The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the Philippines’ resort-airport, has showed
tremendous progress in its Going Green Campaign after banning the use of non-biodegradable
single-use plastics and polystyrene containers in restaurants and shops inside the hub.
Starting this year, MCIA private operator GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC)
prohibited its concessionaires from using the non-biodegradable single-use plastics and
polystyrene containers in restaurants and retail stores located in Terminals 1 and 2. Under the
policy, GMCAC encourages the use of eco-friendly and reusable substitutes.
To date, 80% of the concessionaires are already using biodegradable alternatives such as plant
starch utensils, paper cups and straws, wood stirrers, paper bags, and carton boxes for
“We took this step forward starting with our commercial partners as our commitment to
environmental sustainability,” said GMCAC chief executive advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison.
“In 2018, MCIA produced a monthly average of 3,500-kilograms (kgs) of plastic waste from its
restaurants and shops. This is now down by close to 30% or a decrease of around 12,000-kgs
per year,” Harrison added.
GMCAC also holds regular information and education campaigns for all airport concessionaires
and stakeholders to raise awareness on the impacts of plastic use on the environment.
OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
Meanwhile, GMCAC underlined its other initiatives as part of its commitment to environmental
Since August 2017, GMCAC has been using 6,300 solar panels on the roof of Terminal 1 to
supply electricity for the airport. This made MCIA the first solar-powered airport in the
Philippines. On a monthly average, the solar panel system produces 196,800 Kwh and provides
for 30% of the electricity requirements of the domestic terminal.