Hong Kong – Government increases supply of designated quarantine hotels to meet demand of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas

Government increases supply of designated quarantine hotels to meet demand of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas


     ​The Government said today (March 26) that it strives to increase the supply of designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) so as to meet the demand of Hong Kong residents returning from overseas (including foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who are Hong Kong residents or have been granted visa to come to Hong Kong).

     The Government has announced that, with effect from April 1, the place-specific flight suspension mechanism for nine places would be lifted and the quarantine arrangement for Hong Kong residents returning from overseas would be adjusted. In anticipation of the growing number of returning Hong Kong residents, the Government will increase the supply of DQHs in an orderly manner to meet the demand, while guarding against the importation of COVID-19 cases at the same time.

     Specifically, after assessing the supply and demand as well as the usage of community isolation facilities (CIFs), the Government decided to convert 13 hotels (list at Annex 1), which have earlier been turned into CIFs, back to DQHs to supplement over 4 400 rooms on top of the current supply. These DQHs will commence service progressively from April 1 onwards and will start to accept room bookings for the relevant period gradually. The Government has also asked existing DQHs to release around 500 blocked-off rooms to meet the demand. To sum up, there will be 38 DQHs providing over 10 000 rooms in total for selection by Hong Kong residents returning from places other than the Mainland and Macao. 

     Separately, three hotels which are currently isolation facilities will be reserved for FDHs to undergo quarantine starting from April 1. Along with one existing designated quarantine facility for FDHs, the four hotels (list at Annex 2) will provide about 1 600 rooms. For details regarding the quarantine arrangements for FDHs, please refer to the Labour Department’s FDH Portal www.fdh.labour.gov.hk.

     The Government will update regularly the list of DQHs and their booking status on the thematic website www.designatedhotel.gov.hk.

     The Government fully implemented the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme on December 22, 2020, requiring all arrivals from specified places to undergo compulsory quarantine at DQHs with a view to further preventing the importation of COVID-19 cases and reducing contact between arrivals and the local community. Under the Scheme, 44 DQHs were expected to provide service from March 1 to July 31 this year. Nevertheless, the Government converted some of them into CIFs to tackle the fifth wave of the epidemic.

AB InBev Increases its Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine and Is Forfeiting All Financial Benefits from Stake in Russian Non-Controlled Joint Venture


We are providing critical assistance to our 1,800 employees in Ukraine and their families, including providing housing and financial support. In addition to donating to the Red Cross, we are working in partnership with them, other CPGs and local NGOs to provide food, blankets, medical supplies and 2 million cans of emergency drinking water to Ukraine and surrounding refugee relief areas.

We have a joint venture in Ukraine and Russia with Turkish brewer Anadolu Efes. Yet, we do not have a controlling stake at the joint venture and do not consolidate it in our accounts. We have requested the controlling shareholder to suspend the license for the production and sale of Bud in Russia. Furthermore, we are forfeiting all financial benefit from the joint venture operations.

The joint venture employees in Ukraine and Russia will continue to be supported and paid. We are focused on supporting our employees, their families and the humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine while wishing for peace.

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Hans Energy Increases its Shareholding in the Holding Companies of Citybus and NWFB to 15.56%

Hans Energy Company Limited (“Hans Energy” or the “Company”) and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) (stock code: 554.HK), a leading operator in the energy industry, announced today that the Group will increase its shareholding in Bravo Transport Holdings Limited (“BTHL”), which wholly owns Citybus and NWFB, at a total consideration of HK$350 million. This represents 7% of the entire issued share capital of BTHL. Upon completion of the acquisition, the Group will own approximately 15.56% of equity interest in BTHL.

Pursuant to the sale and purchase agreement, Glorify Group Limited (“Glorify”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group, has conditionally agreed to acquire – and Templewater Bravo Holdings Limited (“TWB Holdings”) and Ascendal Bravo Limited (“ABL”) have conditionally agreed to sell – an aggregate of 700 BTHL Shares. Together these represent 7% of the entire issued share capital of BTHL at a total consideration of HK$350 million. Upon completion of the acquisition, approximately 83.90% of BTHL will be held by TWB Holdings, 15.56% by Glorify, and 0.54% by ABL. The principal subsidiaries of BTHL include Bravo Transport Services Limited (“Bravo Transport”), which principally engages in providing public bus and travel-related services in Hong Kong through its subsidiaries Citybus and NWFB in which Bravo Transport Services Limited has a direct or indirect 100% shareholding interest. Citybus and NWFB both operate bus services in Hong Kong some of which are through public bus franchises that they have granted.

Mr. Yang Dong, Chief Executive Officer of Hans Energy Company Limited said, “This acquisition will enhance our development in Hong Kong’s public transportation sector. Leveraging on the Group’s extensive experience in the operation of energy industry chains, the Company will strive to explore and promote the development of new energy transportation business in the future so as to conform with the Group’s overall strategic direction of developing new energy industry chains. By leveraging the Group’s extensive experience in sourcing and trading fuel-related products in the region, the Company intends to provide strategic support to BTHL to develop its storage & transportation business related to new energy fuels, thereby fostering new sources of profitable growth in the long term.”

Mr. Yang continued, “To comply with the Hong Kong Climate Action Blueprint 2050 promulgated by the Hong Kong Government, and to achieve the goal of “carbon neutrality” and actively meet the huge demand for the development of green transportation, the Group is cooperated closely with core suppliers in key hydrogen-energy sectors and internationally-renowned automobile suppliers so as to promote the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel in Hong Kong. We believe that this acquisition is a key part of building Hong Kong’s hydrogen energy industry chain, and will generate synergistic benefits to the Group’s business development, creating value for stakeholders over the long term.”

About Hans Energy Company Limited
Hans Energy Company Limited is a leading operator in providing integrated facilities of jetties, storage tanks, warehousing and logistic services in south China for petroleum and liquid chemicals, offering value-added services in its own ports and storage tank farms, trading of oil and petrochemical products, and operating filling stations.

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Neste increases the use of renewable electricity at its Porvoo refinery in Finland with a new wind power agreement

Neste has signed a renewable power purchase agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy. Statkraft will begin the wind power deliveries to Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland in mid-2022.

Neste is committed to combat climate change and reduce climate emissions both globally and locally. To support this, the company has two climate commitments. The signed agreement supports Neste’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of its production and to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Neste’s other climate commitment is to reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emissions with its renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons CO2eq annually by 2030.

“Our aim is to use 100% renewable electricity globally by 2023. We are increasing the use of renewable wind power at the Porvoo refinery, as it is one of the key measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of our production,” says Sami Oja, acting Executive Vice President, Oil Products at Neste.

In addition to its agreement with Statkraft, Neste’s wind power partners are Ilmatar and Fortum. Neste has been using wind power at the Porvoo refinery since the beginning of 2021. Currently, about 20% of the refinery’s electricity consumption is covered by renewable wind power.

The total annual capacity of the wind power agreement with Neste and Statkraft is approximately 215 GWh, which corresponds to some 18% of the electricity consumption at Neste’s refinery in Porvoo, Finland. This will reduce the refinery’s indirect greenhouse gas emissions* of electricity purchases annually by approximately 53,000 tons CO2 eq. Including previous agreements, Neste will reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions of its electricity purchases for its production in Finland by approximately 170,000 tons CO2 eq**, which equals the average annual carbon footprint of more than 21,000 EU citizens***.

*) Scope 2 emissions defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
**) The emission reduction has been calculated on the basis of the 2019 residual mix published by the Finnish Energy Authority.
***) Source: World Bank

Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. We refine waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. We are the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, we are also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2020, Neste’s revenue stood at EUR 11.8 billion, with 94% of the company’s comparable operating profit coming from renewable products. Read more: neste.com

Hydro increases capacity for sustainable aluminium production in Sjunnen, Sweden

The press operations in Sjunnen, Sweden that was idled a few years ago will be reopened. The plant will be fully operational during the fall of 2021 and increases Hydro Extrusions Sweden’s capacity of aluminium profiles made with recycled aluminium by approximately 20%.

The decision to reopen comes in response to a substantial increase and market demand for low-carbon aluminium profiles across all industries where Hydro Extrusions operates. 

As business is coming back to normal after the pandemic, the demand for high-quality and sustainable aluminium profiles has surged. By adding one more press, Hydro Extrusions Sweden will increase the annual capacity by around 10.000 tonnes.

Hydro has a set a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 and increasing capacity for recycling aluminium and producing more low-carbon alloys and extrusions play an important role in realizing that target. The reopening of the extrusion press in Sjunnen, with its close connection to the remelting facility, is a step towards a circular thinking, where Extrusions Sweden can play an important role in the region by recycling aluminium from the local market and increase capacity for new low-carbon extrusions.

“Aluminium is a material of the future which gives companies across industries new opportunities in sustainable design and recycling. Starting up the extrusion operations in Sjunnen is a direct result of the increased demand for sustainable aluminium and proof that our products have an important role to fill in the transitions towards a greener economy. With increased capacity and flexibility we can also shorten the lead-times to our customers,” says Jonas Bjuhr, Managing Director Hydro Extrusions Sweden.