<span>Environmental </span><b>Performance</b>

Environmental Performance

As a Group, we manage our direct environmental footprint and use sustainability criteria in investment choices to help stimulate the transition to a sustainable economy. To achieve this goal, we have established the Environmental Committee (now renamed as “Environmental Management Committee”) in December 2007. Formed by representatives from all of our subsidiary companies and chaired by an Executive Director, the Committee is responsible for formulating green strategies and overseeing the implementation of environmental initiatives. We employ a holistic management approach that involves continuously reviewing existing practices, planning and implementing new initiatives, tracking our progress and the pursuit of improvement.


In our operations, we take into account regulatory requirements and environmental impacts, and adopt international standards and systems where possible. We also run capacity building and internal engagement programmes to mobilize staff supports for our initiatives to reduce environmental footprint and business risk.

Comprehensive Environmental Management

 

We identify risk by reviewing any previous cases of non-compliance, litigation and summonses for environmental issues, and work out the best remedial measures available. We endeavour to manage our operations according to international environmental standards and processes, such as the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 50001 Energy Management System, and ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System.

Promoting Responsible Consumption

2017

Promoting Responsible Consumption

Staff awareness and support is crucial to achieving the Group's environmental initiatives. To this end, we run employee campaign every year to inform them of topical environmental issues and call for action towards the betterment of our environment.


The FY2017 employee green campaign featured "Sustainable Procurement and Consumption" as its theme, encouraging employees to source and consume sustainably, both at work and at home. As well as organizing a site visit to a town gas production plant for Green Managers, we held a series of light-hearted activities to promote sustainable consumption as part of everyday life. These included a staff competition to identify environmentally-friendly shops, a family visit to an organic farm, and an Eco Bazaar.


At the Eco Bazaar held at the Corporate Office, employees took part in a talk and mix-and-match games led by Green Ladies, a social enterprise set up by St. James’ Settlement to promote green fashion. Employees could also take the opportunity to donate used clothes on site, and buy from a selection of used fashion items and upcycled accessories from Green Ladies.

A Sustainable Exhibition and Meeting Hub

2015

A Sustainable Exhibition and Meeting Hub

The Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ("HML"), is responsible for the management and daily operation of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ("HKCEC"). HML demonstrated its leadership in the event venue sector by making HKCEC the first venue in Hong Kong to obtain the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification in 2015. This reflects HML's commitment to achieving strong business results while being socially and environmentally responsible.


The ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification ensures that HKCEC establishes a full spectrum of sustainability measures throughout the event-management cycle. These measures cover energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, technology advancement, public safety, as well as staff and community welfare. All staff members have been trained to integrate these measures into their day-to-day work.


HKCEC's newly renovated restaurant, Congress Plus, also became the first restaurant in Hong Kong to receive LEED Gold Certification for Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors V2009, and achieved a Silver rating of BEAM Plus Interior V1.0 by the Hong Kong Green Building Council for its sustainable interior design. Notable features include carpet made of 50% recycled materials, and LED lighting fitted with a dimmer system and daylight sensors. Energy consumption is also reduced through the use of a zoned intelligent air-conditioning system and environmentally friendly kitchen equipment.

Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions

 

Each of our business units works towards a common goal of developing their own guidelines and plans to reduce energy consumption year on year. In practice, our energy-reduction initiatives are two-fold; we promote the use of energy-efficient equipment and installation, while considering day-to-day business functions and employee behaviour to identify areas for improvement.

Turning a New Page in Sustainable Building

2017

Turning a New Page in Sustainable Building

As demand for sustainable buildings grows, Hip Hing has partnered with Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited to develop an innovative capsule technology for producing strong lightweight concrete, a more environmentally-friendly construction material that is set to benefit developers, users and the environment. This innovation earned its development team a gold medal at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2017, which is considered one of the most prestigious shows worldwide in innovations.


The concrete produced with this new technology features high fire resistance, lower thermal conductivity and higher acoustic absorption efficiency than regular concrete. With thermal conductivity at only about 0.5W/m.K, 70% lower than standard concrete in the market, less air conditioning is required to achieve acceptable comfort for occupants, thereby reducing energy use, carbon emissions and saving costs.


Hip Hing’s broader commitment to sustainable building is also reflected in the expanding number of professionals it employs and trains to support clients in developing BEAM Plus or LEED-certified green buildings. Its project teams also proactively implement green measures across construction sites to reduce the environmental impact of the building process.

Innovating to Save Energy

2016

Innovating to Save Energy

Macao Water Supply Co. Ltd. (“Macao Water”) supports the research and development of environmental technologies as part of its efforts to optimize operational efficiency and improve environmental performance. Macao Water has engaged into a research application project of the University of Macau to apply a "Low Cost and Low Current Loss Energy Saving Device" into practical application environment. The University of Macau developed this technology from concept to circuitry design and control-algorithm development, with the funding by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund and the Research Committee of University of Macau and also the technical support and installation location provided by Macao Water. The device, which was installed in a pump in the Main Storage Reservoir Water Treatment Plant I, has proved to be effective in lowering power usage and delivering a higher efficiency than competing products in the market.

Hybrid and Electric Bus

2015

Hybrid and Electric Bus

New World First Bus Services Limited ("NWFB") and Citybus Limited ("Citybus") continue to introduce the newest, low-emission buses. Three hybrid buses are already in service and 10 electric, single-deck buses has been going through trial run since 2015. Hybrid technology allows buses to shut down their engines and operate purely by electricity when the speed is lower than 7km/h, helping reduce roadside emissions at low speeds and when idling in traffic. Electric buses produce zero emissions throughout their journey and can travel up to 250 kilometres on a single charge, after which they require only four hours to recharge at the bus depot.


The electric buses would undergo a series of rigorous and comprehensive internal assessment to ensure that performance and safety meet our high standards before entering public service.

HKCEC Solar Film Project

2013

HKCEC Solar Film Project

While large windows let natural sunlight into a building, the solar heat generated places demands on a building’s cooling system and increases energy consumption. An effective way of reducing energy consumption is to cover windows with solar-blocking film; this filters out excessive sunlight and provides a more comfortable indoor environment with less need for cooling, reducing costs and energy consumption.


Nano solar window film has been applied to the largest glass wall at HKCEC’s Expo Drive entrance, effectively reducing direct sunlight by up to 40% in indoor areas. Since this project was completed, energy consumption at HKCEC has been reduced by 285,497kWh (1,028GJ) per annum, which is equivalent to the yearly energy consumption of 50 four-person families in Hong Kong. These energy savings also resulted in an equivalent reduction of approximately 200 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

Materials and Waste Management

 

Addressing specific waste issues requires practical steps adapted to the nature of work of each business unit. For example, our construction companies adopt various industry standards for waste management, and are committed to reusing resources wherever practicable and adopting a variety of renewable and sustainable materials in development projects. To reduce food waste at HKCEC, we partner with exhibitors, event organisers and local charities to donate unconsumed banquet food to those in need.

Inert Materials Transfer Programme

2014

Inert Materials Transfer Programme

The construction industry produces large quantities of inert waste, including excavated soil, rocks and broken concrete. Ordinarily disposed of in government temporary fill banks, these materials can be used in reclamation projects and other construction sites. Hip Hing is working with subcontractors to implement an Inert Materials Transfer Programme, which distributes our inert waste for reuse in other construction projects. Waste is diverted from landfills and other construction sites receive free backfill material. In the financial year ended 30 June 2014, we reused 91% of the inert waste generated, which represented over 9,800m3 of landfill space saved and a cost saving of over HK$450,000. Hip Hing continues to engage foundation subcontractors to help identify more external projects to receive our inert waste.

Food Waste Control at HKCEC

2014

Food Waste Control at HKCEC

We are working to reduce food waste at HKCEC through food donation programmes and fooddecomposer machines on site. In the financial year ended 30 June 2014, HKCEC managed to divert over 37,000kg of food waste from landfills.


HML joined hands with local charities Food Angel and St. James’ Settlement to donate surplus food, including unconsumed cooked food, raw food and bread, to the needy. In that financial year, over 3,000kg of food was donated, compared to about 1,500kg in the previous financial year, representing a two-fold increase.


HML’s employees and clients are engaged in food donation. All new staff members are briefed on the programme at their orientation. Individuals involved in the food handling process, including chefs, kitchen staff and catering staff, are well informed of the proper procedure for preparing any surplus food for donation. Event managers inform clients of the programme, and encourage them to support this worthy cause.