[PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – June 3, 2024] In a bold step towards redefining the urban development landscape in Cambodia, Canopy Sands Development (“CSD”) announced today its appointment of Alaya Consulting (“Alaya”) as the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) consultancy firm for its 934-hectare Bay of Lights project.

The appointment of Alaya by CSD is a strategic move to ensure that the Bay of Lights leverages its data-driven expertise to integrate comprehensive sustainability strategies into the project. CSD believes that sustainable practices can lead to cost savings, increased operational efficiency, and enhanced development values, positioning itself for sustained success and positive impact.

“We are excited to partner with Alaya to drive the sustainability agenda for the Bay of Lights project forward. This appointment reaffirms our commitment to creating sustainable and resilient communities that prioritize both environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” said Jimmy He, Managing Director of CSD.

The Bay of Lights project is an ambitious coastal development aimed at redefining urban living with a focus on sustainability and innovation. This mixed-use development will feature some of the key sustainability features below.

  • Public Transportation Integration: Emphasizes transit-oriented development to reduce reliance on private vehicles, thereby lowering traffic congestion and emissions.
  • Walkability and Cycling: Designed to promote walkability and cycling, with all key areas within a 5–10-minute walk or bike ride, reducing the need for car travel, encouraging physical activity, and contributing to a healthier environment.
  • Energy Efficiency: Aims to commit to energy-efficient designs and green building certifications to ensure long-term environmental benefits.

Alaya, a pioneer in ESG consulting in Hong Kong, brings a wealth of experience and a track record of successful projects in the sector. Since its inception, Alaya has completed over 500 ESG reports and is the first ESG consultancy in Asia approved for science-based emissions target setting.

“We believe our combined efforts will serve as a model for future projects, demonstrating how modern urban developments can harmonize with nature and benefit the community,” said Tony Wong, Founder of Alaya. “By leveraging our extensive ESG expertise, we aim to set new standards for sustainable urban development in Cambodia,” he added.

Beyond the Bay of Lights project, Canopy Sands Development is actively advancing sustainability through a range of initiatives. At the Global Climate Action Forum 2024, the company reaffirmed its dedication to sustainable urban development, spotlighting the Bay of Lights as a flagship project exemplifying their environmental commitment.

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