HKUST Sustainability Annual Report 2021-2022

HKUST Sustainability 26 Environment Social and Governance Report 2021-22 Overview Materiality Contents ENVIRONMENT Social/People Governance/ Driver Sustainability Initiatives ESG Frameworks High Performance Building Standards are established to ensure HKUST buildings and surroundings are complemented to the learning environment. Design principles such as flexibility in spaces, future energy opportunities, and monitoring are implemented in the guidelines. The standards will mandate digital design tools that allow simultaneous considerations of numerous site parameters, including terrain levels, solar radiation, sightlines, soil conditions, and natural light levels. Contractors must include project targets, key performance indicators, and detailed site environmental management tools. HKUST has adopted the Platinum Standard of Performance under the HK-Beam Plus system as the minimum level to be achieved for all new buildings and renovations. One of the newly built buildings, the Shaw Auditorium has achieved Platinum level by HKGBC Beam Plus. It has green features in energy and water use and site and material aspects. To reduce electric consumption and create a sustainable mindset among residents, HKUST built Global Graduate Tower. Installments of advanced technologies to monitor student hall energy consumption, an efficient online payment system, and smart meters to record the room’s energy use have resulted in 60% lower energy consumption. More projects and schemes are going to be followed for smart energy use. Operations do not Encroach on Ecosystems or Communities Physical Presence HKUST is determined to create a sustainable smart campus where buildings cause less damage to the surroundings and ecosystems are restored. It is important to prioritize the environment and ensure that our physical presence protects the health of ecosystems and communities. Developing strategies for minimizing effects on stakeholders, maintaining a natural setting as much as possible, and restoring areas of high social or cultural value are considered when developing policy measures.