Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) has received the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Environmental Management Recognition Scheme Grand Award, for its continuing efforts to reduce waste.
HACTL’s winning submission majored on its benchmarking methods, staff training and education, and its waste management performance. In an on-site assessment in August 2017, and two further surveillance visits in November and February, HACTL scored full marks. Throughout 2017, HACTL reused or recycled 95 per cent of plastics waste, 97 per cent of paper, and 68 per cent of wood.
HACTL is the first Hong Kong handler to receive the award, which was presented to HACTL senior manager – quality assurance, Benny Siu by Wong Kam-sing, secretary for the environment.
Says Siu: “There have been many contributing factors in our results, including our annual “Green Week” held in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, and the reduction in paper use made possible by our COSAC-Plus management system.
“It becomes increasingly challenging to find new ways to further reduce HACTL’s environmental impact, but we remain determined to improve our performance through new and innovative measures. A target for 2018 is to reduce the quantity of disposable bottles, straws, food containers and cutlery used in our terminal by our visitors, resident customers and 2,400 staff.”