Adapt and Thrive
Malabon Diesel acknowledges the importance of sustainability and employing environmental practices throughout our operation.
The 50th Anniversary of Malabon Diesel signifies a new beginning for us. Embracing a new business principle that secures our ability to deliver excellence, gives stability to future generations, and ensures our social and environmental responsibility.
Our First Sustainable Action
Malabon Diesel saw great opportunity in becoming a good steward. We are on our 50th year, and we plan to strongly stay for another 50 years. And now is the time to start implementing sustainable initiatives.
We initially aim to reduce at least 50 percent of our environmental impact in the next three to five years. This is structured around three priority focus areas which, taken together, help define what sustainability means to Malabon Diesel. Specifically:
- continuity of clean diesel technology
- environmental stewardship
- community sustainability engagement
Continuity of Clean Diesel Technology
The first Bosch cleanroom facility in the Philippines, latest Bosch diesel testing equipment, correct technical repair training, and genuine Bosch service parts – Our commitment to Bosch’s clean and green engine technology.
Over the past decade, diesels quickly transformed from smoke-belching equipment to fashionable fuel-efficient, clean vehicles. Introduction of clean diesels changed the whole car and truck industry. Malabon Diesel embraced this opportunity to align our values, principles and operation with our principal’s environmental initiatives.
Adaptation of Bosch’s clean diesel technology is not just about legal environmental compliance, but a commitment to ensure continuity of diesel technology. Our repair processes keep service quality very high, and maintain the environmental impact of diesels for many years.
As climate change becomes a serious issue globally, industries of every type need to ensure that their operation are within legal environmental standards. Vehicle maintenance and repair workshops deal with many things that can affect us. Preventive pollution in vehicle maintenance must be incorporated in operation standards.
Malabon Diesel has been operating responsibly, working to reduce material costs, waste-related costs, paperwork and liability associated with hazardous wastes, and employing methods that do not create or use hazardous material. Proper management of waste streams include employee education and good housekeeping practices that minimize material use and spillage, encourage waste segregation and recycling of materials.
We invested on high pressure, high temperature water-based parts washers. Many traditional washers use solvents, are fire hazards, and expose users to harmful hydrocarbons and noxious fumes. Ours contribute to a safer working environment and eliminates the burden of disposing of solvents. Ninety percent of parts cleaning are done using these washers.
Solid and Liquid Waste Reduction
We observed that most of our waste generating activities in the cleanup of the workshop areas, and parts used in repair and maintenance. We shifted:
- from newspapers and yellow pages to washable basahans that reduce disposal liabilities.
- from kusot to alternative absorbent pads.
- to green purchasing efforts, like buying in bulk to save money and reduce packaging wastes.
Our used oils and fuels are picked up by recycling companies to ensure that these are not going to end up in a landfill.
Energy efficiency is a low-cost resource for achieving reduction of carbon emission. Malabon Diesel retrofitted all 36W T8 Fluorescent lamps with 18W T8 LED tube. Our new offices and buildings will have LED lamps, and large windows that will provide natural lighting and reduce dependence on lamps.
Total lights off are observed during office break. Operation of air conditioning units are also reduced when there are less people inside offices and lounges.
Renewable energy (solar panel installation) is being considered for future retrofits. Government incentives will surely speed up adoption.
Malabon Diesel takes conscious effort to reduce the amount of water and soap used in washing. Car washing is only done per request of customers.
Part of the water conservation initiative is the monitoring of water bills. By assigning people to monitor the use of electricity, water and other consumables, any spikes get reported in administration meetings.
Malabon Diesel’s business is “Green” in nature. Our expertise is repairing and remanufacturing worn out components. Repairing not only extends the useful life of the component or even the entire vehicle, it is most of the time much cheaper than buying new components.
It is always our first option, especially if our evaluation confirms that the component can still be practically brought back to original specifications.
Sustainable Practices for Automotive Repair Shops
Our sustainable initiatives include engagement with other automotive workshops.
Malabon Diesel will publish recommended waste minimization methods for automotive repair shops which we intend to share with industry partners. Included in our open sustainable literature are: waste stream segregation, personnel practices, procedural measures, documentation, scheduling, loss prevention, and accounting practices.
Community Sustainability Engagement
Engagement with our community is fundamental with our sustainable initiatives. Malabon Diesel is going beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The initiative is not just about inclusion of social and environmental considerations into our operation. Our sustainable responsibility is direct and specific - Adopt-a-Barangay and Adopt-a-Parish. We will help make our community become sustainable faster, and comply with the sustainable development goals of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which includes:
- Disaster Resilient Community
- Clean and Livable Environment
- Inclusive and Equitable Education
- Clean Water, Energy and Sanitation
- Good Health and Well Being
We hope to build a strong foundation and take a big, important step towards a sustainable future for all of us.