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GREEN INITIATIVES

ENERGY CONSERVATION

LOW-TECH, HIGH- FUN

Conventional theme parks worldwide require a colossal amount of energy to ensure the smooth-running of their rides and facilities, amounting to significant carbon emissions and large overhead costs.

Sim Leisure Group departs from the approach of sophisticated high-tech rides, as manifested in ESCAPE theme parks. SLG believes that fun comes from play and all it needs is imagination and creativity. 

ESCAPE’s attractions emphasise self-powered and self-directed play, with many of them requiring zero electricity. Our low-tech, high-fun rides provide maximum fun while leaving a minimal carbon footprint.

Some of these rides include:

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WAVE BALL TECHNOLOGY

Unlike typical wave pools which use pneumatic systems that consume at least 100kW to generate waves, ESCAPE Penang only uses 4kW thanks to its innovative Wave Ball technology.

 

Powered by a low voltage electric motor, the wave ball generates waves in accordance with the resonance principle saving up to 96% of energy.

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ZERO COOLING COSTS

Indoor attractions consume copious amounts of electricity for air-conditioning. However, ESCAPE theme park’s indoor counterpart ESCAPE Challenge, situates itself at outdoor, sheltered areas of the mall. Additionally, trees have been planted to offer extra shade. Coupled with the natural outdoor breeze, ESCAPE Challenge requires zero cooling costs

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CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

Water parks require a huge amount of energy to ensure water is circulated, sanitized, and filtered every 2 hours to preserve water hygiene. 

 

Water circulation at ESCAPE Penang is powered by 13 units of centrifugal pumps that total to 143kW capacity. The pumps are manually monitored to operate at 50% capacity and tuned to match the intensity of pool use by visitors. 


Moreover, ESCAPE Penang’s filtering and pumping systems are enhanced with artificial intelligence-based sensorless Vector Control Drive (VCD) which improves energy efficiency and solves the problem of overheating caused by conventional pump motors.

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HABITAT RESTORATION

LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT

Sim Leisure Group pioneered the ESCAPE brand of theme parks based on outdoor play in the natural environment. Therefore, ESCAPE takes the green, low-impact approach to its development because it is the most natural approach- regardless of the prom and pageantry of green certification.

 

Sim Leisure Group avoids developing ESCAPE theme parks in untouched forests, instead opting for sites that allow SLG to rejuvenate the land with ESCAPE’s low-impact development theme parks.

 

For instance, ESCAPE Penang was founded on a leftover brownfield neglected from the Teluk Bahang Dam construction in 1998. Leftover buildings like workshops, worker quarters, and storage warehouses were restored and repurposed into staff offices, function halls, bathrooms, cafeterias, and other park facilities. Shipping containers are used instead of conventional building structures as they are quicker to assemble and emit less pollution

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ESCAPE Waterplay - Before construction

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ESCAPE Waterplay - Construction completed

TREE-PLANTING

ESCAPE Penang has also taken steps to restore the land through tree planting initiatives. So far,:

  • More than 3,000 trees have been planted in the park including 300 coconut trees, Angsana, Ketapang, and Acacia.

  • 50-year-old trees that were originally due to be cut down were transplanted into the playpark from construction sites.

  • A “tree adoption” programme was launched in 2021 to encourage land owners to contact ESCAPE Penang for transplanting unwanted trees to sites operated by ESCAPE.  

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BIOMIMICRY LANDSCAPING

ESCAPE Penang vegetates its roofing which brings multiple benefits: 

  • Harvest rainwater for uses like watering plants
    and flushing toilets

  • Cool buildings

  • Reduce water runoff

  • Insulate against heat & sunlight

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RAINWATER HARVESTING

90% of raw water utilised by ESCAPE Penang’s play pools are harvested on-site as a result of its biomimicry approach. Most land development projects have concrete, asphalt, building roofs, and compacted vegetated sites which increase rainwater runoff and decrease surface water quality and groundwater infiltration. On the contrary, ESCAPE Penang’s pathways comprise natural sand & pebbles to reduce water runoff, enabling microorganisms in the substrates to digest any water-borne pollutants, purifying the water on its path back into the aquifer.

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INSTALLING THE WORLD'S LONGEST WATER SLIDE

In September 2019, Sim Leisure Group set a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Tube Water Slide at 1,111m - shattering the previous record by three times. 

 

Water parks are typically installed on flatlands, where the ride begins from the top of an erected tower, unlike ESCAPE Penang’s water slide which starts at the hilltop which gives riders a unique perspective in viewing Teluk Bahang’s rich forestry.

 

The installation took 8 months of manual installation with zero trees cut. The entire process was completed without the use of heavy machinery to preserve the environment. 

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PROMOTING ECO-LITERACY

IMMERSIVE NATURE PLAY

With sustainability at the core of the ESCAPE brand, it is imperative for Sim Leisure Group to promote eco-literacy to its visitors and educate them.

 

Eco-literacy should start from a young age, where children learn best through play and immersive experience. Messages on ESCAPE’s environmental initiatives are blended with fun activities, which increases the opportunity for positive reinforcement. 

 

Sim Leisure Group encourages primary school field trips to ESCAPE Penang by selling school group tickets at significantly lowered rates for affordability, especially among students of lower-income households who might not otherwise have such opportunities.


Sim Leisure Group does not wish to pressure visitors to become more environmentally aware and sensitive. For children to wish to protect the environment, they must first fall in love with nature. Hence, the immersive experience of playing in nature is vital to instill the desire to cherish the natural environment among ESCAPE’s visitors.

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