Newsletter Jan 2016



The 10th Power Smart Awards Presentation Ceremony

The 10th Power Smart Awards Presentation Ceremony was held in HKFYG Building on 9 January. Mr. Frank Chan, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, was invited as the officiating guest to the ceremony. This year, Power Smart was supported by more than 2,600 corporates. During the contest period (July - September), an overall reduction of 6% in electricity consumption was achieved. The 40 million kWh of electricity saved is equivalent to 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

FoE(HK) will plant trees at the source of Dongjiang for the award winners in recognition of their support for energy saving and carbon reduction.

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COP21 and Paris Agreement Seminar

On 21 January, FoE(HK) collaborated with CUHK to organize COP21 and Paris Agreement Seminar to analyze and review the implications of the COP21 and Paris agreement on Hong Kong and China. The speakers included Mr. Eric Berti, The Consul General of Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; Ms Christine Loh, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment of Environment Bureau; and Ir Albert Lai, CEO of Carbon Care Asia and Head of HK NGO Delegation to COP21.



EMSD has listened to Our Voice

The EMSD has recently added the Energy Utilization Index (EUI) for audited buildings to its webpage. The EUI is a key indicator of the building’s electricity usage intensity per floor space area. The webpage allows a much easier benchmark comparison among the buildings at the finger tip, instead of the need to visit the buildings in person.

FoE(HK) launched a similar EUI campaign in early 2015 to push the government to improve energy usage data transparency. We are glad that the EMSD has taken our advice into consideration.



Charter on External Lighting

Studies have shown that light pollution leads to increased incidence of headaches, worker fatigue, medically-defined stress, anxiety etc. To help minimize the light nuisance and energy wastage problems caused by external lighting installations, the Environment Bureau launched the Charter on External Lighting on 11 January. Currently, nearly 1000 properties and shops have already committed to sign the Charter.

Signatories that comply with the requirement to switch off external lighting from 11pm to 7am will be given the “Platinum Award”, while those complying with the requirement to switch off external lighting from midnight to 7am will be given the “Gold Award”.

FoE(HK) encourages more corporates to sign the Charter and fulfill corporate social responsibility.

Click here to know more about Charter on External Lighting



Tour at Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre

On 29 December, Dr. Vivian Wong and Ms. Suzanne Cheung, Chairperson and CEO of FoE(HK), were invited by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), to attend an afternoon tea gathering at the Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre. The gathering brought together partners from non-governmental organizations to exchange views on nature conservation with the AFCD.

We were also given a guided tour through the Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre. Woodside covers 3,386 square meters. It was revitalized as the first biodiversity education centre in Hong Kong in 2012 to foster public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the inherent value of Hong Kong’s biodiversity.

FoE(HK) highly recommends the Woodside Biodiversity Education Centre to all of you. We look forward to arranging a tour for our COOL Ambassador in the near future.

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“Social Responsibility and Green Economy” Forum

Echoing the United Nations Global Compact for sustainable and socially responsible businesses, the Social Enterprise Research Institute (SERI) organized the Social Responsibility and Green Economy Forum on 18 January – uniting speakers from the government, private sectors, technology developers, investors and NGOs to share their perspectives on how green, low-carbon policies and innovations can be achieved in an evolving market.

Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairperson of FoE(HK), attended as one of the panel speakers on “How to enhance low-carbon and energy-saving projects”. She spoke of the importance of green investments such as the Green Climate Fund, Climate Bonds and Development Banks. In particular, how they can drive the development of sustainable technologies like renewable energy.

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CAPITAL & CAPITAL WEEKLY Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2015

On 13 January, Dr. Vivian Wong, Chairperson of FoE(HK), was invited to be the award presenter for “CAPITAL & CAPITAL WEEKLY Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2015”, which recognizes and honors enterprises for implementing environmental factors and social commitments into their business strategies.

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Rewards for our COOL Ambassador

The COOL Ambassador is an initiative of the TreesCOOLiving Program, a platform for leaders to explore, discuss and take action from the environmental perspective, to create positive impacts on the society.

Once becoming a COOL Ambassador, you will receive our COOL Ambassador Membership Card.

Click here to register as our COOL Ambassador and view the exclusive benefits and special discounts.


Water Forum

On 22 March, FoE(HK) will collaborate with Water Supplies Department and CHUK Jockey Club Initiative Gaia to hold Water Forum 2016 in Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK.

We have invited speakers from China National Research Institute, local and overseas universities, and NGO representatives to share their knowledge and experience, under the key theme of “Water Security: From Dongjiang to Sponge City”. Their speeches will cover high level national water policies, current status of Dongjiang, and water source protection in the region.

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Earth COOL Living

FoE(HK) has participated in “Pilot Project For Community Involvement Broadcasting Service” launched by RTHK.

Earth COOL Living aims to inform, educate and communicate to the public about problems of climate change and how each individual can make a difference to save the earth by changing knowledge, attitude and practice.

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