Hong Kong’s largest independent air cargo handler, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), has released a new video showcasing and celebrating its many environmental achievements in recent years.
The 4-minute program opens with comments by the company’s Chief Executive, Wilson Kwong. This is followed by interviews with Kristy Tan of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hactl’s Finance Director Amy Lam, Simon Ng of Business Environmental Council, Hactl’s Senior Manager - Safety, Sustainability and Quality Assurance Benny Siu, and Jessica Yau, founder of Trash2Treasure – a local green NGO which is a tree and organic farming expert and has partnered with Hactl on various projects.
Hactl’s many environmental initiatives have included conversion to LED lighting, installation of a large solar farm on its terminal roof, switching to electric ramp vehicles and forklifts, the banning of single-use plastics, and promoting upcycling and transplanting trees to nearby schools.
Hactl now consistently recycles 90% of paper, cardboard and plastics and recycles 1,000 tonnes of discarded wooden pallets every year. Its lighting energy consumption has also fallen over 30% in the past decade, due to its investment in many energy-saving measures and its adoption of innovations resulting from collaboration with local educational institutions.
Every year, Hactl holds a Green Week for external stakeholders and internal staff, encouraging them to re-think their own actions and potential contribution to sustainability. A recent highlight was a short-film competition in which staff made their own sustainability videos under the guidance of a renowned local film director.
All of Hactl’s sustainability activities and measures are now encapsulated in its “Green Terminal” agenda, which informs all major business decisions and aims to position the company as the world’s most eco-friendly air cargo handling operation. An iconic evening event, “Don’t Wait, Act Now!” featured a fashion show in which staff at all levels modeled upcycled clothing.
Says Wilson Kwong: “Hactl’s numerous environmental achievements, realized through the enthusiasm of our staff, are something of which we are all very proud.
“It would have been easy to forget about the environment during the enormous challenges of the past year, but we were determined not to allow our strong sustainability progress to falter, so have maintained our momentum with further new initiatives.
“And what we have proven time and again is that sustainability measures are not simply unwelcome extra costs: they often make sound business sense, and are also our duty as world citizens. If we care about our children, we should care for our planet.”
He concludes: “This video is a tribute to our team for all they have achieved, a showcase for some of our many initiatives, and – hopefully – an inspiration to others in our industry. Many small actions can make a big difference.”
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