Being conscientious in conserving and protecting the environment is embedded in UOL’s core values. Environmental sustainability is a key thrust of our corporate social responsibility framework.

Our performance and case studies are reported in our sustainability reports here.

Environmental Policy and
Management System
Raising Environmental
We demonstrate our commitment in our policies, and develop management systems to measure, monitor and review environmental performance on at least a quarterly basis. The policies, management systems and targets were developed and tailored separately for property and hospitality businesses.

UOL recognises that our business activities form an integral part of the environment and thus is committed to conserving and protecting the environment in which we operate. We strive to be a good corporate citizen by continually improving our environmental performance.

For our property business, we are committed to:

  • Reducing pollution through conservation of energy and water consumption
  • Carrying out activities in environmentally-friendly manner and continually improving our environmental performance
  • Complying to all relevant environmental and other requirements stipulated by the authorities

Our property business achieved the ISO 14001 certification in 2015.

Environmental performance is reviewed quarterly and benchmarked on an annual basis against the industry as well as selected peers. All our main contractors are required to submit quarterly reports on energy and water consumption.

For our hospitality business, we are committed to:

  • Reducing energy needs
  • Reducing waste and increase recycling
  • Purchasing environmentally-friendly products

Guided by the above commitments, each hotel develops its own initiatives. An environmental champion and a cross-functional environmental team are established at each hotel. Environmental data is reported and analysed on a monthly basis to the Director of Engineering. Energy intensity is a key indicator that is reported regularly to the Chief Executive Officer (Hotels).

Managing our carbon footprint is part of our environmental responsibility in response to climate change concerns, and prepares our organisation to operate in low carbon societies.

For land-scarce Singapore, where there is limited space for landfill, proper waste and resource management is important.

In our selection of construction materials, we encourage and support the use of Green Label products, such as precast lightweight concrete wall, wheel stoppers, subsoil drainage cells, solid surface for cabinetry works, precast drains or road kerbs and adhesive for cabinetry work. Our target of achieving at least Green Mark Gold certification for our new investment properties is aligned with our aim to use recycled and sustainable building materials.

Recycling initiatives are implemented across our diverse portfolio. Recycling bins are placed in all our properties. We also recycle old computers and toners, and distribute unused paints from hotel upgrading for community projects such as day care improvements.

We believe in starting our efforts from ‘home’ to nurturing an environmentally conscious culture. Environmentally-friendly tips are shared with employees regularly. Signs and stickers are displayed prominently to remind users to switch off lights and computers when not in use to conserve energy.

To encourage sustainable retail operations, we provide a one-page summary of tips on energy and water conservation, reduced or sustainable packaging, recycling, and selection of non-toxic cleaning chemicals.

Guests are encouraged to consider and communicate preferences on initiatives to reduce environmental impact, such as reusing towels and linen and declining newspapers.

Think Green
Through our ‘Think Green’ initiative, employees are educated on environmental issues.
We recognise the potential impact resulting from the loss of biodiversity, particularly in developing properties and landscaping at our hotel properties. In Singapore, the significance of biodiversity loss is minimised largely due to the urban environment our properties are developed in. Under current regulations and practices, the tender site is usually cleared before the bidding process takes place. Our developments adhere strictly to the National Parks Board’s requirements, for example, that mature trees or rare species are conserved or transplanted wherever possible.