Sands China invests in green technology for its properties and fleets

Macau gaming operator Sands China is investing in a number of initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment, such as solar panels, recycling policies, and investing in other green technology.

Speaking to Macau Business, the director of sustainability facilities of Sands, Meridith Beaujean, said that the company has been looking at investing in solar panels for hot water, which will be installed at Sands Cotai Central.

“We are going to have it very soon; we are waiting for the license,” she told MNA.

Sands is currently developing “The Londoner” project at Sands Cotai Central. Part of this development will involve retrofitting several hotel properties to be in line with its new theme. Ms. Beaujean said that they aim to donate or sell all furniture that is being used at those hotels, rather than simply disposing of it.

“When you change a hotel, you remove the furniture. We have contracts with recyclers and it is not being disposed of. It is being re-used, not in Macau but it is being either donated to Southeast Asia or sold as second-hand. When we dispose of furniture, first we check if it can be sold to the staff. So, different streams of recycling,” she explained.

Ms. Beaujean also claims that all shuttle buses from the company run on natural gas, and that there is a plan to increase its fleet of electric buses, as well as investing in “enhanced ferries” that are meant to be “less polluting and more efficient.”

“We have some electric buses, electric chargers in our properties for private vehicles, and we are starting to move our limousines, although not all yet, into electric,” she said.