The EPD provides input on the environment and sustainable development
through several channels, working with both stakeholders and other
on Major Policies and Strategies
department contributes environmental information to the Sustainability
Development Unit, which was set up in 2001 to broadly assess the
impacts of strategic developments and policies and guide Hong Kong’s
future development. In 2003 a CD-ROM was produced based on the results
of an earlier conference on environmental assessment tools for sustainability.
EPD also manages strategic environmental assessments (SEAs), which
are more detailed reports on environmental implications for individual
policies and strategies. In 2002 the department started putting
SEAs on its website. This is not a legal requirement, but meant
to demonstrate that SEAs can be produced and can be useful tools
in strategic planning. Hong Kong is a leader in the field and in
2003, the department presented the first draft of its SEA Manual
to the International Association of Impact Assessment for comment.
Consultations have also been held with colleagues in Hong Kong.
addition, the EPD reviews the environmental implications paragraphs
that are contained in all policies submitted to the Policy Committee
of the Executive Council and all submissions made to the Public
Works Sub-Committee of the Legislative Council, which approves funding
for public works projects. In 2003 the department reviewed 174 submissions.
The EPD was given approval to liaise directly with the State Environmental
Protection Administration on environmental impact assessment (EIA)
matters in 2003. The Mainland introduced a new law on EIAs and SEAs
in September 2003. Hong Kong also continued to carry out visits
and preparation work with the State Oceanic Administration for participation
in the National Marine Environmental Monitoring Network.
Hong Kong-Guangdong Joint Working Group on Sustainable Development
and Environmental Protection continued to address cross-boundary
issues. In 2003 the two sides drew up an action plan to protect
the clean waters of Mirs Bay and prepared an air quality management
plan for the Pearl River Delta Region. The EPD also participated
in a symposium on sustainable development in Guangdong, Hong Kong
assessments of the growing number of cross-boundary projects continued
Benchmarking Tool for
Environmental Performance Reports.
government departments and bureaux have been required to publish
their annual environmental performance reports (EPRs) since 2000.
The EPD has provided assistance through training programmes and
a helpdesk. In January 2003, A
Benchmarking Tool for Environmental Performance Reports was
disseminated to 120 officials from about 80 bureaux and departments
at a seminar. The benchmarking tool provides clear guidelines and
explanations on producing reports that can be used to help improve
environmental performance. The government EPRs are also intended
to serve as a good example to the private sector, in our efforts
to encourage more reporting there.
officials from about 80 bureaux and departments attend a seminar
on environmental reporting.
arms of government are also required to make progressive reductions
in paper consumption, under a directive issued by the Environment,
Transport and Works Bureau in 2003. The Bureau and EPD organised
a joint seminar in December 2003 where 170 officials from about
70 bureaux and departments shared views and experiences in paper
saving and other green office measures.
officials from about 70 bureaux and departments share views and
experiences on paper saving and other green office measures.