14 March 2013: The Heat is On: Investing in an Age of Climate Volatility
BEC and its initiative Climate Change Business Forum co-organised a workshop “The Heat is On: Investing in an Age of Climate Volatility” for the Environment Bureau and the Environmental Protection Department of HKSAR Government on 14 March. This 1-day workshop aims at providing professionals in the financial services sector with an understanding of the emergent risks and benefits of preparing for a climate-challenged world, and is designed to address the needs and findings collected from a brief survey launched in early February by the Environment Bureau.
The workshop attracted nearly 200 professionals in banking, accounting, project finance, corporate finance, asset/wealth management and insurance, including a delegation from Guangdong Province. A post-workshop survey revealed that the workshop was able to narrow the gap between awareness and action, and the majority of the respondents said that the workshop stimulated them to plan for more actions.
7 March 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series
The first Chinese dinner under BEC Leadership Networking Series attracted almost 60 BEC members and guests.
Mr Edmond Ho, Managing Director of Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, was invited to deliver a keynote presentation on development of greener bus service for Hong Kong. Mr Ho shared current transportation profile of Hong Kong, the company’s plans in minimising roadside air pollution through bus route rationalisation, and the exploration and testing of cleaner buses.
BEC Members Event
8 March 2013: Industry Visit to EKEO and Megaman Showroom
During the Industry Visit to Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) and Megaman Showroom on 8 March, EKEO representative introduced the major functions of EKEO – Hong Kong’s first low carbon temporary office attaining the BEAM Plus Platinum (Provisional) rating. After a guided tour to the Office, the group took off to the Megaman Showroom.
Megaman Senior Marketing Manager Mr Matthew Chu provided a case sharing on the company’s actions taken to fulfil the latest statutory requirements under the Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance, before the group’s appreciation of the design and the setting of the showroom, which demonstrates some impressive low-carbon and eco-friendly environmental elements.
BEC Upcoming Events
25 April 2013: BEC Leadership Networking Series
The upcoming BEC Leadership Networking Series will be providing insights into how to turn waste into valuable resources.
Mr Victor Kwong, Head of Corporate Health, Safety & Environment of Towngas, is invited to share their various works on environmental excellence across the region, as well as their success story of diverting thousand tonnes of scrap metal per year. Ms Katherine Lau, General Manager, Corporate Quality and Sustainability of Fuji Xeror, will share on their parts re-manufacturing and resource recycling.
For registration or enquiry, please contact Ms Skyla Chan at 2784 3942 or email@example.com.
24 May 2013: BEC EnviroSeries Conference
Rising to Hong Kong’s Waste Challenge: Policies, Best Practices and Opportunities
Landfill exhaustion is a very critical issue Hong Kong is facing and waste is becoming more costly to our city, in terms of its treatment, disposal, and impact on the environment as well as missed business opportunities. High on Hong Kong’s sustainability agenda is the formulation and implementation of a long-term strategy to manage our waste. This calls for clear policies, strong public and private sector partnerships and participation of the community. In this Conference, BEC will line up a strong panel of experts and practitioners to share best practices and their insights on the policy framework, systems, partnerships and practical steps that will help Hong Kong tackle this critical challenge.
Please click here for more details and registration. For any enquiries, you may contact Ms Skyla Chan at (852) 2784 3942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEC Upcoming Events
May 2013: BEC Industry Visit to Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited
BEC is organising an Industry Visit to Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited in May 2013. The Institute, operated as an open research and development platform, conducts development of nanotechnology and advanced materials which could be applied widely in daily life for society’s betterment. The Institute also aims to facilitate the transformation of the technology into different areas of focus, include sustainable energy, construction materials, environmental technologies, through partnership. From this visit, participants will learn how nanotechnology and advanced materials facilitate the development of broad range of innovative, successful products.
This visit is hosted for BEC members only. For more information, please contact Ms Amy Ma (email@example.com).
BEC Members Corner
The Link Outlines Sustainability Strategy
BEC Council Member The Link strives to be a world-class real estate investor and manager serving and improving the lives of those around them. The company believes that sustainability is good for those around them and therefore good for their business. Guiding their sustainability progress is The Link Sustainability Framework. Comprised of 7 core elements, the Sustainability Framework outlines a set of goals and actions for delivery up to the year 2020. Key focus areas of the Sustainability Framework include: enhancing operational efficiency, actively adding value to local communities, partnering with tenants to improve business, and valuing the efforts of staff.
During the past year, The Link introduced several new programmes including The Link Together Initiatives, a charity and community engagement programme focused on the well-being of elderly and youth; and the Employee Unit Purchase Plan, designed to cultivate a sense of ownership among their staff.
The Link has also made active commitments towards global sustainability, being the first Asian REIT to endorse the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and the United Nations Global Compact.
The Link is committed to managing and improving their portfolio in a manner that provides steady and sustainable growth. Their sustainability strategy will help accomplish this, and provides the roadmap to towards having a long-term and positive impact in the community.
For further information and details, please visit here.
“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 250 words to us, who will reserve the rights of editing and publishing. The submission deadline for upcoming BEC e-Newsletter is 22 April 2013 (Monday).
To submit an article or enquire about this section, please contact Ms Joey Hui (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms Skyla Chan (email@example.com).
BEC Members Information
Exhibition Opportunities in Mainland China
13th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition & Conference (Beijing, 23-26 July 2013) – the Environment Bureau of HKSAR Government will set up a “Hong Kong Pavilion”, which has rental-free standard-sized booth for qualified environmental services providers of Hong Kong. For details and application, please click here. For enquiry, please contact Ms Florence Lee (T 2732 3738 | E firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. (http://www.chinaenvironment.org)
4th China Guangzhou International Low Carbon Products and Technologies Exhibition (Guangzhou, 16-18 September 2013) – a showcasing, information acquisition and trade opportunities for Mainland and international enterprises in low carbon product and technology industry. If there are ample interests from BEC members in exhibiting, BEC can explore the possibility of group rate. For enquiry, please contact Ms Bonnie Ho (T 2784 3951 | E email@example.com). (http://www.lowcarbonfair.com)
BEC Members Update
Please join BEC in welcoming the following member:
Kerry Properties Limited
Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co. Limited
A & A Limited
EP&T Global Limited
Hong Yip Service Company Limited
K. Y. H. Steel Company Limited
Stena Metal Asia 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|
|5 May – 9 May 2013||International Conference on Solid Waste 2013: Innovation in Technology and Management|
|9 May 2013||Integrate 2013 Facility Management Conference|
|15-17, 20-22 May 2013||Online Courses on Certified Energy Manager Certificate|
|28 Oct – 31 Oct 2013||Eco Expo Asia 2013|