Local gaming operator investing in solar panels

Macau (MNA) – Local gaming operator Sands China is investing for the first time in solar panels and is working on a plan to enhance green technology use in its ferry fleet, the Cotai Waterjet.

Speaking to MNA on the sidelines of an event recently organized by the France Macau Chamber of Commerce (FMCC), the director of sustainability facilities of Sands, Meridith Beaujean, said that the company guidelines stipulate that sustainable development standards have to be followed in all properties of the group.

“Any new building now is developed with LED lighting (…) and we are looking at solar panels for hot water. We are going to have it very soon; we are waiting for the licence,” she told MNA.

The panels will be installed at Sands Cotai Central.

In what regards the development of the Londoner project, a full retrofitting of several hotel properties of the group in Cotai to be themed after the England capital, Ms. Beaujean said that their policy instructs they should either donate or sold as second-hand furniture that is currently being used at those hotels.

“When you change a hotel, you remove the furniture. We have contracts with recyclers and it is not being disposed. It is being re-used, not in Macau but it is being either donated to Southeast Asia, or sold as second-hand. When we dispose of furniture, first we check if it can be sold to the staff. So, different streams of recycling,” she explained.

Beaujean also claims that all shuttle buses from the company run on natural gas (CNG), and that there is a plan underway to increase its fleet of electric buses as well as to invest in “enhanced ferries,” using new technologies, which are “less polluting and more efficient.”

“We have some electric buses, electric chargers in our properties for private vehicles, and we are starting to move our limousines, although not all yet, into electric,” she claims.

Amongst the biggest challenges she said her department faces, the director points out the there are not enough recycling infrastructures in town, in addition to the fact that China had stopped importing recyclables, which she claims poses a challenge, but also “forces” them to “find new solutions.”

“In Macau they have announced they will dedicate some land for waste near the airport. I don’t know how fast this is going to happen, but it is a step. It is just the territory is small. If we want to compost, for example, which is an easy way to recycle organic food, what do you do with your compost?” she stresses.