Inside Asian Gaming

IAG JAN 2020年1月 亞博匯 72 綠色澳門 Greening Macau A ll six Macau gaming concessionaires have active sustainability initiatives to help lessen their environmental impact. All report on sustainability to shareholders and the public, usually in tandem with their corporate social responsibility efforts. “We believe that Melco as a business has a responsibility to contribute solutions that help solve critical environmental and social challenges around us,” Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chief Sustainability Officer Denise Chen says. Melco joined the United Nations Environmental Program’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment last March and in October published its first annual progress report. The report highlights Melco’s efforts to eliminate single use plastic (SUP) bottles in employee areas by the end of 2019, saving an estimated 244,000 bottles that generate 3.5 tons of plastic waste annually. Melco also made progress on its road map to reduce SUP throughout its properties, completing a waste IN FOCUS audit of its IR operations. The audit found the majority of plastic usage comes from SUP bottles, so Melco is seeking “alternative solutions” to both SUP bottles and other F&B uses. Melco launched Macau’s largest fleet of electric buses in 2018. A year ago in January 2019, working with Macau SME Man to Energy, Melco developed the city’s largest solar energy array. The more than 18,000 photovoltaic panels cover nearly 30,000 square meters (323,000 square feet) on the rooftops of City of Dreams and Studio City, reducing carbon emissions by some 6,000 tons. “The vast scale of the system has never before been seen in Macau, and through the ongoing partnership with Melco, our company has gained valuable knowledge and on-the-field experience to establish its foundation as a forerunner in the area of sustainable energy,” Man to Energy Business Development Director Sam Liu says. Sands China boasts a Green Hotel awards for its