Hysan’s Environmental Policy focuses on four major areas:
- Carbon reduction
- Waste reduction at source
- Green purchasing
- Stakeholder engagement
Under our Environmental Policy, we will
- Ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and related legislation and encourage staff, business partners and other stakeholders to meet their environmental obligations
- Identify environmental impacts associated with our operations, and set targets to continually improve our environmental performance
- Improve energy efficiencies by adopting best practicable designs and technologies without compromising service
- Measure and report our GHG emissions, and actively encourage our stakeholders to reduce their carbon footprint
- Minimise waste generation whenever practical in daily operations through source reduction and recycling
- Embrace green purchasing practices and adopt best practicable technologies to conserve natural resources where applicable
- Provide good indoor environmental quality in our buildings to ensure that all the work/living environments are healthy
- Provide regular environmental training to employees and continue to raise their awareness on the issues
As of the end of 2016, we had reduced energy consumption by more than 9.2% against a 2005 baseline. Our 2016 GHG emissions and purchased electricity decreased by 4.8% and 3.6% respectively, as compared with 2015. The successful implementation of our energy accounting system and other energy-saving initiatives have contributed to these reductions.
Energy Accounting System and other Energy Savings Initiatives
Five of our commercial buildings now benefit from our Energy Accounting System, which measures and analyses energy consumption both within each building and all our major buildings as a whole. The availability of electricity consumption data on a real-time basis has made it much easier for us to monitor and control system usage. Hysan Place’s retail area air conditioning supply is a good example. With better monitoring and outdoor air supply control, we have been able to fine-tune our operation schedule to optimise supply, thus creating significant savings.
We have also identified locations where additional savings could be achieved through the use of more energy-efficient products, such as energy-efficient motors, T5 fluorescent tubes and LED lights.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Over the past decade, expectations have been growing among our building users and the community with regard to the way we maintain indoor environmental quality and how our properties interact with their surroundings.
Green Building Certifications
Lee Garden One’s office section achieved Final Platinum rating under BEAM Plus Certification in July 2017. As Hysan Place approaches its fifth anniversary, we have also looked at the feasibility of obtaining a BEAM Plus (Existing Buildings) certification. We submitted a preliminary assessment for this green commercial building towards the end of 2016 and successfully achieved Provisional Platinum rating in November 2017.
For Lee Garden Three, our new commercial building project scheduled for completion in late 2017, we are pursuing the highest level of the BEAM Plus (New Buildings) green standard, as well as LEED certification by the US Green Building Council.
We are redoubling our efforts to promote the use of electric vehicles to reduce urban pollution. For our forthcoming Lee Garden Three car park, all 200+ parking spaces will have electric sockets for vehicle charging.
In addition, all our buildings continued to be recognised by the Hong Kong Government’s Indoor Air Quality Certification Scheme with “Excellent Class” or “Good Class” certifications.
Waste Management, Recycling and Water Consumption
In 2016, Hysan’s commercial and residential buildings received another full set of “Class of Excellence” Wastewi$e labels under the Government’s Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification Scheme. We also expanded the types of recyclable materials we collect. In 2016, we added used fluorescent lamps and rechargeable batteries to the paper, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, old clothing, toners/cartridges, computer equipment, glass bottles and food waste we recycle.
As part of our effort to cut down the potable water we consume, we succeeded in using 2.6% less water compared with 2015. This was made possible through the water saving devices we have installed, as well as the change in our staff’s thinking about conserving water in our day-to-day operations.
In 2006, green procurement was still in its infancy at Hysan. But by the time we completed Hysan Place in 2012, we had already developed a green mind-set that included purchasing local materials for construction. Today, we are on track to have locally manufactured or extracted construction materials make up 10% of the total materials by value for our new Lee by Garden Three project. We also continued to procure green products and services, including at least 50% of environmentally-friendly cleansing agents, for our buildings.
Urban Microclimate and Biodiversity
Lee Garden Three will debut in late 2017 with a partial green roof that will help to reduce the building’s heat island effect and improve the district’s microclimate. To promote biodiversity, we will set up a Butterfly Garden in this building, with plant species that attract adult butterflies and other flora that host larvae or protect against predators, as well as a source of water. In the meantime, Hysan Place’s rooftop Urban Farm and Sky Wetland continued to support biodiversity and green education.