Sands Expo & Convention Centre is now a carbon neutral venue
22 September 2020: Sands Expo and Convention Centre (SECC), at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, has recently received carbon neutral status. Already a LEED-Platinum and ISO20121-certified venue, SECC is Singapore’s first MICE venue to obtain carbon neutral status.
One of the pilot events taking place is the Singapore International Energy Week Conference 2020, which is scheduled to take place at Marina Bay Sands from 26-30 Oct 2020 involving up to 250 pax. And, 100 per cent of the gas and electricity consumed in Sands Expo and Convention Centre is carbon neutral, according to an official communiqué.
As SECC gears up for a gradual re-opening, clients can conduct meetings and conferences that are 100 per cent carbon neutral and at no additional cost. “Our carbon neutral MICE venue adds another dimension to our suite of sustainable event solutions. Since 2012, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 33 per cent,” said Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands.
Marina Bay Sands has invested in energy efficient infrastructure to reduce its carbon footprint. For example, its S$25 million Intelligent Building Management System has helped save over 7.4 million kWh of energy annually since 2012. Sub-metered floors at the integrated resort’s (IR) MICE venue also help event organisers effectively track energy usage across specific areas.
Events held at Sands Expo will be reimagined for a safer delegate experience. Each event will feature reduced capacities and measures to adhere to safe distancing requirements – from onsite registration processes, event queue management systems to redesigned event set-ups. Theatre-style set-ups will observe government guidelines on capacity and prevailing safe distancing rules. Banquet table capacity will be reduced, with the distance between tables doubled.
New prototypes being developed and tested for the resumption of safe tradeshows such as TravelRevive – powered by ITB Asia and STB, a new event taking place at Marina Bay Sands in November 2020.