ARCHITECT’S CORNER Interview
“Sustainable development (SD) has always been a part of the Swire Properties’ philosophy and thinking, and an integral part of our history.” – An interview with Dr Raymond Yau of Swire Properties Swire Properties, a leading developer in Hong Kong, won the Business Leadership in Sustainability Award at the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2018. In this issue, Dr Raymond Yau, General Manager, Technical Services and Sustainable Development of Swire Properties, speaks on how the company has been actively promoting and championing its sustainability efforts in Hong Kong. SEAB: Congratulations to Swire Properties. How do you feel after winning this award? RAYMOND: We a r e d e l i g h t e d a n d honoured to receive such a remarkable recognition from the World Green Building Council. It is wonderful that our sustainable development (SD) works have been recongised and this is a great encouragement to everyone in Swire Properties, from senior management to all working levels of our employees that have been dedicated in contributing to sustainable development. I would like to thank them for their hard work. SEAB: The Business Leadership in Sustainability Award rewards companies that push boundaries, integrate sustainability into their business models and make an outstanding contribution to a sustainable built environment. Can you tell briefly how Swire Properties incorporated sustainability into its overall business?
RAYMOND: SD has always been a part of the Swire Properties’ philosophy and thinking, and an integral part of our history. 20 years ago, we initiated Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM), which was at the time the second green building assessment scheme in the world, and is the only scheme recognised by the Hong Kong government. We helped lead the way in SD reporting, and since 2003, we have published and shared our environmental achievements through EHS / SD reports. Fast forward to present times, Swire Properties is the Platinum patron member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and we have celebrated multiple SD milestones. In 2016, we refreshed our strategy to introduce a new SD vision: “To be the leading sustainable development performer in our industry globally by 2030”. In order to achieve this bold SD vision,
we formulated our SD 2030 Strategy in the same year, a long-term plan that aims to ultimately create vibrant high-quality sustainable communities. The Strategy, which includes over 60 measurable KPIs and targets, enables the company to
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