Environmental Protection & Sustainability

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

GEG is attentive to the potential environmental impact of our business and continues to upgrade environmental performance throughout our operations. The Group fully adheres with all existing environmental laws in the jurisdictions in which we operate, and has implemented policies to lower our greenhouse gas emissions. We continue to seek opportunities to improve the efficiency of our energy, water and natural resource use, and take management action to advance our environmental performance by:

To align our gaming and entertainment segment with internationally recognized certifications, we successfully obtained the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certification for Broadway Macau this year. Looking forward, we also aim to obtain the LEED certification for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) Certification for Galaxy Hotel™ and Green Key and Earth Check for Galaxy Macau.

 

Emissions and Energy

Mindful of the critical relationship that energy conservation has on the environment, the Group has implemented multiple initiatives across our properties to reduce our environmental footprint, improve cost savings, and boost performance. At the beginning of 2020, GEG set a 3% energy saving target for Galaxy Macau and Broadway Macau against a 2016 energy baseline. As of December 2020, we have exceeded this target, acknowledging implications brought by the pandemic on reduction, and achieved a 38.2% energy reduction for Galaxy Macau and a 52.2% energy reduction for Broadway Macau when compared against the 2016 baseline levels. Aside from the pandemic’s effect on energy reduction rates, GEG also implemented the following key programs in 2020:

Furthermore, since the pandemic had reduced the demands for our guest and team member shuttle bus services, GEG optimized our shuttle bus operation by reducing the number of routes and trips, adjusting the frequency of our services, and temporarily suspending the guest shuttle services at StarWorld Hotel from February to October in 2020. All these efforts contributed to improving our operation efficiency and lowering our carbon emissions. Currently, close to 15% of GEG’s guest shuttle buses are electric buses while 17% are compressed natural gas buses. With three charging stations for our electric guest shuttle buses at the loading dock area of Galaxy Macau, and an objective to further reduce our carbon emissions, GEG plans to further reduce the number of diesel-fueled guest shuttle buses at Galaxy Macau and Broadway Macau by 20% in 2021

For 2021, GEG targets to reduce our energy consumption by 3% at Galaxy Macau, Broadway Macau, and StarWorld Hotel compared with a 2016 baseline. To achieve this, GEG plans to continue to:

 

Water and Waste

To tackle plastic waste, GEG has been replacing single-use plastics with biodegradable and washable items since 2019. We have also been recycling plastic bottles and encouraging our team members and customers to participate in this green initiative by installing Reverse Vending Machines at our properties and incentivizing them to be part of the solution. With the Macau SAR Government’s new ban on the import and trade of disposable polystyrene takeaway boxes, bowls, cups and dishes starting from 1 January 2021, GEG has also been fully supportive of the government’s decision to direct Macau towards becoming a more environmentally friendly and sustainable city. Currently, GEG does not provide foam packaging for any of our take-out food and beverage items or use gift wraps that contain foam at our properties.

Complimenting these efforts, GEG continues to collaborate with Macau Coca-Cola Beverage Co., Ltd. on the circular recycling of all GEG-branded plastic bottles, where their approved supplier processes collected bottles into food-grade plastic pellets that are subsequently used to produce new 350ml water bottles for GEG and our branded partner hotels.

To further reduce our plastic use and environmental impacts, GEG continues to implement the following actions, which are based on our 4R Principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recovery:

GEG continues to work towards responsible sourcing and consumption by implementing multiple initiatives across our operations and improving the efficiency of our water management and use. During the reporting year, Galaxy Macau reduced the amount of water used by enhancing the domestic hot water system and adopting the use of robotic devices for more efficient floor cleaning. Meanwhile, StarWorld Hotel was able to improve water efficiency by replacing the water fixtures in its hotel guest rooms and recycling the grey water collected from storage tanks of its swimming pool for carpark and general cleaning before final disposal. GEG established a 2020 and 2021 target on reducing water consumption by 3% at Galaxy Macau and Broadway Macau when compared with the 2016 baseline. We are proud to share that as of December 2020, we have achieved a 45.7% reduction on water consumption for Galaxy Macau and a 37.4% reduction on water consumption for Broadway Macau, compared against 2016 baseline levels. For StarWorld Hotel, the property achieved a 38.8% reduction on water consumption when compared against the 2016 baseline, and for 2021, it targets to not go above the 2016 baseline levels.

To efficiently utilize natural resources, the Group has in place stringent hazardous and non-hazardous waste collection and recycling guidelines across all our properties in Hong Kong and Macau. Through the “Energy and Environmental Management Committee” and the leadership of our senior management, GEG focuses on key waste issues covering food, gaming cards and cooking oil. Currently, we reuse toner, cartridge and textile while we recycle glass bottles, hand soap, disposable batteries, cooking oil, paper, fluorescent lamps and metals. To improve the recycling capture rate at Galaxy Macau, this year, new collection points were added to the property’s back-of-house to further encourage recycling. For 2021, GEG targets to improve our waste diversion rate by 5% for Galaxy Macau and Broadway Macau, and by 4% for StarWorld Hotel when compared to the 2017 baseline levels. To do this, the “Energy and Environmental Management Committee” will continue to explore and develop new green practices, seek support and endorsement by senior management, monitor GEG’s compliance with the relevant environmental policies, and align their initiatives with the Group’s strategic direction and waste objectives.

 

Green Procurement

GEG recognizes the importance of working collaboratively with our suppliers to advance environmental performance. We are fully compliant with all laws and regulations associated with the processing of transactions and engagement with suppliers for the procurement of goods and services. In selecting suppliers, we make sure to clearly communicate our expectations on relevant social and environmental topics so that our values are aligned.

To build a more sustainable supply chain, GEG’s Procurement adheres to our Green Procurement Statement and 4R Principles (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recovery). In recent years, GEG has been sourcing sustainable ingredients and plant-based meat substitutes for our internal Team Member dining, certified sustainable shrimp products for our culinary operations, and bulk pack amenities to replace single-use items.

In selecting vendors, GEG sees our vendors’ environmental performance as a key evaluation criterion and considers the following environmental factors in our vendor selection process:

In addition, we maintain close working relationships with our vendors on selecting products and services that:

Environmental performance data for GEG for the year ended 31 December 2020:

Environmental KPIs

Unit

GEG*

2020

2019

2018

Emissions

Nitrogen oxides “NOx” emissions

tonne

0.225

0.685

0.533

Sulphur oxides “SOx” emissions

tonne

0.003

0.009

0.008

Particulate matter “PM” emissions

tonne

0.004

0.013

0.012

Total greenhouse gas emissions intensity

tonne CO2e/m2

0.18

-

-

Total greenhouse gas emissions

tonne CO2e

223,905

344,386

301,446

Greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1)

tonne CO2e

11,477

21,955

18,827

Greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2)

tonne CO2e

212,427

322,431

282,619

Waste

Total hazardous waste produced

tonne

18

19

10

Total non-hazardous waste produced

tonne

9,606

24,433

24,284

Energy

Total energy consumption

GJ

1,093,968

1,590,962

1,455,818

Total energy consumption intensity

GJ/m2

0.88

1.29

1.17

Total direct energy consumption

GJ

127,247

276,513

241,703

Coal

GJ

-

-

-

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

GJ

43,969

125,744

93,045

Natural gas

GJ

-

-

-

Diesel

GJ

79,206

135,347

135,483

Petrol

GJ

4,072

15,422

13,175

Total indirect energy consumption

GJ

966,721

1,314,448

1,214,115

Purchased electricity

GJ

966,721

1,314,448

1,214,115

Water

Water consumption

m3

2,288,979

4,082,419

4,079,589

Water consumption intensity

m3/m2

1.84

3.31

3.27

* GEG includes GEG gaming and entertainment segment, namely Galaxy Macau, Broadway Macau and StarWorld Hotel.