All MGM Hotels Receive Golds in Macao Green Hotel Award
Testament to its Commitment in Continuously Improving Environmental Performance for Building a Green City
Jun 23, 2020
MGM MACAU became the first to deploy the ORCA food waste disposal solution in Macau.
MGM integrates modern concepts of environmental sustainability into its daily operations, which form the bedrock of its green measures and effective execution. The unceasing efforts have recently won MGM MACAU Gold Award in the “2019 Macao Green Hotel Award”, organized by the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) in collaboration with the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). This accolade not only puts the property on a par with MGM COTAI which achieved gold in 2018, but also mirrors MGM’s devotion to work with different communities under its ethos of “Create a Better Tomorrow Today.”
The latest Gold Award earned by MGM MACAU acknowledges its adoption of advanced green technologies and significant progress in food waste management, energy saving and emissions along with waste reduction and recycling. Last year, the hotel became the first to deploy the ORCA food waste disposal solution in the city. This program uses the ground-breaking aerobic digestion technology to treat food waste on-site, transforming leftovers into environmentally friendly liquid within 24 hours. The initiative can help to divert 400 tons of food waste from the incineration plant every year. Meanwhile, MGM COTAI has converted more than 200 tons of food waste into organic fertilizer since its installation of composter, which feeds the plants at MGM properties and considerably reduces the use of chemical fertilizer.
MGM also strives to enhance its energy saving measures. Its chiller plant was upgraded to attain full automation for increasing energy efficiency, while a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) optimization project was carried out to reduce energy usage and cost. In 2019, MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI achieved a normalized energy saving of 7.8% and 4.7% respectively as compared to 2018. As part of its effort to help reduce air pollution, MGM is installing a thermal solar panel and photovoltaic system to generate renewable energy. In a similar vein, the Company introduced 10 electric buses to its fleet to reduce exhaust emissions. It also installed a total of 9 electric vehicle charging stations at its two properties to motivate more people to support green commuting.
MGM also places equal emphasis on water conservation. Both MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI feature a system to recycle wastewater, which collects chilled water from air-conditioning systems for flushing the toilet or for reuse in the chiller system. In comparison with 2013, MGM MACAU recorded a decrease of 15% in water consumption. As a believer in reducing waste at source, MGM became a pioneer in switching to biodegradable containers and cutlery and its efforts paid off last April with all single-use plastic products removed from its restaurants, saving 4.5 million pieces of plastic. Its initiative to install beverage stations at the casino floors has eliminated the distribution of over 1 million plastic bottles last year (for both MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI). Separately, collection points of plastic, paper, glass, metal, e-waste, safety gear and coffee capsule were set up at MGM’s back-of-house areas to support recycling and raise team members’ environmental awareness.
MGM’s environmental management system was built on the best practice framework, enabling the Company to be ISO14001:2015 certified. Both of its properties attained the ISO 50001 certification for effective energy management. On the back of its green commitment, MGM won several regional accolades last year, including honors at the “Green Building Award”, “IFMA Asia Pacific Awards of Excellence”, and “ASHRAE Technology Awards – Honorable Mention in both Region (APAC) and Society (Global) Level”. Meanwhile, MGM COTAI is also the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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