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BEC E-newsletter (September 2013)
   

BEC Events

10 September 2013: BEC Anniversary Dinner 2013

BEC organised its Anniversary Dinner 2013 to celebrate this special occasion with members and distinguished guests at JW Marriott on 10 September 2013. The event successfully attracted over 300 guests, including government officials, corporate leaders and industry experts.

Keynote speaker Mr K S Wong, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, acknowledged BEC’s effort in promoting environmental excellence in Hong Kong.

3 September 2013: The New Normal: What Every Hong Kong Business Should Know about Climate Risk

Around 60 business executives converged to discuss climate risk amongst Hong Kong businesses, and to identify tools to assess climate risk to business and value chain.

During the event, CCBF revealed a report “New Normal: A Hong Kong Business Primer on Climate Change Adaptation” to provide insights and real life case studies from major corporates in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, an enterprise risk management tool will soon be launched for the Hong Kong market focusing on infrastructure and supply chain risk for key industries.

29 August 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series

August’s BEC Leadership Networking Series attracted around 50 BEC members and guests to discuss the options for Hong Kong fuel mix. Mr Jim Taylor of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited shared his thoughts in maintaining an optimum balance among environmental impact, stability of electricity supply and reasonable tariff.

Dr Thomas Tang of AECOM Asia Company Limited shared the responses from 110 cities on greenhouse gas emission, energy use and the risks and opportunities from climate change from a Carbon Disclosure project study.

 

BEC News

Formation of BEC Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group

In August 2013, BEC Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) Advisory Group was formed to promote the awareness of climate change, mitigation and adaptation activities amongst the BEC membership and generally amongst the business community in Hong Kong. The CCBF Advisory Group will soon develop its work plans for the coming year to achieve its missions.

For further details of the CCBF Advisory Group, please visit here.

 

BEC Activity

Upcoming BEC IEE Training Courses

In September and October 2013, BEC IEE will offer a number of environmental education courses on various environmental related topics. These courses are now open for enrolment:

28 Sep or 26 Oct 2013: “Introduction to Food Waste Management and Urban Farming in Hong Kong" will focus on the various methods and treatment of food waste, how it can be transformed into resources, and the environmental conditions of urban farming in Hong Kong. It will also include a hand-on session on small-scale urban farming.

24 Oct: “Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management & Improvement” will provide the essential knowledge about IAQ for the practitioners who are responsible for facility or building management.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Dr Veronica Chan at 2784 3937 or beciee@bec.org.hk.

 

BEC Partnership Programme

CarbonSmart's Capability Enhancement Workshop

A government-funded programme, CarbonSmart aims to encourage and sustain concerted industry effort in carbon audit and reduction to shape a low carbon future. Under this Programme, a series of capability enhancement workshops will be arranged for environmental industries to enhance their carbon management skills. The upcoming workshop on 24 September, which will be organised by BEC, will provide an introduction to carbon audit, its global trend and associated practical techniques. The initiatives, experience and achievement of carbon reduction measures of the International Commerce Centre will be shared by its representative during the workshop. For more details, please refer to the programme flyer (Chinese version) or contact Mr Dennis Yeung at 2784 3914.

 

BEC Upcoming Event

23 October 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series

The upcoming BEC Leadership Networking Series will be organised at Hong Kong Jockey Club, Happy Valley, and consist a leadership sharing session, a seeing is believing site tour, and an entertaining horse racing and networking buffet. More details of the event will soon be available. Please stay tuned.

 

BEC Upcoming Members Events

13 September 2013: Industry Visit to Kowloon Motor Bus (1933) Limited - Shatin Depot

An opportunity for BEC members to know more about the environmentally-friendly operations of KMB’s Shatin Depot, this visit will also introduce how eco-driving training help bus captains in adopting green practices.

This is a BEC-members only event. For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Michelle So at 2784 3924 or michelle@bec.org.hk.

26 September 2013: Industry Visit to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

An Industry Visit to the newly operated Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building will be organised for BEC members to have a closer look at the key green measures of this new and important infrastructure of Hong Kong.

In this visit, participants will see a number of energy saving measures and sustainable construction methods in this regional leading cruise hub, including renewable energy facilities and the site-wide District Cooling System which uses rain water for cooling. Other environmental friendly construction methods including the application of a large number of precast components and post-tensioning structures will also be shown.

Please stay tuned for more details and registration method to be released on BEC website in due course. For enquiry, please contact Ms Amy Ma at 2784 3960 or amy@bec.org.hk.

 

BEC Members Corner

Electric Kitchens Setting New Trend for Environmental Protection

To achieve sustainable development, BEC’s Council Member HK Electric encourages the public to consider the future in terms of their lifestyles and impact on the environment. Apart from its initiative of “Eco-Quality Home”, which aims to establish environmentally friendly home practices and improve the everyday quality of living, HK Electric showcased the environmental benefits of electric kitchens to restaurant and catering owners at the biennial trade show HOFEX 2013.

Mr Arthur Wong Yuk-keung, General Manager (Group Commercial), said, “Electric kitchen possesses a number of advantages over traditional kitchen as it keeps the flavour of dishes while reducing emissions, heat waste and noise pollution, creating a more comfortable working environment.”

Themed on “Electric Kitchens – A New Trend for Success”, the Company’s booth displayed both the modern and the traditional kitchens through the use of a time tunnel, allowing visitors to experience how electric kitchens can help restaurants secure saving on energy and operating costs, as well as improving working environment and streamlining processes.

Being put on display were the latest electric kitchen equipment like the new induction low range with surface plate made of ultra strength, energy recovery system and the new-generation electric steam cabinet. A series of live cooking demonstrations were also staged to prepare some of the local delicacies using electric cooking equipment.

Scania is First in Hong Kong to In­­troduce Euro6, Practically Eliminating Harmful Roadside Emissions

Roadside air quality continues to be a serious concern in Hong Kong, and the main contributor to poor air quality is Nitrogen Dioxide, which is the main component of the Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emitted by internal combustion engines. According to A Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong issued by the HKSAR Government, goods vehicles and coaches account for over 50% of the NOx from the vehicles on Hong Kong’s roads.

BEC’s Corporate Member Scania recently introduced Euro6 engine to Hong Kong, to practically eliminate harmful roadside emissions.

The “Euro” emission standards limit the amounts of NOx and particulates (smoke) that can be emitted by a vehicle. The current standard in Hong Kong is Euro5 but Europe has introduced legislation requiring Euro6 on heavy duty vehicles from 2014.

Euro6 is a dramatic leap forward in emissions reduction compared with Euro5 resulting in reductions on the road in NOx and particulates of over 80%. If all new heavy duty trucks and coaches in Hong Kong were fitted with Euro6 engines instead of Euro5, the reduction in emissions per year for one year of new registered vehicles would be over 500 tonnes of NOx and four tonnes of particulates.

Scania wish to see these vehicles operating on Hong Kong’s roads as soon as possible.

Photo caption: Filter papers used during testing of Euro5 (right) and Euro6 (left) engines to capture particles for weighing. Euro6 practically eliminates NOx and particle emissions.

 

“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 23 September 2013 (Monday).

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

 

BEC Members Update

Please join BEC in welcoming the following members:

General Member

Amzon (Hong Kong) Limited
Building Energy Analytics Company Limited
NowHere® Design Limited
OfferU Digital Production Limited

(Listed in alphabetical order of the companies’ name)

 

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

12 Sep – 13 Sep 2013 Sustainable Building 2013 Hong Kong Regional Conference
14 Sep 2013 HKIS Annual Conference 2013 - Evolving Hong Kong - Infrastructure and Property Development
21 Sep – 1 Nov 2013 Hong Kong Cleanup 2013
17 Oct 2013 Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies Seminar (HKAPMC) 2013
21 Oct – 25 Oct 2013 Work-life Balance Week
28 Oct – 31 Oct 2013 Eco Expo Asia 2013
20 Nov – 22 Nov 2013 Urban Underground Space and Tunnelling
29 Nov – 22 Nov 2013 Social Enterprise Summit 2013

 

 

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