Imagine a bustling city teeming with life and energy yet facing the looming threat of climate change. In the Philippines, this dichotomy is all too real—a nation experiencing unprecedented economic growth while grappling with the urgent need to decarbonise its energy sector. As the clock ticks on climate change, the race to secure a sustainable future has never been more critical.


Labelled the fastest-growing economy in 2023, the Philippines overtook neighbouring countries with its GDP expansion of 5.6% in 2023. With the government’s confidence that the country’s economy will expand 6.5% to 7.5% this year1, meeting and improving its energy requirements which, currently are expensive and unreliable2 is imperative.


The country's vulnerability to climate change further underscores the urgency of its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 75% by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. 


Costly Imports and Uncertain Supply  


Significant energy challenges have accompanied the Philippines' remarkable economic expansion in recent years. High electricity prices, unreliable supply, and dependence on fossil fuels underscore the pressing need for decisive action. 


A number of factors contribute to high electricity prices, including significant transmission costs and the costly import of fuel for coal-fired power plants, which supply approximately 40% of the country’s energy mix.3 Power generation alone makes up 54% of the electricity rate.4


Energy insecurity also looms large over the nation's electricity supply, with the anticipated depletion of the Malampaya deepwater natural gas project by 20275. Initiated to reduce oil imports and stabilise energy supply, the plant supplies 20% of the country’s electricity6 to areas including Metro Manila and 7 other provinces.


However, amidst these challenges lies an opportunity to redefine the country's energy landscape and pave the way for a more sustainable future.


Philippines Government approach to achieve energy security


The Philippine government has embarked on a proactive journey towards energy security and emissions reduction, with ambitious targets outlined in the Philippine Energy Plan and commitments under the Paris Agreement. 


  1. Increase the production of clean and indigenous sources of energy to meet the growing economic development of the country;
  2. Decrease the wasteful utilisation of energy through the use of energy efficiency tools and strategies; and
  3. Ensure the balance between the provision of reliable and reasonably priced energy services, support for economic growth, and protection of the environment.


While progress has been made, challenges remain in translating policies into tangible outcomes. Collaboration between the government, private sector, and civil society will overcome these obstacles and drive meaningful change.


ENGIE—A One-stop Partner for Efficient Energy Solutions


ENGIE, a global leader in sustainable energy solutions, is at the forefront of this transition. ENGIE is driving the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures across industries through innovation, expertise, and collaboration. From solar power to district cooling systems, ENGIE's tailored solutions reduce carbon emissions and deliver tangible economic and environmental benefits.


Additionally, its steady financial position encourages Build, Own, Operate, Transfer (BOOT) projects, ultimately empowering businesses with bespoke, comprehensive turnkey energy solutions.


In a strategic decarbonisation partnership with property developer Filinvest Land Inc., three joint venture companies execute seamless integration and operation: Philippines DCS Development Corporation (PDDC), Filinvest-ENGIE Renewable Energy Enterprise, Inc. (FREE), and Professional Operations and Maintenance Experts Incorporated (PROMEI).


Festival Mall


The Festival Mall project stands as a testament to ENGIE's commitment to energy efficiency, sustainable practices, and top-tier facilities management. In 2023,  ENGIE together with PDDC and Festival Mall embarked on the construction of a centralized cooling system (CCS), set to service Alabang's bustling commercial hub, the country's 5th largest mall. Slated for completion in 2025, this initiative is projected to curtail an impressive 47,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions over its 20-year lifespan.


The CCS seamlessly complements Festival Mall's existing 2.8 MW rooftop solar array, operational since 2021 and recognized as the largest of its kind in Metro Manila.


This integration underscores ENGIE's capacity to deliver comprehensive solutions tailored to client needs. By liaising with a single point of contact ENGIE, Festival Mall streamlined its transition to sustainable energy practices, with solar energy before integrating the cooling system.


Moreover, ENGIE distinguishes itself by offering not just engineering prowess but a commitment to long-term efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Unlike conventional contractors focused solely on initial capital outlay, ENGIE designs solutions with an eye on minimizing total ownership costs. Festival Mall benefited from this approach with the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, optimizing utility production, and minimizing operational expenses.




The largest of FREE’s undertakings is a 10.08 MW ground-mounted solar array with leading cement producer, Cemex. Aligned with Cemex’s goal of attaining a 65% clean energy mix, the 25-year PPA is forecasted to reduce upwards of 9,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.7


Across all projects, PROMEI serves as the operational and maintenance arm of ENGIE Services Philippines and Filinvest, ensuring a comprehensive and seamless integration of services.


Green and Sustainable Energy Solutions for All


In today's landscape of high energy prices and volatility, companies are driven to seek energy reduction strategies and self-sufficiency through on-site energy production. ENGIE addresses this need in Southeast Asia by offering efficient energy solutions, ranging from large-scale renewables to low-carbon infrastructure like district cooling systems (DCS) and electric vehicle (EV) charging.


Partnerships are essential, particularly in markets like the Philippines, where a clear path toward decarbonization is emerging, shaping new regulations on building efficiency and industrial production. Leveraging its commitment to cleaner energy and decarbonization, ENGIE stands ready to assist clients with tailored advisory services and bespoke strategies.


Read about our latest projects with Filinvest here.


Speak to ENGIE today and embark on a transformational journey towards a decarbonised future.




Connect on LinkedIn | Kevin Lamela, Director Business Development, ENGIE Services Philippines


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