CEM Customer Substation Wins 2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Macau, 19 January 2023

In order to increase power supply capacity in old district and meet the growing power demand of merchants and residents, CEM has been optimizing its distribution network. Between 2020 and the first quarter of 2022, 7 customer substations had been newly built in the old districts of Macau and Coloane, which greatly benefit the development of economic activities in the old districts and the living standards of residents.

Among them, a public facility integrating customer substation and waste collection located in the old district of Freguesia de Santo António, has been awarded the 2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation - Awards for New Design in Heritage Contexts. It was one of the two award-winning projects in the category in recognition of its contribution in regional preservation.

Established in 2000, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program is held every year to recognize the efforts of individuals, public and private organizations in conserving and restoring buildings of cultural heritage value in the region. In 2022, a total of 50 entries from 11 countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region participated in the program to compete for five awards, namely “Award of Excellence”, “Award of Distinction”, “Award of Merit”, “Special Recognition for Sustainable Development” and “Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts”.

With a total construction floor area of 30 sqm, the upper floor of the building is a garbage chamber, and the ground floor is a transformer room. The special design includes the use of blue bricks for the surface and treated antique metal handrails on the upper floor. The design integrates perfectly into the atmosphere of the Pátio da Eterna Felicidade community, improves residents' lives, and adds street aesthetic elements to practical purposes.

While ensuring stable and reliable power supply for residents, CEM will continue to beautify its facilities in the most efficient way, so as to improve the overall environment of the city.

Photo credits: Nelson Silva

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