Mackay Green Energy lauds Duterte focus on environment

Renewable firm, Mackay Green Energy, expresses its support for the new administration for putting the environment at the forefront of its governance. At the recent SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte, it was stated that, “the government will continue to evaluate industries that negatively affect the environment, and will force them to conform to relevant government standards”.

Mackay Green Energy Inc. (MGE) not only complies with the standards but also opts to utilize green technologies in its mission to bring renewable and sustainable energy to the Philippines.

Launched in 2010, Mackay Green Energy Inc. has since created regular jobs for Filipinos and is getting closer to its goal on helping the country to become more environment-friendly. The company focuses on the development of various renewable energy systems designed to efficiently convert Biomass to energy and fuels.

One such project is dedicated to Mackay variety Bana Grass, a crop imported by the company that can be turned into fuel to produce energy. The Bana Grass is a perennial hybrid variety (pennisetum purpureum X pennisetum americanum) that is highly tolerant to drought and typhoons, pest-resistant and is also non-allergenic. The climate and rainfall in the Philippines is ideal with growth rates exceeding all expectations. This is a dedicated biomass feedstock that does not compete with any food staples. An organic fertilizer and plant husbandry regime has been developed by MGE in consultation with many Filipino experts in an effort to ensure the sustainability of the projects.

“Bana Grass, once fermented, produces lactic acid and various other valuable enzymes. The lactic acid is being used in the production of biodegradable plastics, specialist car parts and high value chemicals.

MGE has secured the world’s best technologies to enable the conversion of the Bana Grass to Green Coal. It has superior qualities to fossil based coal and can be co-fired in existing coal power plants without the need to make drastic changes. “It is a key factor for power plants since the Greenhouse Gas Emissions can be directly reduced”, James Mackay, Chairman and CEO of Mackay Green Energy Inc., explained.

“We are now exporting the Bana Grass to Japan and Korea from Zamboanga where an initial 200 hectares has been planted on idle lands. During this year, this will be expanded to 2,000 hectares. This will create 600 permanent and 3000 indirect jobs. Plans are being finalized for the installation of two 3 MW Green Coal power plants, where the gas from the torrefied Bana will provide fuel to run the power plant and at the same time produce 100 Tons/day Green Coal. Biomass or Green Coal production will be increased to supply both the local market and international market. The first Green Coal production will happen last quarter of 2016.

The Mackay variety Bana Grass crop, initially imported from Australia, is being supplied by MGE through our existing plantations which are strategically located in the key Regions of Butuan, Iloilo, Misamis Oriental, Negros, Nueva Ecija, Leyte, Rizal, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

Plans to construct an integrated production facility that will encompass the following Green Coal, Power, Green Gas, Fuels and Chemical all derived from the Mackay variety Bana Grass.

MGE, through its agricultural based enterprises, will create sustainable and affordable jobs in rural communities, where they are most needed. Empowering the Filipino through agriculture remains our core focus.

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