As a leading green developer, Keppel Land continues to engage and nurture communities wherever it operates. At the same time, the company lends its support to causes in the areas of environment and education.
Green corridor run
Over 11,000 people from 82 countries gathered at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on 6 March 2016 to participate in the Green Corridor Run, held in conjunction with Singapore’s World Water Day celebrations.
As a major sponsor, Keppel Land highlighted the importance of environmental and water sustainability through the “Keppel Land Water Challenge”, a special segment of the run. This is Keppel Land’s second consecutive year as a sponsor.
The Keppel Land Water Challenge saw about 500 participants carrying some 1,800 litres of recycled water over a distance of more than 10.5km to experience what it is like for those in developing countries to have to walk long distances to collect water for their daily needs. For every litre of water the participants poured into a ceremonial well at the finishing point at Bukit Timah Rail Station, the organiser donated $1 to “charity: water”, a non-profit organisation that provides clean and safe drinking water to developing nations.
In her flag-off address, Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, said, “I hope that through this, we will appreciate that water is a precious resource and we should adopt water conservation habits. Every one of us, young and old, can play a part to save water to ensure that we have a sustainable water supply.”
Flagging off the second wave of the race was CEO of Keppel Land, Mr Ang Wee Gee. He said, “Through promoting and supporting eco-conscious initiatives such as this, we seek to raise awareness of environmental sustainability and encourage our different stakeholders to join us as we make strides in our green journey.”
Almost 150 staff from across the Keppel Group participated in the Green Corridor Run with their families and friends. Among the participants were Keppel Land CFO Mr Lim Kei Hin, Keppel Land President (Singapore) Mr Tan Swee Yiow and Keppel REIT CFO Mr Kelvin Chow.
As the world strives to achieve a lower than two degree Celsius increase in global temperature by 2020, over 160 nations inked their commitment to COP21, the international agreement on climate change.
In conjunction with World Water Day on 22 March and Earth Day on 22 April, Keppel Land rallied staff and management to pen pledges to fight climate change.
Eco action day
For the fourth consecutive year, Keppel Land has come in as a Strategic Partner for Ricoh’s Eco Action Day, to be held on 3 June 2016, in commemoration of World Environment Day.
From now till end-June 2016, roadshows will be held at the lobbies of Keppel Land and Keppel REIT’s office buildings, including Ocean Financial Centre,Bugis Junction Towers, One Raffles Quay, Marina Bay Financial Centre and Keppel Bay Tower. Staff will be onsite to educate and disseminate information to tenants and visitors of the buildings on how they can reduce the environmental impact of their actions at work and at home.
Gift of water
In Myanmar, where Keppel Land owns Sedona Hotels and a 40% stake in Junction City Tower, an estimated 70% of the population resides in rural areas that have limited access to clean water sources and basic health facilities.
Keppel Land, in partnership with non-profit organisations Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Mingalar Myanmar and the Singapore Red Cross, has embarked on the Water for Life project in Yangon to provide over 7,000 villagers in Kaw Hmu and Kungyangon with better access to clean drinking water.
Since the launch of the project in April 2013, a total of 51 employees from Keppel’s various business units participated in a total of seven volunteer trips.
In mid-March 2016, Keppel Land organised its final volunteer trip to the villages, rounding off a successful project run which saw the installation of 24 tube wells with water storage shelters and 16 hygiene workshops conducted for the villagers.
The programme’s conclusion was marked with a ceremony graced by Mr Robert Chua, Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of SIF, Dr Phone Win, Director at Mingalar Myanmar, and Mr Ng Ooi Hooi, President of Regional Investments at Keppel Land.