Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

BEC E-newsletter (February 2016)
   

BEC Monthly Features

BEC Welcomes New CEO

BEC announced the appointment of Mrs Christine Cheung as the Chief Executive Officer of BEC taking effect from 1 March 2016, succeeding Ms Agnes Li who retired in January 2016.

Mrs Cheung will lead BEC and help the organisation to achieve great success in deploying BEC’s strategies and furthering its core attributes. BEC will continue to collaborate with the Government, business sector and fellow partners on advancing businesses in practising and enabling environmental protection, and in contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

 

BEC Upcoming Events

4 March 2016: Road Transport and Logistics: How to Save Costs and Reduce Emissions?

The workshop aims to develop knowledge and understanding of what Hong Kong businesses can do to reduce the emissions of their vehicles – from ordinary cars to vans, buses and trucks. Topics to be covered include environmental and financial benefits of electric vehicles and other low emission vehicles, exploring the usage of fuel additives and the benefits of blended fuels, the use of smart logistics tools, eco-driving practices, and behavior change approaches. Presentation sessions will be led by a range of businesses, from Hong Kong and elsewhere.

For registration, please contact Ms Jill Chow (T. 2784 3942 | E. jill@bec.org.hk). For more information about the workshop, please contact Ms Gentiane Gastaldi (T. 2784 3928 | E. gentiane@bec.org.hk).

14 March 2016: BEC Industry Visit to Energizing Kowloon East Office

The Energizing Kowloon East Office (“EKEO”) was established in June 2012 to facilitate the transformation of Kowloon East, which focuses on enhancing its connectivity, branding, design and diversity.

Through this visit, participants will discover a whole range of pedestrian and traffic improvements as well as EKEO’s proposal to implement smart technologies in Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay Business Areas and to provide seamless connection between activity nodes and major transport nodes. EKEO will share their experience in developing and implementing the conceptual master plan for Kowloon East, which is an evolving strategy to be enriched and refined by taking on board suggestions received in the public engagement process.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Gentiane Gastaldi (T. 2784 3928 | E. gentiane@bec.org.hk).

March 2016: BEC Leadership Networking Series

At the upcoming BEC Leadership Network Series, our speakers will build on BEC’s Hong Kong Climate Resilience Roadmap for Business to discuss the implications of climate change to the construction and transport sectors respectively, and elaborate on how these sectors are responding to these challenges that arise. You are welcome to join the event and meet BEC members and guests to share your insights and ideas.

Please stay tuned for more details to be released on BEC website. For enquiry, please contact Ms Joey Hui (T. 2784 3958 | E. joey@bec.org.hk).

 

BEC News

Participation in HKTDC Education and Careers Expo 2016

BEC participated and exhibited in the HKTDC Education and Careers Expo held during 28 to 31 January 2016 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. BEC took the chance to introduce to students and job seekers the work of BEC and career prospects in environmental industry.  On 28 January 2016, Ir CF Leung, Director – Green Building and IAQ of BEC, attended as a seminar speaker and delivered a presentation on career information in environmental industry.

BEC Awarded 5 Years Plus Caring Organisation Logo

BEC was awarded the 5 Years Plus Caring Organisation Logo by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in recognition of its commitment to implement corporate social responsibility through caring for the community, its employees and the environment. BEC has been awarded the Caring Organisation Logo for five consecutive years.

 

BEC Past Events

1 February 2016: BEC Policy Dialogue Series: Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan - Dialogue with the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

After the Government’s launch of a three-month public consultation on the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (“BSAP”), BEC organised a Policy Dialogue event on 1 February 2016 to introduce the consultation paper, and to invite business leaders and industry players to share and express their thoughts towards biodiversity and conservation in Hong Kong.

To help the audience gain better understanding about the consultation paper, Mr Simon Chan, Assistant Director (Conservation) of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, gave an introduction on the BSAP. During the panel discussion, Dr Siu-fai Leung, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, discussed with BEC Chairman and Board Directors on the BSAP, which was then followed by an interactive session to collect views from the audience.

19 February 2016: BEC Spring Dinner

BEC staged its Spring Dinner at The Banqueting House, Tsim Sha Tsui on 19 February 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It also offered a chance for members to meet and share insights on environmental and sustainability issues.

As the speaker of the event, Mr Hon-meng Wong, Assistant Director (Waste Reduction and Recycling) of Environmental Protection Department, shared with members the Government’s initiatives on waste reduction.

The dinner was filled with fun and laughter. Besides a lucky draw with prizes sponsored by BEC Chairman Prof John Chai and a dumpling making competition, BEC Chairman and Board Directors took the opportunity to extend Chinese New Year wishes and greetings to members.

24 February 2016: BEC Heritage Tour at Tai O

During the visit, representatives of Tai O Hotel introduced the building’s vintage architectural charms and its stories. Participants were particularly interested in the environmental facilities installed in the building. Participants also enjoyed a boat trip to see the natural beauty and cultural charms of Tai O.

25 February 2016: BEC Leadership Networking Series

The BEC Leadership Networking Series event in February was themed with energy saving. Mr KK Wu, General Manager of DEOS China Limited, shared a solution developed by the company to reduce energy consumption of ventilation system while improve indoor air quality in a building.

Ir Antonio Chan, Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council and Executive Director of REC Engineering Company Limited, introduced an energy optimisation solution for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, which has been adopted in different projects and proven to be successful.

 

Services for BEC Members and Companies

Venue Hire at BEC Headquarters

To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices, venues and facilities at BEC Headquarters are available for members and companies for organising events relating to environmental protection and sustainability. To know more about the rates and other details, please visit BEC website (http://bec.org.hk/files/images/aboutus/Office_location/BEC_Venue_Rate_Card_August2015.pdf) or contact BEC Events and Communications Team (T. 2784 3942 | E. venue@bec.org.hk).

Green Technology Corner Showcase at BEC Headquarters

The Green Technology Corner at BEC Headquarters offers opportunities for members to showcase their green technologies and products to business leaders and sustainability professionals. Please contact Ms Bonnie Ho (T. 2787 3951 | E. bonnie@bec.org.hk) to secure the showcasing opportunity.

BEC IEE Training Courses

BEC Institute for Environmental Education ("BEC IEE") will organise various environmental training courses during March and April 2016 as follows:

Towards Sustainability – Sustainable Building Management (2nd Intake) (18 March 2016) – Effective sustainable property management practices is essential for both new and existing buildings in order maximise energy and water use efficiency.  This course provides the participants with up-to-date information and the best practices for managing the property.

Indoor Air Quality (“IAQ”) Management & Improvement (4th Intake) (18 April 2016) – The course covers an overview of IAQ, different chemical and biological components that affect IAQ, as well as effective ways to manage and improve IAQ. In the interest of promoting awareness of IAQ, BEC members who enroll before 5 April 2016 can enroll with one more application without additional charges.

Towards Sustainability – Best Practice for Sustainable Procurement (22 April 2016) – Sustainable procurement is the process of buying goods and services of a business in a way that meets the needs of the business while brings benefits to the environment at the same time. Sustainable procurement has become one of the key components among businesses in achieving sustainability. The course is suitable for those who are responsible for procurement policy as well as those who engage in procurement on a day-to-day basis. Participants can learn how to implement best practices of sustainable procurement in business operations with a straightforward and cost-effective manner.

Visit BEC website now for outlines and schedules of BEC IEE courses. Please contact Dr Veronica Chan (T. 2784 3937 | E. beciee@bec.org.hk) for registration and enquiry.

BEC Members Corner

Implementation of Envac’s Automated Waste Collection System in Hong Kong Science Park

Hong Kong Science Park is a state of the art campus for innovative and high tech companies. This campus had adopted a hygienic and efficient automatic waste collection system, provided by Envac, which helps the Park collect waste from various locations to central collection point without visibly seen from the ground.

The system consists of a collection station, extensive refuse pipe network and waste inlet doors and is designed to serve the whole campus.  By creating huge negative suction pressure inside the refuse pipes, waste is automatically sucked to the collection station and packaged into a container in no time without any manual labour.  Waste is collected, invisible and totally enclosed, through refuse pipes largely laid in service corridors and underground carpark area that connects all the buildings together.  The system reflects very well the smart, environmental, high tech image of the campus.

"BEC Members Corner" is dedicated to BEC members for the purpose of introducing their recent achievements, success stories, innovative ideas or solutions on environmental sustainability. Members are invited to provide us with an English write-up with about 150 words, which BEC reserves the rights of editing and publishing. The submission deadline for the next E-newsletter is 23 March 2016 (Wednesday). Please contact Ms Joey Hui (T. 2784 3958 | E. joey@bec.org.hk) if you are interested in contributing an article.

 

BEC Members Update

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

 

Corporate Members

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (HK) Limited

Wise Ally Holdings Limited

      

 

General Members

AiryPack Company Limited

Bid Academy Ltd

Ernst Basler and Partner Hong Kong Limited

Huifu International Investment Management Consultant Limited

ICF Consulting Services Hong Kong Limited

Mitsubishi Electric (Hong Kong) Limited

Program Contractors Limited

Syn-Tech Fuel Management & Technology Co., Limited

Tomi Fuji EMC Limited

 

Affiliate Members

4M Industrial Development Limited

Carthy Limited

Ensec Solutions Hong Kong Limited

 

BEC Supporting Events

Date Event Organiser
1 December 2015 – 28 February 2017 Smart City Campaign Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
29 February 2016

Technical Seminar on International Approaches for Indoor Environment and Energy Use Reduction

ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter, BEAM Society Limited
1 – 8 March 2016

Public Talks on BEAM Plus Existing Buildings (EB) v2.0

Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited, BEAM Society Limited
5 March 2015 Career Expo 2016@Science Park Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
21 March 2016

Climate Change Adaptation and Creating a Resilient Hong Kong

Department of Architecture, Chu Hai College of Higher Education
31 March – 2 April 2016

Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2016 MIECF)

Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
8 April 2016

Technical Seminar on Building Energy Simulation – Trends, Technologies and Applications

ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter
15 April 2016

ICE HKA Annual Conference 2016: Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Management Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

Institution of Civil Engineers Hong Kong Association
18 April 2016

The HKIE Environmental Division Annual Forum

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Environmental Division
22 April 2016

Urban Design Conference 2016 – “Betterment of the City”

The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design
5 May 2016

Integrate 2016 Facility Management Conference

International Facility Management Association Hong Kong Chapter
5 – 7 May 2016

IE Expo 2016 Hong Kong Pavilion (Chinese version only)

Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong SAR Government
20 May 2016

Annual Corporate and Regulatory Update (ACRU) 2016

The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries
25 – 27 May 2016

HVAC Design: Level I — Essentials

ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter
2015 – 2016

Environmental Education Creative Competition 2015

Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong
2014 – onward

"Let's Save 10L Water" Campaign

Water Supplies Department, Hong Kong SAR Government
2014 – onward

HSBC Water Programme for Industrial Water Management

Hong Kong Productivity Council

 

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