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with the Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE)
Council on the Environment (ACE) is the Government's principal advisory
body on matters related to pollution control and sustainability
of the environment. It is consulted on a wide range of issues relating
to new legislative proposals, major policy initiatives and the implementation
of existing pollution controls and conservation measures. The current
Advisory Council on the Environment consists of twenty-three members.
Please refer to Appendix IV for a full membership listing.
Under the Ordinance,
the consultation role of the ACE has been made more active in relation
to two key documents compiled during the EIA process, namely project
profiles and EIA reports, for which the Director must take into
account any comments made by the ACE in any of his subsequent decisions
in relation to an application.
is also required to notify the ACE on any environmental permit issued
for an EIA report that has been presented to the Council under section
6(7) of the Ordinance.
Arrangement with the ACE
Council on the Environment
In order to
facilitate the fulfillment of statutory duties by the ACE and the
Director, in addition to forwarding documents to the Secretariat
of the ACE - EIA Subcommittee project profiles and EIA reports and
informing their individual members of availability for public inspection,
the Director must also prepare a monthly update on all applications
received under the Ordinance in addition to a quarterly list of
study briefs issued for members to select projects for presentation
during Subcommittee meetings when their EIA reports have been reviewed
by the Director.
of EIA Reports
Environment Impact Assessment Subcommittee
The ACE - EIA
Subcommittee meets on a monthly basis, and considers no more than
three EIA reports during each meeting. The Subcommitee studies EIA
reports submitted to it and then reports on its deliberations and
findings and makes recommendations. The recommendations of the Subcommittee
are presented to the ACE for consideration and eventually passed
on to the Director of Environmental Protection for his consideration
in assessing EIA reports.
From the enactment
of the Ordinance in April 1998 to end of December 2001, 39 EIA reports
were forwarded to the Subcommittee for their comment and advice.
Please see Appendix
V - VII for Papers Discussed by the ACE-EIA Subcommittee in 1998,
1999, 2000 and 2001.
Please see Appendix
IX for Comments on EIA Reports from the Advisory Council on the
increased from nine to ten members who are also members of the ACE
full council from January 2001.
4D: Membership List of EIA Subcommitee, Advisory Council on the Environment.
Council on the Environment (ACE) EIA Subcommittee Membership
List (1 April 1998 - 31 December 2001)
Otto Poon Lok-to
Peter Ronald Hills
(until 31 December 2000)
Anthony Hedley, BBS, JP
(from 1 January 2001)
Peter YC Lee
(from 1 January 2001)
(appointed on the nomination of Green Power)
(appointed on the nomination of the Conservancy Association)
Plato Yip #
(appointed on the nomination of Friends of the Earth)
Yau Shuk-kau, Alex
(appointed on the nomination of World Wide Fund for Nature
(appointed on the nomination of the Hong Kong General
Chamber of Commerce)
Standing subcommittee members also include the Principal
Assistant Secretary for the Environment and Food.
Mrs. Ng Fong Siu-mei replaced Mr. Plato Yip from 1 September
The ACE has
organised a number of site visits to obtain a better understanding
of the matters being discussed or the operation of environmental
facilities concerned with specific projects. In relation to the
EIA Ordinance, the ACE-EIA Subcommittee has made site visits to
the following locations:
Light & Power Co. Ltd. Castle Peak and Black Point Power
Stations on 19 May 1998;
New Hong Kong International Airport on 4 June 1998;
Chau Temporary Aviation Fuel Receiving Facilities on 23 September
Po and Tsim Bei Tsui on 30 January 1999;
Treatment Plant in Shatin on 17 April 1999;
Chung Road on 20 June 1999;
West Rail work sites on 19 October;
Lap Kok Airport (joint visit with the Waste Reduction Committee)
on 3 December 1999.
Rail Public Transport Interchange on 20 February 2000
along the proposed KCRC Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
on 6 & 8 July 2000
Incineration Plant on Cologne Island on Macau on 3 April 2001
Hom Shek for Shezhen Western Corridor and Deep Bay Link projects
on 3 November 2001
Channeling works in River Beas and River Indus in December 2001