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)

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)

What is your sustainability calendar this year?

What is your sustainability calendar this year?

A year’s plan starts with spring—plan to achieve your environmental goal and sustainability target this year. What is your sustainability calendar this year? You may begin to follow the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals calendar as your guideline to practice sustainability. Download now.

Remarks: The following calendar is with the bank holidays of England.

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)