Our commitment and action plan for the environment is manifested through the strategic management of water, energy, waste and environmental conservation. While ensuring that we incorporate innovative designs and features as well as new thinking into our development projects, we also track and monitor our environmental impacts. Operating sustainably is a journey of continuous improvement which we aim to enhance by identifying gaps, and the opportunities available to address them more efficiently.
To address resource usage and consumption in our properties, we employ practices such as water harvesting, cooling systems and smart technologies. These are most evident in Kota Iskandar and Symphony Hills, where our environment-friendly buildings have been designed to maximise natural ventilation and to harvest rainwater thus consuming less electricity and water. Kota Iskandar also boasts a cost-efficient, automatic waste collection and disposal system.
During the process of construction, two types of waste are produced: Non- Scheduled Waste (Construction Waste and Domestic Waste) and Hazardous Waste, also known as Scheduled Waste.
At UEM Sunrise, all our operations and developments fulfil the relevant environmental regulations and requirements. We have provisions for the collection, removal and regulated disposal of Non-Scheduled Waste in accordance with Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Management Act 2007 and relevant Municipal Councils’s Requirements. Scheduled Waste is handled in accordance with the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005. Scheduled waste, spent oil and grease found at sites are properly stored in bins which are collected by a licensed scheduled waste collection service and sent to a designated disposal site. This ensures cleanliness and averts the outbreak of disease.
Types of Wastes Produced on UEM Sunrise sites
|SW 305||Spent lubricating oil|
|SW 306||Spent hydraulic oil|
|SW 408||Contaminated soil, debris or matter resulting from clean-up of a chemical, mineral oil or scheduled waste spill|
|SW 409||Disposed containers, bags or equipment contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, mineral oil or scheduled waste|
|SW 410||Rags, plastics, papers or filters contaminated with scheduled waste|
|SW 422||A mixture of scheduled and non-scheduled waste|
Ongoing Conservation Activities through Development Projects
The Regional Open Space in Iskandar Puteri will be developed into a worldclass sustainable natural Heritage Park and will open to the public by early 2018. The park named as SIREH Park @Iskandar Puteri, will be the largest public park in the country. The approximately 343-acre land is to be developed in such a manner as to encourage not only aesthetic appreciation of the planted areas, but also outdoor activities such as jogging, trekking, mountain biking, boating, kayaking and canoeing. In the planning and design phase, we aim to preserve as much existing vegetation, minimise slope cutting and maintain any existing water bodies.
The objectives of the SIREH Park @Iskandar Puteri are to:
- Provide a well-planned, aesthetic park of extraordinary colours that caters to all ages, abilities and recreational needs, enhancing the quality of life of the community;
- Promote, showcase and document plant collections to reflect past and present uses and their importance from the perspective of history, culture, science and landscape;
- Nurture interest in, create awareness, understanding and appreciation of, the natural environment and its role in our lives through educational programmes;
- Engage in the ex-situ conservation of plant biodiversity that will benefit present and future generations;
- Deliver high standards of safety, comfort, products and services for visitors’ enjoyment with minimal social and environmental impact.
The park will encompass three major focus areas, namely:
- Recreational – to promote health related activities, aesthetics and relaxation
- Educational Learning Experience Outside Classroom (“LEOC”) – it is to be an evolving learning space with packaged curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary students and adults, information display centres, galleries, signages and ad-hoc events
- Science and Conservation – ongoing documentation, literature sourcing and publications
RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEMS
Rainwater harvesting enables homes to be more sustainable when it comes to water consumption. In Symphony Hills, for example, our semi-detached Beethoven homes employ a complex system of ponds and creeks to collect surface run-off for irrigation, thus greatly reducing dependence on municipal water.
How It Works:
The water is used mainly for plants that are close to the ponds. Water is taken from the pool at times when rainfall can replenish what is used. The plan is not to allow the water level to drop as the pond is an aesthetic feature of the development.
The contractor currently maintaining the landscape at Beethoven parcels, Symphony Hills waters the plants using four 1,000 litre containers. These containers are transported by lorry eight times per day: four in the morning and four in the evening. A total of 32,000 litres of water that are obtained from the main drain, streams and lakes around the site are used each day. If this amount was purchased from municipal water provider, there would be a greater environmental impact. It would also add RM1,920 to the monthly water bill.
INTERNAL EFFORTS TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND WATER
We are headquartered in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur with Satellite Offices and Sales Galleries in Iskandar Puteri, Johor; Cyberjaya, Bangi, Shah Alam in Selangor; Mont’Kiara and Publika in Kuala Lumpur; Singapore; Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; and Durban, South Africa.
In 2014, our corporate offices consumed a total of 2,428,383.68 kWh of electricity. In 2015, we experienced a 3.56% decrease in electricity consumption. At our offices, we inculcate a culture of energy-saving among our employees, such as switching off lights and appliances and reducing paper wastage by printing only when necessary.
Total Electricity Consumption for UEM Sunrise in 2014 and 2015
Total water consumption in 2014 and 2015 amounted to 44,700.54 m3 and 41,729.97 m3, respectively. We also practise water-saving initiatives at our offices. Examples include turning off sink taps properly and reporting any water leakages to the respective department to rectify.
Total Water Consumption for UEM Sunrise in 2014 and 2015