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Compliance Assistance

Joss Paper and Paper Artifacts Burning

Introduction
Burning paper offerings may lead to air nuisance and pollution complaints. In order to minimize potential nuisance resulting from paper offerings burning activities, premises owners or operators are recommended to:
  1. Stop permitting paper offerings burning within their premises by promoting alternative forms of worshipping (e.g. offering flower and fruit, electronic offering, electronic worshipping, lucky ribbon etc.).
  2. Arranging for off-site burning as far as practicable by collecting paper offerings from worshippers.
  3. If on-site paper offering burning is inevitable, furnaces with best available technology incorporated with electrostatic precipitator and water scrubber for flue gas treatment should be provided to ensure effective removal of smoke and ash flakes from paper offering burning.
 
The Environmental Protection Department has commissioned the Hong Kong Productivity Council to carry out a study on air pollution control for joss paper and paper artifacts burning. The study resulted in identification of the best available technology for control of emissions from paper offerings burning and preparation of two sets of guidelines. Seminars were held with the trade and stakeholders to publicize the study results and the guidelines, and to promote environmental measures in reducing air pollution in workshipping.

The Environmental Protection Department has also published a Guideline on Air Pollution, Noise and Wastewater for Worshipping in Open Areas (Chinese Version Only).

 

19 May 2014 Workshop on Environmental Worshipping
The workshop aimed to enhance understanding of the premises owners and operators of Chinese temples, crematoria, funeral parlours, organizers of Yu Lan festival, housing estates and similar places on air pollution control measures, and encourage them to reduce air pollution nuisance by promoting alternative forms of worshipping. It introduced the design, operation and maintenance of environmentally friendly air pollution control equipment based on Best Available Technology (BAT). The seminar was also equipped with an experience sharing session in which the representative from the Tung Wah Group of Hospital (TWGH) shared with the audience his experience in using air pollution control equipment with BAT, and various environmental worshipping measures adopted by the TWGH.
A group photo of speakers and attending guests
The participants included representatives from Chinese temples, crematoria, funeral parlours and related trades, organizers of Yu Lan festival, and representatives from the property management sector
A group photo of speakers and attending guests.
The participants included representatives from Chinese temples, crematoria, funeral parlours and related trades, organizers of Yu Lan festival, and representatives from the property management sector.
Mr. Raymond Fong of the HKPC introduced the guidelines on air pollution control equipment for joss paper burning at Chinese temples, funeral parlours, crematoria and similar places.
Mr. Simon Ng of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals shared their experience in using the air pollution control based on BAT, and various measures in environmental worshipping.
Mr. Raymond Fong of the HKPC shared his experience in developing joss paper and paper artefacts burners equipped with air pollution control equipment.
Mr. Simon Ng of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals shared their experience in using joss paper burners equipped with air pollution control based on BAT, and various measures in environmental worshipping.

 

Guest Speakers and Presentation Topics*

Air Pollution Problems associated with Burning of Joss Paper and Paper Artefacts and Environmental Worshipping (Chinese Version Only)

Mr. Danny Lo, Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Protection Department

Application of Air Pollution Control Technology in Joss Paper and Paper Artefacts Burners (Chinese Version Only)
Mr. Raymond Fong, Principal Consultant, Environmental Management Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council

User's Experience – Environmental Friendly Joss Paper Burners at Temples of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Chinese Version Only)
Mr. Simon Ng, Executive Officer (Ritualistic Services), Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

 

29 Feb 2012 Seminar on Air Pollution Control for Joss Paper Burning at Chinese Temples, Crematoria and Similar Places
The seminar aimed to enhance understanding of the premises owners and operators of Chinese temples, crematoria and similar places on air pollution control measures. It introduced the design, operation and maintenance of environmentally friendly air pollution control equipment based on Best Available Technology (BAT). The seminar was also equipped with an experience sharing session in which a Chinese temple operator shared with the audience his pleasant experience in using air pollution control equipment with BAT.
A group photo of speakers and attending guests
The participants included representatives from Chinese temples, crematoria and related trade
A group photo of speakers and attending guests.
The participants included representatives from Chinese temples, crematoria and related trade.
Mr. Raymond Fong of the HKPC introduced the guidelines on air pollution control equipment for joss paper burning at Chinese temples, crematoria and similar places
Mr. Vandesar Leung of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals shared their experience in using the air pollution control based on BAT
Mr. Raymond Fong of the HKPC introduced the guidelines on air pollution control equipment for joss paper burning at Chinese temples, crematoria and similar places.
Mr. Vandesar Leung of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals shared their experience in using the air pollution control based on BAT.
 

Guest Speakers and Presentation Topics*

Guidelines on Air Pollution Control for Joss Paper Burning at Chinese Temples, Cermatoria and Similar Places (Chinese version only)
Mr. Raymond Fong, Principal Consultant, Environmental Management Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council

User's Experience - Installation of Air Pollution Control Equipment at Temples of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Chinese version only)
Mr. Vandesar Leung, Executive Officer (Ritualistic Services), Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Consultant's Experience - Installation of Air Pollution Control Equipment at Temples of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Chinese version only)
Mr. David Lo, Consultant, Environmental Management Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council

 
Publication
Guidelines on Air Pollution Control for Joss Paper Burning at Chinese Temples, Crematoria and Similar Places
 
Other Information*
  • Promotional Leaflet (Chinese version only)
 
30 Nov 2011 Seminar on Air Pollution Control for Paper Artifacts Burning at Funeral Parlours and Other Places of Worship
The seminar aimed to enhance understanding of the funeral service trade on air pollution control measures. It introduced the design, operation and maintenance of environmentally friendly air pollution control equipment based on Best Available Technology (BAT). The seminar also had an experience sharing session in which a funeral parlour operator shared with the audience his pleasant experience in using air pollution control equipment with BAT.
A group photo of speakers and attending guests
The participants covered representatives from major funeral services operators and related trade
A group photo of speakers and attending guests.
The participants covered representatives from major funeral service operators and related trade.
Mr. Raymond Fong introduced the guidelines on air pollution control equipment for paper artifacts burning at funeral parlours and other places of worship
Mr. Tang from Kowloon Funeral Parlour shared their experience in using the air pollution control based on the BAT
Mr. Raymond Fong from the HKPC introduced the guidelines on air pollution control equipment for paper artifacts burning at funeral parlours and other places of worship.
Mr. Tang from the Kowloon Funeral Parlour shared their experience in using the air pollution control based on BAT.
Mr. David Lo from the HKPC shared their experience in the installation of air pollution control equipment based on BAT
Some questions were raised by the trade and other government departments
Mr. David Lo from the HKPC shared their experience in the installation of air pollution control equipment based on BAT.
Some questions were raised by the trade and other government departments.
 

Guest Speakers and Presentation Topics*

Guidelines on Air Pollution Control for Paper Artifacts Burning at Funeral Parlours and Other Places of Worship (Chinese version only)
Mr. Raymond Fong, Principal Consultant, Environmental Management Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council

Experience Sharing - Installation of Air Pollution Control Equipment at Kowloon Funeral Parlour (Chinese version only)
Mr. David Lo, Consultant, Environmental Management Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council

 
Publication
Guidelines on Air Pollution Control for Paper Artifacts Burning at Funeral Parlours and Other Places of Worship
 
Other Information*
  • Promotional Leaflet (Chinese version only)

 

List of Local Suppliers of Cremation Equipment and/or Air Pollution Control Equipment (APCE) for Paper Offerings Burning

*Please click here to download the archive materials.

 

 

User defined date2: 
Tuesday, 3 June, 2014