World Environment Day 2005
||Community Environmental Education Programmes
Hong Kong Environmental Protection Festival 2004-05
- The United Nations has designated 5 June as World Environment
Day (WED) with a view to promoting greater awareness about environmental protection. The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) adopted
"Fresh Air, Cool City" as the local theme of the WED 2005 to encourage
the general public to switch off idling vehicle engines and set the air-conditioning temperatures at 25.5°C, in order to help reduce air pollution and conserve energy. This annual event
was jointly organised by the ECC and the Environmental Protection
- The kick-off ceremony of the local WED 2005 was held on 5 June
2005. Following the ceremony were a series of activities rolled
out in the local community. At the ceremony, Dr the Honourable Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works kick-started
the event with five other officiating guests including Mr Joseph
Lee, BBS, JP, Chairman of the ECC, Mr Keith Kwok, JP, Permanent
Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment),
Mr Ho Kwong-wai, JP, Acting Director of Electrical and Mechanical
Services, Dr Lam Ping-yan, JP, Director of Health and Mr Lam
Chiu-ying, JP, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory. Three new
TV Announcements of Public Interest echoing the local theme
were also launched at the ceremony.
- Artiste Ms Nancy Sit Ka-yin was appointed as the Honourable
Environmental Protection Ambassador at the ceremony. She appealed
to the public to switch off idling engines and set the air-conditioning
temperatures at 25.5°C for creating a better living environment
and saving energy and money.
- Representatives of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, PARKnSHOP,
Café de Coral Holdings Limited, The University of Hong
Kong, Hong Kong Subsidized Secondary Schools Council, Hong Kong
Association of Property Management Companies Ltd. and various
taxi and minibus associations also attended the ceremony to pledge
their support for setting the air-conditioning room temperatures
at 25.5°C and switching off idling engines. In addition, 10
finalists of the WED 2005 TV Episode Design Competition were announced
and the 3 winning episodes were shown during the ceremony.
- Following the kick-off, the ECC staged a series of exhibitions,
seminars and design contests in co-operation with Tuen Mun District
Council, Friends of the Earth (HK) Charity Limited, Centre of
Architectural Research for Education, Elderly, Environment and
Excellence Ltd., Earth Care, Green Sense, the Hong Kong Federation
of Youth Groups Jockey Club Kin Sang Youth S.P.O.T, Mong Kok Kai
Fong Association Ltd Chan Hing Social Service Centre, and Women
Service Association to strengthen public's environmental awareness.
It is estimated that some 240 000 people joined the activities.
- Please click for list of sponsors and
supporting organisations of WED 2005.
Hong Kong Environmental Protection Festival 2005
- Similar to World Environment Day (WED), the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Festival (EPF) is an annual territory-wide event organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC). While the WED is conducted in response to the call by the United Nations, the EPF is an indigenous initiative to promote environmental awareness in Hong Kong and to echo Government's environmental policy and initiatives.
- The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Festival (EPF) 2004-05 was kick-started on 30 January 2005 at the Open Plaza of The Peak Galleria to disseminate the message of "Love Our Nature, Separate Waste at Source". The theme was chosen to echo the Government's new nature conservation policy and initiatives in promoting source separation of domestic waste.
- The event was officiated by Dr the Honourable Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works and Mr Joseph Lee, BBS, JP, Chairman of the ECC. While officiating at the ceremony, Dr Liao announced the immediate extension of the Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste to the whole territory, with a view to increasing the domestic waste recovery rate. On the same occasion, Dr Liao announced the Hong Kong Biodiversity Online (www.hkbiodiversity.net), a web site designed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), was ready for public browsing.
- Two TV Announcements of Public Interest (APIs) and Radio APIs on nature conservation and source separation of domestic waste were also launched in the ceremony. The APIs were broadcast through the media immediately after the launch. Ten students from Green Schools were invited for the shooting of the TV APIs on nature conservation with professional talents. Posters and press supplements were also issued to publicise the territory-wide events.
- The opening ceremony was followed by an exhibition of various types of devices for domestic waste separation including some DIY recycling devices and other recyclable separation containers available in the market. They were creative and flexible, making domestic waste recycling more convenient at home. Exhibition panels from AFCD on nature conservation and EPD on source separation of domestic waste were also displayed at the venue.
- A one-hour Green Trail Walk; namely "Love our Nature", was also kick-started by Dr Liao and the ECC Chairman after the ceremony. The walk started from The Peak Galleria via Harlech Road, Lugard Road and finished at The Peak Galleria. It aimed to encourage participants to love and preserve our nature by action. Around 1 000 participants successfully finished the green trail walk. At the same time, a "My Favorite Tree" vote was organised for the participants, with a view to encouraging members of the public to appreciate the natural environment around us. Finally, "India-rubber Tree" was selected as "My Favorite Tree".
- The ECC organised a series of environmental programmes in collaboration with five District Councils (Central & Western District Council, Kwai Tsing District Council, Sai Kung District Council, Tsuen Wan District Council and Yuen Long District Council), and five green groups and community groups (The Conservancy Association, Friends of the Earth (HK) Charity Ltd., The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Youth Affairs Committee, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Kin Sang S.P.O.T. and Mongkok Kai Fong Association Ltd. Chan Hing Social Service Centre) from January to March 2005 to echo the themes of the EPF 2004-05. Activities included game booths, workshops, eco-tours, exhibitions and educational talks. The environmental message was disseminated to a total of 11 000 participants.
- Please click for list of sponsors and supporting organisations of EPF 2004-05.
Hong Kong Green School Award
- The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) officially launched the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Festival 2005 on 4 December 2005 at Siu Sai Wan Promenade Mini Soccer Pitch. The event was kick-started by Dr the Honourable Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Mr Keith Kwok, JP, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment), Mr Joseph Lee, BBS, JP, Chairman of the ECC, Mr Anthony Lam, JP, Director of Fire Services and Professor Lam Kin Che, JP, Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Environment, together with representatives from the Environmental Protection Bureaux of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Environment Council of Macao, symbolizing a joint effort of the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao in promoting environmental protection. Over 2 000 participants joined this meaningful event.
- With the theme "Avoid and Reduce Waste", the Festival aimed to encourage the public to foster the habit of waste avoidance and reduction. Program highlights included a 4-metre Christmas tree made of recycled CDs collected from local schools, award presentations to the winners of the Environmental Story Telling Audio Clip Design Competition, Christmas E-card Design Competition and Waste Recycling Campaign in Housing Estates (Phase VIII), as well as live performance by the Champion of the Environmental Story Telling Audio Clip Design Competition. Winning entries of Christmas E-card Design Competition were displayed to appeal to the public to send greetings in a more environmentally-friendly way during the holiday seasons. The Caritas Hong Kong and St. James' Settlement set up booths for demonstrating easy-to-follow practices to recycle electronic waste. Interactive games were also set up for the public to learn more about waste recycling and reduction .
- Following the ceremony was a "Zero Waste" walk from Siu Sai Wan to Big Wave Bay. Participants carried reusable water bottles, towels and bags to join the scenic walk, demonstrating their commitment to a better environment by avoiding generation of waste.
- The ceremony also kick-started a series of environmental programmes jointly organised by the ECC with six District Councils (Kowloon City, Kwai Tsing, Sham Shui Po, Southern, Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long District Councils) and seven green groups and community groups (ADPL Social Service Centre, Green Peng Chau Association, Green Sense, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Tai Po Environmental Association, Women Service Association and World Wide Fund). The events included education initiatives, exhibitions, seminars, as well as workshops encouraging waste recycling practices.
- The EPD and the ECC also held a territory-wide Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Day on 11 December 2005 to encourage people to donate old computers and electronic equipment to those in need.
- Please click for list of sponsors and supporting organisations of EPF 2005.
- The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) have jointly organised the Hong Kong Green School Award (HKGSA) since 2000. This Award Scheme encourages schools to formulate school environmental policy and implement environmental management for developing environmental awareness and environmentally-friendly attitude among school managers, teachers, non-teaching staff, students and their parents. The Award Scheme embodies an element of competition. The competition is divided into two categories, namely Secondary School Category and Primary School Category.
- With the sponsorship from the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (BOCHK) and the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF), the 5th HKGSA was launched in December 2004, enrolling 147 schools. The theme for the 5th HKGSA was "Health, Environment, People and Society" with a slogan "Building a Greener Society", with the aim of enhancing students' environmental awareness and encouraging them to work towards a healthier and greener environment in school, at home and in the community.
- Six training workshops featuring environmental management and education were arranged for school managers, teachers and non-teaching staff. Ten "Green School Visits" were organised for teachers to share experiences in implementing "Green School" with green managers of the past winning schools. The ECC also organised four "Green School Open Days" which enabled primary and secondary students to learn more about environmental protection and green life-style in campus through experience sharing.
- Various competitions were also organised to echo the theme of the 5th HKGSA, including "Environmental Old Song New Lyrics Competition", "Stop Using Polystyrene Lunch Box" Project Competition, "Creative Environmental Handicraft Design Using Waste Materials Competition", "Stop Using Plastic Bags Campaign" and "Building a Greener Society" Award Scheme.
- Participating schools were required to make self-assessment on their performance with reference to the indicators in the "Hong Kong Green School Award Self-Assessment Manual" and submitted scores to the organiser. Chaired by the Honourable CHOY So-yuk, JP, the Chairperson of Legislative Council's Panel on Environmental Affairs, the Final Adjudicating Panel evaluated the performance of the shortlisted schools on five aspects, namely "Environmental Infrastructure", "Environmental Management", "Environmental Education", "Effectiveness of Environmental Education" and "School Members' Participation in Environmental Activities" to determine the final ranking (Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up) in each school category. The final result is listed below:
||Primary School Category
||Secondary School Category
- S.K.H. Fung Kei Primary School
- St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School
- St. Paul's Convent School
- Rosaryhill School (Secondary Section)
- Hong Kong Teachers' Association Lee Heng Kwei Secondary School
- Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section)
Hong Kong Green Pre-school Award
- The six winning schools were awarded cash prizes sponsored by the BOCHK. The cash prizes would be used to set up or refurbish permanent environmental resource centre / environmental education centre / environmental quality monitoring centre on the campus and any other proposals as approved by the ECC and the sponsor. In addition to the six winners, seven secondary schools and seven primary schools were presented with Merit Awards for their efforts in building "Green Schools". Moreover, those schools reaching the required standard were given the title "Green School". In the 5th HKGSA, 22 primary schools and 19 secondary schools were awarded the status.
- The awards of the 5th HKGSA were presented to the winning schools and winners of the competitions on 20 December 2005 at Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park. The Honourable CHOY So-yuk, JP, Chairperson of Panel on Environmental Affairs, Legislative Council, Mr Joseph Lee, BBS, JP, Chairman of ECC, Mr Roy Tang, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection, Mr Chris Wardlaw, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr George Tam, Convenor of Education Working Group of the ECC, Mr Lee Wing Hung, Chief Financial Officer of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Dr Eric Tsang, Centre for Citizenship Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Mr Eric Ching, Principal Consultant of Hong Kong Productivity Council, and Dr Carrie Willis, Executive Director of Vocational Training Council, officiated at the ceremony.
- Please click for list of schools participating in 5th HKGSA.
- To raise the environmental awareness of staff and students of pre-schools, the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) launched the Hong Kong Green Pre-school Award (HKGPA) in 2002, with sponsorship from the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF).
- In 2002, the Hong Kong Productivity Council was commissioned to publish a guidebook on green management for pre-schools. All participating schools have to complete a self-assessment form attached to the guidebook to assess their performance according to four judging criteria, namely "Environmental Infrastructure", "Environmental Management", "Environmental Education" and "Parents' Participation in Environmental Activities".
- A briefing cum sharing session was held on 15 October 2004 at the Leighton Community Centre. More than 140 pre-school principals, teachers and staff attended the briefing. Representatives from winning pre-schools of the 1st HKGPA were also invited to hold a sharing session after the briefing to share their experiences in implementing green management and environmental education in pre-school setting. Under the 2nd HKGPA, a series of training workshops were organised for pre-schools teachers and staff. The EPD and World Wide Fund (Hong Kong) jointly organised two workshops featuring "Caring for Water Resources" on 30 October 2004 at the Cultural Centre. In addition, the EPD also joined with EMB to organise two teachers' training workshops at the Fanling Environmental Resource Centre on 12 and 19 November 2004, featuring environmental protection work in Hong Kong, environmental management, waste problem and environmental education in pre-schools. Teachers were then divided into groups for discussion and sharing.
- 135 pre-schools made a claim to compete for the "Outstanding Awards" of the 2nd HKGPA, and submitted their self-assessment forms. Based on the result of the initial assessment, the adjudicating panel selected 28 pre-schools with the highest scores to attend an interview on 15 April 2005. The panel then shortlisted 11 pre-schools that obtained the highest scores for site visits on 19-20 May 2005. After validating their performance, the adjudicating panel selected 3 best performing schools to receive "Outstanding Awards" in respect of each criterion (i.e. 12 awards). Finally, all the "Outstanding Awards" fell into the hands of 5 pre-schools. The final result is listed below:
- Hop Yat Church Shin Ka Chuen Memorial Kindergarten / Day Nursery
- Tai Po Baptist Kindergarten
- St. James' Settlement Kathleen McDouall Child Care Centre
- St. James' Settlement Kathleen McDouall Child Care Centre
- Tai Po Baptist Kindergarten
- Victoria Kindergarten / Victoria International Nursery
- Hop Yat Church Shin Ka Chuen Memorial Kindergarten / Day Nursery
- St. James' Settlement Kathleen McDouall Child Care Centre
- Victoria Kindergarten / Victoria International Nursery
|Parents' Participation in Environmental Activities
- Hong Kong 5-S Kindergarten & International Child Care Centre
- Hop Yat Church Shin Ka Chuen Memorial Kindergarten / Day Nursery
- St. James' Settlement Kathleen McDouall Child Care Centre
Schools Environmental Award Scheme cum Student Environmental Protection Ambassador Scheme
- Winners of "Outstanding Awards" were invited to nominate representatives to join an environmental study visit and training workshop held at the Guangzhou Green Country Ecological Education Centre on 13 November 2005.
- To enhance the involvement of teachers, staff, students and parents in this scheme and strengthen their environmental awareness, "Classroom Display Board Design Competition" & "Environmental Handicraft Design Competition" were launched in late 2004. All pre-school teachers, staff, students and their parents were invited to join. 54 display board designs and 252 handicrafts were received. Adjudication was held on 21 March 2005, and a champion, a first runner-up, a second runner-up and five merit awards were selected for each competition.
- To enrich pre-school staff/teacher's knowledge about the environment, the EPD produced two environmental educational kits, "Environmental Mini-kit" and "Environmental 3D Story Book" for free distribution to all pre-schools in August 2005. The "Environmental Mini-kit" contains various information leaflets, a series of booklets on different environmental issues, computer games, cartoon, a guidebook on green trail walks in 18 districts and a learning kit on the Wan Chai Green Trail. The "Environmental 3D Story Book" comprises 4 scenarios on "Green home", "Green school", "Green purchasing" and "No-pollution outings", which enabled parent-child interactive learning.
- Please click for list of pre-schools participating in the 2nd HKGPA.
- Sponsored by the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF), the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) have jointly organised the Schools Environmental Award Scheme (SEAS) cum Student Environmental Protection Ambassador Scheme (SEPAS) since 1995. The Scheme aims to foster students' sense of responsibility towards the environment and develop their leadership and encourage them to take positive action to improve the environment. The Scheme is open to all primary and secondary schools. The patron of the SEPAS is the Honourable Rafael Hui Si-yan, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR, and the mentor is Mr Mahesh Pradhan, the Environmental Affairs Officer of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
- In school year 2005/06, 778 schools participated in the scheme, compared with 750 schools in 2004/05. The number of Student Environmental Protection Ambassadors (SEPAs) reached 15 447.
- The ECC has adopted the Environmental Badge System to provide training for SEPAS since 2003/04. SEPAs were encouraged to acquire basic environmental knowledge and skills through Basic Environmental Badge training. Teachers were invited to attend training on "Basic Environmental Badge Assessment" to become qualified assessors of SEPAs. 29 Basic Environmental Badge training workshops were organised between November 2004 and March 2005 for SEPAs. Together with SEPAs who were trained by qualified teachers, 3 340 SEPAs were trained and got the Basic Environmental Badge, whereas four training workshops were organised for 260 teachers to train them as Qualified Assessor of SEPA Basic Environmental Badge. In 2004/05, Specific Environmental Badge training was also available to encourage SEPAs to acquire in-depth knowledge on specific environmental topics including waste reduction and water pollution. A total of ten training workshop were organised, 178 SEPAs were trained and got the Specific Environmental Badge.
- In addition, four Environmental Training Workshops for Teachers were organised in January and February 2005. The workshops were conducted by tertiary institution and green groups, including The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Conservancy Association and the Friends of the Earth (HK), featuring waste reduction, water and air pollution. 93 primary and secondary school teachers participated in the workshops.
- To compete for the awards, SEPAs and schools submitted reports to the ECC at the end of the school year. Outstanding SEPAs, teachers and schools received their awards on 25 July 2005 at the Leighton Hill Community Hall. 20 School Honours Awards, 20 Outstanding Environmental Protection Teachers Awards and 20 Outstanding SEPA Awards were presented.
Environmental Training Programme for Tertiary and Vocational Institutes
ECC MTR Environmental Award for Schools
Waste Separation and Recycling Scheme in Schools
- The Environmental Protection Department (EPD), the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) and tertiary institutes jointly organised the Waste Recycling Scheme in Universities in late 1999. Each participating institute was given three sets of recycle bins, and a competition was organised to encourage staff and students to organise their own waste reduction activities. From 2002 to 2005, various environmental training activities and exhibitions were organised for the institutes.
- A new programme for students/staff of tertiary institutes was launched by EPD in December 2004 to enrich their exposure to different environmental issues. World Wide Fund (Hong Kong) was invited to deliver two seminars with focus on sustainable development, conservation and ecology, which attracted 181 students/staff of tertiary institutes. To arouse participants' awareness of nature conservation and waste problem in Hong Kong, six visits to high value conservation sites such as Long Valley, Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, Deep Bay Wetland and waste treatment facilities were organised for 340 students/staff. Two special programmes - "Night Safari at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden" and "Exploration to Hoi Ha Wan Coral Community by Glass-bottomed Boat" were also held for 87 students.
- Apart from the above, all tertiary institutes were invited to join the roving exhibitions featuring "Source Separation of Domestic Waste". From February to April 2005, 16 exhibitions were set up in the tertiary institutes.
Waste Separation Scheme in Pre-schools
- The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Education & Manpower Bureau (EMB) have jointly organised the "Waste Separation and Recycling Scheme in Schools" since May 2000. It aims to enhance students' understanding of the importance of conserving resources and to practise waste separation and recycling. In 2005 about 860 primary and secondary schools participated in the scheme.
- In 2000, the organisers received the sponsorship from Bossini Enterprises Ltd., and from 2001 to 2003 from Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, for purchasing recycling bins for schools. Each participating school received a set of three colour-coded bins. At present, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is responsible for arranging with the contractors to provide free recyclable collection service to the participating schools. The result of this recycling scheme is encouraging. In 2005, about 8 972 kg aluminium cans, 30 697 kg plastic bottles and 231 337 kg waste paper were collected from the participating schools.
- In 2005, the EPD launched the Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste with an objective of enhancing the recovery rate. The ECC appealed for the participating schools' support to this programme. Schools were encouraged to set up recyclables collection bins in the classrooms, and the type of recyclables to be collected by FEHD's contractor was broadened to include metal containers apart from aluminium and other plastic waste apart from plastic bottles.
Jiminy Cricket's Environmentality Challenge
- The Waste Separation Scheme in Pre-schools was launched in December 2002 to enhance pre-school children's understanding of the importance of conserving resources, as well as the concepts of waste separation and recycling. The scheme was organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Education & Manpower Bureau (EMB). With sponsorship from the Zonta Club of the New Territories, mini colour-coded bins were produced for distribution to 870 pre-schools. The bins were used to teach children about waste separation and recycling. As the bins were for demonstration only, collection of recyclables was not required.
- To assist the teaching of relevant concepts on waste reduction, a series of educational materials were produced for free distribution to participating pre-schools, including the "Environmental Green Treasury Box" which consists of a number of interesting teaching kits, "Waste Separation Game for Pre-schools", "Waste Management Game for Pre-schools" and "Waste Separation Demonstration Kit for Pre-schools".
2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards
- The first Jiminy Cricket's Environmentality Challenge was launched in 2003, which is a fun and exciting opportunity for teachers to lead their primary school students from a mere awareness of environmental concerns to an understanding of local issues and finally to responsible action. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and Hong Kong Disneyland jointly organised the Jiminy Cricket's Environmentality Challenge 2004/05 for all primary schools in Hong Kong. The programme comprised Environmental Pledge and Class Project Competition. It aimed at encouraging primary school students to think and act environmentally - friendly at school, at home and in their community. Upon joining the competition, all participants received specially designed Jiminy Cricket's Environmentality Challenge gifts. In addition, winners of the class projects received prizes and were invited to visit the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park. This year, 51 244 students from 82 schools participated in the Environmental Pledge and made a commitment to protect the environment. 98 Class Projects submissions were received involving 2 661 students.
Waste Recycling Campaign in Housing Estates
- The Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards was first established in 1999 to promote environmental management and green operations and practices in the business sector. It also commends those businesses that have done well in environmental management.
- Normally, four Awards (one Grand Award and three Gold Awards) are bestowed each year and the winners are selected through a professional and comprehensive assessment procedure. Certificates of merit are also awarded to those organisations that have made substantial efforts in environmental management.
- The 2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards were jointly organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC), the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and 22 co-organisers including various trade associations.
- The launching ceremony for the 2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards was held on 9 August 2005. Mr Keith Kwok, JP, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment); Mr Joseph Lee, BBS, JP, Chairman of the ECC; Ms Goretti Lau, Convenor of the ECC's Business Partnership Working Group (BPWG); Dr John Wong, JP, Committee Member and Member of Environmental Concern Sub-committee of the CGCC; Dr Gail Kendall, Chairman (Environment Committee) of HKGCC and Mr Tsang Kam Lam, Technology Services Manager (Environmental Management) of HKPC officiated at the ceremony. The goals of the Awards, eligibility to apply, selection procedures as well as the benefits of participating in this Award were introduced to participating organisations. An experience sharing session by the Grand Award winners of 2004 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards was held to introduce their experience in implementing environmental management in their organisations and the benefits of implementing green practices, such as reductions in the consumption of energy, papers and other resources. The Wastewi$e Logo was also presented at the ceremony.
- In 2005, 144 organisations participated and competed for the Awards. There were three categories of awards for the 2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards, namely, Green SME Award, Green Construction Contractor Award and Green Property Management Awards (Private and Public Housing).
- Seminars were held and specially-designed guidebooks were produced to provide professional advice to participating organisations. Assessments for Green SME Award, Green Construction Contractor Award and Green Property Management Awards (Private and Public Housing) were based on the Eco-Business Model which encompassed Green Leadership, Programme and Performance, and Partner Synergy. The adjudicating panels included professional consultants from HKPC, Convenor and Members of the ECC's Business Partnership Working Group and representatives of joint organisers and co-organisers. The adjudication processes included interviews with the participating organisations and comprehensive field assessments on participants' environmental performance.
- The Awards Presentation Ceremony for the 2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards will be held in 2 March 2006. The event will be officiated by Dr the Honourable Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works.
- Please click for list of sponsors and supporting organisations of 2005 Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards.
Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste
- The Waste Recycling Campaign in Housing Estates was first organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) in March 1998, to promote public awareness on environmental protection, in particular, to cultivate a good habit of separating and recycling waste paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles. The ECC arranged for three color-coded bins to be placed in the participating estates for collecting waste paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles for recycling purposes. Each participating estate reports quantities of waste recyclables collected to ECC on a monthly basis. The housing estates that collect the largest quantities of waste recyclables per household would be awarded after each phase of the Campaign.
- The Campaign has received mounting support from the public. The number of participating housing estates has grown rapidly and steadily ever since. At the last phase of the Campaign, namely Phase VIII, a total of 1 420 estates comprising 1.62 million households joined. 96 947 tonnes of waste paper, 1 176 tonnes of aluminium cans and 857 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected for recycling.
- With the completion of Phase VIII, awards were presented to the winning estates and districts at the launching ceremony of the Environmental Protection Festival 2005 on 4 December 2005 (Sunday) at Siu Sai Wan Promenade - Mini-soccer Pitch. Certificates of Awards were presented to winning estates which had collected the largest average amount of waste paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles per household per month from April 2004 to March 2005. Districts that had collected the largest average amount of recyclables per capita and the estate with significant improvement were also acknowledged. A total of 37 awards were presented.
- In order to make it more convenient for residents to separate waste, a Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste was launched in January 2005. The new scheme encourages and assists the property management companies to provide waste separation facilities on each apartment floor and broaden the types of recyclables to be recovered in housing estates.
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme - Competitions on the design of collection box and banner for recycling of rechargeable battery
- The Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste was launched territory-wide in 2005. The objective is to assist residents in separating waste at source by providing waste separation facilities on each apartment floor. It also broadens the types of recyclables recovered in a bid to further enhance the waste-recovery rate and reduce waste.
- For buildings with sufficient space, waste-separation facilities for different recyclables are put in place in the refuse room of each floor. For those with insufficient space, mixed recyclables are collected in designated containers or areas. Cleansing workers then separate the recyclables at central refuse collection points on-site. Apart from paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles, recovered recyclables also include other types of metal cans, mixed metal items, plastic bags and mixed plastics. Regular collection programmes for specific recyclables such as clothing, electrical and electronic appliances and computers are organised separately in these estates.
- Two briefing / sharing sessions were organised in June and September 2005 to bring out the idea of source separation of domestic waste. About 250 attendants from different estates showed up and demonstrated their commitment to the programme. To encourage active participation of the residents, each housing estate joining the programme is automatically entered into a waste recycling competition under the programme. The competition lasts from April 2005 to March 2006.
"Wait Green, Engine Off" Campaign
- To minimise the risk of environment pollution arising from disposal of battery, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the manufacturers/importers of rechargeable battery and electronic equipment jointly launched a community-wide Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme on 9 April 2005. To echo the initiative, a series of promotion activities were organised including competitions on the design of collection box and banner for recycling of rechargeable battery, which aimed at encouraging students and citizens to start recycling in schools and housing estates.
- The competition on the design of collection box for recycling of rechargeable battery was divided into preschool, primary and secondary school divisions, and a champion, first runner-up, second runner-up and two merits were selected from each division. As for the competition on the design of banner for recycling of rechargeable battery, it also included tertiary institution division and open division. Over 200 entries were received, and winners were invited to attend the presentation ceremony in December 2005 and join local eco-tours.
Promotion of Environmental Protection to Donors
- The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been promoting the message of 'Stop Idling Engine' in the past few years. For example, a large scale "Wait Green Engine Off Campaign" was held from November 2003 to August 2004 where 81 participating schools in 18 districts deployed more than 1 300 students to distribute "Wait Green Engine Off" leaflets and souvenirs to drivers. Two public events, namely the "World Environment Day 2005" jointly organised with the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) and the "Clean Air Day" jointly organised with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Business Coalition on the Environment, were also held in 2005 to publicise "Stop Idling Engine" message to the general public. The message was also promoted through the mass media and various activities. In 2005, a TV Announcement of Public Interest (API) and a radio API were launched in June and November 2005 respectively. Different publicity materials such as posters, leaflets, labels and souvenirs were distributed to drivers through the Transport Department, housing estates and other private organisations.
Green Partnership Programme with Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- The programme of "Promotion of Environmental Protection to Donors" was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD). The objective of the programme was to promote and enhance environmental protection awareness of the blood donors.
- The promotion slogan in 2005 was "Treasure our World, Treasure Lives; Give a Helping Hand, Give Blood !". The launching ceremony of the 2005 Blood Donation TV advertisement was held on 2 August 2005 at the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, Kowloon. The officiating guests included Mr Lo Wing-sang, Chairman, Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service Governing Committee; Dr Lin Che Kit, Hospital Chief Executive, Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service; Dr C T Hung, Cluster Chief Executive, Kowloon Central Cluster; Miss Sandy Cheung, Senior Administrative Officer (Community Relations) of EPD; Mr Leo Ku, Artist; and Miss Karena Lam, Artist.
- The programme involved a series of activities on promoting environmental knowledge to the donors which included a launching ceremony, a series of roadshows and exhibitions with display panels and game booths organised at the Kingswood Plaza in Tin Shui Wai in July, Ma On Shan Shopping Mall in August, Landmark North, field visit to the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, guided visit to the Fanling Environmental Resource Centre and the Blood Donors' Environmental Protection Bright Ideas Collection Competition.
Environmental Training Programmes for Civil Service
- The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) jointly organised a Green Leaders Programme to promote environmental protection awareness of members of the HKICPA. A series of seminars, environmental events and field visits for HKICPA members were arranged between July and December 2005. For example, two environmental seminars were held in September 2005 under the programme which featured environmental management, environmental performance reporting, environmental auditing and environmental protection works in Hong Kong. Various field visits to EPD facilities were organised for HKICPA members so as to enhance their knowledge about the environmental protection work in Hong Kong. Around 300 members joined the field visits to Island West Transfer Station, Air Quality Monitoring Station and Air Services Laboratory, West New Territories Landfill (WENT) and Fanling Environmental Resource Centre.
Environmental Protection Ambassador Scheme for Property Management 2005/06
- The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) first launched this programme in November 2002 to enhance environmental awareness of the civil service sector. Under the programme, environmental management training workshops for civil servants were organised in collaboration with the Civil Service Training and Development Institute. Green groups were also invited to deliver training on specific topics. The programme covered a wide variety of environmental issues, and the length and topics of each seminar was tailor-made for different types of audience. Topics include green living, clean air, eco-driving, green consumerism and eco-labelling, organic farming, environmental protection and legislation in Hong Kong, sustainable development, waste reduction, green office, regional and world environmental issues, renewable energy, water resources in Hong Kong, noise pollution and mitigation measures and environmental management, etc. Special environmental training sessions were organised for various Works Departments which featured relevant works-related topics. In 2005, 78 training sessions were conducted and 1 631 civil servants were trained.
Trial Scheme on Partnership and Capacity Building Programme
- The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) first launched the "Environmental Protection Ambassador Scheme for Property Management" in 1999. The Scheme aimed at enhancing environmental protection knowledge of the representatives from property management companies and residents through a series of training and activities.
- The Scheme for 2005/06 received a very good response with 503 applicants from Incorporated Owners and management companies from different housing estates. Seminars were specially designed for the participants featuring Environmental Pollution Problems in Property Management Sectors, Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste and Environmental Estates Experience Sharing, etc. In 2005/06, a total of five seminars and 13 visits to Environmental Estate - Tin Wah Estate, Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, Island West Transfer Station and Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works, etc will be organised for the participants. The participants will be appointed as "Environmental Protection Ambassadors for Property Management" after the training.
Environmental Seminars for District Councilors and Media Workers
- The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) introduced a Trial Scheme on Partnership and Capacity Building in 2005 to facilitate experience sharing among various environmental concern groups and build the capacity of the less experienced groups for enhancing community participation in protecting the environment. Major green groups were invited to submit a one-year proposal of partnership and capacity building programme featuring the theme of waste reduction.
- Under the scheme, applicants were required to form a partnership with at least one inexperienced green group or community group. There was no restriction on the format in carrying out the programme, the target groups and the division of responsibilities with their partners. The maximum amount to be granted for 1-year proposal was $250,000. The Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Vetting Sub-committee was entrusted to select the proposals and examine the quarterly and completion reports submitted by the successful applicants. In 2005 three proposals were selected and given funding for implementation.
- The environmental seminars, jointly organised by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), aimed to update District Council (DC) members and the media workers on the latest waste reduction and management initiatives and provide an opportunity for experience sharing among the DC / media workers, academics and the Government.
For DC Members
- Two environmental seminars were organised for DC members in July and October 2005. The first environmental seminar was held on 8 July 2005 on the theme of Waste Reduction and Recovery in the Community. Mr Stephen Chan, JP, the ECC member, was the moderator of this seminar. Professor Poon Chi-sun from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Jonathan W.W. Wong from the Hong Kong Baptist University and Mrs Teresa Wong, Assistant Director of EPD, were invited as the guest speakers. 25 DC members and their assistants attended the seminar.
- The second environmental seminar, co-organised with the Home Affairs Department, was held on 15 October 2005 featuring Management of Solid Waste in Hong Kong and Waste Reduction Challenges. To enhance DC members' knowledge on waste management facilities in Hong Kong, a site visit to Island West Transfer Station was also organised on the same day after the seminar. Dr Ellen Chan, Assistant Director of EPD, and Dr Lawrence Wong, Principal Environmental Protection Officer of EPD, were the guest speakers. Ten DC members and their assistants attended the seminar and visit.
For Media Workers
Environment and Conservation Fund
- The environmental seminar for media workers will tentatively be held in mid 2006 with focus on current environmental issues and management initiatives. A visit to the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre in Tsing Yi will also be organised on the same day to familiarise media workers with the waste facilities in Hong Kong.
- The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) was set up by the Government in 1994 to fund research, community and education work. The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) vets and approves applications for up to $150,000 for Environmental Education and Community Action projects. Applications for higher amounts are also vetted by the ECC, but its recommendations have to be endorsed by the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee (ECF Committee). Up to end of December 2005, the ECC processed 1 064 applications, approved 733 of them and granted about $24.39 million on behalf of the trustee of the ECF.
- In recent years, the focus for the Fund has been Community Waste Recovery projects. A Waste Recovery Projects Vetting Sub-committee has been set up under the ECF Committee in 2001 to vet and approve applications for these projects for up to $500,000. Applications for higher amounts are also vetted by the Vetting Sub-committee, but its recommendations have to be endorsed by the ECF Committee. By end of December 2005, 71 applications were approved providing grant of about $20.6 million to the organisations for implementing the projects in various districts.
- Starting from 1 August 2005, the ECF has also allocated $5 million to support the housing estates for implementation of Source Separation of Domestic Waste. Partial funding would be granted for purchase of waste sorting equipment and facilities. By end of December 2005, 12 applications have been approved providing grant of about $0.35 million.