Singapore’s Sands Expo & Convention Centre, which hosts the biennial OSEA (Offshore Southeast Asia) oil and gas event and the annual Singapore International Energy Week, has become the first carbon neutral conference and exhibition venue in the city state.

“Being carbon neutral gives us the opportunity to raise the bar for sustainable events and demonstrate our commitment towards managing our environmental footprint effectively with our MICE partners,” said Marina Bay Sands’ executive director of sustainability, Kevin Teng.

“Since 2012, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 33%, and we will continue to explore industry leading methods to further decouple our carbon footprint from our business growth.”

The venue, at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), is viewed as a step towards Singapore’s goal of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

MBS has invested in energy efficient infrastructure, including a S$25 million (US$18 million) intelligent building management system, which has helped save more than 7.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually since 2012.

MBS’ latest investment in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets covers 100% of the carbon emissions generated from the venue’s gas and electricity consumption.

The RECs are purchased from Singapore’s Sembcorp Solar.

Jen Tan, senior vice president and head of solar for Singapore and SEA at Sembcorp Industries, said: “Our engagement with Marina Bay Sands is a good example of our commitment to help businesses meet their green energy needs and their sustainability targets.”