Environmental Protection Department Environmental Performance Report 2004 Environmental Performance Report 2004
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Our Own Operations
  6.4  Staff Awareness, Training and Participation
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The EPD provides training opportunities for all its staff. Formal environmental management training was introduced for existing staff in 1997 and all new staff are also briefed on the subject. In 2003, 55 staff attended 2 in-house seminars on Environmental Management Systems and 20 staff attended courses related to environmental management organised by external organisations. Another 227 staff attended 9 in-house continuous professional development training programmes organised by the Human Resources Development Unit. The training consisted of talks on environmental subjects by experienced staff members and visits to EPD’s facilities, the Hong Kong Wetland Park and the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.

To promote environmental awareness among family members of our staff and help them understand more about EPD's operations, the Staff Recreation and Social Committee organised the Chinese White Dolphin Watch, Mai Po Boardwalk Tour and Tsim Bei Tsui Eco Tour in 2003 for staff and their families.

Moreover, our colleagues are encouraged to contribute green ideas through the Departmental Staff Suggestion Scheme. Winning proposals will be awarded with cash prizes in addition to certificates of commendation, or only the certificates.

Apart from the Green Manager Scheme, we have initiated a mobile phone batteries recovery scheme in May 2002 and a trial plastic bag recovery scheme in August 2002 at our Southorn Centre Office. Batteries and plastic bags have been regularly collected and delivered to recyclers for recycling. By the end of 2003, 103 batteries and about 50 kg of plastic bags had been recovered.
We will ensure through appropriate training and professional development, that every member of our staff has the knowledge and competency to assume their environmental responsibilities and to participate constructively in environmental activities.

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 our initiatives to our stakeholders on their particular areas of concern.

   
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