Our Sustainability Strategy - 'our bright future'

In 2016 The Star Entertainment Group set out a new five-year sustainability strategy called 'Our Bright Future'.   

The Star Entertainment Group's view of sustainability is broad and focuses on building business capacity and delivering continuous improvement in the management of environmental, societal and governance issues. ‘Our Bright Future’ groups our objectives and targets into four key pillars : 

  • we strive to be Australia's leading integrated resort company
  • we actively support guest wellbeing  
  • we attract; develop and retain talented teams and
  • we develop and operate world class properties.

The Sustainability Strategy is underpinned by a structured materiality assessment process.  


ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY 

The Star Entertainment Group is committed to managing our operations in line with our Environmental Management Policy. The Star Entertainment Group is committed to sustainable design and retrofit across our properties. However we are aware that as we expand our entertainment offering we activate more floor space, thus it is expected we will consume more energy.

The Star Entertainment Group closed out targets from FY13 - FY16 in the previous financial year and is in the progress of setting new targets aligned with our strategy and development pipeline for resource consumption.

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Our Sustainable Design and Operational Standards demonstrate our focus on building world class integrated resorts by providing suppliers and contractors recommendations by category for the following areas:

1. Water

2. Energy

3. Waste

4. Biodiversity

5. Interiors

6. Materials

7. Best practice and innovation

8. Management of suppliers

Energy efficiency is a key part of these best practice guidelines recommending that all new The Star Entertainment Group developments and retrofits consider:

  • Reducing solar gain in our design and enhanced shading to reduce HVAC load
  • Sub-metering and performance monitoring
  • Utilising natural lighting, ventilation and inroom technologies
  • Installing the most energy efficient plant and controls and overall value engineering
  • Trialing new technologies suited to our buildings
  • Valuing technologies that demonstrate reduced resource use over time

Recent Highlights

The Star Entertainment Group is proud to again be the global leader of the Casino and Gaming Industry in the latest annual assessment for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in 2017. Maximum scores were achieved in the areas of "Anti - Crime Policy & Measures" and "Promoting Responsible Gambling."

  • The Star Sydney has recycled over 2.2 million kgs of glass in 8 years using Bottle Cycler as at January 2018. Crushing glass is supporting our progress towards our waste diversion targets.
  • 1,200 tonnes of waste converted to green electricity between February 2017 - January 2018
  • Over $1.4 million saved through implementing over 26 energy efficiency initiatives in the last two financial years
  • 9,900 soaps created via Soap Aid for disadvantaged communities across our properties
  • The Star Gold Coast completed a $40 million infrastructure project to allow for expansion plans in December 2017. New plant has contributed towards the Group’s carbon and water targets with full benefits to be realised in FY18. The Star Entertainment Group has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has continued to be a member of the FTSE4Good Index

Awards

  • Global leader Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the Casinos and Gaming Industry 2017 and 2016
  • The Star Sydney, Winner, Environment and Energy category, 2017 Australian Hotels Association Awards
  • The Star Sydney, Finalist, 2017 CitySwitch NSW Awards
  • RobecoSam Sustainability Award for Industry Mover 2017 and Gold Status Achiever
  • Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) finalist for "Best Environmental Practices Metropolitan Hotel" 2016 and 2015
  • NSW Government Green Globe Awards Finalist ‘Waste and Recycling Practices’ 2015
  • Finalist, ‘Waste and Recycling Practices’, NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards 2015
  • Winner NSW and National ‘New Signatory of the Year’ award, City Switch Program 2014

Environmental Performance

Green House Gas Emissions

Energy

Waste

Water

Resource Consumption Performance

Energy, water, carbon emissions and recycling and monitored and reported to ensure that the Group manages resource consumption in line with growth. Performance is measured and reported both in absolute consumption metrics and against visitation on an intensity basis.

RCP 1.PNG
  * 2.13% of FY2017 utility accounts were unbilled at the time of reporting. The missing usage has been estimated as 1.0% (1.1 GWh) for electricity, 0.7% (1.3 Tj) for gas and 3.5% (28.9 ML) for water.   * The FY2013 baseline for waste has been recalculated. ‘Recycling intensity’ kg/visitor has been used in FY2017, not ‘waste to landfill intensity kg/visitor’ as used in the FY2016 report, which better reflects recycling performance.  * Visitation numbers have been restated for The Star Sydney in FY2016 impacting the FY2016 intensity per visitor metric.

* 2.13% of FY2017 utility accounts were unbilled at the time of reporting. The missing usage has been estimated as 1.0% (1.1 GWh) for electricity, 0.7% (1.3 Tj) for gas and 3.5% (28.9 ML) for water.
* The FY2013 baseline for waste has been recalculated. ‘Recycling intensity’ kg/visitor has been used in FY2017, not ‘waste to landfill intensity kg/visitor’ as used in the FY2016 report, which better reflects recycling performance. 
* Visitation numbers have been restated for The Star Sydney in FY2016 impacting the FY2016 intensity per visitor metric.

Sustainability Targets

The Star Entertainment Group has set organisational sustainability targets in alignment with the ‘Our Bright Future’ strategy. The resource targets cover a 10-year time frame, are at an organisational level and are as follows:

  • 30% reduction in carbon emission intensity by financial year 2023 based on a financial year 2013 baseline year (per m2)
  • 30% reduction in potable water consumption intensity by financial year 2023 based on a financial year 2013 (per m2)

Climate Change Risk Assessment

The Star Entertainment Group has recognised the need for climate change risk assessment to determine how its properties may be susceptible to climate change in the future, and how it can mitigate those risks, as well as fulfilling its responsibilities in reducing resource consumption.

Case Studies

The Star Entertainment Group has undertaken a variety of initiatives to support our sustainability and environmental targets. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning And Designing In Sustainability - The Astral Tower
  • Reusing Waste Oyster Shells To Improve Ecology With OceanWatch Australia
  • Design In Action - The Star Gold Coast

These cases studies demonstrate how we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through positive and measurable actions.