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SMART LINKS, LIVEABLE CITIES

Sustainability Report 2017

 

ENVIRONMENT AND
NATURAL RESOURCES

Environment and Natural Resources

As the world faces increasingly difficult environmental challenges, preserving a healthy ecosystem is essential to maintaining liveable thriving communities all around the world. MTR plays an active role by providing a sustainable form of mass transportation. We strive to become one of the most resource-efficient and ecologically sustainable railway and property service companies in the world with the firm belief that rail and property development can coexist with nature in harmony.

Our Corporate Responsibility Policy defines our overarching approach to conserving resources and minimising and managing our environmental impacts with a specific focus on environmental protection, climate change and biodiversity. This approach governs all our operations throughout project lifecycles from conception to construction to long-term operation, all of which are aligned with our environmental objectives. We aim to reduce our direct emissions, use resources efficiently, and strengthen our resilience to a changing climate while maintaining our community’s connection to its natural heritage.

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-15.1% Heavy rail electricity consumption per passenger-km compared to 2008

-15.1%

Heavy rail electricity consumption per passenger-km compared to 2008

260+ Bird species spotted at the Lok Ma Chau wetland since 2007

260+

Bird species spotted at the Lok Ma Chau wetland since 2007

-1.6% Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2017 compared to 2016 in Hong Kong

-1.6%

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2017 compared to 2016 in Hong Kong

As a major energy consumer, MTR is committed to energy efficiency in all our operations which simultaneously helps to address climate change related risks as we work to provide reliable and convenient low-carbon mobility. Electricity consumed in Hong Kong is primarily used by our heavy rail operations which experienced a network expansion with a full year of operation of the South Island Line (East) and the Kwun Tong Line Extension, and increased train frequency this year resulting in a slight increase in our electricity intensity performance. At our property operations, we are committed to green building standards to help us manage environmental impacts seeking to achieve BEAM Plus or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications for all our new projects. We are dedicated to protecting the natural environment working to minimise our impact and conserve and nurture biodiversity.

Water Efficiency

51% of our water consumption in Hong Kong takes place at our managed and investment properties. To reduce our water use, we have implemented a number of water efficiency initiatives including recycling wastewater for landscaping and outdoor cleaning purposes.

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Living with the Trees

To safeguard the natural and cultural value brought by trees, we try our best to preserve trees during the planning and construction of new lines, and have supported different initiatives and programmes to enhance their protection. During the Island Line Extension construction phase, we shifted the location of our station and changed railway alignment to preserve the collection of Banyan trees that make up the “stone wall trees” on Forbes Street in Kennedy Town which have a unique historical, aesthetic, ecological and cultural value for the neighbourhood and the wider community in Hong Kong.

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