Business Environment Council Limited (“BEC”) held its 30th Anniversary Ceremony on 9 November to celebrate the organisation’s 30 years of environmental excellence. Close to 200 government officials, business leaders and professionals, BEC Members, partners and staff gathered together to witness BEC’s important milestone of 30th anniversary by recognising the organisation’s past accomplishments and embracing the exciting opportunities ahead.
BEC was honoured to have Miss Diane Wong, Under Secretary for Environment and Ecology, as the Guest of Honour of the Ceremony. Miss Wong pointed out that the Government has set forth four major decarbonisation strategies, namely net-zero electricity generation, energy saving and green buildings, green transport and waste reduction, to lead Hong Kong towards carbon neutrality. She said, “All the decarbonisation strategies are challenging and the contribution from and collaboration with the business sectors and the community is essential. BEC’s active role as a bridge between businesses and the Government on environmental issues has contributed in no small part to preparing our businesses and the community in practicing and adopting waste reduction and recycling.”
In his opening address at the Ceremony, Mr Kevin O’Brien, Chairman of BEC, expressed his gratitude to all BEC’s external and internal stakeholders for contributing to the organisation’s success and highlighted BEC’s achievements over the past three decades. He said, “BEC being a pioneer in environmental excellence in Hong Kong has excelled in research and advocacy of green buildings, waste management, ESG, decarbonisation and other important aspects of creating a liveable and sustainable world over the past three decades. For 30 years, BEC has been leading by example and converting word into action.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to grow with BEC in enhancing environmental excellence of the city and contributing to the transition to a net-zero economy,” Mr O’Brien added.
Mr Simon Ng, Chief Executive Officer of BEC, highlighted in his closing remarks that BEC is committed to galvanising business ambition into action for a net-zero Hong Kong. “With a vision to lead, enable and drive the business community to transform for a green, liveable and sustainable Hong Kong, BEC, with a broad membership base of over 230 members, provides a good platform for like-minded companies and organisations from all sectors to join hands and co-create a sustainable future,” said Mr Ng.
On reaching the important milestone of 30th anniversary, BEC has organised a series of celebrative initiatives including the launch of “BEC 30th Anniversary Video Series” starting early 2022, with BEC 30th Anniversary Ceremony as the key highlight of the full-year celebration. Each of the guests attending the Ceremony received a limited edition copy of “BEC 30th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet” which features BEC milestones, interesting stories, and congratulatory messages from major stakeholders. For details of other celebrative initiatives of BEC’s 30th anniversary, please visit BEC website: www.bec.org.hk
Miss Diane Wong, Under Secretary for Environment and Ecology (middle); Mr Kevin O’Brien, Chairman of BEC (left); and Mr Simon Ng, CEO of BEC (right), officiates at BEC 30th Anniversary Ceremony
Miss Diane Wong, Under Secretary for Environment and Ecology (middle), and the Board Directors of BEC make a toast on stage celebrating BEC’s 30 years of environmental excellence