How to get on track in transforming construction with global responsibility

Environmental good is always precious to preserve, but what does it mean in practice? As environmental impact assessment practitioners, market players still struggle with cost-effective, modernised, scientific approaches to achieving overall environmental, social, and governance (ESG) on the decarbonisation roadmap. We want to help the industry comprehend ESG implications and the latest digitalisation development reaching eco-goals.

Where do we start? Let’s begin with the market.

According to Future of Construction: A Global Forecast for Construction to 2030, global construction output is foreseen to rise by 6.6% in 2021. Government stimuli and residential demands will increase construction by 42% by 2030. What the sector growth implies is a greater risk of pollution and waste. The current 40% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions from the construction sector have covered a wider environment – the construction supply chain.

The roadmap is the decarbonisation journey requiring a lot of footsteps to achieve. Each footprint is associated with stakeholders’ enactment. Stakeholder groups in construction sector: The project sponsor, Contractors and subcontractors, Materials suppliers, Designers, Employees, The Authorities, Professional bodies, Communities, End users, etc.

Why is supply chain important in decarbonisation? In the construction sector, from raw materials to steelworks and concrete production, the suppliers may not be listed companies, but they are in the supply chain affecting ESG performance.

Each company has their carbon footprint. So have their suppliers. Let’s take building materials companies’ ESG risks as examples. S&P Global ratings unveil building materials companies consume substantial fuels for production, resulting in greenhouse emissions and other kinds of pollution.

What do we do to get on track in transforming businesses with global responsibility?

Law enforcement elevates the environmental consultancy industry – Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance. Environmental Licence Permit holder is liable for breaching, including all their suppliers’. There are emerging needs other than EIA, such as ESG reporting, roadmap, implementation plan.

Listed construction companies are now reporting on ESG matters. In 2016, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the HKEX”) raised a requirement for listed companies in Hong Kong to report their ESG performance. Supply chain management is one of the reporting areas.

Source: HKEX

Practitioners have a responsibility to advise their clients about ESG matters of their construction project. Because ESG ricks, including ESG supply chain risks have negative effects on 1) non-alignment with investor values, 2) operational risks, and 3) financial risks. (source: UNPRI.org)

It is also not a straight road towards the new direction. For construction sector, we observe numbers of challenges for them to reach comprehensive ESG targets. They are:

1) The project stakeholders have to handle a high volume of environmental data

2) It is time-consuming and labour-intensive for data collection and distribution

3) It is a pain point to identify the source

4) Data storage capacity is always a problem

5) It is difficult to communicate effectively to project sponsors and stakeholders

6) It is disputable to assign responsibility when handling the complaint

Can technology disruption help the challenges? Yes, technology can help a great deal. Technology advancement enables web-based, online, open system architecture. “Control Centre” Concept allows one-stop EM&A workflow management. Secured remote access, real-time data reporting & data analysis, and real-time event/action triggering & warning secure data integrity, which eventually leads to close-to-the-reality decision-making. Preventive maintenance echos with compliance management. Smart manufacturing streamlines sound facility management.

We believe in the power of digitalisation. Digitalisation powers communication, interaction, scalability, intelligence, and integration. Learn more about our key solutions for your eco, profitable goals.

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 do we tie the relation between data integrity and environmental protection

Ethics rule our behaviours. We see ethical marketing, ethical company governance, ethical issues at the workplace, and many more in the community. As an environmental consultant, what are our ethical practices to ensure things go the right way?

According to the National Association of Environmental Professionals, integrity is one of the keystones of being a professional environmentalist, from collecting environmental data, interpreting the data, presenting the data in reports, and engaging scientific methods in research, planning, design, management, and review of activities.

Why do we pick data to tie integrity and the environment? Data integrity represents the overall data accuracy, completeness, and consistency during its lifecycle. Data authenticity, entirety, and transparency matter when there is an unauthorised data alteration in the database. The inaccurate data shifts the decision makers’ thinking path, causing poor judgment.

As the environmental protection trend goes, infrastructure project proponents, including the builders, the operators are obliged to monitor and manage the environment where the facilities are sitting. The environmental ordinance has pre-set scopes and parameters as a benchmark to scrutinise the impacts. The facility nature defines which regulation the facility should comply with. In Hong Kong, we have diverse environmental ordinances to fulfil – air, water, waste, noise, hazardous chemicals, ozone layer, mercury and more. The environmentalists will scientifically conduct the measurement by collecting environmental data to analyse the facilities’ environmental performance and test whether they comply with the regulation.

That is how we connect the relationship between data integrity and environmental protection.

The need for integrated environmental monitoring boosts the use of data management platforms. The data management platforms incorporate the Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensory device to receive real-time environmental data and synchronise the data to the online platform through the Internet. The IT security secures the network from illegal penetration. The data is untouched by third-party through the control-centre monitoring – this is the main reason why the data remains a virtue.

One of the environmental IoT development is the noise compass. The three-dimensional Noise Compass can alert the project staff by selecting alarms for combinations of sound pressure levels
and incident angles. Thus, we can exclude sections of the measurement when the source location is outside the interest region. For example, when Leq is above 75 dB, and the sound is coming from the construction site, excluding the parts of a measurement contaminated by railway noise from the LDEN calculation.

The integrated environmental monitoring platform is the communication bridge between the IoT device and the project stakeholders. The system tracks the critical events. The project proponent applies rules to alert key stakeholders if over the limit. The platform can also be enhanced with visualisation. The visualisation further streamlines the environmental monitoring works with modules of site overview visualisation, CCTV Livestream, various ecological tracking and project management.

On the one hand, it manages spatial data, non-structured data, structure data, IoT data, CCTV streaming data, and analyse data. On the other hand, it aids the project stakeholders by viewing the project through the interactive chart and map, dual charts and maps comparison, 2D Drones Orthophoto, time-varied Animation, geo-tag information input and Photo gallery. Customised dashboard and back-end analysis is a plus to the users to diagnose the data for reporting. None of the above environmental visualisations and reports would be correctly built without proper data import.

ANewR Consulting Limited is exhilarated to be commissioned to design, develop, and maintain a one-stop 3D visualisation platform for IWMF, Hong Kong’s flagship waste management facilities – The Integrated Waste Management Facilities. The Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF), the municipal waste incineration plant, is located at Shek Kwu Chau. IWMF will be built on an artificial island, which means reclamation is inevitable. Besides the terrestrial ecology of Shek Kwu Chau, Shek Kwu Chau is inhabited by about 300 rehabilitators and staff of the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts (SARDA). Comprehensive environmental monitoring is imperative for the project’s hit without adversely impacting the ecology and the inhabitants. And, this is why we encourage integrated environmental monitoring practice.

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)

What do we do for our client in the land contamination assessment

At the beginning of 2021, BBC News reported that the oil giant was sued for polluting the community. The news illustrates the corporate effort in maintaining good health in the operating area concerning its reputation. The neglect would cause the lawsuit and cost penalty for the improper supply chain management. It is wrong to think local community and regulations are not under the corporate scope. Apart from achieving Sustainable Development Goals and avoiding penalties, health and safety are other critical reasons to pre-assess the land condition before the development.

Redeveloping a place is typical worldwide. New construction taking up the used ground for a new purpose revitalises the land – from contaminated land to sustainable urban development. In the US, the determining factors are founded on the release volume, total population exposed, proximity or impact to groundwater aquifers, drinking water wells contaminated, source water protection areas, unique exposure pathways, or environmental justice communities.

Because of the land limitation, urban residential redevelopment is the most cases in Hong Kong. We have regulations assessing the land for reuse, changing the land use, especially from industrial to residential use. For business continuity, another spot required by law for regular checkups is the petrol filling station. Petroleum leakage and seeping would likely cause pollution, impacting the local ecosystem significantly.

Environmental consultants support the clients in site appraisal, investigation, and remediation suggestions in the land contamination assessment. Taking petrol filling station as an example, the checkups of leaks from pipework, tanks and offset fill pipes, the operations such as spills during customer refuelling, filling underground storage tanks and overfilling portable containers are the conceivable reason for land contamination. You can picture how it was operated underlies the potential adverse impact on the future redevelopments.

Key Chemicals of Concern (COCs) are the parameters that environmental consultants would look at from the laboratory analytical results. The environmental consultants interpret the results for the clients, let them understand the issue, recommend remediation action, evaluate remediation alternatives, design and operation of remediation, implement and monitor the programme. In this case, independent consultants are essential to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the reports.

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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)

Why The Ocean Matters – World Ocean Day on 8 June

The recent COVID-19 social distancing restriction relaxation releases people to go out. Beaches, seaside and even underwater are where wanted by people for breathing fresh air. When we enjoy the places like this, have we ever thought about how we treat and should treat these spots?

The COVID-19 Aftermath

Gary Stokes from OceansAsia have found dozens of masks washed up on this beach and others around Hong Kong on every subsequent visit. While this problem was first noticed in Hong Kong, it is an international issue: divers have found face masks on the seabed while on clean-ups near Côte d’Azur, France; over 300 discarded gloves and face masks were seen and photographed around Southampton in the U.K. over four days by a British photographer, and it’s not hard to find masks littering the streets of most major cities. And more stories keep coming out regarding PPE littering towns across the globe.

Ocean Debris – It Has Happened Long Before COVID-19

Not only did the researcher find the problem, Harry Chan, the 2020 HKSAR Honours and Awards Medal of Honour (M.H.) in recognition of dedicated community service and contribution to the promotion of environment and conservation education, has been discovering the ocean trash issues since these five to ten years. Some ghost nets he had handled were huge – this size was about two ferries. Some ghost nets are as large as a basketball court. Those nets piled up. You’d find the coral covered by the ghost net, whitening by looking close. It causes them to lack sunlight exposure. Worse still, ghost nets could trap coral reef fish. Imagine how the divers feel if they get trapped by a ghost net. Ghost nets pose a danger to divers.

If the underwater ghost city formed by the abandoned ghost net scares you off a certain way, let’s see what’s amusing revealed Hidy Yu, the entertainer and the ocean clean-up leader, picks up from the water. “Other than ghost nets, which I have seen a lot underwater, I have organised shoreline clean-up—a lot of rubbish. Such as construction waste, medical waste, expired food, and animal bodies. You name it: Mahjong, broom, air conditioner, typical plastic bottles, beer cans, soft drink cans, plastic bags, and masks. The weirdest rubbish I have ever seen is Guan Yu’s figurine, which was thrown into the sea. I asked my buddy if we wanted to take it. My buddy nodded. So we picked it up. “said Hidy.

Let’s Give The Ocean Our Hands

Though you may not be able to dive like Hidy, nor explore the ocean like a fish, be citizen scientists to help the sea. It is simple – use your mobile phone camera to photoshoot what you have discovered and share it with reputable scientists and organisations. Please enable them to take a deeper look at the issue. It is already helping the ocean. Jamie Piyada Monmaneerat, the Project Leader of Manta Trust (Thailand), wants to educate people on the direction of being global citizens by realising how much impact people can leave on destroying the ocean ecosystem: “We impact these animals when inserting ourselves into the ocean that’s not our natural habitat. It’s theirs. It’s your choice to choose how much negative impact you want to leave. Try to reduce that to as minimum as possible, starting with choosing the right sunscreen before going into the ocean. Make sure they’re not full of chemicals and going to damage the coral reefs. As simple as that, be more mindful of what we are doing. Be more mindful that we are going into becoming a guest at another person’s house. Behave.”

“On land, it’s easier for us to conduct conservation because we see the trash. We believe there is no trash in the ocean as we cannot see them. Remember, nowadays, the sea has become our garbage pitch. “Sharon Kwok, the Director of Aquameridian Conservation & Education, added. 

Marine Creatures Living Among Us

Be reminded that some marine creatures are not lively as fish; it does not mean they are lifeless. “Most people, especially those not living in the coastal areas and going into the sea, think they are rocks, but corals are animals. An indication that corals are animals is that they need sunlight to survive. Night divers observe another indicator. During the daytime, what is seen as just stumps of some coral stones that when during night time they start to bloom into some beautiful flowers.” Explained by William Restauro Villaver, a marine biologist from the Philippines.

We have different ways to appreciate marine creatures. But first, we should maintain their lives balance for us to enjoy. One of the fish crisis indicators suggested by Stan Shea, a marine ecologist from Bloom Association H.K., is the size of the fish we catch today compared with the old days. In the same fishing competition held in the U.S., the winner caught the fish weighing around 20 kg in 1956. In 1980, the biggest fish caught in the competition was 9kg. In 2007, it was 2.3kg. The change is not merely the fish size but also the fish categories. This is a phenomenon around the world. 

We should understand marine creatures have functional stands in the ocean ecosystem. For example, “Humphead Wrasses are one of the few species that eat coral-attack Crown-of-thorns starfish. In other words, they can protect coral reefs. At the same time, the fearful sharks have an impact that does so much for our ocean. They keep the sea clean. They manage the balance of the ecosystem. They control the fish population. They like to go after the weak and sick fish, so the sharks are cleaners, and that’s important. “unveiled by Hau Cheuk Yu Loby, PhD in Marine Ecology of The University Of Hong Kong, and Andrea Richey, Executive Director of H.K. Shark Foundation.

Thoughts

How many times have you travelled for water? Natural as the ocean may seem, there is no such thing in the world that we can take for granted. Grateful or ungrateful? Ocean conservation leaders help us be aware of the hidden issues and drive us to be good global citizens. If there is no such problem, would there have been the coming up of these leaders mentioned above?

Explore “Why The Ocean Matters” For Free Of Charge

To commemorate World Ocean Days on 8 June, Matters Academy (https://www.matters.academy/) has created a “Why The Ocean Matters” booklet by inviting the ocean leaders, activists, and researchers for an interview or webinar to tell people about the ocean issues. We leverage these resources to create “Why The Ocean Matters” to spread awareness. Let’s find out more in Matters Academy’s  “Why The Ocean Matters” Booklet.

Special thanks to: Ascent Partners Group Limited, ANewR Consulting Limited, Aquameridian Conservation & Education, Bloom Association HK, Brianstorm Content & Brandstorm Communications, Chinese YMCA College, Chong Gene Hang College, Cotton Spinners Association Secondary School, DEVE, Diving Adventure, ELCHK Lutheran Secondary School, Environment Bureau of HKSARG, ESRI China (HK) Limited, Gertrude Simon Lutheran College, Greeners Action, Harrow International School, Hong Kong Apparel Society Limited, Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Tuen Mun), Malvern College Hong Kong, NEFIN GROUP, OceansAsia, Secure Information Disposal Services Limited, Thailand Manta Project, The Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, WIT Holdings Limited, Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School, & Matters Academy Speakers

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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)

Community engagement

It is fair to say a corporate serves society because the products and services are created to facilitate another business’s production and operation to output something to serve the community at last.

Your business has impacts on the community’s standard of living and quality of life. The way to sustain the company is to include the environment and society in the context.

How to work on community engagement?

First, what are your community initiatives? You may mainly focus on community health or particular community groups such as youth or the environment. You will then be able to develop programs targeting the communities you want to serve.

Your community engagement program can include pet projects, philanthropy, propaganda, and partnering. When considering the type of engagement you want to enforce, you may take two benefits into account – benefits to society and services to the business.

Pet project is a personal-goal pursued activity that may not have the general acceptance as necessary or essential. As it is not community-focus, the pet project is regarded as the least beneficial to society and the business.

Philanthropy has a clear target to reach to the community, but the business goodwill may not be enhanced without the actual involvement. Propaganda is a way to publicly promote the point of view; the act may not cause a substantial contribution to society.

A partnership is beyond philanthropy and propaganda, constituting high levels of benefits to society and business. Each party taps into the resources and expertise to look for an inventive solution to the community’s challenges.

Focus your efforts, develop a knowledge of the issues and benefits, and look for suitable allies to practice your community commitment.

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)

Equal opportunity

Are you socially inclusive? United Nations has defined social inclusion as “the process of improving the terms of participation in society, particularly for people who are disadvantaged, through enhancing opportunities, access to resources, voice and respect for rights.”

Who are the disadvantaged groups? Disadvantaged groups are “groups of persons that experience a higher risk of poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, and violence than the general population,” according to the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Considering the Sustainability Development Goals of No Poverty, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work, and Economic Growth, as well as Reduced Inequalities, we can deduce numbers of ways to reach equal opportunity. At the functional level, the International Labour Organisation suggests starting at the workplace.

Photo above: International Labour Organisation (https://www.ilo.org/global/lang–en/index.htm)

Whereas by law in Hong Kong, we have Anti-Discrimination Ordinances, including race discrimination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and family status discrimination. Equal Opportunities Commission has issued “Equal Opportunities in Employment: Good Management Practices” to guide corporate organisations beyond compliance.

Corporate governance principles have critical leadership in the organisation. Apart from the economic benefits from a diverse workforce, inclusion has a stunning effect on society – more excellent social stability and public support for economic development, named by the International Labour Organisation. Review the practices when working on corporate social responsibility planning to ensure your organisation is working towards the same target, to be an authentic corporate social responsibility practitioner.

So, have no-bias in mind, spread the code of conduct, put the principle in force. By obeying the law and practice beyond compliance, your good corporate governance contributes to social inclusion by non-discrimination.

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)

Consumer engagement

We can engage consumers through various communications channels, such as newsletters, online platforms, customer centres, hotlines, satisfaction surveys. You may set up a consumer focus group to proactively reach out to the consumers to know their needs.
While consumer engagement can be practical and emotional, you will need to do more than a general practice as a corporate.

In the age of social media, you and your consumers are more aware of every environmental and social news. Information accuracy is easy to be tested. Put effort into making sure your marketing materials are correct and do not bias.

In your country, there may be government regulations and industry guidelines to comply with and follow. Ensure your materials are accessible for all – the local people, ethnic minorities, the disabled, and disadvantaged groups.

Another subject of broad and current interest is personal data privacy. If your business service deals with the general public, you will necessitate being careful with personal data handling.

Data leakage can be a breach because of work ethic; it can be cybersecurity control and management. Internally, a corporate policy instructs how your staff should treat the consumers’ data.

It would be best to let your team realise mishandling data and unaware of cybersecurity can lead to a crime.

To minimise the chance of sensitive data leakage, to follow the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance, you should isolate sensitive data such as identity card numbers of consumers from the system.

Or you should not collect sensitive data if the data is not critical information to proceed with the transaction. Assign staff-in-charge to oversee the control and when incidents occur, contact the responsible authority.

In Hong Kong, the authority is the Hong Kong Police Force’s Cyber Security Centre.

On the front line, your customer service staff is a channel conveying your corporate service and products to the consumers.

John Tschohl, the service strategist, has proposed size core customer service elements in the customer service staff’s perspective.

They are: Feel good about yourself. Practice habits of courtesy, Providing caring communications both verbally and non-verbally. Perform. Listen to the customer. Learn about your products and services.

Last but not least, your products and services are of excellent importance component in your business. Supply affordable and reliable products and services with all the relevant compliance such as health and safety and environmental regulation: design products and services to help your consumers and the society.

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)

Why do you need a third-party calibration in an accredited lab

Be aware that each recognised acoustic instrument has been certified with a standard, shown at the back of the device. For specific projects such as government projects, it is mandatory by contract that the contractor provides acoustic measurement services with recognised acoustic measurement equipment. Ensuring the measurement accuracy, we, as an accredited acoustic calibration lab, are here to set up a professional calibration test for the user to verify the authentic functionality of the instrument.

Our Acoustic Calibration Centre has been accredited by Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) for calibration services as listed in the HOKLAS Directory of Accredited Laboratory available from its website (https://www.itc.gov.hk/en/quality/hkas/doc/scopes/302.pdf).

Our technology and knowledge enable us to calibrate both sound level meters and calibrators of Classes I and II variations. All calibrations are completed following a wide range of international standards, including:

Calibration services accredited by HOKLAS:

  • IEC 61672-3 Ed 2.0 (2013)
  • In-house test procedure ESG-Noise-001 against the IEC 61260:1995 requirements
  • In-house test procedure ESG-Noise-003

Please refer to Scope of Accreditation at https://www.itc.gov.hk/en/quality/hkas/doc/scopes/302.pdf for the specific tests or property measured.

Others:

  • IEC 60942 (2003)
  • IEC 61672-3 Ed 1.0 (2006)
  • IEC 60651
  • IEC 60804
  • BS 7580 Part 1

What the state-of-the-art calibration system can do for you? Good tools are a prerequisite to the successful execution of a job. The state-of-the-art calibration system is designed by Norsonic, one of the world’s leading specialist acoustic instrumentation manufacturers. The system assures all the relevant standards to comply with during the testing. Our acoustic professionals run the test with the standards-complied calibration system to identify the instrument deficiency, if any.

Brochure: https://anewrhk.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/cal-lab-flyer-s-1.pdf

We calibrate sound calibrators, sound measuring instruments such as sound level meters, and sound/octave band analysers of all brands, including but not limited to 01dB, ARL, Brüel & Kjær, Castle, CEL, Cirrus, Dawe, Elma, Gras, Larson Davis, Magus Electronics, Norsonic, Nova Electronics, Ono Sokki, Pulsar, Quest, RION, SVAN.

The certification and the full report will be signed by Mr. James Choi, the HOKLAS Approved Signatory. James has earned his reputable background from BEng in Environmental Engineering and MEng in Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His eighteen-year experience in noise measurement, monitoring, and technical feasibility projects approves him as the Technical Director of Acoustic Calibration Centre.

Our cost-effective calibration services strive to minimise downtime for our customers. The standard turnaround time is seven working days. Prices start from HKD2000 only. A premium five-working-day turnaround service is also available on request (subject to a surcharge).

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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)

Continue to enrich our ocean awareness

We are happy to connect prominent ocean activists to learn more about the burning ocean issues.

Shark Lady

Watch the webinar at Matters Academy – https://www.matters.academy/course/save-sharks-shark-lady

For the past 30 years, Ms. Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate and NGO entities. Since 2015, she has worked and volunteered for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation in many capacities, most recently as the Executive Director raising awareness about shark conservation and educating people to stop eating shark fin soup and all shark products. 

Shark fin soup has long been consumed, dating all the way back to the Song Dynasty. The massive decline in the shark population in recent years brings to light the importance of saving sharks. 

In this lecture, we have invited Ms Andrea Rickey, also known as the Shark Lady, to share her passion in being part of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation. Learn about how sharks benefit the ocean, why we need to protect sharks, and what we can do to save them in this lecture. 

An SME’s Dive into ESG-Stephen Au Founder of Diving Adventure

Watch the webinar at Matters Academy Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JnVfLTEW7w&t=1226s

Stephen Au is a diving training director with more than ten years of experience in training divers and instructors of all levels. Experienced in training thousands of divers, Stephen has organized diving groups worldwide, including Maldives, Red Sea, Palau, South America, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Indonesia, etc. His diving enthusiasm has even extended to travel to Antarctica and ice diving in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to diving teaching, Stephen also actively promotes marine conservation, encouraging the public to establish an environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle and appreciate the beauty of the ocean together.

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is no longer just a hot topic for multinational companies. In fact, an SME from a very niche industry has been awarded for their efforts in ESG. Mr. Stephen Au, an experienced diver and the Founder of Diving Adventure will share with us about his green initiative, how he brought people with disabilities into the action and his ESG initiative as an SME in Hong Kong.

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)