June 2014

BEC Monthly Features

23 May 2014: BEC EnviroSeries Conference

BEC EnviroSeries Conference "ESG Management: From Niche to Mainstream" was successfully held on 23 May. The Conference was well attended by over 150 participants from listed companies, assets owners, investor communities, professional bodies, industry professionals and academics to discuss the key issues on environmental, social and governance reporting and management in Hong Kong.

Mr. Richard Lancaster, BEC Board Director and Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings Limited, delivered the Opening Remarks and set the scene for the constructive discussions.

1 – 4 June: Group Visit to Singapore

During these 4 days, BEC members’ representatives attended premier exhibitions of WasteMET Asia, CleanMET Asia and International Water Week, and visited several environmental management and green facilities including Tuas South Incineration Plant, District Cooling Plant at One Raffles Quay, Samwoh Eco-Green Park, NEWater Visitor Centre, Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay. They were also offered opportunities to meet with representatives from Singapore Environment Council and Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore.

Release of “BEC Handbook: Understanding Materiality for Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting”

Recognising the important role of Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting in tackling the sustainability challenge, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”) appended the ESG Reporting Guide to the HKEx Main Board Listing Rules in 2013.

BEC is pleased to publish the “BEC Handbook: Understanding Materiality for Environmental Social Governance Reporting”, which is written with reference to the HKEx ESG Reporting Guide and is intended to help companies understand which elements to report based on what is material to their business. The Handbook offers a starting point for companies unfamiliar with ESG reporting to assess materiality by identifying global best practice amongst leaders in ESG disclosure across different industry sectors. A full version of the Handbook is available for download at http://bec.org.hk/about-us/bec-esg-advisory-group. For more information please contact Mr. Mark Harper (T 2784 3967 | E mark@bec.org.hk).


BEC Events

16 May 2014: Industry Visit to Hongkong United Dockyards

In this visit, Hongkong United Dockyards introduced the company history and business structure, and demonstrated the real time tug boat operations control. Participants then joined a guided tour to the electrical and mechanical workshops to learn more about the ship repairing services.

29 May 2014: BEC Leadership Networking Series

Mr. Philip Ng, General Manager - Facilities Management of HKT, shared his company’s work on implementation of sustainability measures in its business operation. Mr. Stephen Ho, Chairman of Communications Association of Hong Kong, talked about the importance of implementing green measures in the communications industry and the Association’s efforts in promoting green initiatives.

BEC Upcoming Events

26 June 2014: BEC Leadership Networking Series

In the upcoming event, Mr. Randy Yu, General Manager of Sino Land Company Limited will talk about the sustainability journey of Sino and its environmental strategies to build a more sustainable business. He will also share how these strategies help create green environment to tenants, customers and staff.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Joey Hui (T 2784 3958 | E joey@bec.org.hk).

30 June 2014: BEC Industry Visit to Hong Kong Observatory

BEC will organise an industry visit to Hong Kong Observatory (“HKO”) at Tsim Sha Tsui on 30 June. Climate scientists will explain how HKO collects climate change data and help identify the risks.

For enquiry, please contact Ms Kitty Wong (T 2784 3924 | E kitty@bec.org.hk).

BEC News

BEC Becomes Charitable Institution Under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance

BEC is confirmed as a charitable institution under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

We will continue our vision and mission to promote environmental excellence and contribute to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Staunch Support for "Let’s Save 10L Water” Campaign

BEC is one of the supporting organisations for the “Let’s Save 10L Water” Campaign, which is organised by Water Supplies Department. "Let’s Save 10L Water” Campaign aims to encourage the public to reduce daily water consumption by 10 litres per capita and to establish a good habit of conserving water. The Campaign was launched in March and is the major water conservation promotional programme of the Water Supplies Department this year.

For more details about the Campaign, please click here.

BEC IEE Training Courses

BEC IEE Upcoming Programmes Highlights

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

BEAM Plus Familiarisation Training for Contractors (10 and 11 June) – This course offers a comprehensive training covering the key areas that contractors need to know for managing their BEAM Plus responsibilities.

Urban Tree Management (14, 21, and 28 June) - Arboriculture experts are invited to introduce tree work safety, risk assessment and management.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management & Improvement (20 June) – Through this course, participants will have an overview of IAQ. They will also learn different chemical and biological components that affect IAQ and the ways to manage and improve IAQ.

Energy Management System (EnMS) Training Course (4 July) – This course will enable participants to learn about the current policies, practices and future trends concerning EnMS, allowing them to know about energy consumption, identify saving potentials and adopt the best practices in energy management.

Understanding “Materiality” for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting (18 July) – This course allows participants to gain an updated knowledge and global trend of ESG reporting. An ESG expert will also help participants understand which element of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ESG Reporting Guide to report based on what is “material” to their business.

Please visit BEC website to view more details and schedules of BEC IEE programmes. For registration and enquiry, please contact Dr. Veronica Chan (T 2784 3937 | E beciee@bec.org.hk).

BEC Partnership Programmes

HSBC Living Business Programme 2014

Entering its tenth year, the HSBC Living Business Programme 2014 embraces the theme “Connect to Sustainability, Connect to Success”. With reference to the global trend of sustainability, the Programme will further encourage and help small and medium enterprises to gauge their successes and achieve business sustainability by commitment in environmental protection, community engagement and employees caring.

The Programme comprises the HSBC Living Business Award 2014 and a series of capacity building events. These events aim to provide businesses with the benefits and know-how of business sustainability, as well as experience sharing from large corporations. The first capacity building event will be conducted on 13 June 2014. For more details about the Capacity Building Event, please visit here or contact Mr. Thierry Chan (T 2784 3948 | E livingbusiness@bec.org.hk).

EPD Glass Bottle Recycling Programme for Housing Estates

To promote glass bottle recycling in Hong Kong and to pave way for the implementation of Mandatory Producer Responsibility scheme, the Environmental Protection Department has commissioned BEC to organise and manage glass bottle recycling programmes in Sai Kung, Tuen Mun and North District from January 2014 to June 2015. Over 200 housing estates in these 3 districts have already participated in this Programme.

All housing estates and residential buildings in these 3 districts with property management office are welcome to join this Programme. To learn more about the Programme, please contact Mr Jonathan Li (T 2784 3921 | E em_admin@bec.org.hk).

BEC Member Information

Exhibition Opportunity in Eco Expo Asia

The Environment Bureau of the HKSAR Government will set up a “Hong Kong Pavilion” in Eco Expo Asia, which will be held from 29 October to 1 November 2014 in Asia World Expo, and provide 50 standard-sized booths for the industry to promote Hong Kong’s environmental technologies, services and products at a concessionary price. For details and application, please click here. For enquiry, please contact Ms Florence Lee (T 2732 3138 | E florence.lee@fhki.org.hk) of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

BEC Members Corner

ASB Biodiesel on the Case of Mandatory Blending of Biodiesel in Hong Kong

Biodiesel, a clean low-carbon fuel, can help address three of Hong Kong’s big challenges – waste, clean air and climate change. Hong Kong has a large and thriving domestic biodiesel manufacturing industry, but most of the 100,000 + tons per annum of biodiesel produced here is exported. In a recent interview, Mr. Anthony Dixon, CEO of ASB Biodiesel, which is a BEC Corporate Member discussed the case for the blending of biodiesel in Hong Kong to be made mandatory. For the full article of the interview, please click here.

"BEC Members Corner" is dedicated to BEC members to introduce their recent achievements, success stories, innovative ideas or solutions on environmental sustainability. Members can provide us an English write-up with a maximum of 200 words, which BEC will reserve the rights of editing and publishing. The submission deadline for the upcoming E-newsletter is 25 June 2014 (Wednesday).

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:

Corporate Member
Samsung Electronics HK Company Limited


HBF Update

Please click on the link below to learn about the latest news and activities of BEC’s initiative Harbour Business Forum ("HBF").




BEC Supporting Events

Mar – Aug 2014 Hang Seng Pan PRD Environmental Awards 2013/14
Mar – Nov 2014 Green Building Award 2014
28 Jun 2014 SOEHK Symposium 2014
13 Sep 2014 HKIS Annual Conference 2014
15 – 16 Oct 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Energy Policies and Technologies
29 Oct – 1 Nov 2014 Eco Expo Asia 2014
2014 – 2015 The "Let's Save 10L Water" Campaign
  Environmental Education Creative Competition 2014
  HSBC Water Programme for Industrial Water Management