聲學小知識—監測環境的需要 (4)

如何正確地測量噪聲?

你可能會在工作間測量噪聲,同時間亦會整體測量其它聲源。所以你收集到所有物體的數據,以及房間中的總體聲壓。在許多情況下,背景噪聲可能會在測量期間淹沒你想要測量的機器噪聲。我們如何消除背景噪聲,並糾正背景噪聲對測量的影響?

你需要做的是在物體運作的情況下測量聲壓,然後關閉物體運作並測量背景噪聲,計算之間的差距,得出數值。在圖表的水平軸上以得出數值定位,找到相交點。然後從左側的垂直軸找出所需減去的數值。從總體水平中減去該值,即可得到機器的聲壓水平。或者,你可以利用方程式計算結果。

背景噪聲對我們的噪聲測量有很重要的影響。在測量之前,我們必須觀察四周環境,定出監測站的理想位置。觀察環境時,我們需要注意許多要點。你在該環境中可以找到多少個噪聲源?噪聲源具有什麼特徵?我們能準確指出大多數噪聲源所在的位置嗎?在現場,噪聲源來自哪個方向?每個噪聲源相隔多遠?牆壁/結構是否有可能引起反射?

除了背景噪聲外,我們還要注意外部因素,例如放置噪音計的角度,天氣亦會影響測量結果。我們是否涵蓋了大部分噪聲源?監測站是否靠近噪聲源?監測站附近有多少人類活動進行?是否具有良好的WiFi信號和穩定的電力供應?最後的是,所選地點安全嗎?

確定監測位置後,讓我們瞭解怎樣運用儀器測量噪聲。

作者:深明顧問有限公司自2008年以來一直涉足環境領域。由經驗豐富的環境專家、聲學專家和數碼技術專家組成的團隊,我們精通為公共和私營部門提供一站式的環境、數碼通信及數碼視覺科技服務。通過為客戶提供獨特的智能解決方案,我們充分利用了長達十年的經驗,為跨國公司和政府提供專業服務。 專業知識已發展到空氣和水的質量、噪聲、綠色建築和廢物管理。 憑藉在環境規劃和評估、可行性研究和政策審查、生態設計、監測和審核中廣泛的專業知識,加上追隨世界數碼潮流,深明顧問有限公司已經成熟為領先數碼環境及可持續發展管理的專業顧問。
(網站:https://anewr.com,领英:ANewR Consulting Group,Twitter:ANewR – Everyday Newer,YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

聲學小知識—監測環境的需要 (3)

什麼是噪聲?噪聲只是關於音量的高低嗎?

假若你在晚上睡覺時,被蚊子的聲音包圍,你會否覺得難以忍受?當然,蚊子的聲音不會使你失去聽力,但是你可以說蚊子發出的聲音是噪聲,因為它令你感到頭疼。聽到尖銳的聲音,令你感到疲憊,頭暈以及噁心。所以,噪聲是指不想要及給人煩擾的聲音。

什麼是聲音?聲音是指通過氣態,液態或固態的彈性將振動轉換成聲波。聲波變化決定了人類是否可以聽到聲音。人耳可以檢測到每秒至少20次變化的聲波,但不超過每秒20,000次的變化(20Hz-20kHz)。所用單位是赫茲。

什麼是分貝? 分貝是對數標上發送和接收信號強度之間的比率。 人耳可以檢測到最小的變化是1分貝。 3dB的差異相當於聲量的兩倍。人類會全面接收物件發出的聲音、從牆壁反射的聲音和傳輸到相鄰房間的聲音。

但是,人耳不會百份百接收到從物體發出的完整聲量。傳輸時會失去一定程度的聲量。聲音功率水平是從聲源發出的聲能。另一個概念是聲壓,用來測量從聲源到接收位置的聲能。聲音功率水平是原因,而聲壓是結果。

如果我們房間中有多個聲源,結果是各個聲壓的總和嗎?不,答案並不是特定聲壓的總和。

你應該做的是測量每個物體的聲壓,計算差值。查看圖表,在水平軸上找到分貝點,並根據交點在垂直軸上找到數值。然後把這數值加到較高分貝的物體的數值上。另一種方法是用方程式計算總聲功率。

你瞭解聲音和噪聲是什麼。我們又如何從科學實踐研究環境中的噪聲?

作者:深明顧問有限公司自2008年以來一直涉足環境領域。由經驗豐富的環境專家、聲學專家和數碼技術專家組成的團隊,我們精通為公共和私營部門提供一站式的環境、數碼通信及數碼視覺科技服務。通過為客戶提供獨特的智能解決方案,我們充分利用了長達十年的經驗,為跨國公司和政府提供專業服務。 專業知識已發展到空氣和水的質量、噪聲、綠色建築和廢物管理。 憑藉在環境規劃和評估、可行性研究和政策審查、生態設計、監測和審核中廣泛的專業知識,加上追隨世界數碼潮流,深明顧問有限公司已經成熟為領先數碼環境及可持續發展管理的專業顧問。
(網站:https://anewr.com,领英:ANewR Consulting Group,Twitter:ANewR – Everyday Newer,YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

聲學小知識—監測環境的需要 (2)

我們與噪聲,以至於我們的生活環境有什麼關係?

我們知道噪聲對健康有害。噪聲可導致心律和血壓升高。噪聲也會影響我們的免疫系統。失眠是很常見的。最重要的是,巨大的噪聲可令我們損失聽力。

為什麼我們不能有一個安靜的住所?除了人多地少這因素,用於住宅重建的原地點本已是高噪聲的環境。

計劃和協調長期住房戰略是具有挑戰性。在香港,可用於房屋開發的地點靠近交通擁擠的道路和鐵路。最近,你不難在繁忙的街道留意到單幢房屋。由於土地稀缺,驅使我們尋找其他重建地點。

重建-意思是重新發展的行動或過程 –利用非住宅土地來發展住宅。例如,如果該點以前是廠房用途,這區域可能本繁忙的交通網絡。我們喜歡交通帶來的便利,但是不可避免地在交通擁擠的區域內居住。

專業的環境監測專員認識許多降噪措施,例如樓宇後移,樓宇佈局/座向,建築鰭片。儘管如此,香港仍有約九十萬人忍受不可避免的交通噪聲。

為使居民免受交通噪聲超過70dB(A)L10(1小時)的影響,所用的減噪方法是為了減少人口暴露於交通噪聲的百分比。同時需要探索和開發創新的噪聲緩解措施。暴露於交通噪聲中的人口百分比是可比較的基準,用於評估城市在緩解噪聲方面的成效。

讓我們從噪聲概念開始。

作者:深明顧問有限公司自2008年以來一直涉足環境領域。由經驗豐富的環境專家、聲學專家和數碼技術專家組成的團隊,我們精通為公共和私營部門提供一站式的環境、數碼通信及數碼視覺科技服務。通過為客戶提供獨特的智能解決方案,我們充分利用了長達十年的經驗,為跨國公司和政府提供專業服務。 專業知識已發展到空氣和水的質量、噪聲、綠色建築和廢物管理。 憑藉在環境規劃和評估、可行性研究和政策審查、生態設計、監測和審核中廣泛的專業知識,加上追隨世界數碼潮流,深明顧問有限公司已經成熟為領先數碼環境及可持續發展管理的專業顧問。
(網站:https://anewr.com,领英:ANewR Consulting Group,Twitter:ANewR – Everyday Newer,YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

聲學小知識—監測環境的需要 (1)

環境健康是指人與環境之間的關係 –人類健康與福祉,健康與安全的社區。這些社會倡議,是可以運用科學來專業探討。重要的是,新生代領導者可以以科學化方式來學習環境。我們可以追踪環境健康。這堂課是關於身處環境中的噪聲監測的。讓我們牢記三個目標:了解你身處的構建環境,科學化監控和分析數據。

目標1-認識你身處的構建環境。憑你的感覺,你是否感到周圍環境很嘈雜?你認為你身處的環境是優質的嗎?

目標2-如何進行科學化的監測。有句諺語: 工欲善其事 必先利其器–先進的技術幫助我們運用科學來證明我們的大膽假設。而我們需要的是合適的工具來執行科學監控。

目標3-數據分析。結構或非結構化的數據都能告訴發生的故事。當找到當中模式時,我們便能夠使用數據來監視狀況。我們收集數據,發現各噪聲之間的相關性,外部環境和緩解效果。便能夠進一步了解影響噪聲的因素。

到底,噪聲與我們的生活環境之間有什麼關係?

作者:深明顧問有限公司自2008年以來一直涉足環境領域。由經驗豐富的環境專家、聲學專家和數碼技術專家組成的團隊,我們精通為公共和私營部門提供一站式的環境、數碼通信及數碼視覺科技服務。通過為客戶提供獨特的智能解決方案,我們充分利用了長達十年的經驗,為跨國公司和政府提供專業服務。 專業知識已發展到空氣和水的質量、噪聲、綠色建築和廢物管理。 憑藉在環境規劃和評估、可行性研究和政策審查、生態設計、監測和審核中廣泛的專業知識,加上追隨世界數碼潮流,深明顧問有限公司已經成熟為領先數碼環境及可持續發展管理的專業顧問。
(網站:https://anewr.com,领英:ANewR Consulting Group,Twitter:ANewR – Everyday Newer,YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

What is acoustics Vs Sustainable Development Goals?

ANewR starts our story with Acoustics. Participating in acoustics projects since 2008, let’s explore the meaning of acoustics in the sustainability movement.

(1) What is the role of acoustics in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How can acoustics contribute to sustainability?

When we talk about “Environment”, the first thing that comes to mind is the greenery vs the waste, the blue sky vs the air pollution, and the crystal-like water vs the mud-like water. The acoustics is invisible; still, it is not hidden—We do not see acoustics, but it does not mean it is not affecting us. We know that noise is bad for health. Noise can cause elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Noise can alter our immunity system too. It is common for us to experience sleep disturbance with significant problems. To the extreme, we would lose our hearings to a substantial noise level. In this way, it is no doubt to say acoustics is about our health and safety. Human beings must stay healthy to contribute to the economy and society.

While innovative acoustic development has inspired us a lot, the role of acoustics in SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) should not be purely about our health. Let’s take an example of one of the marvellous acoustic instruments, the Acoustic Camera. It helps us detect noise in a complex environment. In our exceptional case, an acoustic camera was used to detect the faulty rail wheels to avoid causing significant casualties to the public. The potential utilisation in preventing problems do us great help. Health and safety are social issues.

Photo above: Acoustic Camera as maintenance and quality control solutions

On the other hand, city planning also involves soundscape—the acoustic ecosystem can be designed through analysis of the big sound data and seamless integration with the city planners, architects, environmental consultants, landscape architects, and psychologists. The city design via big sound data analysis facilitates our achievement toward sustainable cities.

Photo Above: Soundscape for urban design

We do not see much mention of acoustics in any SDGs. However, the real-world practice shows us acoustics is part of the sustainable movement, helping people maintain health and safety (SDG 3) and develop sustainable, liveable cities (SDG 11) via the benefit of big sound data and innovative technology.

(2) What are the challenges facing the acousticians?

There is a quote, “If a craftsman wants to do good work, he must first sharpen his tools.” We do not witness noise by eyes. And noise is omnidirectional; it is hard for human ears to find noise direction. That is why we need tools to assist us in doing our job. Acousticians’ best handy tools are unquestionably additional pair of ears—sound level meter, noise compass, acoustic camera. These tools are innovative in their invention and highly useful too. Reliable tools improve our work efficiency. The experience of the acousticians also defines the work quality and accuracy. If you have experience in measuring noise, you will know what to be aware of—the surroundings, the background noise, the obstacles, and the position.

Acousticians tend to be very technical people. It can be challenging to explain to others what they find out from the equation. Conventionally, the noise model can be descriptive type, full of text and numbers.

(3) How shall we equip our young acousticians?

Young acousticians learn acoustics concepts and theory in school, practise noise measurement in their first job, and accumulate analytical skills over time. Nowadays, we are experiencing the metaverse—a virtual world network. Could we make good use of this incredible technology with acoustics? We find that acoustics are very traditional in the presentation in some countries. The report is wordy and full of technical data that non-specialists find impossible to understand on their read. If the acousticians contribute by participating in the development of acoustical 3-dimension (3D)/4-dimension (4D), acoustics has a new way to go to the future. In Asia, especially when talking about Hong Kong, they have been developing a 3D Environmental Assessment for over ten years. Noise is envisioned in a 3D/4D model for public engagement and education purposes. The visualisation brings the information inside out. It enhances the ability to decide on project commencement by revealing the noise mitigation effect before and after.

Photo Above: 3D Environmental Impact Assessment

(4) Where can talents acquire such skills?

Universities and institutions are prone to support and succeed in passing down knowledge. They will help you master the fundamentals of acoustics. In contrast, the market development is diverse and fast. Talent’s experience also depends on the culture of the organisation they work for—whether the organisation is innovative or sticks to the conventional. Acousticians could learn more by expanding their horizons from the projects they handle.

As acousticians, their minds are full of acoustic equations and numbers. They even may not realise the actual impact of their calculations. Impressively, we had a project helping acousticians realise the result of acoustic products. We utilised 4D virtual reality to visualise and illustrate the effectiveness of the acoustic window product. It was an exciting project, seeing young professionals engaging so much in learning the acoustic window effectiveness.

Photo Above: Applying 3D/4D and acoustics to education acousticians

(5) What can we do to create more positive impacts?

The rise of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) brings us together. We can share and express without boundary limitations, and we learn openly. We believe that incorporating environmental knowledge with another discipline (today, we talked about information technology) accelerates innovation in sustainability.

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 does Land contamination concern sdgs

Redevelopment is typical in Hong Kong. According to the Urban Renewal Authority, they have launched over 60 redevelopment projects. New construction takes up the used land for a new purpose. The new definition revitalises the land – from contaminated land to sustainable urban development. In redevelopment, we need to care about how the land was operated. How it was operated underlies the potential adversely impact the surrounding neighbourhoods and threaten human health and the environment in the new development.

Diagram above: What sites should consider land contamination assessment?

Land contamination happens at old abandoned gas stations, for example. Places utilised for boat/shipbuilding or repairing, chemical manufacturing/processing, concrete and asphalt production, motor vehicle repair, petrol filling stations, oil storage installations, metal scrap yards are likely contaminated. Oil installations demolition, improper waste disposal and discharge of waste or polluting matter into the inland waters or water bodies are some causes of land contamination. Land polluted by hazardous substances because of industrial or commercial operations is contaminated land, defined by the Environmental Protection Department of HKSAR.

In Hong Kong, the four types of land – urban residential, rural residential, industrial and public parks – are under the scope of risk-based assessment. The assessment is based on the nature and extent of the potential risks posed to human receptors. 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.

Globally, the United Nations regarding the land (soil) contamination has no border – as the contaminants penetrate everywhere without a trace. Such pollution degrades humans’ quality of living, causing poverty (against SDG 1 No Poverty) and bad health (against SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being). Companies and organisations that set corporate targets based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should have known better than anyone. Addressing corporate environmental issues in achieving SDGs is essential to themselves and the communities. The scientific-based approach to environmental performance is embedded in the laws that lead to regulated daily operation, reflected in the environmental performance or ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) report.

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. (ref: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56041189)

It is critical to comply with the regulations of the operation, for corporate reputation, for community relations, for the environment, for avoiding penalties, for complying with the regulations. The industries likely/potentially causing land pollution are suggested to hire a professional environmental consultant to assure the function required for regulation-complied.

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.

Learn with us for more.

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)