Hong Kong – Task force on investigation of Hong Kong Coliseum serious incident discusses causes of incident

Task force on investigation of Hong Kong Coliseum serious incident discusses causes of incident

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     A task force led by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) held its third meeting today (August 12) to discuss the causes of a serious incident occurring at the Hong Kong Coliseum (HKC).



     The task force arranged earlier a cherry picker for experts to inspect closely at a higher position the installations suspended at the top of the stage. Besides, as the stage was dismantled, the task force had arranged the inspection and examination of all the hoisted installations which had been lowered down. 



     In the meeting, the task force, after deliberate study of the information gathered at this moment, found that the snapping of wire rope was caused by metal fatigue according to laboratory examination result. However, further investigations are needed to find out the causes of metal fatigue. In addition, the hanging system of panels and its workmanship may also be the causes for the falling down of the LED panels leading to the serious incident at the HKC. The task force will conduct further investigations in this direction.



     Meanwhile, the LCSD will hand over the arena tomorrow as scheduled to the next hirer for holding concerts. The hirer has also agreed to comply and make necessary arrangements to fulfil the three short-term measures announced earlier to ensure the safety of performers, staff members and audiences. The measures are (1) Revisit and enhance safety of their stage design and their brought-in mechanical devices and to ensure the safety of all working staff, performers and persons attending the venue; (2) Cease the use of suspended mechanical devices involving swinging, rotation or carrying of persons; and (3) Conduct daily inspection of the mechanical devices mentioned in item (1) by a competent person whom LCSD agrees to assure safe working.

Hong Kong – Task force conducts on-site investigation at Hong Kong Coliseum to identify causes of serious incident (with photo)

Task force conducts on-site investigation at Hong Kong Coliseum to identify causes of serious incident (with photo)

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     A task force led by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to identify the causes of a serious incident occurring at Hong Kong the Coliseum (HKC), suggest and follow up on recommendations, held its first meeting today (August 1) at the HKC. An on-site investigation was also conducted by the task force at the arena to look for the causes of the incident.



     The task force is led by Assistant Director of the LCSD Mr Lee Tsz-chun, with members comprising representatives from the Labour Department (LD), the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) and the LCSD as well as a representative from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers invited by the task force, Mr Louis Szeto. Besides, representatives of the Police Force also attended to give advice on evidence collection. Expert Dr Eric Lim was engaged by the task force to help with the study of the causes of the incident.



     Before the meeting, the task force conducted an on-site inspection at the HKC to study carefully the causes of the incident.



     Before the completion of the investigation report, the LCSD will review the safety of all performances under its performing venues and will implement short-term measures starting tomorrow (August 2) until further notices, ensuring performers and staff members to perform in a safe condition:



     1. Hirers are required to revisit and enhance safety of their stage design and their brought-in mechanical devices and to ensure the safety of all working staff, performers and persons attending the venue;

     2. Use of suspended mechanical devices involving swinging, rotation or carrying of persons will be temporarily ceased; and

     3. Hirers must conduct daily inspection of the mechanical devices mentioned in item 1 by a competent person whom LCSD agrees to assure safe working.



     The LCSD will send letters to hirers who have booked its venues before the end of September to explain the above short-term measures and remind them to observe relevant regulations and safety guidelines on stage safety.



     After the first meeting of the task force held today, the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung, met with representatives of the LCSD, LD, the Police Force and the EMSD to learn about the investigation progress in different aspects, listen to the report by the task force and to co-ordinate the division of labour and co-operation among the relevant departments.

B20 task force highlights recommendations to support net zero-carbon

The B20 Energy, Sustainability & Climate Task Force, led by state-owned oil giant Pertamina Group, put forth three recommendations to support realization of the target of net-zero carbon emissions.

The B20 Energy, Sustainability & Climate (ESC) Task Force held entitled the third Task Force Call Meeting on Thursday, April 19 (ANTARA/HO-Pertamina)

“Climate change sustainability is something that we must strive for in the future. For this reason, the B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force has compiled policy recommendations that focus on three recommendations, with 12 policy actions that call for global cooperation,” Deputy Chair of B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force Agung Wicaksono said in a statement obtained here on Thursday.

He delivered the statement during the hybrid dialogue forum of Energy Transition in Growth Markets on Tuesday (June 21).

This forum is one of the events conducted by the Task Force Energy, Sustainability & Climate (ESC) and the Task Force Future of Work and Education in collaboration with the Accenture International Utilities and Energy Conference held on June 21-23, 2022, in Rome, Italy.

Themed “Maximizing the Value of the Energy Transition in Growth Markets and Paving the Way to B20,” this forum discusses the future of the energy industry in an era that prioritizes sustainability and low emissions for a green future and a more sustainable planet.

The three policy recommendations include accelerating the transition to sustainable energy use by reducing carbon intensity in different ways. The second is ensuring a just, orderly, and affordable transition to sustainable energy use. The third recommendation pertains to increasing energy security, so that consumers can access and consume clean and modern energy.

“We are working hard to ensure there is an alignment between the performance targets set by the Italian B20 last year and our performance targets this year, so there will be a continuity,” Wicaksono stated.

To ensure a fair, orderly, and affordable transition to sustainable energy use, Wicaksono stated that the pricing in developing countries should be taken into consideration. Thus, it is necessary to formulate ways to integrate the benefits of carbon pricing into the energy transition pricing.

“With the energy transition, we must also think about the security and availability aspects of world energy. At the same time, we must also ensure that everyone has access to clean and modern energy,” he emphasized.

The managing director of Jababeka Infrastructure stated that the potential of decarbonization towards net-zero emission also comes from industrial areas. Furthermore, he invited companies in the B20 to conduct global collaborations that will result in business actions, as the provision of renewable energy for industrial companies with a large demand can contribute to achieving the energy transition target, he affirmed.

Wicaksono also accentuated the importance of energy transition and the important role of the B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force in achieving energy transition priorities, especially to achieve net-zero emissions.

On the same occasion, Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arsjad Rasjid stated that currently, the main players in the energy and utility areas are facing challenges.

Collaboration becomes increasing important for achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions and a progressive transition from carbon-generating energy to environmentally friendly, greener, and sustainable energy, Rasjid stated.

“The transition to greener energy does not mean stopping profits for the company. The company’s move towards clean energy will create added value for brands and consumers to become more confident and have a positive outlook,” he remarked.

Head of Indonesia’s B20 Organizer, Shinta Kamdani, stated that energy transition should provide benefits and not create burden. Kamdani pressed for making meticulous preparations for the energy transition, including conducting mitigation of the costs and impacts.

“This energy transition certainly requires substantial financial support. The G20 countries, which contribute 80 percent of the world’s economy, are expected to provide this support for the transition process. Several main priorities must be put forward in this energy transition, such as accessibility, technology, and funding,” Kamdani stated.

The event was moderated by Gianfranco Casati and Valentin de Miguel from Accenture that are the Co-Chair and Deputy Co-Chair of the B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force.

The forum also presented other keynote speakers: the Chair B20 Future of Work & Education Task Force/President Director of Astra Otoparts/Director of PT Astra International Tbk, Hamdhani D. Salim; Co-Chair B20 Future of Work & Education Task Force/IOE Vice President to The ILO, Renate Hornung Draus; WEF Head of Energy, Materials and Infrastructure, Kristen Panerali; and ENI Evolution CEO, Giuseppe Ricci.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Azis Kurmala, Editor: Sri Haryati (c) ANTARA 2022






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B20 ESC Task Force to link performance, SDG targets with policies

The B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate (ESC) Task Force has continued to strengthen steps to produce policy recommendations under the Indonesian G20 Presidency.

Chair of the B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force, Nicke Widyawati, during the 4th Call Meeting of the task force in Jakarta on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Antara / HO-Pertamina)

As part of the effort, the ‘Fourth Task Force Call Meeting’ was held online for members on Tuesday (May 24, 2022).

The meeting, which was accessed from Jakarta, was led directly by Pertamina president director and chair of the task force, Nicke Widyawati.

It was attended by around 140 participants comprising deputy chair of the ESC Task Force, Agung Wicaksono; policy manager of the task force, Oki Muraza; eight co-chairs of the task force; and B20 members from 19 industries and 25 countries.

Among the topics the 4th meeting focused on was the addition of aspects of SDGs and key performance indicators (KPI) to policy recommendations.

“Based on the results of discussions between the Task Force and the Implementing Council, it has been agreed that all Task Force B20 should link the SDG goals that are relevant to the draft policy recommendations and develop KPIs as monitoring indicators in policy designs,” Widyawati said.

She reiterated that the main objective of the forum is to ensure inclusivity in the formulation of recommendations and policies, wherein all members of the task force get the opportunity to express their views.

“I hope that we can work together in formulating policy proposals that are effective and can be implemented as well as able to represent the interests of the business community from B20 member countries,” she said.

The policy manager of the task force, Oki Muraza, outlined several KPI proposals in policy recommendations, which are expected to serve as indicators while monitoring the course of policy recommendations, including increasing the percentage of renewable energy from the total global energy supply and creating jobs related to clean energy and low-emission technologies.

“We have compiled this KPI considering the policies that have been made in the Italian B20 presidency by adding several aspects that are in line with the B20 policy recommendations this year,” Muraza said.

In addition, the policy recommendations made should be in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, such as those related to affordable clean energy (SDG No. 7 Affordable and Clean Energy) and climate action (SDG No. 13 Climate Action).

On the same occasion, deputy chair of the task force, Agung Wicaksono, informed that the task force still has one Task Force Call in June 2022 for submitting final policy recommendations.

Wicaksono said he expects the task force members to continue to provide inputs and views on the preparation of policy recommendations that have an impact and can be followed up by the G20 leadership.

In addition, he also listed several other important activities that will be held by the task force after the last Task Force Call, including the B20/G20 Ministerial Dialogue in July 2022; an investment forum titled “2nd Partners in Energy Transition,” which will be organized in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the “SOE Trade & Investment Forum,” which will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises in September; and the B20 Summit in November.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Azis Kurmala, Editor: Suharto (c) ANTARA 2022






Topic: Press release summary

B20 ESC Task Force continues to design constructive energy policies

The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the 3rd ESC Task Force Online Meeting on Tuesday to discuss Policy Action that will be recommended at the upcoming G20, as noted in a release issued by PT Pertamina on Friday. The B20, or Business 20, is a G20 outreach group that represents the international business community.

The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the ‘3rd Task Force Call Meeting’ on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Antara/HO-Pertamina)

The B20 ESG Task Force, led by Pertamina, the largest Energy SOE (State-Owned Enterprise) in Indonesia, and Pertamina President Director & CEO Nicke Widyawati, the ESC Task Force Chair, continues to update policy design and policy action, calling for efforts to maintain energy, sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The ESC Task Force Online Meeting was attended by around 140 participants including ESC Task Force Deputy Chair, Agung Wicaksono, ESC Task Force Policy Manager, Oki Muraza, 8 ESC Task Force Co-Chairs, as well as members from 19 industries and 25 countries.

Widyawati invited members of the Task Force to discuss policy design and to explore actionable policy initiatives. “To date, we have received more than 300 comments and inputs that are very constructive and helpful for us to drafting policy. Through the active involvement of all participants, I am confident that this task force will provide relevant and actionable policy recommendations to the G20 leaders.”.

She said that the meeting had gathered recommendations from the B20 Secretariat which would later be added to several new policy actions to be discussed in more depth to suit the focus and collective needs that represent the interests of the G20 Community as a whole.

“Let’s work together to create and deliver the legacy of Indonesia’s G20 presidency this year, both through policies and a series of side events on the real action of the task force, so that we can be fruitful and give the best to the G20,” said Widyawati.

Widyawati also expressed hope that the main objective of the ESC Task Force, ensuring an inclusive process in developing policy recommendations and actions, will be achieved through meetings and discussions.

Task Force Policy Manager Oki Muraza explained that there are currently 12 main policy action inputs, from 14 policy actions discussed in the previous call meeting.

Task Force Deputy Chair Agung Wicaksono explained that the Task Force was striving to develop partnerships and collaborations, develop technology to carry out capacity building in various countries, and increase values to attract investment and financing access.

“To achieve these goals, we invite the realization of a corporate agreement and pilot project in the country, and we targeted to have it completed in September or October 2022,” he said.

The B20 Secretariat offered green energy transition recommendations toward the G20 high-level meeting in Bali in November 2022. The recommendations included accelerating the transition to sustainable energy use, ensuring an adjustable and affordable transition, and welcoming global cooperation on enhancing energy security.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Sri Haryati (c) ANTARA 2022






Topic: Press release summary