For the past two years, we have encouraged tenants to make their daily operations “greener” through tailored and practical SD initiatives. One of these is our Green Kitchen Initiative, which provides a platform for our portfolio management teams and our tenants to have sustainability conversations before fit-out and renovation projects. Both sides can collaborate to enhance the sustainability performance of F&B outlets in our malls.
As part of our Green Kitchen Initiative, we also developed a comprehensive set of Green Kitchen Technical Guidelines, which give specific design recommendations to reduce energy and water usage and improve air quality and waste management.
Last year, we launched a Green Kitchen Award programme to applaud tenants who actively support our Green Kitchen Initiative. In 2019, two restaurants at INDIGO, two at Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu and one at Cityplaza received this recognition. In total, eight F&B tenants in Hong Kong and Mainland China have been recognised with our Green Kitchen Award since launching the Green Kitchen Initiative in 2017.
Launched in 2017, The Loop is our SD exhibition centre. The Loop features a recycling centre, food waste composter, “eco-art” installation and edible garden, amongst other exhibitions. This 4,000 sq ft space in Taikoo Place encourages tenants and the wider community to “close the loop” by incorporating sustainable practices into their business operations and daily lives. In 2019, The Loop collected 658 tonnes of recyclables.
This year, The Loop hosted 42 weekly urban farming workshops in collaboration with a local social enterprise. Every week, office workers from our supporting tenants were given hands-on farming experience and coaching, ultimately bringing crops they had grown themselves back to the office.
In 2019, we continued to conduct free energy audits for our tenants to help them identify energy saving opportunities.