The ECKART plant in Zhuhai has been one-
hundred percent carbon-free since March 2022.
High expectations placed on companies
The positive emissions and occupational safety situation make
ECKART a good corporate citizen. In China, it is deemed extreme-
ly important that companies, like individuals, demonstrate responsible,
social behavior, also regarding the corporate environment.
Hence there are high expectations. For Ka Lok Cheung,
this is a matter of course: “As good neighbors, we ensure a good
climate,” he says, summing up the company’s aspirations and
Owing to a general change in thinking, criteria such as
safety and sustainability are now important indicators alongside
gross domestic product. Despite strict controls, it is primarily
the behavior of the companies that determines whether the official
requirements can be met.
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In terms of occupational safety, too, everyone involved benefits
from the sustainable operation of the ECKART plant. The site has
been completely accident-free for more than ten years now.
Setting standards from the outset
Ka Lok Cheung has actively followed the development from
the very beginning. The 45-year-old family man, who has been
with the company since 2004, knows the significance of its
status as a good corporate citizen: “Sustainability has always been
at the top of ECKART’s agenda. In this area, we set benchmarks
from the very beginning and established standards that are now
increasingly demanded by other players as well. For me, this is
the right path in every respect – I also attach great importance to
sustainable behavior in my private life. Where each individual
can make a difference in many small ways, companies have an
even greater obligation,” comments Cheung.
No reason to let up
And Zhuhai already has its sights firmly set on the next steps: En-
ergy consumption is to be further optimized, to which data
monitoring and analysis will play a significant role. So even though
climate neutrality has been achieved, Ka Lok Cheung and his
team are not slackening their efforts for greater sustainability. “The
best energy is that which is not consumed in the first place. We
prefer to put all our personal energy into new innovations that
contribute to a good climate – in every respect,” says Cheung.