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BCDA eyes low-carbon district cooling technology for New Clark City

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has partnered with global leaders United District Energy International L.L.C. (UDEI) and Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) to explore low-carbon district cooling technologies that will make energy consumption in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac greener and more efficient.

During its business mission in Tokyo in September, BCDA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qatar-based UDEI and Japan-based Marubeni for the conduct of a technical and commercial feasibility study that will explore the viability of a district cooling technology for New Clark City. This sustainability initiative aims to help address high energy consumption during the dry season, which is associated with searing temperatures especially in Central Luzon.

“To help reduce energy consumption and make use of greener energy sources, BCDA has tapped the expertise of UDEI, a regional leader in low-carbon district cooling technologies, and Marubeni, our reliable Japanese partner in power distribution in New Clark City, to explore low-carbon cooling solutions in our development. A district cooling system in this sustainable metropolis will enable us to provide the most environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient solution to future residents and locators,” said BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Engr. Joshua M. Bingcang.

District cooling systems integrate highly-efficient centralized chillers, thermal energy storage tanks, and advanced control systems as a greener and smarter alternative to decentralized air conditioners. 

Under the one-year MOU, BCDA, Marubeni and UDEI have agreed to discuss, share knowledge, and explore potential opportunities for collaboration leading to the preparation of conceptual and technical reports. 

“We at UDEI are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence in our partnership with BCDA and Marubeni for the exploration of low-carbon district cooling technologies in New Clark City, Philippines. This marks a significant milestone in our journey. Together with our esteemed partners, we are committed to deliver cutting-edge solutions that not only redefine industries but also empower individuals and businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving world,” said UDEI Director Yasser Al Jaidah.

“We envision a future where our technology, in collaboration with BCDA and Marubeni, continues to pave the way for positive change, transforming challenges into opportunities and inspiring progress for generations to come. Furthermore, we proudly stand as staunch supporters of the global effort to combat climate change, recognizing the urgent need for sustainable solutions that safeguard our planet for future generations. Our commitment to BCDA’s New Clark City underscores our dedication to fostering lasting relationships and making a meaningful impact on the community and economy,” Mr. Al Jaidah added.

By utilizing these systems in New Clark City, electricity consumption by future residents and locators will be cut by as much as 50%, carbon dioxide emissions and pollution will be reduced, air quality and temperature control will be improved, and utilization of available space will be more efficient.

“Marubeni formulated its long-term vision for climate change in March 2021 and has positioned a green strategy as one of its basic policies for enhancing corporate value in its mid-term management strategy GC2024. Marubeni envisions the incorporation of district cooling technologies to make New Clark City as the best sustainable, smart, and green city in Southeast Asia. Through this project, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with UDEI, known for its extensive experience. Marubeni is fully committed to providing maximum support to help BCDA make its vision for New Clark City a reality,” said Tai Miura, deputy general manager of Overseas Power Department of Marubeni.

Other than exploring district cooling solutions, BCDA and its public and private partners have ushered in significant green measures in New Clark City, such as maximizing renewable energy sources, promoting active mobility, conserving biodiversity, and setting aside 60 percent of the land area for parks, green spaces and water bodies. These initiatives are all in line with the BCDA’s commitment to a sustainable, smart, and green metropolis.