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What are the pressing environmental issues for E&E sector?-SOURCES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT




This section presents the professional and academic institutions in Hong Kong that can offer expert advice and technical assistance, tailored to the specific needs of individual electrical and electronic sector SMEs, on environmental requirements, ISO14001 EMS, and pollution control measures.  Over twenty such organisations have been identified, consisting of trade associations, academic institutions, and Government and non-government organizations (NGOs):

Group 1:  Academic Institution - Hong Kong

Centre for Electronic Packaging and Assemblies, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering (EPA Centre) of CityUHK
Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, HKPU
Mechanical Engineering Department of HKUST
The Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, HKU

Group 2:  Trade-specific Association/ Professional Bodies - Hong Kong

Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association
Hong Kong Electronic Packaging and Manufacturing Services Association (HKEPMSA)
Electrical Division of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Electronic Division of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Group 3:  NGO - Hong Kong & Government Initiatives

Business Environment Council
Hong Kong Productivity Council
Trade and Industry Department - Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs (SUCCESS)

Due to differences in the nature, size and mission of these organizations, the support that they offer is diverse.  However, their services can be classified into four main groups:

Type 1:  ISO 14001 EMS related services

Cat 1 - ISO 14001 EMS trainings
Cat 2 - ISO 14001 EMS consultation
Cat 3 - ISO 14001 EMS free advisory services
Cat 4 - ISO 14001 mentoring service

Type 2:  Design and Manufacturing Processes Improvement

Cat 6 - Eco-design & Design for Environment
Cat 7 - Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing
Cat 8 - Cleaner Production
Cat 9 - Pollution control technologies

Type 3:  Environmental Information

Cat 10 - Environmental Legislations & Other requirements
Cat 11 - Environmental Information Centre

Type 4:  Others

Cat 5 - SME support (e.g. financial services, business advisory and supports)

To demonstrate the diversification of services and service providers, a list of local support centres for E&E industry with their scopes of services, contact details and website address are prepared and given as Appendix H.

It was also observed that the existing trend of supply chain environmental pressures and requirements affecting local E&E manufacturers was mainly governed by the development of overseas national environmental legislations, directives and initiatives such as the EU Directive on WEEE and ROHS. To acquire very up-to-date information about these legislations and initiatives and the trend, stakeholders may require frequent access the global E&E sector-specific environmental information centres. To address the needs, the contact details of some overseas E&E sector-specific environmental information centres was also given together with the local support centres as Appendix H.

In addition to these organisations, over 80 local environmental consultancies in Hong Kong regularly provide services to the construction sector, addressing areas such as pollution control (air, water, noise, waste, etc), impact assessments and auditing, analytical and laboratory services, training and strategy, and ISO14001 EMS development and implementation.  Contact details of 87 such consultancies, and a summary of their core services, are provided in Appendix I (from the EPD Directory of Environmental Consultants, July 2004).

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