To reduce CO2 emissions, we introduced various energy-saving facilities at our manufacturing plants, such as LED lighting and lighting with motion sensors. At some of our manufacturing plants, we have installed solar panels to generate renewable energy, and biomass boilers and heat pump facilities to reuse heat energy. The Hong Kong Government introduced the Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme whereby participating companies can install a Solar Photovoltaic System to generate solar energy. We highly supported the FiT scheme, which has become part of the Group’s climate change policy, and installed the Solar Photovoltaic System in our production plants. Renewable energy generated from the system is being supplied back to the electricity grid and helps to create a greener Hong Kong by reducing carbon emissions from fossil-based energy.
The primary wastes generated by us from the different production processes are soil waste and wastewater. We established the Good Practice Guidelines for employees to categorise wastes and ensure proper handling of any hazardous waste.
In Hong Kong, food waste is a major environmental challenge. According to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), most of Hong Kong’s food waste is disposed of as municipal solid waste in landfills. To tackle the food waste problem, reduction at source and recycling is essential. We implemented a raw materials inventory-sharing system among the brands. Wastage of raw materials can be avoided by transferring raw materials between operations when particular products are not produced and raw materials are not required.
We also joined the “Food Waste/Sewage Sludge Anaerobic Co-Digestion Trial Scheme” led by the Hong Kong government. The scheme creates opportunities and channels for manufacturers to reduce waste in landfills, lower landfill gas such as methane, and convert food waste from operations to compost and biogas. In addition to alleviating the food waste problem, we are recycling our noodle waste in our production process and converting them into animal feed. Recyclers have been commissioned for collection and conversion.
Although instant noodles, as compared to other foods such as meat, generally have a relatively low carbon footprint in terms of fossil energy and cropland used, we are making our greatest efforts to further lower our carbon footprint and packaging materials.