Environmental practice in sludge incineration

Sludge is the by-product of sewage treatment. Organic matters contained in the sewage partly come from human and animal waste. It is no wonder that sludge comprises organic matter.

Organic matters are considered ignitable. In sludge incineration, the combustion zone is around nine hundred degrees Celcius. The sludge volume can be ninety percent reduction after incineration. The left-over is the ash.

One of the concerned compounds in gas, H2S or Hydrogen sulfide, is colourless but flammable, toxic, and has an unpleasant rotted-egg smell. The release of H2S would pose environmental and operational health and safety hazards when operators are dealing with them in the incineration process.

The chemical deodorisation treatment to remove the gas compounds emitted from the sludge is the wet scrubber system. The system works in the spray tower, which is filled with odorous gas. The chemical liquid, commonly calcium carbonate, sprays into the gas. The odorous gas will be showered. It is estimated that about 98% of sulfur removed from the gas. The wet scrubber processes before sludge are put into incineration.

Incineration is the next core step to tackle the environmental problem we face each day. The incineration has earned its reputation of minimising the waste volume to ten percent left through combustion. The controversy about incineration is public health.

Dioxin can be formed when chlorine-containing organic substances (e.g., PVC) are burned. The eight-hundred-and-fifty-degree-Celcius combustion is the solution to destroy dioxin. The incinerator is the creator of air pollution; it can, in turn, be the solver for the own problem.

Another noticeable incineration product is the flue gas produced from combustion. The dry reactor injects the chemical powder – Sodium bicarbonate and activated carbon to get rid of the heavy metals, acidic gas, and organic compounds.

Bag filters work like a vacuum cleaner. They filter fine ashes and by-products in this last flue gas treatment stage. These residues are out of the final emission by sucking the gas from outside to inside of the bag filter. The residues from these stages will be sent away with the inert ash to the landfill for disposal.

The last resort of the incineration train is the continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS). The CEMS on key parameters is equipped at the stack to ensure combustion and air pollutant removal processes are functionally well. The automatic sludge feed cut-off system is installed at the incineration train. Sludge feed to the incineration train will be stopped automatically when the CEMS detects any likely sign of the control parameters’ exceedance.

Video: Environmental practice in sludge incineration (https://youtu.be/yDfIPG2nwkM)

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.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

The principles and culture to cultivate the digital environmental monitoring

Conceptually, there are two sides of the same coin – this is the way we leverage the power of digitalisation in environmental monitoring. On the left-hand side (in digitalisation & adaptation diagram below) are the principles and culture to cultivate the digital working environment as well as the need for communication and accessibility through the whole workflow facilitating the operation from the start to the end. On the right-hand side are practices implementing the principles and the workflow set by the management. They are the monitoring and enforcement tasks, the alert and information distribution to the stakeholders involved in the project. Both sides are reflective of each other. The culture and the principles will affect the function-in-charge attitude towards monitoring and enforcement, whether strictly followed or disciplined. Conversely, looking at the opposite side, the alert and information distribution functional elements mirror communication and accessibility.

Photo above: Digitalisation & adaptation diagram

The driving force to adopt and adapt digitalisation into the project, or even to a more considerable extent to the corporate, is the merit that digital environment and workflow deliver to the project and the stakeholders – cost-effective and operation efficiency. Compliance is the core task of why monitoring has to be enforced; automation is the critical digital adaptation activity for the workflow. Manual inspection, data collection, and analysis are demanded when digital tracking and automation are not exercised. Harnessing digitalisation in the working environment and the workflow, the one-stop control centre concept is manifested in the open, customisable monitoring system and monitoring platform, aligning culture, principles, communication, accessibility with monitoring, enforcement, alert, and information distribution.

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.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Incineration – a notorious name for air pollution. How engineering and process design make it sustainable?

Incineration – a notorious name for air pollution because of the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and oxides of nitrogen (NO and NO2, together known as NOx) associated in the process. It involves the operation of waste storage, feed preparation, combustion, ash handling, and disposal. Emission is associated with notorious incineration combustion. How does sustainability relate to incineration?

Operation consumes electricity. This is quite an inevitable fact, and this applies to incineration operations. Researchers had the energy analysis of the energy consumed in incineration and landfill with the transportation system. It showed that 406.08 GJ is consumed mostly because of transportation. Streamlining the operation process is essential in reducing energy consumption.

Waste-to-energy is the strategy of the sustainable incineration process. The state-of-art incinerator utilises its heat generated from combustion and facilitates boiling the desalinated water through the pipes inside the incinerator’s wall to produce steam. This process triggers the steam turbine to operate to create electricity. The desalinated water used in the process has to be of very high purified quality to avoid minerals condensed in the utility system. Water matters most for the waste-to-energy process – without the high-quality water supply, the whole incineration plant has no choice but to stop.

Waste-to-energy facilitates a self-sufficient incineration operation because of the automated electricity self-supply. The process closes the loop when the steam condenses after the turbine and becomes water again. It will then go back to the incineration process and repeat the power generation. The added value is when desalination is set up in the incineration plant. The site operator will benefit from the electricity generated and desalinated water supply for daily use as potable water.

Waste-to-energy management does not rely on fossil fuel for massive energy consumption to maintain the operation; the self-produced electricity off-sets the need to create power from fossil sources.

Another design to streamline incineration is by strategically locating the incineration plant near the coastline. The barge can unload the waste container and near the inert ash dumping ground. It dramatically reduces transportation distances and associated carbon footprint.

The primary aim of incineration is to destroy the waste we massively generated daily. By capitalising on the self-sufficient waste-to-energy innovation and design thinking, we can achieve sustainability in autonomous waste management and even for industries with vast energy and water consumption.

Video – What is sustainable operation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q46gVs8VSVc

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.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

The new generation momentum is coming to town

The 24/7 monitoring system, a web-based platform, 5G transmission, and real-time warning are the modern digitalisation adaptation. A remote monitoring system supported by a user-friendly platform empowers authorised users to keep an eye on the status through a spectrum of web-enabled gadgets, including smartphones and tablets even when they are away from the scene. 

The current demand for vibration monitoring sets the future improvement criterion of infrastructure redevelopment, facilitating the safe expansion work during operation hours. The complexity of the expansion project is not merely construction and demolition but also disruptive environmental impacts. Noise, vibration, dust are examples that we need to monitor to avoid the immediate harmful implications for critical operation such as in hospital. The unattended live-to-web monitoring can critically reshape life-and-death circumstances as referring to our real case study. 

Video – What would you do if your hospital is on the brink of rocking?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hovQfqfci8

Another enhancement sector is about communicating the environmental impacts through visualisation. By harnessing the virtual reality (VR) with a 3-dimensional (3D) visual perspective, we can add our external idea into the simulated environment to virtual test the practicability. Thoroughly to learn the project environment, the authorities and stakeholders are effortlessly to recognise the potential externality before moving on development projects. 

The recent innovation is the 4D VR experience. Virtually being in the built environment, the user is standing at one point wearing the VR headset and holding the controller to handle the direction and the action in the scene. For example, the user audibly recognises the noise level differences upon the window open and closure by wearing the headphones.

Video – What technology has been used for EPD training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJfGvfmMfNU

The discovery of automated monitoring, 3D visualisation, 4D virtual reality advancement is not without reason. This is the smart city solution in mitigating environmental concerns to appraise alternatives, evaluate the effectiveness of different scenarios, and inspect the big picture of the overall design performance. Stakeholders are encouraged to express ideas and further review the project outcome with the direct digital illustration method.

Photo above: Concept of engaging stakeholders by 3D and 4D in environmental projects for development

To learn about 3D digitalisation applications, see “The 3D environmental impact assessment”; 4D virtual reality training practice, see “The 4D movement in environmental discipline”, and post-project stakeholder engagement, see ”What is the acoustic window story”.

Video – What make us unique as your trusted environmental + digital consultancy partner in Hong Kong and UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asYkKA8ewfU

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.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Engagement with Ocean

ANewR is happy to connect enthusiastic ocean stakeholders for Matters Academy (photo below). Their sharings have great insights and bring the unknown ocean to non-marine activitists.

Matters Academy – an online platform to learn about ESG from professionals

Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water, while oceans, seas, and marine life are essential resources contributing to human beings. How can we keep it sustainable? Let’s get to know more about our oceans and seas with the experts.

Fireside chat with Ocean Warriors

We have Mr. Harry Chan and Ms. Hidy Yu to tell us about the garbage they have seen during their cleanup projects. Ghost net is one of the ocean trash types they care about a lot because of its dreadful effect on marine life and humans. Their personal experiences are a great inspiration to the divers and non-divers who initially do not know about the issue. Harry is obtaining an award MH in appreciation of his dedicated community service and contribution to environmental and conservation education!

Fireside chat with ocean warriors

Thailand Manta Project

It is fantastic that people embrace their beloved hobbies in the form of a community project. These transformations unveil their passion and determination to contribute. After Harry and Hidy’s episode, we are pleased to have Ms. Jamie Piyada Monmaneerat, Miss Scuba International, sharing her leadership experience in the Thailand Manta Project. She also teaches us how we, as citizens, can be scientists and contribute to helping the manta rays—one of the ocean communities endangered due to human influence. But before we start the session, what are manta rays?

Thailand Manta Project

Saving Corals, A Philippines Story

Another critical issue that experts have been telling us is that our corals are dying. Though corals are adapted to heat stress, there is still a limit. A few species of corals have been driven to extinction in evolutionary history due to excessive heat and ocean acidification. The rapid change of climate poses a real risk to corals. Mr. William Restauro Villaver, a marine biologist from the Philippines, will explore the topic of corals with us in the session. He will talk about coral, why he started coral planting, corals observation at night, and more fun facts about coral. His group activity of putting the statue on the coast of Bohol in the Philippines in the hope of saving the coral reef was featured by the BBC.

Saving Corals, A Philippines Story

Without question, the current condition of ocean matters is alarming. The remedial action is far behind the rate of human exploitation. ANewR and DEVE, an all-rounded diving online platform, have launched 10 Ocean Matters episodes to raise ocean awareness using animated videos, targeting school teachers, students, and anyone eager to discover different discussion topics. The concept behind these videos is that knowledge can bring awareness to the problems happening around us. We can learn empathy and find encouragement to learn about other impactful topics. The 10 Ocean Matters episodes will discuss the contemporary research on ocean creatures, including some fun facts, and shed some light on our ocean’s issues.

10 Ocean Matters

Stay tuned with us for more. Next, we will have a diving adventurer, shark lady, marine crime researcher to bestow with us about their expeditions.

Ocean series at Matters Academy

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.
(Website: 
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday NewerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How to monitor vulnerable venue to disruptive events

Photos above: ANewR’s d-noise platform (Demo)

Hospital is a compassionate venue. The operating rooms, procedure rooms, equipment are valuable and, at the same time, vulnerable to disruptive events. The vibration-sensitive machinery has a restricted floor vibration limit to maintain the proper equipment operation. In broad scope, ISO 4866: 2010 ‘Mechanical vibration and shock — Vibration of fixed structures — Guidelines for the measurement of vibrations and evaluation of their effects on structures’ issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has provided a classification of buildings according to their probable reaction to mechanical vibration transmitted by the ground. There are acceptable rms acceleration and velocity specified for each project’s flooring system’s practical uses to be more specific.

A Hospital in Hong Kong has realised the potential consequences. The Hospital has made a move to a decisive, proactive approach to preventing bad things from happening. ANewR has engaged in partaking in the job.

Estimated to serve 1,455,100 population in the concerned communities in 2026, Hospital has the complete redevelopment plan of managing the nearby areas for expansion with the extra community health centre and ambulatory centre. The subsequent decant arrangement indicates the Hospital will launch construction and demolition operations; meanwhile, the Hospital is in service to the general public. Unavoidably, the construction and demolition work will trigger all sorts of environmental impacts, including vibration. A high-precision and high-sensitive vibration monitoring device and wireless system with a one-second real-time monitoring platform are needed to assist the hospital staff in warranting the machines’ vibration effect.

To commence the project, ANewR has placed twenty sets of vibration monitoring systems in the Hospital. Each with a high-precision device detecting one micrometer per second. The device is highly reliable without losing data in operation. The placement points are based on a notable criterion – near a susceptible medical device in the critical medical room. On the other hand, the hospital staff and work-related staff are authorized to receive the notification through SMS and email when the vibration level has reached the pre-set warning limits. The verification warning procedure pre-sets 3A levels – Alert, Alarm, and Action, which will be triggered in real-time. Considering the vibration impact triggered at different locations, ANewR has created an adaptive d-noise monitoring platform to let the admin user group several placement points into one location group. The system is intelligent in facilitating different warning combinations in a location group. The admin user has been granted the flexibility in grouping the device placement point with the placement points at other locations relatively far away from the site to cross-check the vibration level. When all placement points in one location group all detect exceeding the pre-set limit, it will set off the notification warning. The locational map of each device placement points attached on the same page of real-time vibration location empowers the staff to identify the placement points without question.

ANewR’s d-noise platform supports the designated staff to fully access the system as a login user to view the monitored status and figures. The login user has been given the right to generate reports with classified information – vibration data, vibration exceedance data, hourly news, and weekly report. Continuous monitoring of the performance can never be more straightforward.

The 24/7 monitoring system, a web-based d-noise platform, 4G transmission, and real-time warning have caused the monitoring task hustle-free. A remote monitoring system supported by a user-friendly platform empowers authorised users to pay attention to the status through a spectrum of web-enabled gadgets, including smartphones and tablets. This unattended live-to-web monitoring can critically reshape life-and-death circumstances. 

Video – How does the hospital’s vibration monitoring work?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKYhPu58-uc

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.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How an environmental lawsuit pursued you to be sustainable

Businesses may encounter litigation if they breach the environmental regulations. In some places, governments and businesses may also face a lawsuit if they do not act for climate change.

The UN Environment Programme estimated that 884 climate change cases had been brought in 24 countries in 2017. In 2020, the number was almost double to at least 1,550 cases filed in 38 countries. The countries encountering the climate change lawsuits are not what we assumed to be in developing countries, including Australia (97), followed by the United Kingdom and the European Union (58 and 55 respectively). Though no court has decreed a defendant to compensate losses for climate harms, the parties sued for the environmental outcomes of missing to accommodate their facilities or operations may be at risk of significant liability. The number of events is on the increase. The key trends are: (1) climate rights; (2) domestic enforcement; (3) keeping fossil fuels in the ground; (4) corporate liability and responsibility; (5) failure to adapt and the impacts of adaptation; and/or (6) climate disclosures and greenwashing.

Several examples are extracted from the reports below to reveal the potential liabilities:

To download the report: https://www.unep.org/resources/report/global-climate-litigation-report-2020-status-review
  • “The U.S. utility Pacific Gas & Electric, discussed below in Section 2.B.6, provides a stark example: In 2019, facing billions of dollars in liability for its role in causing wildfires, the company filed for bankruptcy. Those claims were ultimately resolved by settlements valued in excess of $25 billion.”
  • “In May 2019, a group of eight Torres Strait Islanders submitted a petition against the Australian government to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, alleging that Australia is violating their human rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by failing to establish sufficient greenhouse gas mitigation targets and plans, and by failing to fund adequate coastal defense and resilience measures on the islands, which are at risk of inundation due to sea level rise. “
  • “In Gloucester Resources Limited v. Minister for Planning, a company brought an action against the planning minister in New South Wales to appeal the denial of the company’s application to construct an open-cut coal mine. The Department of Planning had denied the application in light of, among other reasons, the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of the mine, and the fact that under Section 4.15(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act the government was required to consider the public interest as part of its review of a development application. The court upheld the department’s decision, concluding that because “the negative impacts of the Project, including [among others] climate change impacts, outweigh the economic and other public benefits of the Project,” the project was contrary to the public interest.”
  • “In Harris County v. Arkema, Inc., a local government in Texas sued a chemical manufacturer after flooding caused its facility to lose power and become unable to properly refrigerate certain chemicals stored at the facility that, in turn, led to an explosion, fires, and a massive release of toxic emissions. The county alleged that portions of the facility were built in a documented floodplain and asked for a court order directing the defendant to hire an independent disaster preparedness auditor and to comply with the auditors’ recommendations.”
  • “In Lynn v. Peabody Energy Corporation, a class of participants in Peabody Energy Corporation’s employee stock option plans brought a lawsuit alleging that the plan administrator violated its duty of prudence by continuing to invest in the company’s stock well after public information made it clear that doing so was unreasonable.112 The court dismissed the case, finding that plaintiffs failed to meet the high burden of describing an alternative investment that “a prudent fiduciary in the same circumstances would not have viewed as more likely to harm the fund than to help it.” “

While the courts have to progress in the new litigation cases, litigation cases demonstrate companies’ Science-Based Targets initiative and science of climate attribution, creating a climate-secure world that goes hand-in-hand with successful business operations. What you need for support is reviewing your current ESG or sustainability reports, advising where and how SBTs fit, and developing roadmaps to identify SBTs and monitor progress. Consider setting goals, planning, and communication. From pursuing sustainability, we all look to boost profitability, improve investor confidence, drive innovation, reduce regulatory uncertainty, and strengthen brand reputation.

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.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How can we manage sick tree better?

Photos above: Dante tree management system

Metropolitan, like Hong Kong, has incorporated environmental city design, proposing life in harmony with nature. While celebrating such a green city movement, ANewR’s client – one of the mass transport providers, has made a great move to manage the interplay with nature.

There are over a million trees in Hong Kong. In 2008, a one-hundred-year-old valuable tree failed and killed a teen. In 2014, a fallen tree hit a pregnant woman. In 2018, a domestic helper was killed by a decaying four-metre-long branch that weighed 30kg. When trees get sick, the signs of their unhealthiness pose threats to city dwellers. The potential risk is why we need tree management. Alerted by real-world tragedies, ANewR has worked with Client to develop a Dante tree system to avoid the catastrophe. 

ANewR’s Dante tree management system allows arborist and project staff to maintain the record of trees attentive care adjacent to the new transportation development crossing seven districts of the total distance seventeen kilometers. It is highly strategic for corporations to manage the knowledge of arboriculture. Regularly reading the tree health condition notices the arborists the tree survival rate and opens up the risk tree identification. It is particularly useful when the tree has to be relocated for preservation reasons. The arborist will have to keep track of the tree condition, whether the tree grows well or not in the relocated environment. If the tree is unable to adapt to the new living environment, the tree may defect. The arborist should follow up with a Tree risk assessment. 

Upkeeping the high survival rate minimises jeopardies and associated misfortunes. Speeding up diagnosis reduces costs and time. Client’s tree management performance is outstanding – 90% of tree survival rate, 0% fatal accident, 100% response rate to the public inquiries within twenty-four hours. The Dante tree management system’s adoption is not merely a modernised management system but also a way to conserve our trees and save human lives.

It is meriting maintaining trees in healthy conditions. Trees supply oxygen, which allows us to breathe to survive; trees grab to avoid landslides. Trees are home to wildlife and can be our food sources. Trees cannot speak nor walk. When we interact with the trees in city life, trees depend on us to care for them and provide them a safe, healthy environment to grow and live. 

Video – Sick tree can be saved. How?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2BaCt9Yi94

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.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Communications mandatory for ESG performance disclosure

We gradually see more countries imposing disclosure terms on a company’s environmental and sustainability performance. Authentic performance is of great importance to be the leader in your working industry. People who want to be the first in the world could lead by an invention, innovation, and creativity developed for products or services. It also could be the first move to enhance environmental practice through legislation. New Zealand makes climate reporting compulsory. In Hong Kong, a revised ESG Reporting Guide (“Guide”) has been launched by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, effective from 1 July 2020. Companies will need to extend their techniques to respond to the latest reporting challenges, such as how, when, and what they need to report. It is a move addressing the growing concern of climate change issues. An outstanding leader can act as a driving force to encourage good things to happen. ESG disclosure becomes a key factor for forward-looking companies and investor decisions.

The government policies issued worldwide have demonstrated the growing demand in disclosing decision-useful data. For industries, the environmental data has a significant advantage for national climate programs and economic instruments such as carbon taxes and emissions trading. Energy supplies and engird intensive companies are regularly criticised for their emission performance. Quantitative data is of great value in both sustainability factors and economic administration. Here below are few examples of climate-related data disclosures that increasingly common in reporting provisions since the 2000s (Carrots & Sticks Report, 2020):

  • Mandatory GHG Accounting System (2005), issued by Ministry of Environment, Japan
  • Green Posting System (GHG emissions and energy use) (2012), issued by Financial Services Commission, South Korea
  • GHG Monitoring Regulation (2014), issued by Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Turkey
  • Circular No. 52 Law N 20.780 / Carbon Tax (2014), issued by Ministries of Finance and Environment, Chile
  • Energy Transition Law (institutional investors, banks, and listed companies to report on climate risks, 2015), issued by the Ministry of Environment, France
  • National GHG Emission Reporting Regulations (2017), issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Photo above: Carrots & Sticks report 2020

Besides the regulation and economic factors, communication between the companies and the stakeholders is a task that can never miss. This is the communication strategy to inform your investors, potential investors, and stakeholders about how you perform. The long-standing impression and reputation matter to the investors and potential investors when they are in a maze among investment options. It is also about community relations, which you find your operation area is at. Without utilising the diverse communication channel, the company could find it hard to engage stakeholders, investors, and potential investors thoroughly. Through various ways, the stakeholder engagement channels by annual reporting, periodic reports, investor briefs, newsletters, press releases, and web announcements and engagement events.

Photo above: (Form Carrots & Sticks Report) Disclosures venue referenced by reporting provision: 2013, 2016 and 2020 (expanded breakdown)

We are coming into the digital age, effective and efficient communications are the great interest the data and format would be delivered to stakeholders reliably, comparably, and timely. How to operate the communications for ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance)? Here below are some tips for you:

  1. Green publishing – eco-friendly paper type and ink, graphic design optimisation, summary factsheet, sustainable packaging, and logistic methods.
  2. Digital engagement – mini-games through social media and web, Whatsapp stickers, web accessibility, and interactive PDF, video production, e-form, animated CSR report,
  3. Events and activities – staff awareness program,
  4. Gifts and premium – green lifestyle items
  5. Awards and recognition – standard achievement

ESG is more than data reporting. The reporting is a communication tool to engage stakeholders, inform stakeholders of the company performance. Beyond reporting, the company has to have actual action on the ESG attainment. If not, there will be no meaningful data to complete the ESG reporting. A consultancy service would benefit the company to comprehend the environmental status achieved more than a reporting scheme. A trustful consultancy service comprises a project manager, coordinator, and marketer in charge of planning, executing, controlling the timeline, being the focal point of communications, and engaging stakeholders by an integrated approach. From strategic advisory, gap analysis, and content analysis to raw data conversion into KPI by ESG Dashboard, these are decisive steps to guarantee ESG attainment’s excellence.

Photo above: ESG Dashboard assists the project owner in effectively organising all data in one reporting platform.
Photo above: The lecture – Effective ESG Disclosure Strategies Essential to Success aims to update the trends of ESG disclosure strategies with industrial, professional insights.

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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