MGM China Holdings Limited - Environmental Sustainability

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Environmental Sustainability

As a developer, owner and operator of premium luxury casino resorts, we are aware of our impacts on the environment through our consumption of natural resources and generation of waste. Our dedication reaches further than compliance with the law, integrating environmental considerations into all operational practices from our supply chain, to our facilities management, to our guest rooms.

We believe an environmentally-responsible business is a better business that brings benefits not only to MGM China but also to the local community through our employees who are supported to adopt environmentally-responsible behavior at work and at home. Our approach is defined by an ethos of continual improvement and we strive to find innovative ways to minimize our impacts on the environment.

We have reviewed our business impacts and identified key areas where we feel we can make a difference. We have developed goals, objectives and action plans to improve our performance in the following areas:

Resource efficiency

As a developer, owner and operator of premiere integrated resorts, we are aware of our impacts on the environment through our consumption of natural resources and generation of waste. Led by our Sustainability Policy, our dedication integrates environmental considerations into all operational practices from our supply chain, to our facilities management and guest rooms.

We believe an environmentally-responsible business is a better business that brings benefits not only to us but also the local community through our employees who are supported to adopt environmentally-responsible behavior at work and at home.

Energy and Water Conservation

We are aware that our planet’s supply of natural resources is limited. With this in mind we are actively engaged and committed to resource conservation and efficiency.

Our building management system ensures energy and water consumption is closely monitored and energy and water-intensive equipment is effectively calibrated and maintained. We have also implemented a data management system which allows us to access real-time energy and metered water data in a central, web-based system. Through this system, analytical tools allow us to perform complex analyses to help us better understand our impacts and areas for improvement, as well as to enable us to produce automated reports for distribution.

Energy Performance: Our energy consumption includes 83% electricity and 17% Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LPG”). Year over year we decreased our annual consumption by 2%. Since our 2008 baseline, we have reduced our total energy consumption by 28%, despite a growing business and a progressively warmer climate, thanks to energy saving initiatives in technical upgrades to our equipment, operational control strategies and enhanced information management.

Water Performance: In 2015, we continued to reduce our water usage in our hotel through our ongoing program of upgrading our fixtures and fittings (e.g. shower heads and faucets) with low-flow alternatives, as well as adjusting our flow rates where possible. In 2015, we also continued to refine our water recycling program which serves to recycle the condensate from our air handling units, as well as the cooling tower bleed-off, to be reused for flushing. Year over year we have reduced our consumption by 6%, and 13% in total from our 2012 baseline.

Waste Management

We recognize the importance of responsible waste management, and endeavor to reduce waste sent to the landfill and incineration by managing our resources more wisely. For the full year 2015, and since our baseline period of 2012, we have reduced our incinerator waste by 7%.

Green building

We incorporate green building techniques into our design, development and construction processes using industry-leading green building frameworks. We are currently incorporating best practices and innovative

techniques into every step of the design and construction of MGM COTAI to ensure that it is not only a best in class integrated resort, but also environmentally responsible. Some of the key highlights of our green building program at MGM COTAI include: high-tech energy efficient air-conditioning and lighting, low flow water fixtures and fittings, use of recyclable construction materials and high standards for indoor environmental quality (acoustic, light and air quality).

Employee engagement

We proactively engage our employees in our efforts to manage our environmental impacts. Through our internal communication channels and events, we provide information on our environmental initiatives, as well as educational articles and videos on environmental hot topic areas, to help build knowledge and understanding on the imperatives of environmental protection. In 2015, among other activities, our highlight event included MGM Energy Saving Week, including a host of activities to raise awareness of the need to conserve energy and protect the environment. This was in support of the Macau Energy Conversation Week organized by the Office for the Development of Energy Sector of Macau.

Recognition for environmental management

ENMS 637272

ISO 50001 Certification in Energy Management

Presented by: British Standards Institute

This certification recognizes that MGM operates an Energy Management System that complies with the requirements of ISO 50001:2011.

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ASHRAE Regional Technology Award

Presented by: the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

The Award recognizes the outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of indoor environmental quality and energy conservation.  Performance is measured through one year’s verified operating data following the design implementation. 

Awards received:

  • ASHRAE Technology Award for Asia Pacific Region, 2015

Macau Energy Saving Contest

Presented by: Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM) and the Office for the Development of Energy Sector (GDSE).

The contest aims to promote energy efficiency and energy conservation among Macau residents and commercial customers, and provide a platform for learning and sharing experiences in best practice energy management.

Awards received:

  • Energy-Saving Concept Award, 2014
  • Excellence Award for Energy Savings, Group Hotels C Champion, 2013
  • Excellence Award for Energy Savings, Group Hotels C Champion, 2012
  • Energy-Saving Concept Award, 2012