Construction activities could bring environmental impacts in various aspects, for instance, exhaust from fuel combustion, dust from construction works and waste water discharge. Hence, the Group has established an Environmental Policy Statement. Pursuant to the Group's Environmental Policy Statement, the Group is committed to strictly comply with applicable statutory, contractual and other environmental requirements to prevent or minimise the environmental nuisance of air, noise, waste water and waste during the course of works. According to the Environmental Policy Statement, the Group implements environmental nuisance abatement, obtains and renews the necessary environmental licenses, as well as prevents wasting energy. In the light of the foundation engineering works, excavation is required and sites shall be cleared of vegetation, brushwood or stumps of trees. Advanced technology is adopted to handle fallen trees during construction works, thereby facilitating effective implementation of recycling the nature resources.
The Group implements an Integrated Management System (IMS), representing the integration of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. IMS objectives are applicable to all the employees from different departments. Out of these three management systems, ISO 14001 is the environmental management system aimed at minimising the environmental footprint, bolstering efficient uses of natural resources and monitoring the environmental performance of the Group.
With sustainability as a core consideration, the Group is conscientious in introducing effective mitigation approaches. One of the highlighted achievements of the Group is to adopt the ISO 50001 management system, an energy management system (EnMS) supporting a comprehensive evaluation of energy consumption and the ongoing improvement of energy efficiency. Under the EnMS, top management of the Group shall demonstrate its commitment to support the system and to continually improve its effectiveness through appointing a management representative and providing sufficient resources. An energy baseline and energy performance indicators were established to measure and monitor the energy performance and improvements. The Group provides appropriate trainings, communicates with regard to its energy performance and EnMS internally, and performs documentation to ascertain effective implementation. For the sake of performance evaluation, internal audits at planned intervals would be conducted, where an audit plan and schedule would be developed taking into consideration the status, importance of the processes, areas to be audited as well as the results of previous audits.
Apart from energy efficiency initiatives, the Group pays attention to water pollution and waste management. Surface runoff and wastewater discharged from construction sites can elicit environmental pollution by degrading water quality in the surrounding stream or local storm drain system. The Group is devising a water recycling program for construction sites, which might involve a carefully planned temporary drainage channel that could collect surface runoff at different locations of the site for water reuse. In addition, the Group is investigating some potential waste reduction measures, such as plan for recovering construction and demolition materials.
In view of the Group’s business, construction noise is one of the significant impacts on the environment. The Group provides sufficient resources and facilities for the implementation reducing the noise environmental nuisance to meet the regulatory requirements laid down by the Noise Control Ordinance. Moreover, the Group will explore opportunities to adopt good site practices in greater extent to address the noise concerns. These practices include sheet piling noise reducer, siting noisy equipment and activities as far from sensitive receivers as practical, throttling down idle equipment, reducing the numbers of concurrently operating equipment and utilising silencers or mufflers on construction equipment. Furthermore, the Group is considering to introduce sustainable procurement considerations into the procurement policy.
In response to the evolving challenges and stakeholders’ expectations in environmental issues, the Group will closely monitor the trends to make prompt response and formulate effective strategies.
The Group is devoted to empowering employees to grow and to nurture their potential, thereby establishing a training policy. There are mainly two types of training, namely, in-house training and external training, where the external training is related to Integrated Management System, safety and environmental, as well as Technical. For instance, technical staff should attend Continuous Professional Development (CPD) trainings organised by appropriate institutions such as Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. To cope with evolving requirements and industry practices, the Group encourages our employees to expand capabilities via attending different training programmes such as BEAM Professionals and BEAM Affiliates training and examination organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited, or WELL Building Standard governed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The Group believes that our success depends upon our support of a diverse workforce that is continuously learning and growing.
Health and safety always remain at the forefront of the Group’s concerns, along with our aims at continuous reduction of accidents in terms of both severity and frequency. By implementing OHSAS 18001, which is an internationally recognised occupational, health and safety management system, the Group demonstrates conformity with relevant occupational health and safety standard, monitors performance, identifies risks, implements programmes and continually improves the system. Under the management system, adequate supervision is provided to ensure safety policy and measures are effectively executed. Auditing is carried out so as to check performance against agreed standards to find out betterment areas. On the other hand, employees are required to attend safety training courses and regularly renew permits. They are encouraged to attend seminars on safety and health issues, for instance, requirements on working in times of inclement weather, healthy life style and so on.
The Group is committed to ascertain that employees, business partners and clients are safe. Preventing work-related accidents and health injury are of paramount importance. To pursuing safety at working environments, the Group will encourage our engineers to seek safer designs and construction methods, or try to introduce innovation in safety trainings.
The Group’s service is project based. Project management is critical. The Group carries out business operations in line with its IMS, based on the ISO9001, which establishes a framework to maintain a quality management system. Establishment of a Project Manager, a Design Manager and a Quality Safety Health and Environmental (QSHE) Manager, with well-defined duties, facilitates system implementation and delivers excellent services to our clients.
A Project Manager who is responsible to assess projects, allocate resources and develop IMS Project Plans. Where applicable, inspection activities are conducted. To further optimising operational quality and efficiency, a monitoring and measurement equipment list is maintained. The list details records of measuring result and equipment status.
A Design Manager who is accountable for planning and controlling the design as well as the development of the projects shall review the projects and manage the interface between persons and departments involved in the purpose of effective communication.
Additionally, A QSHE Manager assesses customer satisfaction through continuous meeting result, customer complaint, and the number of nonconformity.