Reducing their carbon footprint

Climate Change is very, very real. In fact, some countries have already enacted new laws that will only allow manufacturers to sell electric vehicles (EV) in the years to come. Some companies have already initiated programs to reduce their carbon footprint by getting electricity from alternative or renewable sources. NLEX Corporation is one of them.

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Just recently, NLEX Corporation has announced that they have avoided more than 134 metric tons of carbon emissions, thanks to the installation of solar panels on select toll plazas along NLEX.

“The things we do are guided by our commitment to the greater good. We are seizing the opportunity to do more for our motorists and environment by improving our operational efficiency and promoting sustainability,” said NLEX Corporation president and GM, Luigi Bautista. He also highlighted that NLEX Corporation is an ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) certified company.

According to NLEX Corporation’s data, in 2020 alone, 171 megawatts of electricity were harvested through the tollway’s solar panels that are installed in select toll plazas, with the Bocaue toll plaza being the biggest generator of renewable energy.

That energy saving is enough to power about 191 households in Metro Manila.

The tollway company first harnessed solar power in its Meycauayan southbound toll plaza in 2018, followed by the toll plazas in Balintawak, Bocaue, Mexico, Angeles, San Fernando southbound, and Harbor Link (Karuhatan) in 2019 to boost energy efficiency and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions along the expressway network. NLEX says that they plan on installing more solar panels on more toll plazas soon, including in their SCTEX toll plazas.

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