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)

Buddying up with sustainable material and aesthetic design

Do you see the difference between you and the engineers?

The engineers build and resolve the problem through the source, whereas the first thing we see as non-engineers receive the outcome and then look at the source. Our sensation tends to be influenced by a psychological factor.

Here below is an example of differences.

When you walk down to the street where a construction site stands, the construction workers usually install a soundproof canvas. The one-kilogram-per-square-meter vinyl insulates less than ten dB sound level. The quietness function has been used to minimise the source noise impact. The psychological effect may happen from the receivers when they see the printed text “soundproof” on the vinyl material surface.

What is this psychological effect? The quietness definition shall be redefined – redefined with a low sound pressure level and the visual element. The exposure of the noise barrier outside the facade to the passers-by guarantees the feeling of quiet. The noise barrier function now has unified – to hide the hideous noisy traffic from hearings and eyesight. One example is the noise barrier along railways and highways. The role of unification here is to create a harmonious society.

The visible acoustic measures work like: when we dress up and clean, people will feel more comfortable seeing us and even accept us as the social counterpart. Visual sensation contributes over fifty percent of human sensory input. The innovative concept of visual quietness raises the awareness of soundscape and the building environment achieving perceived acoustic comfort. You may experience an aircraft noise running over your head. If the aircraft is flying over low, you may feel the plane is noisier. In the setting of ornamented noise barrier would audibly and visually give you a quiet environment.

Photo above: the decorative acoustic wall embellishes the duct silencer, making people feel more comfortable and calm when looking at it due to psychological effects. Mr. K.K introduces the concept. Iu.

And, what would engineers do about the problem? The engineers would develop a solution to tackle the issues, such as finding the appropriate materials to accomplish the tasks.

The aesthetic design is now buddying up with sustainable material – this is what the engineers are doing for their jobs. The Amorim expanded cork is an aesthetically pleasing and negative carbon balance product. The panels can absorb more than ninety percent of random incident sound from 125 to 135 Hz. The versatility is the various combinations of sound absorption materials behind the corkboard, such as water repellent rock wool and fire resistance acoustic fabric to tune the cork panel’s sound absorption properties. It is worth noting that cork is a sustainable material – entirely natural, light, permeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, thermal and acoustic insulation, completely biodegradable, renewable, and recyclable.

Photo above: Sustainable Amorim expanded cork

The new era of products starts from creative thinking, turning to reality through innovative implementation. The outcome significantly augments the process creating value for business and society. Engineers and non-engineers are contributing to reconstruct our environment for a more enjoyable living.

Photo above: to conclude how to contribute to society by cultivating a harmonious society via innovative noise control measures
Video – Industrial Noise Control Creatively and Innovation by Mr. K.K. Iu 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 Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How digitalisation changes the day-to-day engagement

Three-dimensional visualisation empowers cities with inclusion capability. We see social inclusion by facilitating stakeholders’ comprehensive engagement to contribute their viewpoints on infrastructural schemes to investigate the best to dwindle the potentially far-reaching impacts.

Why digitalisation?

The 3D illustration is an inside-out approach. It breaks through the conventional 2D plane to a 3D virtual reality illustration, bringing the knowledge and information to the stakeholders’ realisation. Integrating all data into one virtual reality paradigm renews the way of communications. It empowers diverse functions involved in the process – facilitators, catalysts, supporters, partners, knowledge providers, knowledge stimulators, and change agents. Successfully demonstrating the concepts allures social, knowledge, and experience inclusion. Inclusion triggers meaningful dialogue, discovering possibilities, and advancing problem-solving. Harnessing the potentials of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) by stakeholders engagement and environmental projects development from start to continuous refinement unveils the right interpretation of development investment we face each day and afterward.

What journeys are you going through now?

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 concepts embedded in the workplace health and safety

Do you know? Your corporate planning matters to your corporate success. Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) introduced by the United Nations is a new norm to recognise corporate’s sustainable achievements.

According to the International Labour Organisation, workplace health and safety falls into SDGs of Good Health, Decent Work, Economic Growth, and Peace and Justice. More than a slogan or a report, sustainability aspects are necessary to nurture to support the business. Employees remain as vital human capital in an organisation. Human capital is an intangible asset. International Labour Organisation has alerted us that “the health of workers is a major determinant of productivity” because of “a vicious circle of poor health” leading to “reduced working capacity, and low productivity”.

Can you imagine the potential consequences if you lose your workforce? That costs human lives, your corporate reputation, and that could mean you are breaching the regulations. Occupational health and safety is a global focus. Hong Kong, as a Global Metropolis, has the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance in place. The workplace is identified as “places where employees work”, including factories, construction and offices and more. Workplace health and safety is everywhere for everyone.

So, do not miss the stakeholder engagement in the issue. The issue starts with the work system design, the work procedure, the working environment, and communications. Employers, occupiers, and employees work hand in hand to achieve zero accident and pleasant working conditions.

Planning is a long-term thing; employees’ commitments to OHS is a must-have to achieve the daily safe operation. Establish channels to communicate with your workforce by utilising reliable online and offline communication technologies, activities, and events to raise awareness. Enforce safety procedures. Distribute the lesson learnt. Educate your employees to be competent.

The new way to educating employees is now on the way to 4-dimensional and virtual reality. Virtual reality immerses your employees into the replicated environment that you want to engage them to alert, such as accidental scene; 4-dimensional furnishes your employees the sensation of creating an authentic atmosphere. The changing game has already been applied to work-related training – Environmental Protection Department’s acoustic window 4D VR training is a prime example in Hong Kong. Think about it for health and safety.

Photo above: news reporting about the use of 4D VR in staff training (https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/news/20190419/bkn-20190419021948831-0419_00822_001.html)

What does the future of work mean to you? Materialise in occupational health and safety and produce the working environment that matters.

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)

Sustainability pioneer’s advice on meaningful reporting

A report is the means to share data and support decision-making. Reporting influences stakeholders, and increasingly shareholders’ perceptions. Hence, transparency in reporting is crucial for a company to earn stakeholders’ trust and reputation. To prepare ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), sustainability, as well as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) reports, companies recognise the central role materiality plays. The definitions of materiality are evolving. Significant resources deliver to use; large chunks of data to adapt the context to the definitions set by the reporting authorities, to channel the corporate message. The CEO and top leadership allocate resources to the reporting tasks and, by approving the final document before publication. The top management teams held both publicly and internally accountable for the content. The report identifies the unique story of the company.  The report content is the foundation from which the core message arises and for which the reporting team is responsible for delivering.

The founder of ESG Matters, Dr. Glenn Frommer, is our bearded grandpa of sustainability. His life experience and caring character have earned him this familial title. As the sustainability pioneer, he had partaken in setting up standards such as GRI G4 Reporting Guideline, the AccountAbility 1000AP Standard, and Reporting 3.0. How did he go from being an aerospace student to a sustainability pioneer? What does he think about the difficult part of setting up standards for reporting? Let’s find out more about his journey!

Photo above: Dr. Frommer from ESG Matters

Q1: Hello! Dr. Frommer, I have heard your team call you grandpa. How did you get this title?

A: My sustainability history with my long flurry beard earns me the grandpa’s name of sustainability. I was working on the noise propagation study in the before-computer era in the 70s. It is hard for my young team to imagine all data reduction, slopes, and plotting done by hand calculation. At that time, It took me one year to map one million points on graph paper.

Since then, I have put my effort into NASA’s Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRV) program and NYU medical school pulmonary testing, applying fluid mechanics to breathing. I began my Ph.D. at Stanford University in California in 1973, looking at how the cochlear transformed acoustical signals into electrical ones and how the brain uses the information. Complexity and cutting-edge stuff put me onto the idea of working in a societal area.

My working profile of over twenty-two years in Mass Transit Railway (MTR) consolidated my academic knowledge and my work experiences into sustainability. That is why I got the title of the grandpa of sustainability.

Q2: How had you moved from your aerospace academic background to the sustainability field? Do you see your staying in Hong Kong as one of the turning points?

A: Since my move to Hong Kong in August 1992, I have rooted my ESG matters in this place with no question.

Independence at my young age did an excellent job for me, especially when I started to work on my own as an Environmental Manager in the Projects Division in MTR. Engaging in the project of the longest road in the world and rail suspension bridge and associated rolling stock, I was there to ensure the success of the Lantau and Airport Railway (LAR). The success in terms of my then-position meant zero environmental impacts raised from the LAR projects, having no harm to human lives and biodiversity around the site.

The year 2013 was the turning point of my life – retiring from the position as Head of Sustainability from MTR. I have been talking about sustainability for over twenty-two years. After my retirement, how could I sustain my advisory work and further develop from my experience to my goal of working in a societal area?

In 2014, I founded ESG Matters Limited.

I have never stopped learning, from my academics, from my career, from my life. I have comprehended well about learning during my time in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has an exceptional culture of learning, and we can build on that for sustainable development. We are all far behind what we need to achieve. There are almost no countries capable of providing a sustainable lifestyle with regenerating natural resources for our future generations. The current Covid-19 event is just the first test. Climate change is not far behind; after that, the biodiversity will collapse. There is so much to do and not much time to do it in.

Q3: What is ESG Matters? More than a company name, what do ESG Matters mean to you?

A: Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) matters to our society, our employees, our government, and our investors. ESG is the entire spectrum of environmental and social issues that make our organizations accountable while seeking continual improvement. The establishment of ESG Matters Limited hits right on the rising need for ESG. More than advisories, our team shapes ESG Matters with a commitment to accelerate the pace of ESG through technology. That is our flagship ESG Dashboard.

I am very fortunate to be associated with a young, intelligent, and dedicated team at ESG Matters. Our team has so much to encounter. I am confident that our team will commit to technological progress in the ESG sector.

Q4: As our grandpa, what advice would you like to give to the rising leaders who engage themselves in the sustainability field, in an attempt to develop the practices for their corporation?

A: I am pleased that I have got a chance to set up standards such as GRI G4 Reporting Guideline, the AccountAbility 1000AP Standard, and Reporting 3.0. Setting standards is not difficult. The most challenging part is how to apply these standards to real cases. Questions that we will need to ask are: how and what you would measure, how to compute the numbers, how you record, what you would use to compare the result, how you would use the numbers to reduce the impacts to the acceptable level. These are not easy tasks. The key is to develop the process, implement the systems, and get others to recognize the benefits of doing so.

The development is ever-changing, and big corporations are starting to pay more attention to ESG topics, whether for reputation, ESG reporting, commercial purposes. Leaders will need to focus on the areas which are beneficial to employees and organizations concurrently. When CSR is the initiative, ESG factors revealing the performance in the report. It is necessary to develop productive skills, competencies, and habits through continual learning to the ESG factors to confront the evolving world.

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)

Technology inspired by ESG

It is not hard to see organizations taking International days as one of the topics for communications on social media with their audience. International Women’s Day, World Environmental Day, World Oceans Day are just a few of the examples. When we are looking into the meaning of these International days, they are addressing the area of ESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance.

Photo above: International day promotion (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6765090475234996224)

ESG is said to be an issue that countries must concern about. United Nations’ Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals set out to urge countries to action and to put effort into raising awareness. For traditional businesses, it is time to rethink their business and management approach; for listed companies, green financing and listing rules would be the points for them to repurpose their strategies. For Start-ups, ESG is a business opportunity.

Photo above: ESG development in the city 

The year 2021 has arrived. Reviewing the past, the year 2020 in Hong Kong is challenging, politically, socially, and economically. Still, the Year 2020 is the Hong Kong Exchange’s 20th Anniversary—Hong Kong’s ESG reporting reaches another milestone this year. After July 1st, 2020, the ESG Guide and related Listing Rules will be enhanced, with some changes being introduced. Two key differences are the amendment of the “Environmental” key performance indicators (KPIs) to require disclosure of relevant targets and the disclosure obligation of all “Social” KPIs to “comply or explain”.

What does it mean? Companies are now required to set the aims of their actions relating to the environmental aspect. “Comply or explain” rules the governance of the companies to address the social issues. Such rules upgrade directs the companies to necessarily care about ESG matter. At operation level, ESG data has to be authentically and recorded and provided for reporting, to communicate with the Investors about how the companies are doing.  

This underlies a business opportunity – ESG data will be stored and reported in a digital format, available for upload and download. This gives rise to an ESG Dashboard – to incorporate the ESG integration and help the listed companies to identify potential process across all ESG activities that can result in long-term value creation. Start-ups become part of the ESG development in igniting the technological change of organizations and societies to empower businesses and individuals to create sustainable positive change. ESG Dashboard is developed to assist listed companies with ESG reporting and risk management.

Photo above: ESG Dashboard

ESG Dashboard streamlines the collection of relevant data and information from the issuer’s business operations, enabling listed companies to monitor their ESG reporting progress. ESG Dashboard converts mass data into presentable environmental and social data which helps with the fulfillment of the requirements. All of these features make ESG Dashboard the indispensable ESG reporting tool.

What do we see for the future after all? Technology improves communication, accelerates the pace of green finance and ESG development, to boost sustainability for business and society as a whole.

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)

Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

GRES 101 – Essential things you need to know about GRES B assessment and reporting.

What is GRESB? GRES B was formerly known as the “Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.” Because when it was launched in 2009, its focus was on the real estate sector.

Photo above: What is GRESB? (https://gresb.com)

But now that they cover real assets, including infrastructure, their name is simply “GRES B,” and they no longer break down the letters into words.
GRES B is a mission-driven and investor-led organization providing standardized and validated Environmental, Social and Governance, or ESG data to the capital markets.

Established in 2009, GRES B has become the leading ESG benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the world. The 2020 real estate benchmark covers more than 1,200 property companies, real estate investment trusts or REITs, funds, and developers.

Their coverage for infrastructure includes more than 540 infrastructure funds and assets. Combined, GRES B represents the US $5.3 trillion in real asset value.

The reported ESG data is used by more than 100 institutional and financial investors. To monitor investments across portfolios and understand the opportunities, risks, and choices that need to be made. As the industry transitions to a more sustainable future.

What is a GRES B assessment? And who is it for? GRES B assesses and benchmarks the ESG performance of real assets, providing standardized and validated data to the capital markets.

GRES B Assessments capture information on ESG performance, and sustainability best practices, for real estate and infrastructure companies, funds, and assets worldwide.

The Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, such as GRI, PRI, SAS B, DJSI, TCFD recommendations, the Paris Climate Agreement, UN SDGs, region and country-specific disclosure guidelines.

Each year reporting to the GRES B Assessments generates four ESG benchmarks for the industry. Real Estate Benchmark, Real Estate Development Benchmark, Infrastructure Fund Benchmark, and Infrastructure Asset Benchmark.

Assessment participants receive comparative business intelligence on where they stand against their peers, a roadmap with the actions they can take to improve their ESG performance, and a communication platform to engage with investors.

Investors use the ESG data and GRES B’s analytical tools to monitor their investments, engage with their managers and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable and resilient real asset industry.

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)

Fund for green R&D

How to start a green tech business?

Are you R&D – research and development – people?

Are you thinking of starting up a green tech business in Hong Kong? Do you want to know the priority themes of the HK$200 million Green Tech Fund? Stay tuned.

Getting funding is always vital for startups. If you plan to start up a business in Hong Kong in one of the following five areas, you may consider applying for the Green Tech Fund.

Area one, Decarbonisation and Energy Saving.
In this area, the key priority themes are Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Carbon Removal Technologies, and, Hydrogen Economy.

Area two, Green Transport.
In this area, the key priority themes are Promotion of Electric Vehicles and, Giving Second Life to E V Batteries.

Area 3, Waste Management.
In this area, the key priority themes are Plastics Challenge, Facilitating the development of circular economy, Applications of recycled materials from existing and potential Producer Responsibility Schemes in the local context, and technology advancement to increase the efficiency and carbon reduction of the collection and recycling for our recyclables. Reuse &; Recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Also, Recycling and Treatment of Non-inert Construction Waste Leachate Treatment and Municipal Solid Waste Charging are included.

Area 4, Air Quality.
In this area, the key priority theme is the Monitoring of Air Quality.

Area 5, Water Quality.
In this area, the key priority themes are Mitigation of odour from polluted water channels and near-shore waters, Monitoring and interception of microplastics from emission sources, Remote sensing applications for remediating marine environmental incidents, and, Application of eco-shoreline for enhancing biodiversity and improving water quality.

The local government has set up a HK$200 million Green Tech Fund to fund research and development projects which help Hong Kong decarbonise and enhance environmental protection. Local public research institutions, R&D centres, and private companies undertaking these projects can now get better and more focused funding support. GTF funding support ranges from HK$2.5 million up to HK$30 million per project.

Photo above: Green Tech Fund (https://www.gtf.gov.hk/en/index.html)

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)