A. About Environment Bureau and
Environmental Protection Department

Organisation and Governance

1.      The Environment Bureau (ENB) is the highest government unit with overarching responsibility for protecting Hong Kong's environment and related policy objectives. The Secretary for the Environment reports directly to the Chief Executive and the Executive Council on the following programme areas:

Energy policy making. Policy is set by the ENB; energy conservation policy is implemented by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

- Sustainable development.
- Environmental protection (six areas): air, environmental assessment and planning, nature conservation, noise, waste and water. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is responsible for policies and programmes in all areas except nature conservation, where it sets policies that are implemented by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Our numbers:

Staffing establishment ENB, 37 staff; EPD, 1 629 staff (as at 31 December 2008).
Expenditure ENB, $44.062 million; EPD, $2.557 billion.
Facilities ENB, one office; EPD, eight offices, three strategic landfills and
more than 20 other facilities (see Appendix II ).
Headquarters 33/F - 34/F & 46/F - 48/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
History ENB founded in July 2007, EPD founded in 1986.

Organisation structure:

2.      Internal sustainability management comes under the Departmental Environment, Safety and Health Committee, a consultative body with representatives from management, functional divisions, staff unions, various grades of staff and the Departmental Consultative Committee. We have also set up an Energy and Emissions Management Team (EEMT) to identify ways of reducing our energy consumption and help us meet our targets under the Clean Air Charter.