What will our future of environmental monitoring be?

What will our future of environmental monitoring be?

Virtual Reality – Virtual reality is a game-changer. In an environmental sense, it mimics the surroundings, and we can add our external idea into the simulated environment to virtually test the practicability. Thoroughly to learn the project environment, the authorities and stakeholders are effortlessly to recognise the potential externality before moving on urban development.

Smart monitoring and auditing – An automated monitoring system automatically signals the breaches and visually verifies the sources. All data is filed and immediately accessible for use. The system contributes substantial savings in manpower and costs for site monitoring works and enhances information distribution amongst project parties.

Smart enforcement – To effectively combat environmental crime, random inspection and control is hardly adequate. Target enforcement action and strategy are set to surveillance the risk. The risk-based approach uses a webcam system, unmanned aerial vehicle to surveil, and a project website to release surveillance information.

Smart city blueprint – Urban challenges are addressed by innovation and technology. City management is going digital to keep up with the demand for sustainable living – people- centric’s city associates with environmental-friendly living conditions. Beyond the 3D E.I.A., environmental design is a profession to master to bring out a sustainable city.

Cave automatic virtual environment – The triumph is given to the projects which the people can feel and experience the benefits of smart city planning brings. The digital roadmap in environmental evaluation from applying the CAVE platform for an immersive experience is assuring thorough stakeholder engagement.

Smart environmental assessment system – Once the data is captured, these data are the lesson learnt. It is essential to reposit them, reuse them as reference for future projects. Smart Environmental Assessment System is intelligently capable of learning from past E.I.A. and performing E.I.A. for projects and planning, analysing public comment, and proposing mitigation measures. Environmental constraints will be identified by retrieving the map previously derived from geospatial data. Automated EM&A checking system and integration of 5G and artificial intelligence technology heighten the enforcement measures.

Video – What will our environmental service be like in the future?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1SnZ74thc&t=61s

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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Why environmental monitoring matters and how to collaborate

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Human rights are highly evaluated by the watchdog in contemporary society – freedom of thought and expression, education. We do not doubt that we should safeguard our rights.

Human rights can interact with other disciplines. Dates back to the 1970s, the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment – Principle 1 of the Declaration writes, “Man has the fundamental right to freedom, equality and adequate conditions of life, in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and well- being, and he bears a solemn responsibility to protect and improve the environment for present and future generations”.

For the world economy, that statement implies the environmental protection cost; it also deduces the environmental business opportunity. Let’s explore what opportunity that human rights associated with ecological protection bring to you. Remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights #30 – No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

Environmental health is about the relationship between people and their environment, human health and wellbeing, healthy and safe communities. Social initiatives can be treated professionally, scientifically.

And, we should. Importantly, our next- generation leader can learn about the environment scientifically.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO

SET UP A MINI ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING STATION AT SCHOOL FOR A YEAR:

  • Noise monitoring station
  • Dust monitroing station
  • Weather monitoring station

WITH CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL MONITORING EQUIPMENT AND A DASHBOARD.

GAME ON TO FURTHER DEVELOP CREATIVITY

A MINI COMPETITION TO UTILISE A NOISE ABSORPTION MATERIAL WITH AESTHETICS IN MIND

  • Identify the noise spot at school
  • Test the noise mitigation measures suggested by the experts
  • Design an aesthetic noise control product to mitigate the noise condition

Collaboration – Corperate level

The Intelligent Schooling program meets the following targets that corporate wants to achieve in social matters:

1) Human rights;
2) ESG Reporting;
4) Corporate Social Responsibility;
5) Sponsorship to support local environmental education toward the built environment.

Ways to support:

1) Promote the Matters Academy’s ASA ESEA Acoustics Masters Lecture among staff, e.g., through the intranet, internal sharing via email, and through the external communication channel, e.g., corporate website;
2) Sponsorship of environmental monitoring devices – noise, dust, and weather station – and the dashboard;
3) Sponsorship of guidance to student participants and notes, and be the jury;
4) Sponsorship of competition material cost and the winner prize;
5) Corporate support through full sponsorship can nominate a target beneficiaries group (Participants with, e.g., disabilities may not be facilitated due to facilities capacity);
6) Corporate support program through sponsorship can name the event.

Collaboration – School level

The Intelligent Schooling program meets the following targets that school wants to achieve in social matters:

1) Human rights of having a pleasant learning environment of their own;
2) Understanding of the built environment;
4) Learning the contemporary environmental monitoring measures and way of data analysis;
5) Learning to assess the environment;
6) Be knowledgeable about their environment;
7) Expanding students’ horizons about living environment.

Ways to support:

1) Promote the Matters Academy’s ASA ESEA Acoustics Masters Lecture among teachers, students, parents, and schools;
2) Participate in mini environmental monitoring station program;
3) Encourage the students to join the action and the mini-competition.

Contact us for more at info@anewr.com.

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)

We have noise mitigation measures; why we still need a professional system to monitor

In virtue of the increasing needs of the residential dwellings, together with limited land resources, residents in urban areas are inevitably exposed to a high level of road traffic noise.

Innovative noise mitigation designs and measures, such as acoustic windows and enhanced acoustic balconies, have been proposed to alleviate the noise impact, aiming to protect residents affected by road traffic noise.

However, the noise reduction performance of the innovative noise mitigation designs is only determined experimentally, concerning distance and elevated angles from the traffic sources, the opening size, overlapping length, gap width, and windows’ absorptive material.

It does not consider the workmanship, which may finally deteriorate the noise reduction performance of the innovative noise mitigation designs. Therefore, a mock-up or field test by Six-channel Acoustic Measurement System and Acoustic Camera is decisive for securing the noise reduction performance.

Professionals make good use of a state-of-the-art Six-Channel Acoustic Measurement System and Acoustic Camera, which comply with international standards. Besides, the quality professional services from a consultant in acoustic consultancy and associated noise measurements is of great importance. All noise measurements are undertaken according to the most rigorous QA procedures and international standards’ methodologies to ensure quality data.

Check it out with us for a comprehensive solution to the noise problem.

Video – Design thinking behind the development of Hextile Acoustic Camera for sound locating applications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Xy9oUBlto&t=12s

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 move could the corporates take to demonstrate their authentic selves?

The bottom line is the final total of an account or balance sheet. In 1994, the bottom line concept was essentially transformed because of the entrepreneur and business writer John Elkington. The triple bottom line was coined. The three bottom lines (Profit, People, and Planet) harmonise seamlessly with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) that the corporates are coping with nowadays.

“Triple bottom line (TBL), in economics, believes that companies should commit to focusing as much on social and environmental concerns as they do on profits. TBL theory posits that instead of one bottom line, there should be three: profit, people, and the planet. A TBL seeks to gauge a corporation’s level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and its impact on the environment over time.” (Investopedia)

If the corporates do not look into the triple bottom line, they will be noted as obsolete. They may fall into a reputational crisis when they do not act on it. The operational practice mirrors the actual value they hold. Profit is straightforward to quantify as it is numerical. What about the intangible people and planet that seem not initiatively be compatible in the accounting? The far-reaching environmental and social impacts ironically shorten the sight into the business resolutions. It matters to sustainability, and this is the total cost of doing business, after all.

It is tricky to measure and communicate solidly for something uncertain. Standards are established to guide sustainability performance with a KPI set. It highly concerns stakeholders the business would affect. The corporates should get the KPIs managed with authentic actions.

What move could the corporates take to demonstrate their authentic selves?

When involving people, preventive maintenance will significantly change the course, and the result can be observed in the accounting – Total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and fatality rate for direct employees and contract employees.

Preventive maintenance is the systematic approach the owners take to protect the stakeholders from catastrophic operation failures in a precautionary way. The process entails routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs on assets. Not at the time when it breaks, but before it reaches its expiry.

In the building aspect, asset deterioration means a shorter building life expectancy and an unfriendly environment for tenants. In a factory area, machinery failure causes operation discontinuity; and affects operability and profitability. If corporates can predict the breakdown and act on it before, they will avoid vital loss on the asset, people, and eventually businesses. When the failure happens on consumer commodities, the prevention measures become more evident because the potential casualty points to productivity, safety, and reputation issues.

The above vivid revelations turn the triple bottom line apparent and the need for inspection, detection, correction, and prevention. These proactive procedures diminish the asset depreciation rate and extend the life of the assets, which would be exposed in the monetary term—notably, the financial consequence resulting from legal proceedings associated with defect- and safety-related incidents.

Our prime case study of the predictive maintenance using the acoustic camera to detect the flaws conceivably provoking derailment has shown us that the manual cost is 1.3 times higher than the predictive-maintenance-with-IoT cost. It is over 95% of accuracy to pick up the defect wheel of Rolling Stock. In worldwide, McKinsey once estimated the global rail maintenance market to be about EUR 50 billion per year. Among which, 25% efficiency is lost due to inefficient, unreliable predictive condition-based maintenance. SMRT’s 2016 annual report unveiled the number of rail maintenance staff by almost a quarter since 2013. Nearly half of the rail revenue was spent on maintenance-related tasks, rising by $18.0 million or 14.8% to $139.9 million, associated mainly with the strict maintenance regime for the ageing network and more trains scheduled overhaul, maintenance work.

Put yourself into the shoes of other infrastructure industries; when the asset size grows with extended operation hours, the duration between each checking for the same asset set also doubles. The preventive maintenance practice identifies a potential problem without interrupting regular operation. The method can reduce the number of breakdowns, unplanned maintenance, and the required level of reserve asset capacity. Once any irregularities have been detected, the department in charge will receive an alert, and hence they can follow-up action and repair the assets immediately to minimize accidents. It helps enhance the company’s corporate image by promising stakeholders and employees safety and customer services. Since the preventive maintenance is non-intrusive, i.e., being monitored and analysed in real-time, interruption to the regular operation remains ultimately minimal.

Maintenance is one of the value chains to support the corporate’s market status and customer service commitment. The predictive maintenance on the railway has reached tangible benefits – enhance the passenger safety, the feasibility of maintenance schedule of rolling stock, and the accuracy of maintenance checking. The performance can be seen in corporate’s integrated reporting. It is time to consider the transformative predictive maintenance approach for your assets.

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)

We are your GIS consultant

Let’s start with a story.

Mr. and Mrs. Green have found a unique creature used to be very active in an area now disappearing. They did not want to guess the reason for disappearing. With the spirit of finding the truth, they want to know whether the recent urban settlement should be accused. Perhaps, there is another reason? What method can they apply to find out the changes and patterns?

GIS – Geographic Information System, defined by National Geographic, is a computer system to obtain, collect, validate, and visualise Earth’s surface position data.

GIS can integrate data of streets, buildings, vegetation into one map. By uploading information of population, income distribution, sorts of demographic data, We will know the relationships among elements in one area how they affect each other.

In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Green, they can hire the GIS consultant to perform geospatial data analysis, what-if scenario analysis to support their hypothesis. Is the decreasing number of special creatures caused by the increasing human settlement? Importing more data layers into GIS, GIS will give Mr. and Mrs. Green a clearer picture of the pattern.

To track the progress, you need scientific data. Data allows you to study the project, discover the trend, understand the correlations between factors. It is useful for your:
– conservation project
– development project
– research and academic study
– ecological study
– school discovery scheme

A-NewR has experience applying GIS in visual impact assessment for road projects, development planning, engineering studies, mapping tree records, historical buildings’ Conservation, and Revitalisation, Fly-Through, Drive-Through, and Walk-Through videos, environmental monitoring tasks. We will be your right partner in smart city projects.

One of the ANewR’s track record is to provide a desktop GIS software with an associated service package to map the tree records from the complaint register, Tree Register, and Tree Failure Database. The users are empowered in tracking the progress of follow up action and mitigation measures completed by the tree management and maintenance departments.

Find out the potential use of GIS with us now.

Video – What is GIS technology and its applications in city development and resources management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8OagV54iCk&t=25s

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)

Finding the landfills aesthetic

Enchanting is the word we see in fairy tales. In the animation, the characters cast a spell on things ungraceful, turning them into attractive ones. Incorporating in an environmental term, can we perform magic to enchant the landfill to be a greenfield? The great news is that we do not need to work on magic to make things green. In the real world, we have the competence and capability to make our environment better.

At the waste-fill part of the landfill, the HDPE liner and soil will cover on top. This cover ensures the surface water is not penetrating the waste-fill layer, reducing the chance of leachate generation. The waste-fill layer exposure would potentially cause odour and gas leakage, triggering fire hazards.

After the health and safety guarantee, we can transform the landfill into a recreational green space by planting appropriate vegetation. The landfill landscape is then aesthetically appreciative.

Video: How can we bewitch the landfills? (https://youtu.be/Qe3BOCBx-Bo)

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)

ANewR compares, takes relevant examples, analyses, and concludes the review results for our client’s study of the world environmental perspectives

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been enhanced statutory in the governments worldwide. The policies, plans, and programs vary in different countries.

As a qualified environmental consultant for over ten years, ANewR has utilised the expertise to conduct reviews on the practice of Environmental Evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment. Our track record is to be commissioned to review worldwide’s Transportation Policies and Actions, the International Energy Policies and Actions, and the International Water Resources Management Policies and Actions.

Studied countries widely include Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Mainland China, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the UK), USA, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal, Pakistan, and South Africa.

In the review, we have also included recognisable intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and United Nations Environmental Programme.

ANewR compares, takes relevant examples, analyses, and concludes the review results for our client’s study of the world environmental perspectives. Talk to us about your problems now.

Video – Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) services provided by ANEWR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsC1s7TM8Ew

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 to define the electric vehicle’s effectiveness

The government of Hong Kong has published the “Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035” in June 2021. We had no surprise that the content addresses air quality from the subject – the undeniable health and well-being issue. One of the suggesting measures is the electric vehicle (EV). But here, we should be alarmed that dealing with carbon emission for air quality is somewhat different from dealing with the climate change risk. The EV effectiveness is all based on the aim we target to assess.

Fossil fuel is the notorious carbon emission root. We immediately feel the carbon emission from the land transportation by its exhaust fumes. Vehicular emission poses health risks to bystanders. Another seemingly remote source of air pollution is marine and air transports. Faraway as it may seem, scholar unveils that we had seventy per cent of ship emissions within four hundred kilometres of land (Eyring et al. 2010). Marine transport is no less during the COVID-19 period. It is the cheaper means of transport if compared with air freight. That is why the shipping demand increases because of globalisation, which is becoming the origin of pollution.

The link above: A webinar by Heliox, a world leader in charging infrastructure and power conversion for commercial electric mobility at Matters Academy

The electric vehicle is an alternative technology that produces less waste and is less harmful to well-being, recognised by todays’ news. Figures from one of the intelligent energy management solution providers, Heliox, has shown that EVs may potentially reach the targets of reducing over ninety-seven per cent of NOX, ninety per cent of carbon emission and sixty-six per cent of particulate emissions. EV development issues are still at the early stage as a whole, revealed in the “Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035”. With such an alluring good number of potentially reduced, why is the adoption of the EV technologies slow? The answer may be found at the Pillars of Design Philosophy (Heliox).

The photo above: Pillars of Design Philosophy (information provided by Heliox)

The Pillars of Design Philosophy segments different stages of building an EV compatible program. Each step has to meet certain specifications to implement the EV infrastructure – whether the grid can support the EV facilities, the depot characteristics, what charging strategy is suitable, the connectivity, equipment and maintenance such as charger care and connectivity services. All of these explains well the likely high cost incurred for EV adoption and the difficulty.

All of the above are proposed based on the clean air subject. Does it necessarily imply EV dealing with the more thorny issue – climate change? Remind that EV charging gets to feed on electricity generation and charging facilities. Carbon Brief, an online platform that won investigative journalism, had the following findings (source – https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-electric-vehicles-help-to-tackle-climate-change):

  • “EVs are responsible for considerably lower emissions over their lifetime than conventional (internal combustion engine) vehicles across Europe as a whole.”
  • “In countries with coal-intensive electricity generation, the benefits of EVs are smaller, and they can have similar lifetime emissions to the most efficient conventional vehicles – such as hybrid-electric models.”
  • “However, as countries decarbonise electricity generation to meet their climate targets, driving emissions will fall for existing EVs, and manufacturing emissions will fall for new EVs.”
  • “Comparisons between electric vehicles and conventional vehicles are complex. They depend on the size of the vehicles, the accuracy of the fuel-economy estimates used, how electricity emissions are calculated, what driving patterns are assumed, and even the weather in regions where the vehicles are used. There is no single estimate that applies everywhere.”

Be aware that EV is not the panacea for our burning climate issues. Without a detailed assessment, it is hard for us to realise the real impact of EVs on climate change. So far, the information we have found implicates the best possible cure for climate change is non-fossil fuel energy generation. While we are queuing to advance to the next genuine sustainability era, we apply modelling to analyse energy consumption to tackle the problem right in front of us as an environmental consultancy.

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)

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 https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/facilities-and-planning/sustainability?section=environmental_sustainability_and_sports_facilities)

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