Environmental Care


Environment care is one of Genting Group’s key sustainability interests. Our development projects and operations are carefully planned and designed to minimise and protect the impact on the ecosystem. Various eco-friendly initiatives have been implemented by our teams to address environmental issues and challenges.

For example, Resorts World Genting is the only integrated resort in Malaysia surrounded by a 130 million year-old rainforest and is home to some of the world’s oldest trees and plants, exquisite insects and rare flora and fauna. The rainforest is also a habitat to 30% of the 745 bird species found in Malaysia. Thereby, we strive to achieve a sustainable balance between development and conservation.

The development of Resorts World Genting over the last five decades until today is confined to only 4% of its land bank in Genting Highlands. The rest of the land bank remains as pristine tropical rainforest. Adequate and appropriate steps are continuously taken to minimise soil erosion and reduce environmental impact.

The ongoing developments of Genting Integrated Tourism Plan in Resorts World Genting are carried out with minimal impact on the lush green surroundings, in order to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the environment. We undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (“EIA”) and have in place Environmental Management Plans (“EMP”) to ensure these developments comply with the regulations set out by the local authorities such as the Department of Environment (Jabatan Alam Sekitar). The EIA and EMP processes take into account measures to minimise the impact on air, noise and water pollution.

Promoting environmental awareness

In promoting ecological awareness, Genting Malaysia organised a two-day Genting Back to Nature retreat, held from 5 to 6 December 2015 at the Awana Longhouse. About 100 students from nearby districts of Bentong and Raub participated in this programme. Apart from learning the importance of preserving the ecosystem, the students were taught how to manage waste using the 3R techniques of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Awana Hotel at Resorts World Genting in Malaysia is designed with eco-friendly leisure facilities such as bird-watching, nature walks, abseiling, camping, hiking and bike trailing to enable guests to enjoy and appreciate the rich flora and fauna and scenic surroundings of Genting Highlands.

Advocating the themes of “Preserving Nature’s Own Home” and “Joining Hands to Do Our Part in Marine Conservation”, Resorts World Sentosa organised an inaugural nationwide Recycling Art Competition in November 2015 which received a total of 58 entries from primary and secondary schools. The winning entries were strongly inspired by nature and featured a myriad of recyclable items such as plastic bottles, cans and paper. The top 20 winning works were displayed at the Maritime Experiential Museum in Singapore.
 


Tree Planting

Genting Malaysia, as part of its annual year-long green initiatives, planted about 28,550 units of various types of trees, plants and shrubs in and around Resorts World Genting in 2015. In addition to beautifying the surroundings, this modest-scale tree-planting initiative serves as a small contribution towards reducing the carbon footprint.

Genting Singapore replanted to replace trees lost due to the construction of Genting Hotel Jurong. The effective integration of the landscape and the environment won the Genting Singapore team a Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects Merit award in the Hotel Category and the Outstanding Project– Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework Certification. Genting Hotel Jurong now owns 900 square metres of gardens, sky terraces, green walls and outdoor lounges with more than 100 species of plants.

In South Korea, 300 trees from the Resorts World Jeju site have been conserved, to be transplanted to various parts of the Jeju resort when it is completed.

In the United States, the team from Resorts World Casino New York City planted trees and added plants to create more “green space” in an area that had previously been concrete.


Sustainable Palm Oil Certification

In the oil palm plantations business, we believe commercial oil palm cultivation and care for the environment can be balanced in forging a secure and sustainable future. Our duty to uphold environmentally sustainable development entails the productive use of land to satisfy the world’s growing need for renewable resources while at the same time, affirming the importance of protecting the earth’s natural values, as guided by socio-economic and technical parameters. A well-established set of internal policies and operating procedures based on international principles helps to safeguard and minimise, if not altogether prevent, potential risks to the environment from our oil palm cultivation activities. Our approach to mitigate environmental risks is the adoption of best-in-class standards of practice with certifiable schemes that provide assurance of operational excellence, product consistency and performance efficiency.

Genting Plantations’ oil palm estates in Malaysia are certified to Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s (“MPOB”) Code of Good Agricultural Practice while its mills in the country hold MPOB’s Code of Good Milling Practice certification. The environmental, health and safety and quality management systems implemented by its Malaysian oil mills are certified to global standards, such as ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems, OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Genting Plantations is a member of The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”) since its formal establishment in 2004. Genting Ayer Item Oil Mill and its supply base were awarded the RSPO Principles and Criteria (“P&C”) and RSPO Supply Chain Certifications in early 2015. Genting Tebong Estate and Genting Selama Estate also attained RSPO P&C certification in 2015. Additionally, Genting Sabapalm Oil Mill and its supplying estates completed the audit process in 2015 and are awaiting the formal award of RSPO certificates.

All of Genting Plantations’ operating units in Malaysia have been fully certified to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system (encompassing ISSC EU which is used to demonstrate sustainability and traceability of biomass and bioenergy feedstock; and ISCC PLUS which covers food, feed, chemical and other applications) since 2013/2014 and have successfully completed re-certification audits in 2015.

Genting Plantations secured the equivalent certification in Indonesia, namely Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil, which was awarded in late 2015 to the regional operations in Kalimantan Barat under PT Sepanjang Intisurya Mulia.

Genting Plantations is actively involved in contributing towards the developments and enhancement of the ISCC system. A fundamental feature of the ISCC scheme is traceability through the different stages of production. A traceability system has been established for Genting Plantations’ operating units, including the biodiesel plants. Training is continuously conducted at the estates, oil mills and biodiesel plants to ensure smooth implementation of the traceability systems and mass balance procedures. Any operational issues related to the traceability procedures are identified, with solutions worked out directly with the operating units concerned. Standard Operating Procedures are also updated on an on-going basis to reflect the improvements implemented to the systems and processes.

Across the globe, discourses on palm oil are often tied to environmental considerations and understandably so. As a tropical plant, the oil palm flourishes best in regions that are also home to some of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. The onus is inevitably placed on commercial growers to carry out development activities with extra care and vigilance to prevent any undue risks on the environment. In this connection, Genting Plantations embarks on potential new development projects with thorough attention to the steps prescribed by the leading sustainability standards. As part of standard operating procedures, independent third party assessments are conducted on high conservation values, environmental impact, land use change and carbon stock, with the findings of the studies then incorporated into eventual development and management plans. Any illegal clearing of land is strictly prohibited.

Areas with significant biodiversity values within Genting Plantations’ landholdings that are assessed to contain high conservation value are set aside. The commitment to preserve high conservation value forests is a practice that goes back to Genting Plantations’ early days such as the Baha and Bahagia wildlife sanctuaries, maintained within the Tenegang group of estates in Sabah. In matters beyond our team’s core expertise such as incidences of endangered, rare or threatened species straying into our plantation areas, the assistance of relevant experts, including the local wildlife authorities is sought to ensure proper handling and care.

Genting Plantations is receptive to any opportunities for meaningful participation in collaborative conservation and rehabilitation projects. Along the Tenegang Besar River, one of the main tributaries of the Kinabatangan River in Sabah which is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse floodplains, Genting Plantations undertakes reforestation work over an 86.5-hectare area that has been set aside. The project was originally initiated in 1999 through a pioneering partnership with the WWF as part of a larger forest corridor programme.
 


In 2015, Genting Sabapalm Oil Mill and Genting Sabapalm Estate hosted a visit by WWF-Germany, University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde (Germany) and WWFMalaysia as part of Genting Plantations’ involvement in a project to assess the ecological effectiveness of sustainability standards. The visit was held with the purpose of gathering information to analyse the differences in the ecological impact on biodiversity conservation between sites that are certified and not certified to the two leading sustainability standards of RSPO and ISCC. In addition, Genting Plantations continues to foster a culture of shared responsibility among employees through regular communications and awareness campaigns, as well as training and education.

In controlling pests, an integrated pest management approach involving the deployment of biological control agents is favoured over the use of pesticides. The introduction of barn owls in estates to suppress rat population and the placement of pheromone traps to capture rhinoceros beetles are among the methods that have proven effective over the years in reducing pest damage to crops. Substitution of chemical fertilisers with nutrient-rich organic matters such as empty fruit bunches and treated palm oil mill effluents, is also a common practice in Genting Plantations’ estates.

Difficult soils such as peat are managed in conformity to Genting Plantations’ ‘Oil Palm Manual’ and industry best practices. Future peat plantings are avoided while for preexisting plantings on peat, appropriate management plans are in place to prevent peat subsidence and to improve yields. These include effective water management and appropriate nutrient management.

Fires in the oil palm areas have garnered much international attention, especially in 2015 as the El Nino weather phenomenon brought prolonged droughts to the region. Genting Plantations advocates a formal zero burning policy that expressly prohibits open burning for land clearing or any other purpose disallowed under the applicable national regulations. To deal with unforeseen incidences of fire outbreaks during the dry season, a proactive monitoring and emergency response mechanism is in place to ensure that any outbreak within our concessions is extinguished earliest possible. If fire outbreaks were detected within or near our concessions, dedicated teams of trained fire-fighting personnel equipped with the appropriate fire-fighting equipment are promptly mobilised to extinguish the fires. Where needed, the teams also support and work alongside the local authorities to help extinguish fires in nearby villages.

Fire drill exercises and competency training are routinely conducted to enhance awareness of fire control measures, besides ongoing engagement with relevant local agencies for advice on improvements to Genting Plantations’ fire-fighting and prevention systems and methods. Furthermore, as part of fire prevention measures, Genting Plantations’ operating units are actively involved and work closely with local authorities to educate communities on the risks and hazards of uncontrolled open burning, particularly during extended drought periods.

Genting Plantations has engaged the services of a qualified external consultant to carry out carbon stock assessment for new planting areas in line with the requirements of the RSPO New Planting Procedures. By estimating the carbon stock changes and GHG emissions associated with land cover change to oil palm, appropriate development plans can be subsequently developed to minimise the net greenhouse gas emissions.

In compliance with the Remediation and Compensation Procedure of the RSPO, which requires members to disclose the extent of any land cleared without prior high conservation value assessment since the prescribed cut-off date of November 2005, Genting Plantations has carried out and submitted the relevant Land Use Change Analysis to calculate the Final Conservation Liability to RSPO. Genting Plantations has engaged extensively with agribusiness group Wilmar International Ltd, Aidenvironment and the non-profit Yayasan International Animal Rescue by focusing on sustainability matters such as no deforestation and peat development policies, high carbon stock assessments, orang utan population and habitat studies.
 



Marine Conservation


Our resort team in Singapore initiated campaigns to raise awareness of marine conservation among its visitors. The Go Blue campaign was the third annual event held since 2013. Through activity trails, informational displays and talks by marine experts, guests to the S.E.A. Aquarium were encouraged to consider threats to marine life and the importance of conservation in a fun and engaging way. As part of Go Blue and in conjunction with World Oceans Day, our volunteers from Resorts World Sentosa and Genting Singapore, as well as the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, conducted a clean-up exercise over a one-kilometre stretch of Tanah Merah Beach.

Genting Singapore, by leveraging on the expertise and resources of the S.E.A. Aquarium, focused on marine conservation efforts and embarked on research projects on manta rays and dolphins, in partnership with renowned organisations like Conservation International, Johns Hopkins University and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University. The findings from these projects have gone towards furthering research on these species and contributed to policies regarding their protection and conservation.

The team has successfully bred species such as the Black Botched Fantail Rays which are at high risk of being endangered in the wild, and we are among the first facilities in the world to breed the Bowmouth Guitar Fish. The S.E.A. Aquarium also partners with local organisations in Singapore to further its marine education and research, working with the Horniman Museum and Gardens on a study to determine the spawning patterns of endangered corals found in Singapore waters that are sensitive to the effects of pollution and climate change.

Energy Efficiency

As most of our Group’s operations demand a high level of energy consumption, we focus on consuming energy efficiently. Our teams have implemented various energy saving initiatives and identify potential areas to save energy and cost at our business operations. One of such measures implemented was the installation of energy-saving lights in our resort properties.

Genting Malaysia’s energy conservation measures in 2015 included replacing halogen lights, par lamps and flood lights in its hotels and gaming premises with energy-saving LED lights; the switching from T8 lights to the more eco-friendly T5 lights at its residential stall complexes which resulted in about 22% to 25% reduction in energy consumption; the installation of LED street-lights at the outdoor car parks which resulted in a 50% reduction in energy consumption; the timer setting at Maxims and Crockfords open car park for the lights to be automatically switched on from 7pm to 7am only and the system optimisation approaches to implement domestic water pumps and sewerage treatment plant blowers.

The results of Genting Malaysia’s energy-saving initiatives in 2015 are as follows:

Energy Saving Initiatives

Energy Saving (KWH Unit)/yr

Cost Savings (RM)/yr

Conversion of fluorescent lights, T8 to T5

210,240

107,012

Conversion of halogen light, par lamp, flood light to LED lamps

1,705,371

868,033

Application of LED lights instead of conventional lights for outdoor car park

50,458

25,683

System optimization of sewerage treatment plant blower

17,520

8,918

System optimisation of domestic water pumps

12,848

6,540

TOTAL

1,996,437

1,016,186


Genting Singapore’s continuous energy saving initiatives include the conversion to LED lightings in Resorts World Sentosa, the exhaust heat recovery in the casino area, chiller optimisation, the use of photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop of the “Revenge of the Mummy” in Universal Studios Singapore to support the energy requirements of the ride and the installation of an online utilities monitoring system. These energy saving initiatives resulted in 9.56 GWh of energy being conserved in 2015, equivalent to powering 2,062 4-room Housing Development Board (HDB) flats in Singapore for a year.

Genting UK has implemented energy efficiency initiatives such as lighting, heating and the use of sustainable materials. The property is equipped with the state-of-the-art building management control systems which are programmed to deliver sophisticated reports to ensure optimal energy performance. Recently, Genting UK has undertaken and complied with the UK’s Environment Agency’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme to identify further potential energy savings across the property. The reports have identified various energy initiatives for further investment in 2016. In 2015, the team reduced electricity consumption by 2% (558,219 kWh), equivalent to 297 tonnes of reduced CO2 emissions.

Together with its new building service partner, Genting UK is developing a strategy to manage reactive call outs to casino building problems or equipment breakdowns. By improving the call logging system and establishing direct communication between engineering support team and casino staff, the team is able to ensure the correct technician attends first time and therefore increase efficiency by reducing multiple visits.

The strategy includes installing links from the casino building management systems into the new building service partners’ help desk monitoring system, which allow remote real time monitoring of building services equipment and enabling problems to be identified sooner, fix many cases remotely, monitor energy consumption of specific systems and plant items, as well as track the trends. The information can be used to identify areas and improve equipment efficiency to reduce energy usage and CO2 consumption. It shall form a key part of the capital replacement strategy moving forward for Genting UK.

The Genting Group has participated in Earth Hour every year since 2008. Prior to the Earth Hour, environmental conservation messages were communicated to employees via the employee newsletter and intranet. Non-essential lights at Genting’s corporate offices and key business properties such as signboards, building façade spotlights and other electrical apparatus were switched off for one hour on 28 March 2015 in support of Earth Hour. For example, this one hour initiative enabled Resorts World Genting to save 7,318 kWh of electricity, translating to a cost saving of RM3,725. The amount saved may be minimal but the awareness created amongst our employees and resort guests on the importance of conserving energy was immeasurably good.

Waste Management

We manage our waste responsibly. All types of waste products, including domestic waste, agricultural waste, biomass or byproducts generated by operating units, are, if not recycled, then required to be safely disposed. The application of biomass in the fields and as renewable fuel for oil mill boilers for power generation, for instance, promotes good waste management while at the same time providing input-cost savings through greater energy self-sufficiency.

Our waste management procedures outline the standard guidelines for the management of solid and scheduled wastes. Our teams continually engage in the 3Rs practice of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to minimise waste.

Genting Malaysia has undertaken various efforts to reduce the amount of waste disposed such as minimising food wastage, reducing the amount that is transported to the incinerator plant and recycling the waste which is later separated and sent to fish farms to be turned into fish feed. The waste management procedures outline standard guidelines for the management of solid and scheduled waste, to ensure that the waste are properly identified, segregated, handled, transported and disposed by authorised contractors in line with the environmental policy, legal and other requirements. One of the future initiatives is to recycle food waste into compost fertiliser.

These 3R initiatives have enabled the team in Resorts World Genting to achieve a significant reduction in food wastage in the past 3 years, as follows:

Year

Amount/Tonnes

2013

1,273.2

2014

738.2

2015

46.7


Genting Singapore increased its recycling corners from 7 to 12 and extended paper recycling from 15 to 30 offices in 2015. The team in Singapore has also started recycling glass, e-waste and food waste. A “Go Green Week” was held in October 2015 to encourage the entire workforce in Singapore of almost 13,000 to recycle and reuse. Team members participated enthusiastically in an inter-department recycling competition and generated close to six tonnes of recyclable waste. Genting Singapore recorded a 32.9% reduction in waste and 50.8% increase in recycled materials by weight in 2015.


To prevent environmental contamination from materials used in daily operations, we have in place proper methods for the disposal of pyrotechnics and biohazard waste as well as heavy metals. Our team members are trained on the procedures and we engage certified and licensed waste disposal vendors to handle the hazardous waste. For example, Genting Singapore’s team members are trained to handle hazardous waste according to procedures.

Its pyrotechnics waste is disposed by an ISO 9001:2008 certified and NEA-licensed vendor. Other hazardous waste is disposed by NEA-approved vendor who is also ISO14001, OHSAS 18001 and Biz Safe Star Level certified. Genting Singapore’s clinical and laboratory team members separate heavy metals and biohazard waste (including sharp instruments and needles) from conventional waste, every day. These are then collected in marked and secured containers, which are stored in clinical areas with restricted access until the time of collection by the vendor every week. Genting Singapore’s certified vendors disposed about 461 kg of chemical waste from pyrotechnics, 2,500 kg of biological waste and 400 litres of heavy metal waste respectively, in 2015.

Genting Singapore, through its energy conservation efforts, managed to reduce carbon emissions from 134.1 kilotonnes to 124.2 kilotonnes of CO2 in 2015, which is equivalent to 767 trips around the world on an airplane (based on emission factors from GHG Protocol, assuming economy class travel). While the public utilities is the main source of water supply in Singapore, the team also collects surface run-off rainwater and drainage water into eco-lagoons and underground water storage tanks to reduce the reliance on potable water. Collected water is treated before being used for landscape irrigation and fire-fighting. This year, 785,179 cubic metres of rainwater was collected, which would fill 314 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

In the United States, Resorts World Casino New York City manages waste removal responsibly by partnering with a local fuel company that recycles used cooking oil for conversion into biodiesel.

In the Bahamas, Resorts World Bimini works closely with various stakeholders and island representatives to ensure best practices are constantly followed at every stage of development. The team continued to support the Bimini Township Cleanup Committee in 2015 by providing proper tools and equipment to assist with their efforts. Several internal programmes are in place to encourage waste cleanup and employees’ participation in local efforts to protect the environment.

Genting UK works closely with its contractors to reduce the amount of refuse sent to the landfill by monitoring monthly landfill costs and adjusting the number of refuse collections to reduce the number of wasted miles for the refuse lorries. In the 12 months from November 2014, 869,500 tonnes of waste was produced across its sites in the United Kingdom, which was 6.2% higher from the previous year, reflecting the increased volume of business during this period. It was however 1.9% less than 2011, the benchmark year against which measurements are being made.

Genting UK’s recycling performance was at 86.4% in 2015 compared to 72.3% in 2014, another good year-on-year improvement. About 643 tonnes of waste materials were diverted from landfill and put back in the marketplace for recycling in 2015. Over 108 tonnes of non-recyclable wastes that would otherwise have been land-filled were treated as refuse derived fuel and used to replace traditional fossil fuels in the production of energy for the national grid.

Resorts World Birmingham which opened in October 2015, is designed to meet the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. This is one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation.

The Genting Plantations’ oil mills operate advanced effluent treatment systems to raise processing efficiency and minimise water usage. These effluent treatment systems help to ensure that the total volume of effluent is reduced while the quality of final discharge meets strict environmental standards. Treated effluents are channelled to the fields as organic nutrients and for land irrigation, where possible. A testament to the quality and standard of waste management being achieved by the oil mills is the common sighting of migratory birds inhabiting the effluent ponds.

Genting Plantations has also invested in new technologies, such as milling innovations for emission reduction, methane avoidance and renewable energy use to minimise carbon footprint. Its operations in Pulau Jambongan, Sabah feature the nation’s first zero-discharge oil mill which has a purpose-built composting plant that converts by-products into biofertilisers for estate application.

Source: Genting Berhad Annual Report 2015

   
 

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