ePLDT Partners with MPower for Renewable Energy Procurement in its Philippines’ Data Centres

In an effort to further its commitment towards sustainability, ePLDT has partnered with MPower for its conventional power and renewable energy needs.

Mpower, the local retail electricity supply arm of Meralco—will allocate ePDLT both contracted power and renewable energy supply that will sustain the group’s data centres in the country, according to a report in SunStar Philippines. Mpower is one of the most trusted Retail Electricity Supplier in the Competitive Retail Electricity Market, holding a 30 per cent market share nationwide.

Sustainability Agenda

ePLDT’s collaboration with MPower was first announced during the launch of the Philippine Board of Investments’ “Make It Happen in the Philippines” campaign where public and private institutions teamed up to promote the Philippines as the next hyperscaler destination in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region, the report said.

Senior vice president and head Roberto Almazora said sustainability is one of MPower’s top priorities, and in line with Meralco’s sustainability agenda, they target to provide a just, orderly and affordable transition towards renewable energy. The two companies aim to raise the digital and power infrastructure of the Philippines to the standards sought by global hyperscalers looking to expand their operations in the country.

Through the partnership, MPower’s renewable energy supply will help decarbonize ePLDT’s Vitro data centers in line with the PLDT group’s sustainability roadmap and in support of the carbon neutrality commitments of hyperscaler companies. MPower will provide Renewable Energy for a significant portion of the total consumption for each of ePLDT’s Vitro data center, which is the largest RE supply it will provide to a commercial data center operator and will be sourced from MPower’s greenfield RE plants.

The RE transition is expected to reduce greenhouse and carbon emissions in the data centers by up to 20 per cent—which translates to about 924,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator of epa.gov.

“We’re in full support of the government’s aspiration to hit the 50 per cent RE energy mix by 2040. We strongly agree, but we would like to ensure that there is an orderly and cost-efficient transition towards clean energy. As One Meralco, we’re looking at securing about 1,500 megawatts or more from the RE space in the next five to seven years. We are also in support of the development of greenfield plants, in alignment with the national sustainability agenda to replace old and unsustainable energy sources,” said Almazora during the exclusive CEO Roundtable Discussion of PLDT Enterprise’s Philippine Digital Convention 2021.

Incorporating RE

ePLDT and MPower recently formalized their partnership in a virtual ceremony to progress ePLDT’s bid to source the power of its data centre facilities from RE. Incorporating RE in the energy mix of ePLDT Vitro Data Centers is part of its strategic roadmap which involves putting sustainability at the core of its design and operations.

Jovy I. Hernandez, ePLDT president and CEO and SVP and head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said ePLDT is firm in its move toward sustainability and reducing carbon emissions in its data centres through the use of clean energy.

As the largest data center network service provider in the country, we recognise our crucial role in keeping our operations sustainable and the positive impact that this transformation will bring to the Philippines in general. This initiative is in line with the PLDT Group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) where sustainability is one of the key fulcrums,” Hernandez said.

We are glad to formally establish this partnership with MPower as we pave the path to using renewable energy in our Vitro Data Centers. ePLDT recognizes the existing environmental emergency, and we thank MPower for its support as we work for this vision,” Hernandez added. The use of RE supply will initially be rolled out in six Vitro Data Centers, while the other four will later on advance as part of ePLDT’s sustainability workplan.

“Aside from providing superior network and infrastructure services, it is also important for us at PLDT Enterprise to operate our facilities efficiently and sustainably. Through the use of RE, we will be able to decarbonise our data centers and at the same time, support the sustainability commitments of both local enterprises and the global hyperscaler market,” said Jojo Gendrano, first vice president and head of PLDT Enterprise Core Business Solutions.

Venkatesh Ganesh

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