Low Carbon Green Hotel Development Alliance Organizes 2024MIECF Concurrent Event – “Green and Low-Carbon Transformation Cases and Experience Sharing in the Hospitality Industry”

The Low Carbon Green Hotel Development Alliance (LCGHDA) has always been committed to gathering the strength and promoting the green transformation of Macau’s hotel industry, and achieving China’s dual-carbon goal. Established in 2021, the LCGHDA has organized concurrent events at the Macau International Environmental Co-operation and Development Forum & Exhibition (MIECF) for three consecutive years, which has attracted wide attention from all sectors of society. Sponsored by MGM, the theme of this concurrent event is “Green and Low-Carbon Transformation Cases and Experience Sharing in the Hospitality Industry”. Representatives from industry as well as experts and scholars from academic institutes were invited to share the trend of sustainability and related successful cases, and to provide suggestions for reaching China’s dual-carbon target and the “Macau’s strategy for deep decarbonization” to jointly promote the green and low-carbon development of Macau.

Guests of honor attending the event included:

Tang Iu Man , Acting Director of the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) 

Elaine Wong , Executive Director of the Borad of Directors of Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM)

Chan Mei Pou, Director of Environmental Planning and Assessment of Macau Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA)

Shi Zongkai, Vice Chairman of Tsinghua University Council, Vice President of Tsinghua Alumni Association  

Albert Chuck, Director  of Low Carbon Green Hotel Development Alliance

Zhang Xiliang, Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University

Liu Bin, Deputy Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University

Keith Lei, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Sustainability of MGM

Mr. Albert Chuck, Director of LCGHDA, expressed his gratitude to Tsinghua University, Macau SAR Government, and hotel industry for their support to this event, and hoped that through joint efforts, the establishment of standards for hotel operation can be used as a reference to promote Macau’s active integration into the overall strategy of the Mainland China’s development and make contributions to the country.

Prof Shi Zongkai, Vice Chairman of Tsinghua University Council, Vice President of Tsinghua Alumni Association, showed his gratitude to Macau for the full support and assistance in low carbon research. He also emphasized the responsibility of Tsinghua University and hoped to continue to drive the progress of the research, so as to proactively promote the “1+4” strategy of Macau’s moderate and diversified development, and to welcome the 25th anniversary of Macau’s return to motherland China.

Ms. Gu Alun , Professor of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, introduced the “Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Disclosure Guidelines and Accounting Tool for Macau Hotels” that was jointly developed by the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy of Tsinghua University and LGHDA. Starting from Singapore’s “Roadmap for Sustainable Development of the Hotel Industry”, Prof. Gu interpreted the background of the GHG emission disclosure guidelines and the disclosure information required by the three major stock exchanges in Mainland China, emphasizing the growing importance of issues related to the reduction of GHG emissions. In addition, Prof. Gu pointed out that the accounting tool is applicable to all hotels in Macau, which not only made reference from international advanced standards, but also introduced the Mainland China and Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s standardized system, with covering the Scope 3 accounting method. Prof. Gu said that the tool was currently in testing stage and would continue to work with Macau hotels to collect feedback for further development.

During the discussion seminar, Prof Zhoujian  from the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy of Tsinghua University; Ivan Li, Executive Director of CGS International Holdings Limited and Head of Institute for Carbon Neutrality, and Ruby O, Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Business Synergy of MGM, exchanged views on the hotels’ GHG emissions in Macau and the related accounting tools.

From the perspective of the finance industry, Ivan Li  praised Macau’s current strategy of utilizing concert economy to drive the recovery of tourism industry. He also emphasized that the recovery of the tourism industry would lead to carbon emissions problems, which prompt the transformation of hotels to green and low-carbon development. The financial institutions should assist in fulfilling hotels’ green financing needs during the transformation period. Therefore, the above quantifiable accounting tools can provide a better basis for subsequent green bonds and loans.

From the angle of Macau hotels’ quality products and services, Ruby O believes green and low-carbon transformation is essential for the industry to achieve high-quality development. This transition will not only bring cost advantages by utilizing resources more efficiently, but also reduce the negative impact on environment. Emphasizing that reducing carbon emissions in Scope 3 is a major challenge for the entire industry, Ruby O called on the industry to take up the responsibility of reducing emissions and promoting green transformation, and to make good use of the professional hotel carbon accounting tools designed for Macau’s unique situation. She appeal public to turn this challenge into a greater opportunity and strengthen the integration connection of different stakeholders to strive for building a quality and environmentally friendly international tourism city together.

Prof. Zhoujian concluded that Macau’s goal is to become world center of tourism and leisure, and the hotel industry will play an important role. In the process of practicing energy saving and emission reduction, the hotel industry needs to disclose relevant data according to certain standards, and this accounting tool provides methodological guidelines for data disclosure, realizing a breakthrough from zero to one. Finally, Prof. Zhou welcomed more hotel industry members to provide valuable advices on the updating and upgrading of this accounting tool.

In the keynote speech session, Ms. Lucia Loposova, the Executive Director of GREEN Hospitality , shared the direction and goals of sustainability of hotel industry in Hong Kong and Macau with the topic of “Charting a GREEN Future: Sustainable Hospitality Roadmap for Hong Kong and Macau “. Lucia initially introduced the environmental impacts of the tourism industry, then interpreted relevant environmental initiatives and policies such as the Hotel Industry Sustainability Roadmap, and finally emphasized that all sectors of the society should actively support, participate in and lead the activities and development of the Hotel Industry Sustainability Roadmap.

Mr. Vincent Lai , Technical and Solution Manager of Asia Pacific Market of ORCA, presented a topic of “A Modern Approach to Food Waste “. He pointed out that the traditional food waste disposal process is complex, which not only adds to the cost, but also increases the amount of GHG emissions during the transportation. ORCA’s Food Waste Digestion System is an advanced technology that converts food waste into liquid and utilizes existing sewer infrastructure to transport food waste to wastewater treatment plants , eliminating the need for traditional waste transportation process. In addition, ORCA can provide customized reports on how to manage food waste in business, saving money and promoting sustainable development.

Finally, Mr. Jason Wong, the co-founder of the V-ZAP Hong Kong Limited , shared his experience in dealing with biological engineering for anti-clogging of pipe  and introduced the application of ozone technology in water purification. When talking about the clogged pipe treatment engineering, Mr. Wong pointed out that without cleaning the clogged pipe regularly will lead to the precipitation and accumulation of urine stones, which will cause serious clogging problem. In terms of the ozone purification technology, Mr. Wong emphasized that this technology could effectively remove microorganisms from water to ensure food safety and avoid relying on chemical disinfectants in plastic bottles.

This 2024 MIECF Concurrent Event organized by LCGHDA aimed to convey the knowledge of the sustainability of Macau’s hotel industry to all sectors of the society through the presentations of corporate representatives as well as experts and scholars, to co-create a better tomorrow today. In the future, LCGHDA will continue to play its role in supporting the green and low-carbon transformation of Macau’s hotel industry.

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