CCT Eco Race 2013 zeroes in on carbon footprint reduction
Singapore, 27 September 2013 – CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited (CCTML), the manager of CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT), will be flagging off CCT Eco Race 2013 – The Carbon Challenge in the Central Business District (CBD) on the morning of Saturday, 28 September 2013. Over 300 participants from 27 companies across CCT’s office properties and staff from the CapitaLand Group and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will put their knowledge of environmental sustainability to the test by competing in a fun and challenging race.
Picking up from last year’s inaugural race, CCT Eco Race 2013 aims to promote awareness about environmental sustainability among tenants. The teams will set off from Capital Tower, one of CCT’s Grade A office buildings, and race to eight different stations in the CBD, including four CCT properties and four landmarks. To start off, each team will be given 28,000 points - each point representing one kilogram of carbon - which will be progressively reduced with activities performed and completed at each checkpoint. These activities will test their knowledge of eco-friendly alternatives, best practices in the office environment and green features of certain CCT properties. The first team to successfully complete all stations and return with the least number of carbon points wins. Winners will take home close to S$10,000 worth of shopping vouchers, including the top prize of S$2,000, 10 consolation prizes, eight lucky draw prizes and two novelty prizes.
Ms Lynette Leong, Chief Executive Officer of CCTML said, “CCT strives to not only be a provider of good quality office space with conducive work environment, but also be an environmentally responsible landlord. We started CCT Eco Race last year with a view to engaging our tenants in promoting practical ways in protecting the environment with fun and healthy activities. We are encouraged by the good response. In this year’s race, we have chosen the theme ‘The Carbon Challenge’ to heighten awareness of the causes of carbon emissions and practical tips in reducing them at the workplace. We believe that, through more of such engagement with our tenants, we can collectively contribute to a healthier living environment.”
Sharing CCT’s goal of engaging office workers to adopt green practices in their workplaces is the BCA, which will be partnering CCT in the Eco Race for the first time. Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of BCA said, “BCA aims to forge dynamic partnerships with key industry players to engage the public, who are also our important stakeholders, in the green building movement. The built environment sector will continue to develop and build energy efficient buildings, but we will need users or occupants of buildings to also be fully aware of sustainability practices and do their part to complement this green building effort. CCT Eco Race is an excellent platform for us to reach out to office occupiers to help enhance their appreciation and knowledge of green buildings.”
Every step of the race planning and production is organised with the aim to “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. The flag-off location next to Tanjong Pagar MRT station, offers the convenience and greener option of public transport. Participants will be asked to take part in a transport survey which will track the carbon footprint of the event. To ensure that the race is environmentally sustainable, CCT will adopt various initiatives to offset this carbon footprint, one of which involves getting its commercial properties to switch off the façade lights. In addition, all publicity and promotional activities, and even registration for the race are conducted via electronic media. Participants are also reminded to bring their own water bottles to refill at water dispensers as no bottled water will be distributed throughout the event. All race props are made from recycled and bio-degradable products wherever possible, thus avoiding the unnecessary construction of physical structures. When necessary, only sustainably-sourced paper products will be used.
Accenture, one of CCT’s tenants, will be sending nine teams to participate in the upcoming race, which is the most number of teams sent by a company to date. Ms Teo Lay Lim, country managing director of Accenture, said “We are highly supportive of CapitaCommercial Trust’s Eco Race which aims to inculcate the importance of adopting eco-friendly practices in corporate organisations. This is aligned with our belief that environmentally sustainable growth is central to all high-performance businesses, and also our unwavering commitment to taking environmental responsibility throughout our entire operations, from how we run our business and serve the clients to how we engage our employees and suppliers.”
Besides promoting eco-awareness, CCT Eco Race 2013 retains its charity focus. The registration fee of S$10 per participant will be donated to CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, to benefit the underprivileged children of TOUCH Community Services in education needs. The registration fees collected is matched by CHF in a dollar-for-dollar donation. On the day of the race, Ms Lynette Leong will present the cheque, in the amount of S$6,770.00, to Mr Edmund Wong, the General Manager of TOUCH Community Services.
The former champion of the inaugural CCT Eco Race 2012, J.P. Morgan, will be taking part in the competition for the second time. Mr Paul Echart, the Chief Aministrative Officer of J.P. Morgan Singapore, said “J.P. Morgan understands the importance of environmental sustainability and we are continually assessing ways to improve our own use of resources. CapitaCommercial Trust’s Eco Race is a great initiative that not only helps raise awareness around these issues but also allows us to give back to the communities in which we work and live.”
Supporting organisations for the race include Singapore Green Building Council and National Climate Change Secretariat. Race goodie bag items are sponsored by main sponsors GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd, Sworke, Method, Fitness First, Haw Par (Tiger Balm), Trichokare and CLS Touche.