Purpose of the project:
First organised by CCT in 2012, the CCT Eco Race is a novel, fun and educational event to involve tenants in our pledge to protect the environment. The second CCT Eco Race in 2013, themed The Carbon Challenge, was attended by over 300 participants from 27 companies.
Participants were grouped into teams of four and completed tasks at different locations to offset the 28,000 carbon points allocated to them at the start of the race. This year, the Building and Construction Authority has joined the race as an event partner. The event is deemed an excellent communication platform for engaging building occupants in adopting green design and practices for their workplace and residence.
Through the CCT Eco Race, tenants learnt about carbon offsetting the reduction of and the nature of the carbon crisis that is currently underway globally. Taking up its own challenge to reduce carbon emissions, CCT actively measured, then offset, the carbon generated during this year’s race. Selected facade lights of CCT properties were switched off for 24 hours on two weekends after the race. As a result, the 3,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity saved, equivalent to 1,937 kilograms of carbon, more than successfully offset the 313 kilograms of carbon emissions produced from participants, event partners, suppliers, and helpers travelling to the race venue. These calculations were based on the post-race transport survey report published by Instep (an international science-based carbon accounting, monitoring, and certification process) from 150 surveys conducted before and during the event. According to the report, the most significant source of carbon emissions came from participants’ modes of travel to the race venue. Besides promoting awareness of environmental sustainability, the race encompassed a charity focus where the registration fees, at S$10 per participant, were donated to TOUCH Community Services to benefit the education needs of these children. The donation was matched dollar for dollar by CapitaLand Hope Foundation (a registered charity in Singapore that invests in fuandamental needs of underprivileged children). A total donation of S$6,770.00 was collected for TOUCH Community Services.
“CCT strives to not only be a provider of good quality office space with conducive work environment, but also be an environmentally responsible landlord. We started CCT Eco Race with a view to engaging our tenants in promoting practical ways in protecting the environment with fun and healthy activities.” - Lynette Leong, Chief Executive Officer