Protecting the Environment

Environmental stewardship remains a crucial part of Solaire’s growth strategy. Aside from complying  with the government’s environmental regulations, Solaire implemented programs on climate change adaptation, energy and emission management, water management, and waste management. The company also invested in technologies that advance its environmental goals.

Project S.A.V.E.

At Solaire, our team members are vital in fulfilling the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Through Project S.A.V.E., they contribute to the company's efforts to protect planet Earth. Project S.A.V.E. is an internal program that translates preservation and conservation principles into practical habits that protect our natural resources, one sustainable action at a time.

We have been monitoring key environmental metrics since 2019 through data gathering, analysis, and reporting exercises to evaluate the program's effectiveness. The year 2022 showed an increased overall comparison with the year 2021. Through Project SAVE, the company managed to keep the rise in consumption relatively small despite the heavier foot traffic in hotel and casino operations in 2022.

Climate Change Adaptation

To ensure business continuity and resilience, Solaire actively prepares for and responds to the adverse effects of climate change. The company continues implementing measures that help reduce vulnerability and promote human and environmental resilience against global warming.

Solaire recognizes the need to address climate-related risks. Damage to company assets, business interruptions, and injuries to guests and staff may arise without risk reduction and management.

Knowing its potential impacts on the business and our people, we’ve integrated physical and transition risks into the company’s Risk Management Process.

Sustainable Gardening

Solaire has been investing in sustainable gardening since 2018. Our company garden has a wide variety of local and international herb varieties maintained by our Solaire’s Greeners and Stewarding Team. This urban garden produces some of the freshest ingredients used in Solaire’s restaurants, giving guests a farm- to-table experience without the associated carbon emissions from transport. To promote waste diversion and nutrient cycling, we also turn organic waste from our operations into compost, fertilizing our sustainable garden.

Energy and Emission Management

Electricity, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas power Solaire’s daily operations. In 2022, Solaire implemented several initiatives that helped control our total energy consumption from 472,375.69 to 482,216.98 gigajoules. Despite operations returning to normal, we managed to keep the increase in energy consumption relatively small.

In line with the policies set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Energy (DOE), the company started implementing ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System’s energy-efficiency and conservation framework. Using baseline data from Solaire’s past and present consumption, the ISO standard identifies energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Water Consumption and Wastewater Management

Recognizing the amount of water utilized in our daily operations, we adhere to best practices to contribute to the conservation of this invaluable natural resource. Solaire prioritizes water consumption and wastewater management to mitigate the adverse impacts of our day-to-day water use. We record and monitor daily water consumption and effluent flow to evaluate the effectiveness of our collective water and wastewater management and continuously identify opportunities for improvement.

Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

Solaire ensures that hazardous and non-hazardous wastes generated from various activities in our daily operations are identified correctly and disposed of based on DENR and local government guidelines. Solaire also has a designated Pollution Control Officer (PCO), who performs periodic compliance audits with the Purchasing and Stewarding department to ensure that our third-party waste transporter and treatment facilities comply with regulatory standards.

Wastes collected are diverted or disposed of following regulatory standards. Solaire directly disposes residual wastes to a sanitary landfill; these types of wastes have no further value and are safe for immediate disposal. However, Solaire’s hazardous and recyclable wastes need treatment or further segregation.

Environmental Compliance

Solaire has complied with all environmental laws and had no violations in 2022. The company strictly followed laws and policies set by the government, including RA 8749 Clean Air Act, RA 9275 Clean Water Act, RA 6969 Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act, DENR Administrative Order 2016-08: Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standards (GES), and RA11285 Energy Efficiency & Conservation Law.

Solaire endeavors to fully comply with all matters dealing with government environmental regulations, statutes, and ordinances. We do this not only to avoid fines and sanctions. Our more significant aim is to achieve our Mission Zero Goal of No Disruptions in Operations. As any form of non-compliance can cause interruption to the flow of our services, we aim to achieve zero cases of non-compliance to maintain Solaire’s high levels of customer satisfaction.