• Sino Group Announces Sustainability Vision 2030

    27 October 2020

    (26 October 2020, Hong Kong) Sino Group today announced its Sustainability Vision 2030 (‘SV2030’) initiative in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Under its SV2030, the Group has set sustainability goals that align with the six key areas of focus under its ‘Creating Better Lifescapes’ vision, and adopt a new 3R Strategy (Renew, Reduce, Redefine) to address Hong Kong’s sustainability challenges. This includes the adoption of over 3,200 solar panels to generate renewable energy sources, reducing consumption of single-use plastics (SUP) by 50% across all business lines by 2022, and developing green properties that are wellness-centric.

    ‘At Sino, sustainability is integrated in every aspect of operations as we seek to create values for stakeholders and make business a driver of sustainability for a better future. The Sustainability Vision 2030, covering crucial areas such as renewable energy, plastic reduction, green building certification and innovative sustainability solutions, is an important blueprint charting the course for 2030 and beyond. I would like to thank our partners for the staunch support, and look forward to creating better lifescapes as we continue on our sustainability journey,’ remarks Mr Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group.

    RENEW: Renewable Energy Sufficient to Power 1,200+ Households

    As an early responder to the air pollution issue, Sino Group has committed to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from the 2012 level.

    The Group’s work on building a sustainable future for Hong Kong actually predates the SV2030 initiative. In 2018, the Group was one of the earliest industry players to install photovoltaic systems on its properties, and its plan to install over 3,200 panels on the rooftops and exteriors across 19 properties and three hotels will complete in 2021. To date, over 3,000 photovoltaic panels have already been installed. Over 8,000,000 kWh of energy will be generated through the photovoltaic system by 2030 from the 2012 level – equivalent to the energy consumption of 1,279 local households for one year. Pilot projects to explore other renewable energy sources that can work within the space limitations of Hong Kong are also underway, such as the Group’s award-winning in-building hydropower system and rooftop wind turbines.

    Since September 2019, the Group has also worked closely with local PropTech company, Negawatt, to leverage big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance the Group’s energy efficiency levels. The pilot programme at Exchange Tower has achieved an eight per cent year-on-year reduction in chiller plant energy consumption while maintaining the same level of indoor comfort. The energy saved is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 37 local households. The system is expected to be deployed at another 13 buildings under the Group.

    REDUCE: Reducing Single-Use Plastic Consumption by 50% Across all Business Lines

    The Group will continue its effort to reduce the consumption of Single-Use Plastics (SUP) as part of its SV2030 commitment. The initiative aims to halve the Group’s SUP consumption by 2022 (from 2017 level) across all business lines. Since 2018, the Group has saved over 1.98 million plastic bottles by installing smart filtered water stations at its malls and hotels. This has translated into carbon emission reduction by around 3,140,000 kg, equivalent to planting 136,539 trees.

    ‘Sino Group is among the first in the industry in setting a plastic reduction target and installing smart filtered water stations at its premises. Currently, the Group has the largest network of smart water dispensers in Hong Kong. We are glad to see the Group’s swift execution in contributing to protecting the Earth through reducing the use of plastics,’ Ms Ada Yip, CEO of Urban Spring remarks.

    REDEFINE: Pursuing WELL™ for All

    ‘We believe in the well-being of both the environment and people and target to achieve WELL™ certification for all of our new projects in Hong Kong, on top of BEAM Plus certification,’ said Mr Ng. ‘Our focus on WELL™ underscores our people-centric design philosophy and commitment to supporting the health and well-being needs of our users in the post-COVID new normal.’

    The Group currently has the largest number of new buildings in Hong Kong that are registered and listed under the WELL v2™ project directory. 133 Portofino, the Group’s new project at Sai Kung was the first residential property in Hong Kong to receive WELL Core v2™ pre-certification, followed by St. George’s Mansions and the Group’s new commercial development at Wong Chuk Hang. WELL™ is the world’s first architectural benchmark focused exclusively on human health and wellness to improve sustainability, WELL™ identifies 10 concepts of the built environment that make a positive impact on human health and well-being, namely air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community.

    REDEFINE: Incubating Innovative Sustainability Solutions for the Property Sector

    Sino Group also believes Hong Kong’s path to a sustainable future is paved with technology. It will further explore innovations that improve sustainability and wellness as part of its SV2030. Working with Sino Inno Lab, the Group will support and partner with start-ups and inventors, as well as invest in PropTech (property technology) solutions.

    Established in 2018, Sino Inno Lab serves as a sandbox platform for technology companies and start-ups to test out innovative solutions that benefit the industry as a whole. So far, it has already nurtured more than 100 PropTech solutions, connecting more than 400 companies on technology sourcing. Sino SV2030 is the Group’s latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitment in line with the UNSDGs and sets clear directions in embracing sustainability across the Group’s six strategic pillars – Green, Wellness, Design, Innovation, Heritage and Culture, and Community.

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