Gov’t and businesses should push for ‘green’ building projects – Experts

The Macau government and local businesses should move forward with the construction of low-carbon emitting and sustainable buildings and infrastructure projects, sustainability experts indicated in a seminar held by MGM China.

Held by the gaming operator at MGM Cotai, the “Seminar on Technology Application and Development of Green Buildings in China and Macau” brought together some 180 local professionals in architecture, electrical and mechanical engineering, property management and environmental protection for an introduction to new technologies and development of green buildings in China.

One of the event’s speakers, Chen Guangxian, Deputy General Manager of China Construction Engineering (Macau) Company Limited, stated that it has now become a global trend to pursue quality green buildings, with China ‘certainly no exception’.

However, a surge of green consciousness, coupled with the refinement of law and regulations has underpinned Macau’s goal of developing itself into a smart, green and resilient city in its urban planning, with Chen advising that the local government and different sectors will ‘definitely’ attach more importance to green buildings in the future.

“As a World Center of Tourism and Leisure, the Macau government steers the industry to develop Macau into a low-carbon city which is suitable for living, working and travelling,’ the President of China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association, Albert Chuck, stated in an announcement concerning the seminar.

Studies have indicated that the gaming industry is responsible for more than 62 per cent of all annual carbon emissions produced in Macau, with local legislators also asking for the Macau SAR government to advance with more ambition efforts to reduce carbon emissions produced in the city and to speed up the transition of internal-​combustion vehicles into electric.

President Xi Jinping has pledged that China – one of the world’s largest carbon emitters – will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060.

Co-chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, Pansy Ho, stated that during its planning stage, the group’s property MGM Cotai look to include the ‘utmost level of sustainability and fully embrace the nation’s green building policies’.

During the ceremony, MGM received a three-star Green Building Operation Label last December, the highest rating under the “China Green Building Label” certification scheme from the China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association.

The property has also acquired both the ISO 50001:2018 certification for effective energy management systems (EnMS) and ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification and a merit at the Asia Pacific Innovation Award Green Building Award from the International Facility Management Association.

“In the future, we will continue to work towards the nation’s targets of green building development and reducing carbon emissions as set out in the 14th Five-Year Plan. […] We also look forward to collaborating with industry and community peers to groom emerging professionals in green buildings,” Pansy Ho expressed.