The EPD has
developed partnerships with stakeholders and professionals at
the local and national levels to exchange views and work jointly
on environmental improvement programmes. It has also developed
partnerships with operators in polluting industries to encourage
greater compliance with the letter and spirit of environmental
were initiated in 2001 with four industries that attract a large
number of pollution complaints – the construction industry,
restaurants, vehicle repair workshops and property management.
The partnerships involve training, producing manuals and offering
advice, among other activities. The intention is to promote compliance
and understanding without compromising enforcement actions (see
5.3 Effective Enforcement and Emergency Response for details).
Construction Industry: The EPD and Hong Kong Construction
Association jointly held three workshops for 710 participants
in 2003. A 30-hour course on green construction management
was introduced for the trade at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Green construction examples taken from Hong Kong construction
sites were posted on the EPD website. And the EPD agreed
to shorten the processing time for noise permit application
from 18-23 days to 14 days, provided applications were in
Restaurants: Two local restaurant trade associations and
related stakeholders worked with the EPD to organise a mooncake
containers recovery programme. About 25 000 containers were
collected, which were subsequently compacted and transported
to the Mainland for recycling. An Environmental Help Desk
Service, comprising a Hotline and a dedicated website, has
been set up since June 2001 to provide free one-stop assistance
advice for restaurants. In addition, a six-month trial was
jointly conducted with the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute
in 2003 on a water-saving device seen during a study trip
to Japan in 2002.
Vehicle Repair Workshops: A guidebook and educational VCD
on how workshops can comply with environmental regulations
was released in 2003. Preparations were also made for a
“Green Garage Election 2004” to be held in 2004
with the Hong Kong Vehicle Repair Merchants Association
Ltd and the Environmental Vehicle Repairers Association
Property Management: A dedicated web page was developed
to offer green advice to property managers in 2003. Six
large property management companies were invited to give
talks on how they are addressing environmental issues. The
EPD was also assisting the Lands Department draft environmental
clauses for Deeds of Mutual Covenant.
The EPD organises
training and exchanges with other government departments to enhance
understanding and compliance with various environmental regulations.
In 2003 we organised exchanges with the Highways Department focusing
on noise pollution. We also organised 143 seminars and education
sessions on general environmental knowledge for about 2 300 civil
the EPD has worked with the Government Logistics Department to
establish green product specifications for commonly used items
such as paper products. By the end of 2003, 37 product categories
carried green specifications. The information is available on
the EPD website so the private sector and outside organisations
can refer to it. The EPD commenced a consultancy study in December
2002 to update green specifications of products which should be
useful for future reviews of this issue.
The EPD also
advises the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau’s Safety
& Environmental Advisors Committee on compliance with environmental
legislation and waste management matters to be implemented by
the Works Department. The committee was formerly called the Safety
Advisors Committee and its ambit was expanded in 2003 to include
environmental management, in line with developments overseas and
in the private sector.
The EPD has
facilitated the Airport Authority, hotels, hostels, university
and tertiary institutions, the recycling trade, the packaging
trade and retailers, among others, in preventing and reducing
waste. This has been done through the Wastewi$e Scheme, regular
discussion forums and ad hoc meetings and dedicated programmes.
The department has also worked with hospitals and clinics on addressing
the problem of clinical waste.
The EPD is
also keen to promote Product Responsibility Schemes (PRS), in
which Hong Kong lags behind many other developed countries. A
PRS trial involving mobile phone batteries was begun in 2002 but
the response was unsatisfactory. A trial to extend the collection
network to housing estates is being conducted to increase public
participation. In 2003 a working group on waste tyre management
was formed with the Hong Kong and Kowloon Rubber Tyres Commercial
General Association, which looked at collection and end uses.
The EPD also commissioned two community groups, the Caritas Youth
and Community Service and the St James Settlement, to conduct
trials on recovering used computers and used electrical and electronic
waste is another area of concern. A task force chaired by the
Hong Kong Construction Association aims to provide a forum for
the construction industry and the Government to pursue construction
Impact Assessment Ordinance partnerships
Four User Liaison
Groups have been formed in connection with the Environmental Impact
Assessment Ordinance (EIAO). These groups cover government departments,
consultants, utility companies, and contractors and private developers.
In 2003 eight User Liaison Group meetings were held and seven
interim guidance notes were issued.
An EIAO Support
Section was established in 2002 to carry out an EIA Training and
Capacity Building Programme for government works departments and
provide assistance to the private sector. Between November 2002
and mid-December 2003, a total of 23 workshops were held for 550
participants from both the private and public sectors, including
18 tailor-made workshops for government departments. Also, a Training
Manual for the EIA Mechanism, based on a project development cycle,
was produced in 2003 to assist understanding of the EIA process.
Environmental Management partnerships
As part of
the Government’s drive to save paper, the Environment, Transport
and Works Bureau (ETWB) has announced that all bureaux and departments
should, on a voluntary basis, aim to reduce their photocopying
paper consumption by an average of 2.5% a year from fiscal year
2003/04 to 2006/07, representing an overall 10% reduction. To
help all Green Managers (our partners) in the bureaux and departments
attain the above voluntary targets, the ETWB and EPD jointly organised
a seminar in December 2003 to share views and experiences on practical
paper saving measures and other useful green office initiatives.
More than 170 officials from about 70 bureaux and departments
attended the seminar. Useful case studies on paper saving in both
public and private organisations were presented. To further help
bureaux and departments to fulfil the paper saving target, all
the presentation materials have been uploaded to the Government’s
internal web site for easy reference.
green managers attend a paper saving seminar.
EPD has also been seeking support and advice on promoting the
ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) to small and medium
sized enterprises (SME). A study on the issue was carried out
in 1999 and, as a follow up, the department has liaised closely
with various strategic partners, including the University of Hong
Kong (Corporate Environmental Governance Programme), the Hong
Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Federation of Hong
Kong Industry (Hong Kong Electronics Industry Council), the Centre
of Sustainable Design, and members of the ISO 14000 Liaison Group
(the Trade and Industry Department, Business Environment Council,
Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency, Hong Kong Productivity Council
and EPD). They have been asked to give their expert advice in
formulating strategies to provide targeted support on environmental
management information and ISO 14001 EMS for two priority groups,
the electrical/electronic sector and the construction industry.
The EPD also
promoted wider adoption of environmental performance reporting
in the private sector and acted as an independent endorser of
the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ Environmental
Reporting Award in 2002 and its Sustainability Reporting Award
The EPD also
works with the private sector on trial schemes, such as bus companies
with whom we tested Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel fuel and the transport
trades with whom we tested particulate removal devices. In 2002,
the EPD joined with the Hong Kong Society of Accountants to provide
training in environmental management to its members.
on environmental issues is conducted through the Advisory Council
on the Environment and the Environmental Affairs Panel of the
Legislative Council. In addition, the EPD participates in District
Council, industrial and business association meetings to explain
new environmental initiatives and to seek their views. District
Councils also work with the Environmental Campaign Committee on
waste reduction and awareness-raising campaigns, as do green groups
and community groups. The EPD meets regularly with these groups
to exchange views.