest impact for both FPIP and its own locators.
While most of the current initiatives are geared toward sustainability, FPIP’s path toward regeneration and decarbonization is also progressively being paved through the efforts on transforming FPIP into a livable place with a sense of community, strengthening the pursuit on use of renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions, water conservation and reuse, efficient use of resources, and creation of an environment that caters to personal well-being and promote social equity.
Aside from enhancing park offerings to provide the business needs of its partner locators, FPIP also lives up to its promise to actively contribute efforts to address the emerging issues brought about by climate change such as resource scarcity, increasing pollution, among others. Looking further, FPIP is on its path to escalating its efforts from concentrating on issues brought about by climate change to eventually contributing to addressing the roots of climate change through efforts to decarbonize and build a regenerative future.
The company’s commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon emissions led to the innovation and improvements on various park infrastructure. To slowly reduce dependency on fossil fuels, solar panel housing was designed and the FPIP “Iconic Bridge” which is powered by solar energy was developed. FPIP also installed solar panels at three of its facilities through the FIT Solarization Project to provide an alternative clean and renewable energy source for various facilities at the park and launched the Green Energy Option Project (GEOP) where four facilities will have Bac-Man geothermal power plant as the source of electricity by December 2021. Furthermore, e-vehicles are used in the park and bike lanes were provided to promote the use of alternative means of transportation, reducing the carbon footprint of personnel.
For more efficient use of resources, sustainable materials such as fortified compressed soil bricks are sourced for perimeter fence construction. FPIP has also partnered with organizations that recover materials/resources from hazardous wastes. To maintain cleanliness of surrounding bodies of water and promote proper waste management, Association of FPIP Locators, Inc. (AFLI) and ESH heads an annual river clean-up where accredited haulers collect residual wastes. Wastewater is also collected and treated in a centralized wastewater treatment plant to avoid polluting water bodies. Contribution to ensuring access to water and sanitation or Sustainable Development Goal 6 is also being advanced through the construction of deepwells that can provide alternative sources of water.
To promote social wellbeing and equity, dormitory housings as well as a Linear Park with jogging and biking trails are made available within the park to promote livability, health, and wellbeing of locators, employees, and visitors. Underground and overhead pedestrian lanes were also built to ensure the safety of park employees. FPIP, in partnership with the community, provides environmental education support to primary students of host barangays through its annual Brigada Eskwela or Education Campaign event.
FPIP continues to work on its comprehensive Regenerative and Decarbonized Park 2030 roadmap, which will highlight opportunities for FPIP to work alongside its locator network in creating significantly greater impact for the environment and the community.
San Juan River cleanup
FPIP together with volunteers from various locators annually gather to clean portions of the San Juan River free of non-biodegradable waste. As part of the commitment to environmental protection and preservation, FPIP proactively engages to maintain San Juan River’s cleanliness for possible source of potable water supply and other uses such as for irrigation, recreation and aquaculture. Non-biodegradable residual wastes are collected and then hauled by a DENR-accredited residual hauler for landfill disposal.
ESH Awareness program
FPIP also annually conducts the ESH Awareness Program which teaches elementary students good practices in taking care of themselves and the environment. In the belief that the younger generation will take on the task of building a decarbonized and regenerative future, volunteers from FPIP together with its partner locators gather in schools within its host communities to promote education on ESH to an audience of more than 400 elementary students. It is a one-day awareness program inside the classrooms in which elementary students are taught about good practices that they could do to lessen pollution and contribute positively to their surroundings. They are taught about safe management and disposal of their generated wastes, and personal safety and good hygiene practices.
Tree planting activities
Tree planting activities are also conducted wherein employees of FPIP and its locators through AFLI come together annually to plant trees for added protection and restoration of the environment. All trees inside the park, including but not limited to forest trees and street trees, are taken care of regularly. For 2021, FPIP is holding its tree planting initiative entitled “For the Planet, I Plant” together with the various park locators led by the Operations and EHS teams. The tree planting activities ran from June-December 2021 to plant a total of 1,000 trees.