To support the world’s largest public sustainability event – Earth Hour, HKR International (HKRI) rolled out a brand-new initiative entitled “From 60 to 100+” on 27 March 2021, the goal of which was to take practical steps towards sustainable business development while inspiring individuals and organisations across different operation locations to create a greener tomorrow.
Earth Hour is an annual global energy saving event promoted by the WWF as part of its efforts to combat climate change. The event urges people around the world to save electricity by turning off all unnecessary lights and electronic appliances for an hour from 8:30pm local time on the last Saturday of March. In doing so, participants show their support to fight against climate change and raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
As the Covid-19 pandemic rages across the globe, the urgent need to rethink, adjust and rebuild the relationship between humanity and nature is growing ever more apparent. Our campaign “From 60 to 100+” is to express the idea that protecting environment takes more than sixty minutes a year and encourage everyone to achieve more, which is also in line with HKRI’s long-standing value of respecting people and cherishing the land, and pursuing excellence in all aspects.
As a long-term supporter of Earth Hour, HKRI marshalled support from its staff, clients, tenants, and residents across different offices and properties in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Bangkok and Tokyo under this “From 60 to 100+” campaign. HKRI called on its subsidiaries to join hands to do their part for sustainable development.
On the day of Earth Hour, HKRI’s commercial, residential and hospitality entities in Hong Kong, including Discovery Bay, CDW Building, 8½ shopping mall, and 2GETHER, turned off unnecessary lights for over 100 minutes. Discovery Bay, as a pioneer in sustainable residential development, has already expanded Earth Hour into a regular monthly activity. Together with many other environmental practices, Discovery Bay has consolidated its position as an eco-friendly community. Energy saving measures are highly received and recognised by residents.
In Mainland China and other locations in Asia, HKRI’s hospitality brands The Sukhothai Shanghai and The Sukhothai Bangkok, continued their green traditions by using candles to replace electric lighting in some public areas. The two also held special events to raise awareness of climate change and environmental protection among guests. At HKRI Taikoo Hui, lightings on glass ceiling of the shopping mall and external walls of office buildings were turned off, and tenants also participated in Earth Hour in their own ways. Meanwhile, at our other residential projects, including Oasis One in Hangzhou, City One and Riviera One in Jiaxing, other than switching off the lights in some public areas, unit owners were also encouraged to turn off their unnecessary household lightings to create a beautiful “dark hour”. HKRI hopes that with concerted effort from each and every one, Earth Hour can become an eco-friendly concept that lasts longer than 60 minutes, creating a more sustainable environment.
About HKR International Limited
HKR International Limited has diversified interests in real estate development and investment, property management, luxury hotels and serviced apartments, healthcare services and other investments in Hong Kong, mainland China and across Asia.
The Company’s diverse portfolio includes Discovery Bay and CDW Building in Hong Kong, HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, and a number of premium residential and commercial properties in Thailand and Japan. HKRI has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 1989, under the Stock Code of 00480.