HONG KONG, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Asia has pledged to support Earth Hour 2016, a lights-off event organised by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to be held on 19 March at 8:30pm (local time) that will last for one hour.
Earth Hour is a worldwide annual event that UBM Asia has been participating in since 2013. Originated as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, the event has become the world's largest collective environmental action.
According to WWF, millions of people in over 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries and territories participated in this event in 2015 and during Earth Hour 2015, electricity consumption in Hong Kong dropped by 4.08%, which is equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emission of approximately 138 tonnes.
UBM Asia is engaging all its staff to switch off the lights during the Earth Hour to save energy and help create a better and a more sustainable future for earth. "Sustainability is at the heart of our business and people. We have been participating in Earth Hour since 2013. Though it is just one hour, every small step will become the start of something amazing," said Jime Essink, President & CEO of UBM Asia.
"In 2011, UBM set a 5-year target of reducing the carbon impact at its global offices, including UBM Asia, by 10%. At the end of 2015, UBM achieved a remarkable reduction of 15% in carbon emissions per employee," he added.
In November 2015, UBM was awarded a position on the FTSE 350 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and is as the only Events based business included in the index.
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1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.
UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.
2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
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