ENVIRONMENT

Our award-winning Sands ECO360 global sustainability strategy is designed to help minimize our environmental impact. It reflects our vision to lead the way in sustainable building development, resort operations and green meetings and events.

energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Seek out renewable energy solutions, including on-site solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems

water

WATER EFFICIENCY

Upgrade fixtures and systems, enact water conservation policies and encourage sensible water usage

WATER REUSE

Source non-potable water and harvest rain and condensate water for landscaping, restrooms, cooling towers and other uses

waste

ZERO WASTE EVENTS

Host and support green events that actively target high recycling rates

FOOD WASTE

Tackle one of our largest waste streams through reduction, donation and diversion

CONSTRUCTION WASTE

Responsibly handle construction waste from new developments, remodels and renovations

procurement

PLASTIC REDUCTION

Eliminate plastic products where possible or replace them with eco-friendly alternatives

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

Address diverse product categories to procure sustainable items that are better for the environment and human health

food

SUSTAINABLE FOOD

Incorporate efficiency into kitchen design, source eco-friendly ingredients and provide sustainable cuisine in restaurant menus

transportation

FERRIES

Explore advanced technologies and increase fuel economy standards for our ferry fleet

BUSES

Optimize routes and utilize alternative fuel sources to decrease emissions

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

We have aligned our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Guided by SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy, we focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Our approach to climate change aligns with the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

In 2020 we:

procured 30,500 MWh of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), representing approximately 5% of our properties’ energy use during the year,

achieved 2.3 million kWh of annualized energy savings,

continued to invest in Green Shuttle Buses to replace more carbon emitting diesel vehicles.

WATER

In 2020, in partnership with Clean the World Foundation, we officially launched The Drop by Drop Project, a brand-new Sands ECO360 initiative that funds innovative water stewardship projects. This initiative aims to:

Reinvigorate ecosystems by safeguarding and restoring aquatic ecosystems.

Leverage technologies by promoting innovation and water efficiency solutions.

Increase resiliency by strengthening community responses to floods, droughts and water risks.

Engage the community on the vital importance of water.

WASTE

We prioritize key areas where we can effectively reduce, reuse and recycle, proactively managing our overall waste footprint based on two key categories: construction waste and waste from normal resort operations.

In 2020 we:

Diverted 7,429 tons of waste from landfill including 4,902 tons of renovation and construction waste,

Installed Winnow VisionTM, in two kitchens to help reduce food waste by leveraging artificial intelligence and data analytics.

PROCUREMENT

We utilize life cycle assessments to quantify a product’s environmental impact from conception to disposal including factors such as water intensity and recyclability. The top 10 plastic items for which we are exploring alternatives for include:

  1. Shampoo, body wash, conditioner, lotion bottles
  2. Retail bags
  3. Hot cups and lids
  4. Branded water bottles
  5. To-go containers
  6. Cutlery
  7. Drinking cups
  8. Other drink bottles
  9. Toothbrushes
  10. Slipper packaging

SUSTAINABLE FOOD

We have strengthened our commitment to sourcing food responsibly through becoming a member of the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC). We’ve increased the number of new sustainable seafood products we source resulting in 34% of our total seafood spend in 2020 being on sustainable seafood.

transportation

Explore advanced technologies and route optimization

Since 2016, we have added vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner fuel source with less harmful pollutants, to our fleet in Macao to minimize air pollution, setting a target for all of The Parisian Macao’s buses to run on CNG, and all our guest shuttle buses to run on CNG or electricity by 2021. In 2020 alone, we purchased 25 new CNG buses and five electric buses while eliminating all Euro IV vehicles.

Our action on plastic reduction

Tackling food waste with cutting edge technology