As AC Energy aspires to continuously deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable energy, the company not only moves to expand its renewable energy capacity but also works to support its host communities, protect the environment, and contribute to sustainable development.
A living example of how technology and industry can thrive side by side with nature is AC Energy’s Conservation Estate in Ilocos Norte, the first of many that the power company envisions to create within its host communities.
The 700 hectare modern sanctuary has gone a long way since it was established, now replete with features that make it a bona fide conservation estate, with long-term sustainability programs that are anchored on excellent environment management, protection of biodiversity and social programs that aim to improve lives.
While AC Energy powers the region with renewable energy through its two wind farms, North Luzon Renewables and NorthWind, it has drawn the blueprint to preserve and protect life as it flourishes side by side with nature.
As AC Energy creates awareness on coastal environment protection, turtle conservation and biodiversity, local residents have also discovered the value of protecting nature in their daily lives, and are now stewards of AC Energy’s Conservation Estate.
The forests witness an increase in biodiversity as AC Energy, with the help of the locals, create an ecologically diverse landscape through analog forestry. And as the trees grow, the animals return – the forest is now home to 117 species of birds, 33 of which are endemic, and four are classified as vulnerable. Additionally, studies identified the presence of near-threatened monkey species, bats and other animals. The findings show how the Conservation Estate is an important wildlife habitat in the Northern Luzon region, and AC Energy is constantly working with local communities to help them understand how their livelihood is directly linked to the natural resources and wildlife.
Meanwhile, In the coastal town of Bangui, species of endangered marine turtles have been observed laying eggs and nesting along the shoreline of the bay. But through awareness campaigns and continuous coordination with the locals, the danger of poaching and smuggling of the eggs have significantly decreased, with the residents acting as guardians of the endangered species, becoming partners of AC Energy in turtle conservation.
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