MGM Organizes “Seminar on Technology Application and Development of Green Buildings in China and Macau”
MGM COTAI Officially Received Three-star Green Building Operation Label Certificate
Apr 14, 2021
MGM COTAI officially received the Three-star Green Building Operation Label certificate. Pansy Ho, Co-chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited represented the Company to receive the certificate on stage.
MGM COTAI is honored to receive a Three-star Green Building Operation Label last December, the highest rating under the “China Green Building Label" certification scheme from the China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association. This recognition has made MGM COTAI the only mega complex and hotel in Macau, as well as the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the second in Greater China to earn two three-star labels. In alignment with the Macau SAR government’s pledge on promoting the development of green buildings, MGM recently held the “Seminar on Technology Application and Development of Green Buildings in China and Macau”. Chen Guangxian, Deputy General Manager of China Construction Engineering (Macau) Company Limited, and Edison Zhang, National China Green Building Label (GBL) Assessor from Green Building Research Center of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, were invited to speak to nearly 180 local professionals in architecture, electrical and mechanical engineering, property management and environmental protection. The two speakers introduced the technologies and development of green buildings in China and cited the eco-friendly structures of MGM COTAI as a role model. The seminar was concluded with a tour of the hotel, enabling the participants to view its green facilities and technologies.
The seminar was organized by MGM, China Green Building Council and China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association. Co-organizers included The Macau Institution of Engineers, Architects Association of Macau, Macao Association of Environment Protection Industry, Macao Institution of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, ASHRAE Macao Chapter – Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and Macau Properties and Facilities Management Association. China Construction Engineering (Macau) Company Limited lent support to this worthy cause. Zhu Hong, Deputy Director General of Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Tam Vai Man, Director of Environmental Protection Bureau of the Macao SAR; and representatives of co-organizers and supporting unit attended the seminar as guests of honor. Before the seminar commenced, Wang Youwei, Director of China Green Building Council, and Albert Chuck, President of China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association, presented a Certificate of Three-star Green Building Operation Label to Pansy Ho, Co-chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited.
Pansy Ho said, “In the spirit of ‘early and pilot implementation’, MGM always stays at the forefront of protecting the environment. When MGM COTAI was still at the planning stage, we pledged to present an integrated resort with the utmost level of sustainability and fully embrace the nation’s green building policies. In the future, we will continue to work towards the nation’s targets of green building development and reducing carbon emissions as set out in the 14th Five-Year Plan. It is our fervent hope that we can share our experience in putting up green buildings and related practices. We also look forward to collaborating with industry and community peers to groom emerging professionals in green buildings. This will foster Macau’s sustainable development and help build a society where people can live in harmony with the environment.”
Wang Youwei remarked, “MGM COTAI has delivered an exceptional performance in energy management, reuse of water resources and promotion on low carbon lifestyle. The property is an exemplar of green hotels, and what it has achieved sets a great paradigm in the GBA. With an aspiration to promote green buildings in Macau, MGM organizes seminars for the industry and opens its door for participants to enhance their understanding of green building design and operation labels, encouraging them to move forward in this direction.
Albert Chuck said, “As a World Center of Tourism and Leisure, the Macau government steers the industry to develop Macau into a low-carbon city which is suitable for living, working and traveling. Embodying the spirit of ‘seizing the present and planning for the future’. MGM has not only integrated green concepts into its properties, but also made energy saving and carbon reduction an ethos among team members, enabling them to strike a balance between providing quality services and protecting natural resources.”
Chen Guangxian spoke about the technologies, development and prospect of green buildings in Macau. He noted that it has now become a global trend to pursue quality green buildings, which emphasize effective use of resources and minimizing a building’s impact on nature. China is certainly no exception. A surge of green consciousness, coupled with the refinement of law and regulations, has underpinned Macau’s goal of developing itself into a smart, green and resilient city in its urban planning. The government and different sectors will definitely attach more importance to green buildings in the future.
Citing MGM COTAI as an example, Edison Zhang introduced its performance index that can justify MGM COTAI’s eligibility for a Three-star Green Building Operation Label, plus the major eco-friendly designs and technologies adopted by the integrated resort. He pointed out that MGM COTAI boasted a mix of four distinctive features, which are the keys to attain the Three-star certification. The four features included continuous green performance optimization; green operations backed by an effective deployment of software and hardware; an integration of contemporary elements, biophilia and arts; and exploring potential unconventional water resources.
Since its opening more than three years ago, MGM COTAI has been operating in tune with China’s policies on green buildings. To help achieve the nation’s goal of reaching peak emission by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, MGM COTAI has conducted carbon audit every year and set itself ambitious targets against the goal. With all of the green endeavors, MGM COTAI acquired both the ISO 50001:2018 certification for effective energy management systems (EnMS) and ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification. The hotel also won a number of major accolades in recognition of its commitment to green buildings, including a merit honor at Green Building Award, Asia Pacific Innovation Award from International Facility Management Association (IFMA); and ASHRAE Technology Award—Honorable Mention Winner in both Region (APAC) and Society (Global) Level.
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 only mega complex and hotel in Macau to gain three-star certification in both Green Building Design and Operation Label, as well as the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area and second in Greater China to receive the certifications.
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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