BEC Monthly Feature

BEC gains the support from Siemens and Schneider Electric for upgrading the Building Management System (“BMS”) and replacement of an existing air-cooled chiller

BEC is pleased to announce its partnership with Siemens and Schneider Electric to upgrade the BEC headquarters’ building management system and replace the air-cooled chiller with an oil-free variable speed air-cooled chiller. A contract signing ceremony was held on 15 December with Mr Eric Chong, President and CEO of Siemens, Mr Travis Kan, Business Development Director of Schneider Electric, and Mr Richard Lancaster, Chairman of BEC.

The new BMS will connect to all the sub-meters installed within the building, enabling a thorough understanding of the electricity consumption of different building services equipment within the building. It can improve maintenance efficiency and facilitate the energy audit by automatically logging all the data. A dashboard will also be installed at the prominent location of the building, which can reveal the performance of BEC and our partners’ office on a real time basis.

Schneider Electric will help to install a 110 TR oil-free variable speed air-cooled chiller and the variable speed drives for three chilled water pumps on the roof floor. It is anticipated the aforesaid works can be completed in the Q2 of 2017.


BEC wishes everyone a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year of 2017

Over 130 business leaders and executives, government officials, sustainability professionals and academics joined BEC’s Seasonal Cocktail to celebrate the festive season together. The Cocktail is a special occasion to conclude another year of progression as BEC continues to engage with various stakeholders in promoting and supporting the development of Hong Kong’s environmental sustainability. We wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year of 2017.



BEC Upcoming Events

10 January : Clean Energy Technologies - What's possible in Hong Kong?

For the future, Hong Kong needs to ensure a stable, secure energy supply and also reduce the carbon intensity of the fuel mix pas part of the transition to a low carbon economy. This seminar will discuss what is possible in terms of Clean Energy in Hong Kong from nuclear and solar to cutting edge innovative technologies in tidal power. Participants will learn more about the advanced clean energy technologies from the experts.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Jill Chow (T. 2784 3942 | E. jill@bec.org.hk).

13 January : BEC Industry Visit to Hong Kong Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Club

In this visit to Hong Kong Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Golf Club (KSC) – the first golf course in China being awarded as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Wildlife, participants will know more about the proactive environmental measures in KSC including the closed drainage system and the solar-hybrid powered boats. A return solar-hybrid powered boat ticket, a professional golf clinic and buffet lunch will be included.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Beatrice Yu (T. 2784 3960 | E. beatrice@bec.org.hk)

13 January : Green Building Awardees Sharing Luncheon

This luncheon provides companies with an insight and introduction to the requirement of Green Building. Participants will know about the trend, economic and social benefits, challenges, some of the available green technologies, facility and management practices through the case sharing from Business Environment Council (BEC) and Towngas. A Building Tour of BEC Headquarters will also be arranged following the luncheon for interested parties.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Jill Chow (T. 2784 3942 | E. jill@bec.org.hk).

20 January : Policy Dialogue Series

The 2017 Chief Executive’s Policy Address will be released on 18 January 2017. BEC has invited Ms Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, to meet with BEC members and provide first hand update on the policies related to environmental protection and sustainable development set out in the Policy Address, as well as exchange views and opinions with BEC Board Directors and the wider audience.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Cathy Lo (T. 2784 3922 | E.cathy@bec.org.hk).

13 February : BEC Spring Dinner

In the festival month of Chinese New Year, BEC will bring our members with delicious, but green and sustainable food at the Spring Dinner to be held on 13 February.

The dinner will provide an excellent opportunity for members to meet and mingle with like-minded business executives, to share their views and insights on environmental and sustainability issues at the beginning of the year, and to celebrate the Chinese New Year together. Event details to be announced soon.

17 February :  BEC Industry Visit to Lok Ma Chau Ecological Enhancement Area 

BEC is organizing an Eco Tour to Lok Ma Chau Ecological Enhancement Area, which is located in the restricted area of south-western side of Lok Ma Chau Station and managed by the MTR Corporation. Participants will have a closer look at the favourable habitats which help conserving a wide range of wildlife species, and learn more about how it plays a pivotal role in protecting regional biodiversity.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Ms Jeanne Chan (T. 2784 3924 | E. jeannechan@bec.org.hk)

16 May: BEC EnviroSeries Conference 2017 – Circular Economy: Towards a Resource Efficient Hong Kong

The upcoming BEC EnviroSeries Conference will bring together thought leaders, senior executives and policy experts from the government and business sectors to examine opportunities, strategies, innovative technologies and collaborative initiatives in promoting circular economy. The conference aims to inspire our audiences to optimize the utilization of assets by adopting the circular business model for enhancing not only business performance, but also the competitiveness and economic growth for Hong Kong.

For sponsorship opportunities and details, please contact Ms Janice Cheung (T. 2784 3968 | E. janicecheung@bec.org.hk).


BEC News

4 December : BEC participated in ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC’

A BEC relay team was formed to run up the Hong Kong’s tallest building – the International Commerce Centre in the charity run to help raise funds for child and youth services. The team climbed up 2,120 stairs and reached the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor.

6 December : BEC spoke at the 7th Greater Pearl River Delta Conference on Building Operation and Maintenance

BEC submitted a conference paper and spoke at The Greater Pearl River Delta (“GPRD”) Conference on Building Operation and Maintenance. Dr Effie Hui, Assistant Manager of BEC Green Building & IAQ team, shared what BEC has done in terms of green building management practices, retrofitting the building services systems and driving behavioural change of the building occupants in order to achieve the BEAM Plus Existing Building Provisional Platinum rating.

The full conference paper is available at BEC website.

13 December : Paris and Marrakesh: Where is the action on climate change going?

One year on from the adoption of the Paris Agreement, on 13th December, BEC along with Civic Exchange and HKUST organized an event that brought together business, academics and NGOs to explore the progress in dealing with climate change and ongoing activities. Thanks to our BEC members, CLP, HSBC and Swire, for speaking at the event on action by the business community, climate finance, pricing in the carbon externality, and progress at a sectoral level as to aviation and shipping.


BEC IEE Training Courses

BEC Institute for Environmental Education ("BEC IEE") will organise various environmental training courses in January 2017, with details below:

Seminar on Energy Data Collection & Active Control for Building Energy Efficiency (18 January 2017) – This seminar, co-organised with Hong Kong Green Building Council, is designed for building and facility management professionals, project managers, engineers and other practitioners who are interested in Data Collection & Active Control. It aims at letting building practitioners know how to simplify the complexity in buildings, combining a portfolio of core electrical services and building automation with digital innovations to create buildings that sense, think and adapt, making them safer, more reliable, efficient, comfortable and sustainable. This seminar is recognised as Mandatory CPD course for BEAM Pro and BEAM Affiliate.

Indoor Air Quality (“IAQ”) Management & Improvement (5th Intake) (23 January 2017) – The course covers an overview of IAQ, different chemical and biological components that affect IAQ, as well as effective ways to manage and improve IAQ. In the interest of promoting awareness of IAQ, BEC members who enroll before 9 January 2017 (Mon) can enjoy buy-one- get-one-free course offer for their staff members who join the course together.

Visit BEC website now for outlines and schedules of BEC IEE courses. For registration and enquiry, please contact BEC IEE (T. 2784 3900 | E. beciee@bec.org.hk).


BEC Partnership Programme

HSBC Living Business Awards Presentation Ceremony 2016

The HSBC Living Business Awards Presentation Ceremony 2016 was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21 November. Entering its twelfth year, the HSBC Living Business Awards received over 1,600 applications, showcasing contributions of the business sector to Hong Kong community and environment.

BEC has been acting as one of the partners for the Awards since the inception of the Awards programme. BEC would like to congratulate all the awardees and certificate winners for operating their businesses successfully while taking into consideration the interests of the community, the environment and their employees.


BEC Past Events

24 – 25 November : BEC Industry Visit to Guangzhou

In this 2-day visit to Guangzhou, participants were guided to visit the IE Expo cum WasteMET Asia 2016 — one of the biggest waste management expo in Asia. BEC was pleased to be one of the supporting organisations of WasteMET Asia. Participants also found a lot of impressive and innovative talents and technologies during their visit to the T.I.T. Creative Park and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City.

2 December :  BEC Industry Visit to Green Bus Manufacturer

During the visit to Green Mobility Innovations Ltd (GMI) – a local R&D and manufacturer of green cars, participants were introduced to the advanced technologies applied in the electric buses, and also a wide range of peripheral components and accessories. All participants were impressed by GMI’s great effort in promoting electric vehicles development in Hong Kong. 

19 December : BEC’s Roadside Emissions Taskforce Report Launch Event

BEC’s Roadside Emissions Taskforce, a sub-group of BEC’s Transport & Logistics Advisory Group, published a report on roadside emissions in Hong Kong. It looks at the work that has been done by the Government and discusses what more needs to be done to transform Hong Kong into a highly healthy and liveable city – efficient, innovative and low carbon. The report also sets out a broad set of recommendations for both the Government and business to achieve a cleaner Hong Kong.

The full report is available at BEC website. 



BEC Members Corner

CaSO (HK) Engineering Co. Ltd celebrates the achievement of CaSO Sky

The new office of CaSO (HK) Engineering Co. Ltd has achieved Platinum rating under BEAM Plus Interiors and 3-Star rating under Green Building Label of China Building Decoration Association.

To integrate CaSO’s Green Mission into its whole business environment, CaSO decorated the new office, namely CaSO Sky, with eco-friendly conceptual interior design and management in June 2016. Under CaSO Sky, you may not just enjoy the benefits from installing AUGREEN Block Wall System, you may also find the mystery of Energy, Water, Indoor Air Quality, Carbon and Waste Control Management.

In celebration of the achievement of CaSO Sky, CaSO welcomes all industry partners to join a cocktail party to be held in January 2017. For details, please click here.  


Services for BEC Members and Companies

Venue Hire at BEC Headquarters

To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices, BEC provides venues and facilities at BEC Headquarters to members and companies for organising events related to environmental protection and sustainability. To find out more about the venues, please refer to the rate card or contact BEC Events and Communications Team (T. 2784 3942 | E. venue@bec.org.hk).

Opportunity to Showcase Green Technologies

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 Jeanne Chan (T. 2787 3924 | E. jeannechan@bec.org.hk) to secure the showcase opportunity.


BEC Members Update

Please join us in welcoming our new Affiliate Member:

WildAid Hong Kong Limited


BEC Supporting Events

Date Event Organiser
1 December 2015 – 28 February 2017 Smart City Campaign Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation