Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

BEC E-newsletter (September 2015)
   

BEC Monthly Features

Formation of BEC Transport and Logistics Advisory Group

BEC’s new Transport and Logistics Advisory Group met for the first time on 13 August 2015, chaired by Ir T C Yee of Hongkong Electric and with 9 BEC members on the Steering Committee. It was agreed that its initial focus should be on actions that can be taken by the business community and government to curb roadside emissions including carbon and other pollutants. A task group will shortly be set up to take this work forward.

To know more about this new Advisory Group, you are welcome to contact Ms. Venneza Wong (T. 2784 3928 | E. venneza@bec.org.hk).

17 September 2015: BEC Anniversary Dinner 2015

BEC will host its Anniversary Dinner on 17 September 2015 at JW Marriott Hong Kong. BEC is honoured to have the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the Honourable C Y Leung to be the Guest of Honour and deliver a speech. Over 350 guests, including senior government officials, business executives, members and industry experts, will join the celebration.

Please contact Ms. Jill Chow (T 2784 3942 | E jill@bec.org.hk) to reserve your tickets as soon as possible!



BEC Upcoming Events

18 September 2015: Dialogue with BEC CEO

As a BEC member, would you like to know more about the major initiatives to be organised by BEC in the coming year? How will BEC continue to promote environmental protection and sustainable development, while creating value for its members?

BEC will organise a members-only event on 18 September 2015. Ms. Agnes Li, Chief Executive Officer of BEC, will provide first-hand updates on major programmes and advocacy work of BEC. For registration, please contact Ms. Jill Chow (T. 2784 3942 | E. jill@bec.org.hk).

18 September 2015: BEC Industry Visit to Green Management Facilities in Olympian City (Full House)

In this half-day visit, participants will have a closer look at various waste management and energy saving facilities in Olympian City including an in-building hydropower system. This is the first in-building hydropower system in Hong Kong, and the first-of-its-kind research collaboration between a commercial organisation and an academic institution in Hong Kong.

BEC Past Events

14 August 2015: Summer Meet-up with Secretary for the Environment

Secretary for the Environment Mr. K S Wong met with BEC Chairman, Board Directors and Advisory Group Chairs to discuss major environment-related topics covering climate change, energy policy, transport and logistics, green technology and financing, waste and recycling, as well as air, water and harbourfront.

27 August 2015: BEC Leadership Networking Series

In the last BEC Leadership Networking Series, BEC members and guests learnt about the latest updates on energy saving initiatives in Hong Kong, and ways to enhance building energy performance by managing heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (“HVAC”) systems.

Ir Dr Raymond Yau, First Vice Chairperson of BEAM Society Limited and Arup Fellow, Director of Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited, talked about measures and strategies to enhance building energy efficiency under the Government’s Energy Saving Plan for Hong Kong 2015 – 2025+. He also shared opportunities of using BEAM Plus assessment tools to echo with the Government’s energy saving target.

Mr. Alvin Chan, Regional Application Consultant, BELIMO Actuators Limited, shared methods to improve the performance of HVAC systems by managing Pressure Independent Control Valve applications to control the flow of chilled water and reduce energy consumption of chiller plants.

4 September 2015: BEC Industry Visit to Hong Kong International Airport

In the visit to Hong Kong International Airport (“HKIA”), participants gained a better understanding on HKIA’s work towards carbon management. Participants also knew more about HKIA’s initiatives on energy saving, waste water management and recycling.

BEC Partnership Programme

BEC Low-carbon School – Eco Expo Asia 2015

Funded by the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Campaign Committee, “BEC Low-carbon School – Eco Expo Asia 2015” aims to raise awareness on environmental protection and sustainability, as well as promote low-carbon behaviour to secondary school students in Hong Kong. A series of activities, including Dialogue with Secretary for the Environment, guided tours during Eco Expo Asia 2015, Inter-school Low-carbon Living Micro-film Competition, winter fun fair and seminars, will be organised from July 2015 to March 2016.

Please contact Ms. Joanne Chan (T. 2784 3975 | E. bec.lcs@bec.org.hk) or Ms. Sze Yuen (T. 2784 3916 | E. bec.lcs@bec.org.hk) if you would like to know more. You can also visit BEC website (http://bec.org.hk/our-professional-services/bec-low-carbon-school) for more information.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Environment and Conservation Fund and Environmental Campaign Committee.

 

Information for BEC Members

BEC Supports the First Biodiversity Festival in Hong Kong

BEC is pleased to be a supporting organisation of the first Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival in Hong Kong.

To raise public interest in local biodiversity, the Environment Bureau, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, local universities and non-governmental organisations jointly organise Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2015. More than 120 activities will be offered from late August to November. With the theme of "Cherish Nature", the festival will feature activities ranging from a carnival, family days, exhibitions, public lectures and seminars, to workshops, nature tours, competitions and voluntary service that are suitable for members of the public of different ages. Please click http://www.afcd.gov.hk/hkbf for further details.

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 from September to November 2015 as follows:

Towards Sustainability – Sustainable Building Management (11 September 2015) – Effective sustainable property management practices are very important for maximising energy and water use efficiency in both new and existing buildings. This course offers up-to-date information and best practices on sustainable building management.

The Application and Regulation of Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (“SEA”) in Hong Kong (9 October 2015) –EIA is an essential process to ensure that environmental factors are considered in every stage of project planning and development. The EIA Ordinance provides the legal framework for applying the EIA process to designated projects in Hong Kong. With a higher level of public scrutiny and increasing use of judicial reviews to challenge the EIA process, what will be the future development of EIA? The course aims to keep the business sector abreast of essential knowledge of EIA, SEA, and related statutory requirements in Hong Kong.

Towards Sustainability – Best Practice for Sustainable Procurement (6 November 2015) – 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

"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 100 words, which BEC will reserve the rights of editing and publishing. The submission deadline for the next E-newsletter is 25 September 2015 (Friday).

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:

General Members
Bolton Resources Company Limited
DEOS China Limited
Envac Far East Limited

BEC Supporting Events

Date Event Organiser
22 August – 15 November 2015

Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2015

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/hong-kong-biodiversity-festival-2015

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
12 September 2015

HKIS Annual Conference 2015 “Development for a Smarter World City: Hong Kong”

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/hkis-annual-conference-2015

The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
19 September - 21 November 2015

Hong Kong Cleanup

http://bec.org.hk/events-archives/hong-kong-cleanup-2015

Ecozine and The Nature Conservancy
22 - 23 September 2015

APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series – Smart Cities

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/apac-innovation-summit-2015-series--smart-cities

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation

23 September 2015

Introduction of ASHRAE Professional Certification Programs

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/introduction-of-ashrae-professional-certification-programs

ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter
25 September 2015

BEAM Society Ltd 5th Anniversary Conference

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/beam-society-limited-5th-anniversary-conference---driving-for-urban-sustainability

BEAM Society Limited
8 October 2015 4th BEAM Affiliate Training BEAM Society Limited
10 October 2015

Forum on Dongjiang River Source Afforestation and Sustainable Forest Management

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/forum-on-dongjiang-river-source-afforestation-and-sustainable-forest-management-2015

Hong Kong Jockey Club
15 October 2015

Inaugural Zero Carbon Building Conference
“Decarbonising High-rise Buildings in Subtropical and High Density Cities”

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/inaugural-zero-carbon-building-conference

Construction Industry Council and Zero Carbon Building
28 - 31 Oct 2015

Eco Expo Asia 2015

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/eco-expo-asia-2015

Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
29 – 30 October 2015 The WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong “Thinking Beyond: Pathway to Future Sustainable City Development” Construction Industry Council and Hong Kong Green Building Council
1 – 4 November 2015 Social Enterprise Summit 2015 Social Enterprise Summit
14 November 2015

Hong Kong Youth Environmental Summit 2015

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/hong-kong-youth-environmental-summit-2015

Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy
16 November 2015 30th BEAM Pro Training & Examination BEAM Society Limited
3 – 5 December 2015

11th HKTDC InnoDesignTech Expo

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/11th-hktdc-innodesigntech-expo

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
5 December 2015 CEEAA 20th Anniversary Conference “Development vs Conservation: Is Engineering a Solution?” The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association
2014 – 2015

"Let's Save 10L Water" Campaign

http://www.waterconservation.hk/en/main.html

Water Supplies Department, Hong Kong SAR Government
2014 – 2015

HSBC Water Programme for Industrial Water Management

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/hsbc-water-programme-for-industrial-water-management

Hong Kong Productivity Council
December 2015 – February 2016 2015-16 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Hong Kong Designers Association, Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture Organising Committee
2014 – 2015

HKSTP Soft-landing Programme for Technology

http://bec.org.hk/events-current/hkstp-soft-landing-programme-for-technology-and-innovation-collaboration

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
December 2015 - February 2016 2015-16 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Hong Kong Designers Association, Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture Organising Committee
2015 – 2016 Environmental Education Creative Competition 2015 Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong
2015 – 2016 The 6th Hong Kong Corporate Citizenship Program Hong Kong Productivity Council

 

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