Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

BEC E-newsletter (May 2013)
   

BEC Events

25 April 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series

April’s BEC Leadership Networking Series attracted about 40 BEC members and guests to share success stories and insights on how to minimise waste throughout the supply chain.

Mr Victor Kwong, Head of Corporate Health, Safety & Environment of Towngas, shared an overview on the work of Towngas on utilising used materials as useful resources to achieve efficiency and reduce cost.

Ms Katherine Lau, General Manager, Corporate Quality and Sustainability of Fuji Xerox, shared the company’s green and sustainability measures in the manufacturing, consumption, and disposal stages of its products.

BEC Activities

BEC’s Submission for the Public Consultation on “A New Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles”

After consultation with BEC Waste Management Advisory Group and with the endorsement of BEC Board of Director, a paper was submitted to the Environmental Protection Department in response to its public consultation on “A New Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles” on 6 May. The paper expresses BEC’s support in policy and regulatory approaches that encourage waste reduction, separation, and diversion, and Government’s collaboration with business to build incentives and disincentives to promote best practices for recycling and reuse of glass bottles.

BEC IEE Upcoming Training Courses Cover carbon footprint and waste management

The following courses offered by BEC Institute of Environmental Education (IEE) are now open for enrolment:

5 June 2013: Reducing Carbon Footprint at Office covers the key concepts of greenhouse gas emissions, carbon footprint calculation, and ways to reduce carbon footprint in office.

27 June 2013: Introduction to Food Waste Management" will provide the essential knowledge in food waste management, including the types of food waste, the generation, collection and treatment of food waste in Hong Kong, as well as the practices of food waste reduction.

There will be 4 courses on green building and sustainability in July. Please click here for details. For course enquiry, please contact Dr Veronica Chan at 2784 3900 or beciee@bec.org.hk.

BEC Members Event

12 April 2013: Industry Visit to ABS Biodiesel

Some 40 BEC members and staff joined an industry visit to ABS Biodiesel’s soon-in-operation biodiesel plant. The representative of ABS Biodiesel explained the advanced multi-feedstock technology applied to convert recovered and recycled materials into low carbon transport fuel for use in diesel engines. The visit allows participants to have a better understanding of how biodiesel helps tackle two major environmental problems in Hong Kong – food waste and roadside emissions.

BEC Partnership Programmes

13 April 2013: Green Living Carnival

On 13 April, BEC co-organised the first large-scale community environmental education event for public housing residents at Shek Yam Estate, Kwai Chung, under Housing Authority’s “Green Delight in Estates” Programme. With the generous volunteering of Green Ambassadors from Hongkong International Terminals Limited, Modern Terminals Limited, Towngas and Kai Shing Management Services Limited, more than 700 participants enjoyed this Green Living Carnival and learned more about waste reduction and recycling as well as source separation of domestic waste. For event highlights or details of upcoming activities, please visit the programme website here.

2013 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence

Since its launch in 2008, Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) encourages and awards businesses and organisations that adopt green management. Being one of the organisers, BEC is now inviting companies to participate in the 2013 HKAEE Sectoral Awards, one of the four schemes offered by HKAEE, which is now open for application.

Five information and experience sharing seminars with different sectoral focuses are scheduled from April to May 2013 to provide details on the eligibility, assessment and application procedures of the Awards. Professionals will also share their insights on how to maximise efficiency by adopting various environmental measures.

For details about the Awards and the seminars, please visit HKAEE website or contact BEC Environmental Management team at 2784 3921 or hkaee@bec.org.hk.

HSBC Living Business Programme 2013

Entering its ninth year, the HSBC Living Business Programme 2013 will continue to promote sustainability along the supply chain.

The Programme comprises the HSBC Living Business Award 2013 and two half-day capacity building events. BEC would like to invite companies with no more than 250 employees in Hong Kong to join and showcase their achievements in environmental sustainability. In addition, companies can nominate their suppliers and contractors to participate in the Award.

For more details about the Programme, please visit HSBC Living Business website.  For enquiry, please contact BEC Environmental Management team at 2784 3948 or livingbusiness@bec.org.hk.

HR Excellence Award 2013

As the Associate Assessor and Supporting Organisation of the HR Excellence Award 2013, BEC is inviting companies to join this award to showcase outstanding people management strategies and practices.

Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, the HR Excellence Award 2013 represents the most prestigious human resources award recognition in Hong Kong, aiming to recognise organisations’ efforts in human resources solutions and management. The Awards welcomes the participations of organisations of all sizes and types with operations in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China or the Asia-Pacific Region. For more details about the Award, please click here.

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BEC Upcoming Events

16 May 2013: Seminar on Integrated Reporting

The International Integrated Reporting Council is currently accepting comments on the Draft International Integrated Reporting Framework. To discuss the implications of and to gather initial stakeholder feedback on the Draft Framework, BEC has invited Dr Jeanne Ng from CLP Holdings and Mr Robert Gibson from City University of Hong Kong to speak on the key points and questions outlined in the document.

More details of the event could be found here. For registration and enquiries, please contact Ms Skyla Chan at 2784 3942 or skyla@bec.org.hk.

24 May 2013: BEC EnviroSeries Conference

Rising to Hong Kong’s Waste Challenge: Policies, Best Practices and Opportunities

Continuous growth in wasteloads is challenging Hong Kong’s landfill space, making waste a looming crisis for the city. BEC has lined up a strong panel of experts coming from Asian governments, leading businesses and academics to share best practices, and discuss sustainable waste management policies and systems. Mr K S Wong, JP, Secretary for the Environment, will be the Keynote Speaker of the Conference.

Please click here for registration and the full programme rundown. For any enquiries, you may contact Ms Skyla Chan at 2784 3942 or skyla@bec.org.hk.

27 May 2013: BEC Luncheon Talk – Approaching the Requirements of the Latest Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will launch the 4th generation Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4) later this month. To assist BEC members and the business sector to gain a better understanding on this new standard and its implications, BEC has invited a certified GRI trainer Mr Paul Davies, Principal and Head of Accountability at Banarra to deliver a professional talk.

Please click here for more details and registration. For enquiries, please contact Ms Skyla Chan at (852) 2784 3942 or skyla@bec.org.hk.

30 May 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series

Sustainability development becomes increasingly important in business operations. Ir Conrad Wong, Vice Chairman of Yau Lee Holdings Limited and Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council, will share how sustainability leadership and entrepreneurial spirit enables a company to stay ahead of market competition in his talk on “Turning Carbon into Diamond” in upcoming BEC Leadership Networking Series on 30 May.

For registration and enquiries, please contact Ms Skyla Chan at 2784 3942 or skyla@bec.org.hk.

 

BEC Members Corner

Roundtable Dialogue and Media Tour to Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing Center

Earlier this year, BEC Corporate Member Fuji Xerox held a roundtable dialogue and brought media representatives from Hong Kong and other Asia Pacific countries to Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing Center in Thailand to promote knowledge exchange in:

  • The nature of closed loop product development and resource recovery
  • The environmental and health impacts of poorly managed e-waste
  • The maturity of e-waste programmes
  • Consumer recycling behaviour in Asia
  • How government and industry can better partner to regulate e-waste
  • How the capacity of the recycling industry can be developed to ensure end-of-life product disposal standards are met

During the roundtable dialogue, thought leaders from the United Nations Environment Programme, Thai Government and academia explored the topic of e-waste. Amanda Keogh, head of sustainability for Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, cited the Fuji Xerox Australia as an example of building a profitable business through parts remanufacturing.

Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing Center serves as a recycling base for sales subsidiaries of the group in six countries and regions, including Hong Kong. Locally, Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong)’s Tsuen Wan Recycling Center collects all locally used Fuji Xerox machines, spare parts and cartridges. The non-reusable parts are separated into 15 categories and shipped to Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing Center for further separating into 88 categories for recycling. The facility achieved "zero landfill"* in 2009.

* Fuji Xerox defines "zero landfill" as simple incineration and simple landfill that is 0.5% or less of the total weight of the waste produced.

“BEC Members Corner” is dedicated for BEC members to introduce their recent achievements, success stories, innovative ideas or solutions in environmental sustainability. To submit an article, please provide your English write-up with maximum 200 words to us, who will reserve the rights of editing and publishing. The submission deadline for upcoming BEC e-Newsletter is 20 May 2013 (Monday).

To submit an article or enquire about this section, please contact Ms Joey Hui (joey@bec.org.hk) or Ms Skyla Chan (skyla@bec.org.hk).

BEC Members Update

Please join BEC in welcoming the following members:

Corporate Member

China Everbright International Limited

Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (Upgrade)

General Member

Smart Cities International Limited

CCBF and HBF Update

To learn about the latest news and activities of BEC’s initiatives Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) and Harbour Business Forum (HBF), please click on the links below to visit their respective websites.

 

                            

 

BEC Supporting Events

18 Feb – 31 Jul 2013 "Go Green Chopsticks" and Hong Kong Environmental Industry Summit 2013
20 Feb – 15 Aug 2013 Hang Seng Pan Pearl River Delta Environmental Awards
Mar – Sept 2013

Hong Kong RFID Award 2013

16 April – 30 May 2013

Prime Awards for Eco Business 2013

26 April – 31 May 2013 2013 HKAEE Experience Sharing Seminars
15-17, 20-22 May 2013 Online Courses on Certified Energy Manager Certificate
24 May 2013 Internet of Things (IOT) Forum 24 May 2013 cum IOT Week Jun 2013
11 June

Seminar on Waste Management cum Inauguration ceremony of
Hong Kong Green Strategy Alliance

28 Oct – 31 Oct 2013 Eco Expo Asia 2013

 

 

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