HKCEC (Management) Limited Managing Director Ms Monica Lee-Müller spoke at COP26 on 'Net Zero Carbon Events' Pledge calling on event industry to support sustainable development in union
(11 November 2021) Representatives of over 100 countries and regions gathered in Glasgow, UK for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (“COP26”). As part of the proceedings, the event industry made a “Net Zero Carbon Events” Pledge and undertook to pursue decarbonising initiatives. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) Managing Director Ms Monica Lee-Müller spoke at COP26 yesterday (10 November 2021) on how to promote quality and sustainable development in the event industry. Ms Lee-Müller is the first Hong Kong convention and exhibition industry representative to have ever spoken at the United Nations.
This was the first-ever “Net Zero Carbon Events” Pledge event held in the history of United Nations Climate Change Conferences. Representatives from international convention and exhibition industry associations and organisations from around the globe pledged to collaborate with partners, suppliers, and customers to drive change across the industry. They have committed to targets aligned with the Paris Climate Accord, which includes achieving a 50-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 on the way to net zero emissions by 2050. So far more than 100 international organisations and businesses from across the events sector are registered supporters for the “Net Zero Carbon Events” Pledge.
Speaking at COP26, Ms Lee-Müller called on the global event industry to unite and support sustainable development with actions. “As an operator of a venue hosting world-class and international events and a key player in the event industry, HML has an important role to play in shaping sustainable practices and mindsets, and has the responsibility to ‘educate’ and influence stakeholders – event organisers, exhibitors, buyers, visitors and contractors – on sustainability development and seek their support, promoting the impact of decarbonising actions.”
“There is no time to waste in combating climate change as we do not have a Planet B. We sign the Pledge and commit ourselves to act now because our children will not live on empty promises,” Ms Lee-Muller said.
In fact, HML has always upheld the value of sustainable development and put it into action. HML became the first Hong Kong organisation to attain certification of ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System in 2015, and has achieved recertification ever since. HML’s “Think Before Plastic” initiative has won the 2019 UFI Sustainable Development Award organised by UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and Sustainable Development Goal Achievement Awards Hong Kong. In addition, HML investment in electricity reduction, recycling and food waste processing have achieved great results. Through various energy-saving initiatives, it is estimated that the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) can reduce electricity consumption by 20% between 2018 to 2023. The HKCEC also eliminated the use of over 2.1 million pieces of disposable plastic cutlery, plastic straws, disposable meal boxes and plastic beverage bottle a year.
Ms Lee-Müller became the President of UFI – The Global Association of The Exhibition Industry on 5 November 2021, making her the first female Asian President of UFI in 95 years. Driving the exhibition industry to register for and implement the “Net Zero Carbon Events” Pledge is one of the top missions of Ms Lee-Müller’s role in the UFI.
About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
This award-winning 306,000-sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘HKCEC’) is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
About Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (‘HML’) is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day-to-day management for the HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security. It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services. HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue which has been consistently awarded the title of ‘Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia’ by leading industry professionals. Events at the HKCEC, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets, contribute significant economic benefits to the city and help raise the international image of Hong Kong. HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited (Hong Kong Stock Code: 659), as the diversified industries flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong Stock Code: 17), invests and operates a wide range of businesses predominantly in Hong Kong and the Mainland. Our core business includes toll roads, commercial aircraft leasing, construction and insurance, while we also manage a strategic portfolio spanning sectors from environment, logistics to facilities management. Please visit http://www.nws.com.hk for details.
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