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“Support Vaccination Lucky Draw” winners announced in Hong Kong

In support of the Hong Kong government’s efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, the CK Group and the Li Ka Shing Foundation launched a lucky draw programme for fully vaccinated residents of Hong Kong. Winners were announced on 20 September and collectively won HK$20 million worth of prizes. These CK Group selected vouchers enable lucky winners to make purchases at A.S. Watson retail outlets, subscribe for 3 Hong Kong’s services and even make a large contribution towards buying a CK Asset residential property in Hong Kong.

From zero to 200 million TEU: Yantian’s amazing journey

Hutchison Ports Yantian celebrated a new milestone as it moved its 200 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) in 2021. Yantian’s traffic defied a global slowdown in 2020, increasing its throughput by 2% year-on-year. From its humble beginnings in 1994, Hutchison Ports Yantian now serves one-third of the import and export trade for the workshop of the world, Guangdong province in Mainland China. This also encompasses one-quarter of all Sino-US trade. The port continues to invest to support continued growth arising from the increased TEU traffic.

UK Power Networks investing in the UK’s net zero future

UK citizens aiming to support the country to hit net zero carbon emissions are benefiting from extra funding to help the United Kingdom get there by 2050. UK Power Networks is carrying out 86 low-carbon energy projects worth £66 million that will help transition the economy to one that has a lower environmental footprint. ‘Shovel-ready’ plans were targeted for immediate impact, including installing rapid electric vehicle charging stations in local communities, energy generators looking to connect more renewable energy to the electricity network, and community energy projects.

3 Ireland’s Green Team commits to reducing carbon emissions

3 Ireland has joined 60 other domestic and international firms to help the country reach its goal of becoming a net zero carbon state by 2050. The operator has committed to record its direct and indirect emissions, reduce direct emissions, work to minimise supply chain emissions, and to report on its progress in a formal annual report. 3 Ireland formed the Green Team, an internal, cross-department team, to work on these commitments as well as a variety of other initiatives that promote sustainability awareness and action across the company. The Emerald Isle is getting a green boost from 3 Ireland’s passionate Green Team!

The circle of plastic life turns with Plastic Reborn

Watsons’ retail outlets will become the nodes of a city-wide plastic bottle collection network to get plastic bottles into recycling facilities and out of landfill. It’s part of a programme with global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and Hong Kong-based circular economy service The Loops. Customers will be incentivised by receiving Plastic Reborn eStamps which they can redeem for products. The bottles will be transported to the New Life Plastics plant in Tuen Mun’s Eco Park where they will be prepared to be reborn into their next incarnation.

People power to finance a green future

Northern Gas Networks Finance raised £1 million through the sale of a green bond to local investors that will allow them to realise returns of 1.6% a year over 10 years. The funds will be used to upgrade the current network of gas pipes to make them hydrogen ready as Northern Gas Networks builds the zero-emission network of the future. Offering the bond to the public gives people a chance to participate in greening their future.

ESDlife is sweeping awards season

ESDlife had a very successful awards season in 2020 during a challenging year for the retail, public services, banking and finance, and insurance industries. The company won a Gold Award for Best AI Solution at the DigiZ Awards 2020 and a Gold Award for Best Loyalty Programme at The Loyalty and Engagement Awards 2020. It also won a range of other awards in mobile and apps, customer loyalty, fintech, design and retail.

Decarbonisation and clean-up for construction sites

HK Electric is helping construction sites to reduce their noise and air pollution on site while also decarbonising construction work. In crowded Hong Kong, construction sites are often hemmed in by thousands of pedestrians and neighbours just metres away from noisy diesel generators used to power their reach for the sky. By providing a timely, reliable and adequate grid electricity supply during construction, builders can switch from diesel power on site to quieter, greener electricity. Neighbours and workers will love getting a break from the din of diesel during construction, and carbon emissions can also be reduced by 60%.

The path to a greener future with PATHWATER

100% recyclable. Made of 70% recycled material. AND BPA free!?! This bottle has got it all. Watsons Water has launched an innovative packaging with its new PATHWATER aluminium bottles. The bottles are also designed for re-using, which has been part of their immense popularity since they were launched earlier this year.

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Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison - the US$6 billion merger creates the second-biggest telecom operator in Indonesia

Indosat Ooredoo and PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia have agreed to merge their complementary Indonesian businesses with a total transaction value of US$6 billion. The merged company will be the archipelago nation’s second-biggest and world-class telecom and Internet giant with over US$3 billion in revenues. Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison will have the financial and customer scale to invest even more into its network and deliver more value to customers and shareholders in Indonesia.

Canning Fok, Group Co-Managing Director of CK Hutchison, said: “With greater scale, expanded spectrum, and a more efficient cost structure, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison will be better positioned to extend the rollout of its network and enhance service quality and speed.” Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Managing Director of Ooredoo Group, concluded: “This merged company will deliver significant value and benefits for all stakeholders including Indosat Ooredoo and Ooredoo Group shareholders, customers, employees and Indonesia.”

The combined company will be able to leverage the experience and expertise of CK Hutchison and Ooredoo Group in 5G and traditional networks, technologies, products and services to drive accelerated innovation across Indonesia’s digital economy. Both parties expressed gratitude for the sound policy environment that regulators and the Indonesian government have created for the telecom industry.  

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“Support Vaccination Lucky Draw” winners announced in Hong Kong

In support of the Hong Kong government’s efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, the CK Group and the Li Ka Shing Foundation launched a lucky draw programme for fully vaccinated residents of Hong Kong. Winners were announced on 20 September and collectively won HK$20 million worth of prizes. These CK Group selected vouchers enable lucky winners to make purchases at A.S. Watson retail outlets, subscribe for 3 Hong Kong’s services and even make a large contribution towards buying a CK Asset residential property in Hong Kong.

From zero to 200 million TEU: Yantian’s amazing journey

Hutchison Ports Yantian celebrated a new milestone as it moved its 200 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) in 2021. Yantian’s traffic defied a global slowdown in 2020, increasing its throughput by 2% year-on-year. From its humble beginnings in 1994, Hutchison Ports Yantian now serves one-third of the import and export trade for the workshop of the world, Guangdong province in Mainland China. This also encompasses one-quarter of all Sino-US trade. The port continues to invest to support continued growth arising from the increased TEU traffic.

UK Power Networks investing in the UK’s net zero future

UK citizens aiming to support the country to hit net zero carbon emissions are benefiting from extra funding to help the United Kingdom get there by 2050. UK Power Networks is carrying out 86 low-carbon energy projects worth £66 million that will help transition the economy to one that has a lower environmental footprint. ‘Shovel-ready’ plans were targeted for immediate impact, including installing rapid electric vehicle charging stations in local communities, energy generators looking to connect more renewable energy to the electricity network, and community energy projects.

3 Ireland’s Green Team commits to reducing carbon emissions

3 Ireland has joined 60 other domestic and international firms to help the country reach its goal of becoming a net zero carbon state by 2050. The operator has committed to record its direct and indirect emissions, reduce direct emissions, work to minimise supply chain emissions, and to report on its progress in a formal annual report. 3 Ireland formed the Green Team, an internal, cross-department team, to work on these commitments as well as a variety of other initiatives that promote sustainability awareness and action across the company. The Emerald Isle is getting a green boost from 3 Ireland’s passionate Green Team!

The circle of plastic life turns with Plastic Reborn

Watsons’ retail outlets will become the nodes of a city-wide plastic bottle collection network to get plastic bottles into recycling facilities and out of landfill. It’s part of a programme with global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and Hong Kong-based circular economy service The Loops. Customers will be incentivised by receiving Plastic Reborn eStamps which they can redeem for products. The bottles will be transported to the New Life Plastics plant in Tuen Mun’s Eco Park where they will be prepared to be reborn into their next incarnation.

People power to finance a green future

Northern Gas Networks Finance raised £1 million through the sale of a green bond to local investors that will allow them to realise returns of 1.6% a year over 10 years. The funds will be used to upgrade the current network of gas pipes to make them hydrogen ready as Northern Gas Networks builds the zero-emission network of the future. Offering the bond to the public gives people a chance to participate in greening their future.

ESDlife is sweeping awards season

ESDlife had a very successful awards season in 2020 during a challenging year for the retail, public services, banking and finance, and insurance industries. The company won a Gold Award for Best AI Solution at the DigiZ Awards 2020 and a Gold Award for Best Loyalty Programme at The Loyalty and Engagement Awards 2020. It also won a range of other awards in mobile and apps, customer loyalty, fintech, design and retail.

Decarbonisation and clean-up for construction sites

HK Electric is helping construction sites to reduce their noise and air pollution on site while also decarbonising construction work. In crowded Hong Kong, construction sites are often hemmed in by thousands of pedestrians and neighbours just metres away from noisy diesel generators used to power their reach for the sky. By providing a timely, reliable and adequate grid electricity supply during construction, builders can switch from diesel power on site to quieter, greener electricity. Neighbours and workers will love getting a break from the din of diesel during construction, and carbon emissions can also be reduced by 60%.

The path to a greener future with PATHWATER

100% recyclable. Made of 70% recycled material. AND BPA free!?! This bottle has got it all. Watsons Water has launched an innovative packaging with its new PATHWATER aluminium bottles. The bottles are also designed for re-using, which has been part of their immense popularity since they were launched earlier this year.

Superdrug’s super nurses head for the coronavirus pandemic front lines

Superdrug’s nurses are taking on the toughest COVID-19 has to offer by volunteering to serve on their nation’s front lines, fighting the disease.

Sewage secretions surrender COVID-19 secrets

COVID-19 may be invisible to the eye, but not to scientists working with Northumbrian Water to trace its spread by sampling wastewater.

COVID-19 containment: Watsons Water makes a mask-making miracle machine

Team Watsons Water got creative and worked round the clock to deliver life-saving PPE to Hongkongers.

LKSF delivers the sword and shield to medical professionals

The Li Ka Shing Foundation sprang into action early in the coronavirus pandemic to provide desperately needed personal protective equipment to medical staff.

Energised education at HK Electric Institute

High-performance management at HK Electric is supercharged through education delivered by a host of internal and external professors at the HK Electric Institute.

Passion for learning: A.S. Watson Group Retail Academy

The high-pressure crucible of Hong Kong’s shopping environment seems like it would leave little room for learning among retail professionals. But A.S. Watson’s commitment to higher performance creates opportunities for promising staff to elevate their game at its very own Retail Academy.

Grants from LKSF foster strategic, system-wide advances in knowledge

Tactical donations make a difference to help tackle one, or even several, problems. But a series of strategic donations will bolster the entire biological, bioengineering and biomedical establishment in Hong Kong with world-class platforms and integrative thinking.

Disappearing bees? 5G Bee-o-meter to the rescue

Vanishing bee populations are a major problem for global agriculture. 3 Austria’s 5G network is a key part of a tech solution that puts beekeepers ‘inside’ their hives to solve problems for Man’s invaluable helpers.

5G Ports: 2,000 tonnes of power from your desk

Port of Felixstowe’s 5G plans not only put the power of massive dockside cranes in the delicate digits of desk-driving derrick directors, but also connect a legion of sensors to help train AI that could save Hutchison Ports millions of pounds in maintenance efficiency.

5G connects Hong Kong to the world and the universe

5G is a platform to build dreams on and 3 Hong Kong is helping dreamers to climb on board. It works with small businesses and the community to help them overcome COVID-19 challenges and to unite their artistic vision, with an eye on the stars.