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)

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)

Where the loop begins for sustainability in incineration

Water supply allows incineration plants to be self-sufficient and sustainable. The loop begins from pre-treatment and desalination.

Seawater pumped by the plant first goes through pre-treatment, such as screening, settlement and filtration. In the pre-treatment process, two chemicals – ferric chloride and polymer – aid the suspended substances in the seawater coagulate and sediment.

Desalination is the most crucial step to ensure highly purified water suitable for incineration needs. The seawater will then pass through the desalination device called reverse osmosis (RO). RO processes water purification by utilising a partially permeable membrane to filter out salt from water. In some cases, there is thirty percent of the seawater to be highly purified. The rest is treated as reject water and will be discharged to the sea.

The highly purified water is the process water that runs throughout the incinerator for electricity generation. RO requires power to run the process. Given that the incinerator can trigger the turbine to produce electricity, the greenhouse gas effect and power cost stay minimal. And since the RO water is too cleared for human use, not many minerals remained to maintain humans’ health. Minerals have to be added to turn the RO water into potable water.

Water is the renewable resource in the incineration plant when consolidating in wastewater treatment on site. Wastewater in the incineration plant does not come from the waste the plant treated but is the output of on-site potable water use.

Moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) treats wastewater with a tank of bacteria living on the plastic carriers, which the design maximises the surface area holding bacteria. The bacterias consume the dirt contained in the wastewater. Activated carbon will further filter the water. And lastly, ultraviolet to kill the rest of the bacteria before reuse.

Water is the lifeline of the entire incineration operation. Successful total water management is a less-is-more approach to waste management sustainability

Video – The total water management in incineration (https://wordpress.com/post/anewr.com/3112)

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 and in what scope could businesses monitor the operation’s carbon footprint when they begin to pay attention to the issue?

The clock is ticking. Evidence from implementing environmental taxes, climate strikes, reporting requirements, and investors’ preferences are our sustainability landscapes have to be taken in full swing.

When discussing climate risks, we designate carbon emission as the fundamental parameter in evaluating ones’ achievements, individually and organisationally. Carbon emission is not purely a number; we should deliberately take the operational manner as a whole to target dropping our carbon footprint. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has highlighted that 630 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV power and 390 GW of wind power need to be affixed to the global energy system by 2030.

Businesses would have been confused about how and in what scope they could monitor the operation’s carbon footprint when they begin to pay attention to the issue. We can imagine how enormous steps and procedures businesses have to appraise. According to GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, businesses should always measure the direct carbon emission from their facilities, vehicles and the indirect purchase of electricity stream, heating, and cooling for their use. Companies will have to look at the upstream and downstream activities extending the care to the value chain, vision, and missions to influence lobbying.

Internally, both top-down and bottom-up act together to guide the target setting. From top-down to set the target of boundary, select the base year to monitor, the year to meet the target, to bottom-up to define the hierarchy of actions and mitigations by Prevent, Reduce, Substitute, Neutralise, and Compensate.

Photo above: Bottom-up approach example – a car manufacturer, Source: Adapted from WWF’s Carbon Mitigation Hierarchy (source: Singapore Exchange, 2021, Credible decarbonisation and transition for corporates in Asia)

Strategically, how to take mitigation actions for the climate? 1.5°C Business Playbook, an open-source guideline aiming to help achieve a critical mass of companies aligned with a 1.5°C pathway, urges us to focus on a Four-pillar Climate Strategy. They are:

Pillar 1) company’s activities to reduce its emissions;
Pillar 2) company’s actions to reduce its value chain emissions;
Pillar 3) alignment of the company’s vision, strategy, value proposition, products, and services with the 1.5°C goals;
Pillar 4) contribution to the 1.5°C ambition ahead of your own business, for instance, influencing government policy, establishing industry initiatives

Photo above: from THE 1.5°C BUSINESS PLAYBOOK

It is often to think about the carbon footprint as giant corporates’ responsibility because of their operation size, adherent risks, stakeholders involved, and their influence in the industry sector. Big corporates for sure have bargaining power in enforcing carbon footprint reduction throughout the supply and operational chains. Applying the Four-pillar Climate Strategy, businesses of any size can spot the idea of addressing their impacts under different pillars to reduce carbon footprint. 1.5C Business Playbook suggests that Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) should reduce their footprint based on pillar one. SMEs can reach pillar two when they select their suppliers. When SMEs have gained competency in designing green products and services, they will go to pillar three to embed a 1.5°C vision into the business strategy.

What about the community which the group is considering as passive in the role of decarbonisation? Under Carbon law, researchers anticipate we would phase out coal consumption by 2030 and oil by 2040. Why is that? Researchers perceive green energy doubles every five years, while carbon emissions bisect per decade – this is Carbon law. It can be applied to everyone: companies, cities, nations, and citizens. Carbon law is a reminder to us of the ambitious roadmap to decarbonisation. Harnessing the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and reducing CO2 emissions from land use, researchers envision zero global emissions by 2050.

However, this hypothetical exercise in decarbonisation remains unknown how emission-reduction strategies will play out in the real world. At this moment, we should probably rely on ourselves to minimise our carbon footprint. Businesses have extensive guidelines and dashboard in helping them to manage a decarbonised operation. The communities should start from our daily lifestyle, from selecting the transportation method, choosing vegan meals, to driving the business to provide genuinely green products and service through careful consumption.

Photo above: 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. 

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: 
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday NewerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Environmental practice in sludge incineration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

The principles and culture to cultivate the digital environmental monitoring

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

Photo above: Digitalisation & adaptation diagram

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

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)