Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

BEC E-newsletter (July 2016)
   

BEC Monthly Feature

22 September 2016: BEC Anniversary Dinner 2016

BEC will host its Anniversary Dinner on 22 September 2016 at JW Marriott Hong Kong. We are honoured to have Mr KS Wong, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, as the Guest of Honour of the Dinner.

The Dinner is a major occasion for our fellow members and guests to review BEC’s key initiatives in the past, preview the opportunities ahead, and network with like-minded sustainability leaders. We expect that over 300 guests, including senior government officials, business executives, fellow members and partners, will join this celebration.

Please contact Ms Jill Chow (T 2784 3942 | E jill@bec.org.hk) to reserve your tables or tickets early.

 

BEC Upcoming Events

25 August 2016: BEC Leadership Networking Series

The August event invites Mr Prashant Vaze, Chief Planning and Trade Practices Officer, Consumer Council to talk about consumers' attitudes toward purchasing sustainable goods and services, and how a good energy labelling system can help consumers use their purchasing power effectively. Mr Hon-Meng Wong, Assistant Director (Waste Reduction & Recycling) of Environment Protection Department, will share the Government's latest policy of green procurement and examples of green specifications in Hong Kong.

The event provides an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow BEC members and non-members alike. For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Joey Hui (T. 2784 3958 | E. joey@bec.org.hk).

2 September 2016: BEC Industry Visit to District Cooling System at Kai Tak District

The District Cooling System (“DCS”) utilises sea water to supply chilled water to centralised air-conditioning system for commercial buildings in Kai Tak new development area. DCS helps save 85 million kilowatt-hour in electricity consumption each year, and reduce 59,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions at the same time. In this visit, participants will have a closer look at DCS.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Beatrice Yu (T. 2784 3960 | E. beatrice@bec.org.hk).

 

BEC Past Events

5 July 2016: Responsible Investment Workshop - Taking Into Account Climate Risk

This workshop explored why and how asset managers and investors should take into account risks relating to climate change impacts as well as carbon intensity in their investment decisions, with a wide range of speakers from the finance sector as well as listed companies on BEC Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group. Hong Kong’s Green Finance Working Group report on making Hong Kong the regional hub of green finance was discussed as well as the nature of reporting required on the part of listed companies to enable climate risk to be factored into investment decisions.

7 July 2016: Reducing Roadside Emissions - Carbon and Air Pollution Workshop - Enhancing the Policy Framework

This half-day workshop brought together the government, business leaders, non-government organisations and industry professionals from Hong Kong to discuss and identify the policy framework needed to minimise roadside emissions. It included a discussion of policy measures on four aspects of the transport system: Private Vehicles & Taxis, Public Transport, Trucks & Delivery Vehicles, and Walking & Cycling. Views expressed from participants at the workshop will be taken into account in writing the report on the policy framework, which will be prepared by BEC’s Roadside Emissions Taskforce, part of BEC Transport & Logistics Advisory Group.

8 July 2016: BEC Industry Visit to T ▪ PARK

Over 30 participants joined the visit to T·Park, the first sludge treatment facility in Hong Kong that helps reduce 90% of the original sludge volume produced in Hong Kong every day. Participants were impressed by the unique self-sustained power generation and self-sufficient in water supply to achieve zero effluent discharge. The visit to the spa pools, which are supported by the heat energy recovered from the sludge incineration process, was also a highlight of the tour.

20 July 2016: BEC Lunchtime Seminar - Scaling up Leadership in Sustainability: Systemic Solutions & Shaping the External Context

Ms Stephanie Draper, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director Asia Pacific, Forum for the Future presented and led a lively discussion on how businesses globally are scaling up leadership in sustainability. She explained how businesses globally are beginning to lead and collaborate to find systemic solutions and shape the wider external landscape often driven by the need to address “pain points”. She also highlighted some specific initiatives around meeting the challenge to obtain sufficient plant protein as well as responsible recycling of ships. Special thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for inviting the speaker and sponsoring the venue.

29 July 2016: BEC Industry Visit to Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme

In the visit to the site of Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme, participants learned more about innovative systems that have been implemented in the site to collect and treat underground and irrigation water for non-potable usage. We would like to express our appreciation to Drainage Services Department for their guidance in this visit.

Please visit BEC website for event photos: http://bec.org.hk/album/bec-industry-visit-to-happy-valley-underground-stormwater-storage-scheme.

 

BEC IEE Training Courses

BEC Institute for Environmental Education ("BEC IEE") will organise various environmental training courses during August to September 2016 as follows:

BEAM Plus Familiarisation Training for Contractors (6th Intake) (3 and 4 August 2016) – This course offers a comprehensive training covering the key areas that contractors need to know for managing their BEAM Plus responsibilities.

Regulatory Compliance for Environmental Legislation of Hong Kong (3rd Intake) (7 September 2016) – This course provides participants with up-to-date information on major environmental ordinances in Hong Kong covering air pollution control, noise pollution control, water pollution control, waste disposal and environmental impact assessment.

How to Operate Your Business/ Organisation in a Socially Responsible Way? An Introductory Training of BS ISO 26000:2010 (2nd Intake) (22 September 2016) – This 6-hour course, co-organised with BSI, provides basic concepts of implementing and managing a social responsibility programme in accordance with ISO 26000:2010, an international guidance standard on social responsibility. The course also introduces seven core subjects that users of ISO 26000:2010 need to consider.

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

 

Information for BEC Members

Hong Kong Observatory’s "Climate Change - Our Response" Roving Exhibition

The Hong Kong Observatory is now organising a rowing exhibition entitled "Climate Change - Our Response" for the Science in the Public Service campaign. The exhibition aims to show how different stakeholders could work together to build a low-carbon and sustainable society in three main aspects namely mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

As the forth stop, the exhibition is held at BEC Headquarters from now till 4 August 2016. You are welcome to visit the exhibition. For more information, please visit http://www.science.gov.hk/exhib2016/index.htm.

 

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 refer to the rate card 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 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

Corporate Members

Allied Environmental Consultants Limited

Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Company Limited

Japan Clean System International (HK) Pte Limited

General Members

Diamond Term Group Limited
En-Trak Hong Kong Limited

Affiliate Member

Clean Air Network

 

BEC Supporting Events

Date Event Organiser
1 December 2015 – 28 February 2017 Smart City Campaign Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
28 May – 27 November 2016

2016 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition - Hong Kong Exhibition

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
8 June – 22 November 2016

Green Building Award 2016

Hong Kong Green Building Council, Professional Green Building Council
1 August 2016

AEE Hong Kong Chapter Certified Measurement and Verification Professional® (CMVP) Program

AEE Hong Kong Chapter
7 September 2016

Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Preparation - Study the IFMA FM Learning System Course

International Facility Management Association
9 September 2016

Innovation and Technology Symposium 2016

HKRITA
10 September 2016 The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors – Annual Conference 2016 The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
23 September 2016

HKIE 8th Guangdong Hong Kong Macau Sustainable Development Conference 2016

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
23 – 24 September 2016

HKICS Corporate Governance Conference 2016

The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries
24 – 25 September 2016 Social Enterprise Summit 2016 The Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum, The Hong Kong Policy Research Foundation
26 – 29 October 2016 Eco Expo Asia 2016 Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong SAR Government
6 December 2016

The 7th Greater Pearl River Delta (GPRD) Conference on Building Operation and Maintenance

Building Services Operation, Maintenance Executives Society
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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