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The Mandala Club Set To become first heritage building in Singapore to install rooftop solar panels

And their green efforts don't just stop there

Private Members club, The Mandala Club, has today announced that it has become the first conserved building in Singapore’s historic Chinatown district to receive approval from the Urban Development Authority (URA) of Singapore to install rooftop solar panels on the roof of its Singapore location. Slated for completion in the third quarter of 2024, this milestone sees Mandala Club becoming the first conserved building in Singapore to install photovoltaic panels. 

Owned by K. M. C. Holdings Pte Ltd, Mandala Club’s premises are located at 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, a three-storey Art Deco building constructed in 1928, which received the prestigious URA Architectural Heritage Awards in 2006. Marking a first in Singapore’s urban landscape, this latest development underscores Mandala Club’s commitment to sustainability and its role as a market leader in integrating energy conservation into its business operations and corporate blueprint. 

Historic Milestone in Singapore’s Sustainability Landscape

The installation of photovoltaic panels at Mandala Club, slated to be completed by the third quarter of 2024, marks a pivotal step in maintaining Mandala Club’s net-zero carbon emissions status. This effort aligns with Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign, in which Mandala Club was the first hospitality business in Singapore to participate, through the SME Climate Hub.

“We are incredibly proud to lead the charge in sustainable innovation not only within the hospitality industry but also within heritage conservation areas,” said Lilly Milligan Gilbert, Chief Sustainability Officer of Mandala Club. “This achievement has been months in the making, and we are deeply appreciative that our application to install rooftop solar panels on the premises has been approved, in alignment with the Singapore Government’s efforts to promote sustainability.” 

“As a technology-driven renewable energy supplier, we are proud to partner with Mandala Club in their journey to be the market leader towards a greener future. The climate crisis affects all of us, and we are heartened by Mandala Club’s efforts to make incremental, sustainable change by being the first conserved building in Chinatown to incorporate rooftop solar panels on their premises. We are excited to be part of this history and we hope to inspire future solar deployments on more conserved buildings,” said Matthijs Guichelaar, Chief Executive Officer of Flo Energy.

Launching the Mandala Solar Collective

In conjunction with the approval to install solar panels on the Club’s premises, Mandala Club is thrilled to introduce the Mandala Solar Collective, a business-to-business initiative that aims to assist local business owners in understanding the benefits and challenges of renewable energy adoption, as well as form a common knowledge share for best practices. Commencing in Q3 2024, the initiative will feature a series of roundtable discussions involving local businesses, designers, and partners, culminating in a flagship event in September 2024 to celebrate the successes of the project and share insights gleaned from the pioneering initiative. 

“At Mandala Club, we aspire to be stewards of the neighbourhood and environment which we call home, and being at the forefront of sustainability is of paramount importance, not only to the Club’s leadership but more importantly, to our members,” said Ben Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mandala Group. “This approval is testament to Mandala Club’s commitment to sustainability and our dedication to enriching the lives of our members and work in tandem with the community to make a positive impact on the world around us.”

Longstanding Commitment to a Greener Future

This latest announcement by Mandala Club comes on the heels of a sustained effort to be at the forefront of sustainability, operating at net-zero for operational carbon emissions since April 2023 in keeping with the Club’s commitment to the UN’s Race to Zero and Singapore’s Green Plan 2030. As a private members club that is dedicated to its mission of enabling meaningful connections that matter, Mandala Club’s commitment to sustainability is built on six pillars:

  1. Reducing carbon footprint by investing in renewable energy and growing the Mandala Forest
  2. Partnering leading local companies to reduce and effectively recycle waste
  3. Offering a menu based on local and sustainable ingredients from suppliers who are aligned with the Club’s values
  4. Empowering our member community to enact positive impact projects through the Club’s cultural programming calendar
  5. Creating Green Ambassadors and setting them up for success with world-class training and engagement programming
  6. Harnessing the power of partnerships to ensure positive impact in the local community, in collaboration with non-governmental organisations such as Seven Clean Seas, Green Steps Group, WWF, and WaterAid.