vision is of a Hong Kong which enjoys an environment that is both
healthy and pleasant, in which the community places a premium on
sustaining such an environment for both themselves and future generations.
To realise this vision, we will continue to strengthen our ability
to meet environmental sustainability goals. We will formulate and
implement programmes to improve and safeguard the environment while
contributing proactively to strategic decision-making in the government
that will have an impact on the environment. We are committed to
ensuring that all services and programmes offered by the Environmental
Protection Department (EPD), as well as our own internal operations,
are developed and conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.
In pursuance of these goals, the EPD has adopted the following principles:
We aim to establish an effective legislative and an efficient control
framework to safeguard the health and welfare of the community from
any adverse environmental effects.
We will seek to provide moral leadership by not only complying with
the letter of the law, but the spirit of all applicable environmental
legislation, standards and regulations, as well as our internal
guidelines and procedures, in all our operations within the EPD.
We will endeavour to surpass them whenever possible.
aim to pre-empt environmental problems associated with development
projects, plans and policies by applying environmental impact assessment
in the planning process and seeking opportunities to improve the
environmental quality of Hong Kong.
We will implement ISO14001 environmental management systems to improve
continually the environmental performance of our major facilities.
We will avoid, reduce and control environmental pollution arising
from our day-to-day working practices. We will require our contractors
to adopt and implement sound environmental management systems and
pollution control measures, and actively encourage businesses and
other organisations in Hong Kong to adopt similar systems and measures.
to Environmental Incidents
will implement an emergency response system for handling environmental
incidents, and will be prepared to respond quickly to minimise the
damage to the environment.
aim to plan and provide convenient and cost-effective waste management
facilities, as well as promote a sustainable approach to waste management
in Hong Kong, in which we consume less, produce less waste, and
reuse or recover value from waste.
We will exercise the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in
the consumption of materials and seek continual improvement in the
efficient use of natural resources and energy in all our operations.
will actively contribute to government-wide policies and programmes
that support sound environmental management and sustainable development.
We will use and promote evolving scientific and technological systems,
work with others and continue to build new partnerships in the pursuance
of sustainable development objectives.
aim to promote community awareness, through environmental campaigns,
publicity, education and action programmes, and public access to
environmental information, with a view to harnessing the community's
support for, and contribution to, achieving the desired environmental
We will also publicise to the community our Environmental Policy
and report annually on our environmental performance. We will ensure
that all our staff are aware of our Environmental Policy, that they
will be able to provide detailed information about our Policy and
initiatives to stakeholders in their particular areas of concern.
will ensure through appropriate training and professional development,
that every member of our staff has the knowledge and competency
to assume his/her environmental responsibilities and to participate
constructively in environmental activities.
Management will review this policy and the department's environmental
objectives and targets vis-a-vis the changing internal and external
factors, and seek continual improvement in our environmental performance.