Environmental

ARA recognizes the direct and indirect environmental impacts that our business has in the cities that we operate in. We protect our environment through various initiatives, including the improvement of energy efficiency in the buildings we manage and raising staff awareness and commitment to our green causes.

Our Properties

ARA manages close to 100 properties in the Asia Pacific region. Our property managers are mindful of and practise green initiatives such as recycling and reduction of energy and resource use. Whether it is a property under construction or an existing property undergoing asset enhancement, we will incorporate green features during the process.

In Singapore, Suntec Singapore recycles its water through the water-saving irrigation system installed on the roof of the Suntec Convention Centre, collecting rain water that irrigates part of the 900 trees planted in the Suntec City area.

As part of Suntec Singapore’s waste management and recycling efforts, it works with Alpha biofuel to collect urban waste in Suntec. The waste is given a new lease of life as a sustainable form of energy, for example, waste vegetable cooking oil is recycled into green biodiesel fuel. Suntec Singapore also partners Sembcorp Environmental Management to ensure that waste collected is treated in a specially designed recycling process, enabling a higher amount of recyclable materials to be extracted.

The ARA corporate office in Singapore practices regular waste paper collection and recycling.

In Hong Kong, Prosperity REIT conducts regular recycling programmes in conjunction with their tenants in the buildings they manage. Examples include the recycling of used computer accessories and components.

Suntec Recycling Suntec Recycle Bin Suntec Recycle Bin

Suntec Singapore is committed to optimizing the level of energy usage with the installation of a brand new centralized chiller plant. According to the National Environment Agency’s benchmarking, Suntec Singapore’s energy efficiency is expected to be rated within the bracket of “Excellent”, with a consumption of 0.64 kW/Rton, a sharp reduction from 1.08 kW/Rton previously. This represents an estimated energy saving of 18.3 million kWh per year and the resulting reduction in adverse environmental impacts.

Suntec Singapore has also replaced gas cooking in their kitchens with induction cooking. On top of increasing energy efficiency, it lessens the heat generated in the kitchens, thus reducing the cooling measures needed to keep the building at an optimum temperature.

APM China has conducted eco-friendly renovations to reduce energy consumption in the
buildings under its management. Measures include the use of LED lighting for our properties and implementation of night-time ice-making for day time provision of air-conditioning, among others. We are also testing out several other green functions in our properties, such as air purification and collection of rainwater for use in washrooms.