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

Environmental Performance

We strive to apply innovative solutions and initiatives to our services and operations as we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and the consumption of resources, from energy to water in accordance with our Sustainability Policy. We take into account local environmental laws and regulations wherever we operate, and endeavour to go beyond regulatory compliance and consistently benchmark ourselves against local and international standards and best practices. This ensures we are well positioned to continually enhance our environmental performance.

Climate Change


We are committed to playing our part to tackle climate change. We adopt the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals ("UN SDGs"), which provide guidance to our corporate citizenship and shapes our investment strategies and risk management. In the same spirit, we announced our Environmental Targets on carbon emission, energy consumption, waste and water management across our business in 2019, in support of New World Sustainability Vision 2030 (SV2030) of our parent company, New World Development Company Limited, and Hong Kong's transition towards a low-carbon, innovative economy. We have also established our Climate Change Policy in 2020 to outline our commitment to climate change by means of managing climate risks across our business strategy and operations.

For more information, please refer to Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Targets in this website.

Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption

We are committed to reducing our energy and carbon footprint, and continues to identify ways to achieve this. Energy consumption is the prime source of our greenhouse gas 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.

Environmental Targets

In 2019, we have announced our Environmental Targets for financial year (FY) 2030. Using FY2013 data as the baseline, we aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 30%, energy intensity by 25% and water intensity by 30%, and to achieve at least 90% reuse of construction and demolition (C&D) materials by FY2030. These targets demonstrate our long-term commitment to being part of a low-carbon economy.

  • GHG reduce 30% tonne(s) CO2e/HK$'m revenue
    HK$'m revenue
  • energy intensity reduce 25% GJ/HK$'m revenue
  • water intensity reduce 30% m3/HK$'m revenue
  • at least 90% Reuse of C&D materials
    Reuse of C&D

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tackle the most pressing environmental and social challenges of our time. As a responsible company, we pledge to protect the planet, and support stable and thriving societies. We identified four of the seventeen SDGs that are most relevant to us and that enable us to have the greatest impact. We aim to align our longer-term objectives with these goals.

  • Good health and well-being
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Sustainable cities and community
  • Partnerships for the goals

How We Help
Good health and well-being
  • Provide access to safe, effective and high-quality health care, offering quality medical treatment
  • Enhance access to clean water; reduce environmental impacts through proper handling of emissions including hazardous chemicals, air, water and soil pollution
  • Enhance customer experiences by improving quality of services in transportation, facilities management and roads operation
Decent work and economic growth
  • Contribute to economic growth
  • Enhance economic productivity through business diversification, technological upgrades and innovation
  • Provide employment and decent work for women and men, including young people and those with disabilities, and provide equal opportunity and pay for work of equal value
  • Protect labour rights and provide safe and secure working environments for all employees
Sustainable cities and community
  • Provide safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems to the wider community and improve road safety
  • Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation in which people feel a sense of community
  • Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
  • Environmental Conservation
Partnerships for the goals
  • Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to communities in need
  • Support effective and targeted capacity-building in communities to support the implementation of SDGs (environment related)
  • Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships

Environmental Management

Formed by representatives from our subsidiary companies and chaired by an Executive Director, our NWS Environmental Management Committee meets twice a year and provides a platform for the development and implementation of green initiatives, and the exchange of knowledge, experience and environmental best practices among business units. We review any previous cases of non-compliance, litigation and summons to identify risks related to environmental issues, and work out the best remedial measures available.


Air emissions are a significant issue for the transportation, roads and construction industries. We support roadside air emissions reduction by investing to build an energy-efficient bus fleet. Similarly, environmental-friendly engines have been installed in our ferries to minimise marine air emissions. Although our highway operation business is not a direct contributor to road emissions, we support nation-wide objective to enhance air quality. We consistently develop innovative solutions, such as Venturi Cyclone at our construction sites to reduce air emissions from generator sets, and ensure proper environmental site management is in place.


We strive to reduce our energy consumption and invest in energy-efficient technologies. In addition to the initiatives for reducing air emissions by reducing fuel consumption, we actively seek for opportunities to expand our adoption of clean energy in our daily operations, such as the installation of solar panels at several business sites and providing on-shore power supply at various piers.


Water plays an important role in our operations and we are committed to using it efficiently. We have a range of water-saving initiatives across our businesses with different focuses to address various operation nature.


Addressing specific waste issues requires practical steps adapted to the nature of work of each business unit. We use resources on a needs-only basis to minimise hazardous wastes, and try to reuse and recycle non-hazardous wastes where practical. To fulfil our commitment to minimising waste, we introduce a range of initiatives, including internal activities and external campaigns, to encourage communities and our stakeholders to join us on our sustainability journey.

Green Office at KOHO


Green Office at KOHO

In our new office at KOHO that commences operation from late 2019, we have incorporated various green elements in the design, from furniture, material, electronic equipment and water consumption to waste management. We selected carpets that are made of 60% recycled materials, while environmentally-certified timber products are used to ensure their origins are from well-managed sustainable forest. The office is equipped with energy-efficient fan coil units, low-flow water faucet and LED lighting panels to reduce energy consumption. In waste reduction, recycling bins are provided in works area to promote waste reduction and recycling. Staff is also required to review and verify document printing by using staff card to reduce paper use.
Single-decker Electric Bus


Single-decker Electric Bus

In addition to concerted efforts to improve emissions from conventional diesel buses, we have completed a trial of “zero-emission” single-deck electric buses. The pilot scheme was subsidised by the Hong Kong Government to study the reliability and economic feasibility of these vehicles. The results suggest it may be some time before electric buses could overcome the unique challenges of Hong Kong to become commercially viable. However, we continue to collaborate on the development of electric buses with the government and the industry. We have retained the electric single-deckers for two of our busiest routes after the trial.

We have also invested in building a fleet of more energy-efficient vehicles by commissioning 145 low emission Euro 6 buses. As of 30 June 2019, 95% of our entire bus fleet meets Euro 5 emission standards or above.

Adoption of Renewable Energy


Adoption of Renewable Energy

Solar panels installed on the rooftop of the New World First Ferry office building are connected to the grid. They are expected to generate approximately 10,500 kWh of energy per year, saving 5,400kg of CO2 emissions. We have also installed solar panels on one of our ferries, “Xin Zhong”, to facilitate the use of six new on-board ventilation units.
Auto-Power Supply (APS) System to Enhance Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction


Auto-Power Supply (APS) System to Enhance Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction

Comprising several connecting generator sets, APS forms a mini power station that regulates and distributes electricity to designated equipment on site through a local network. It uses fewer generator sets than a typical site setting and reduced fuel use by about 45% at our trial site at Tsing Yi Vehicle Examination Centre. Other benefits included also environmental noise reduction, carbon emission reduction and operational costs saving.

Plastic Reduction at HKCEC


Plastic Reduction at HKCEC

In June 2019, HKCEC (Management) Limited was awarded the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2019 for its “Think Before Plastic” initiative. This annual award by UFI, a globally-recognised exhibition industry association, rewards effective and innovative communications that have a positive environmental impact. Our initiative saved the use of 1.7 million pieces of disposable plastic during FY2019.

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