Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability

We are all thrilled about the achievement of our Hong Kong gold medalists and the athletes in the Olympic Games. Coming up next is Paralympics involving athletes with a range of disabilities. After all these years, it is fantastic to see their efforts to be qualified to get a pass to the games competing with the outstanding athletes. For professional athletes, sport is a career with passion. For amateurs, sport can be a mental cure and physical fitness for them.

Photo above: The Government of HKSAR will boost sport by allocating funds.

Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability – the timely topics worldwide right now. Sport England unveils that “Sustainability plays a key role in the design and management of sports recreation and leisure facilities”. The concept behind is just about why we need green buildings – sustainable facility drives down the running cost and does well to the pressing climate issue.

The sports sector does do encouragement by nature itself, promoting going places by walking, jogging, and biking and at the same time using less polluting vehicles. When it comes to a large sports event organisation, sustainable travel policies and energy-saving operations matter essentially to climate change.

It requires sustainable facility planning, commuting distance, quality of the route, safety and security. Such an active environment provokes the adaptation of the original landscape. Same as green building development, we should analyse the total cost over the project’s life, considering the operation and maintenance cost. Sport England indicates a possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility as below.

Diagram above: A possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility (extracted from

The external environment can be dealt with by launching an environmental assessment; an indoor environment is another important quality affecting people. We are obliged to assess construction and development. For the interior environment, noise, heating and lighting are three crucial elements for the users’ comfort. The overall sensation is also about where the facility sits. Therefore, we engage a list of modelling to analyse the environmental situation.

The modelling we will apply for environmental analysis are:

Air quality model

  • Caline 4 (For vehicular emission)
  • AERMOD (For industrial emission)
  • emfac-hk (For vehicular emission)

Noise model

  • Noisemap (For road noise)
  • Soundplan (For road and stationary noise sources)
  • AEDT (For aircraft noise)

Energy model

  • Equest (For energy consumption)

Lighting model

  • Dialux (For indoor and outdoor lighting)
  • IESVE (For outdoor lighting)

Geographic model

  • ArcGIS (For statistical analysis)

It is exhilarating that sport has become aware by citizens thanks to the Olympic Games. When considering the sport and athletes’ future development, we should consider other factors to create the best possible facilities to advance our sport levels sustainably.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
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