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MGM Attains Another China Green Building Top Certification Label

January 29, 2021 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

MGM COTAI is honored to receive a Three-star Green Building Operation Label, the highest rating under the “China Green Building Label” certification scheme, from the China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association. The acclaim is a proud addition to its attainment of a Three-star Green Building Design Label in 2018, which made it the first mega complex in Macau to receive the highest rating in design category. With double honors in its tally, MGM COTAI has become the only mega complex and hotel in Macau to gain three-star certification in both Green Building Design and Operation Label. The achievements have also brought MGM COTAI the glory of being the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and second in Greater China to receive the certifications.

Ms. Pansy Ho, Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited said, “Environmental Protection is the core value of MGM’s sustainable development. From the project design of MGM MACAU to MGM COTAI, we have always been striving to be the best-in-class green buildings. MGM COTAI’s Three-star Green Building Design Label formed the bedrock of our company-wide endeavor to go one step further. With comprehensive sustainable development strategies, effective use of materials, green practice, energy saving and emission reduction initiatives, the mega complex of MGM COTAI gained the highest rating in operation category for merely over two years after its opening. The honors not only affirmed our eligibility for China Green Building top certification, but also reflected our resolution to stay at the forefront of conserving the environment.”

Led by Wang Youwei, Director of China Green Building Council, a panel of judges made up of seven experts conducted an inspection of MGM COTAI during the end of 2020. After examining its green operation and management practices against the “Assessment Standard for Green Building”, including criteria on land reservation, energy reservation, water reservation, building materials reservation and environmental protection, the judges granted an approval of MGM COTAI’s performance. They gave particular recognitions towards MGM’s endeavors in energy management, reuse of water resource and promotion on low carbon lifestyle, enabling the property to become the first mega complex and hotel in Macau with a Three-star Green Building Operation Label.

Wang Youwei said, “Representing China Green Building Council of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, I congratulate MGM COTAI on receiving the highest rating in design and operation labels. It is the first mega complex and hotel in the GBA to attain this honor, which is genuinely a remarkable achievement. To fulfill the standard of green building, MGM COTAI notably uses unconventional water resources in a practical way, which results in a utilization ratio of up to 12%. Its energy use intensity is even 24% lower than hotels with similar scale in Macau. With all these outstanding performances, its position as an epitome of green hotel in the GBA is underpinned.”

Since its opening over two years ago, MGM COTAI has been operating in tune with China’s policies on green buildings. In line with the Country’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. In terms of water saving endeavors, the property recycles unconventional water at its own site and achieved a utilization ratio of up 12%.  In 2019, MGM COTAI achieved a 25% reduction in energy use intensity in comparison to Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index. The property is working towards a target of achieving normalized energy saving of 2% per year.

A keen supporter of green management, MGM has incorporated eco-friendly elements into its properties from planning, design to daily operation. At both the Grande Praça of MGM MACAU and the Spectacle of MGM COTAI, guests may immerse themselves into the beauty of nature with a great dose of natural lightings through the glass roofs. The surrounding plant walls in the Spectacle also act as an indoor air purifier and air-cooler to optimize the indoor-nature experience. MGM is the first integrated resort operator in Macau to abandon all single-use plastics in takeaway packaging in 2018, saving a total of 4.5 million pieces of plastics. Moreover, the Company phased out the provision of plastic-bottled water at its properties, which reduces the waste of more than one million plastic bottles every year.

On top of winning golds in “Macao Green Hotel Award”, both MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI attained the ISO 50001:2018 certification for effective energy management systems (EnMS). MGM COTAI is also a recipient of the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification. Its commitment to green buildings were recognized by major accolades, 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.

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