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Friends of the Earth (HK)
e-Newsletter Issue August 2018
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“Jockey Club COOL Neighbours for Energy Saving” Green Tour
The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) has just been launched. For enriching the public knowledge in green facilities, we would like to invite you to join our green tour, to learn more about upcycling of e-waste.

Date: 31 August 2018 (Friday)
Time: 1:30-5:45pm
Venue: EcoPark - WEEE · PARK, Tuen Mun

Event details and registration

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Jockey Club Smart City Tree Management Project
Due to overwhelming responses, our registration for attendance of the First Round Capacity Building Programme is now closed. Thank you for your enthusiastic support! Results will be announced in mid-August 2018. Applications for the Second Round recruitment will be held in late November 2018.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Forum
“Corporate Social Responsibility Forum cum Award Presentation Ceremony for COOL Corporate Membership Scheme 2017/18”, our annual flagship event was held successfully at Zero Carbon Building on 8 August 2018.

Mrs. Mei Ng, BBS, Chairperson of FoE (HK), and Mr. Tse Chin-wan, BBS, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment were the officiating guests of the event. They encouraged companies to improve their corporate social responsibility by enhancing their environmental performance.

This year, the main theme of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum is “How to Drive Sustainability in Hong Kong?” Government official and business leaders were invited to discuss the role of businesses in building a more healthy and sustainable environment for Hong Kong.

During the Award Presentation Ceremony for COOL Corporate Membership Scheme, Mr. C.W. Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of FoE (HK), Mr. Simon Mak and Mr. Anthony Cheung, Board of Governors of FoE (HK) presented awards to 27 awardees with outstanding performance in environmental protection and encouraged them to continuously contribute to environmental conservation.
Submission to the Policy Address 2018
The globe is heating up, and the frequency and severity of extreme weather events is increasing. Hong Kong need to quickly ramp up carbon reduction actions. Thus, our submission to the policy address this year asks for:

1. Target 80% carbon reduction by 2050 and 10% renewable energy supply by 2030;
2. Mandate the installation of renewable energy equipments on government premises and government-funded institutions;
3. Establish a climate change response office to coordinate against climate threats;
4. Collaborate with Greater Bay Area cities by sharing and exchanging information related to climate change;
5. Adopt an urban forestry policy and strengthen tree management;
6. Invest in green projects and divest from fossil fuels

FoE (HK) hopes the Government recognises that looming threat of climate change and put the issue on the forefront of its policies. Click here to see the full submission.
Joint Statement on Feed in Tariff
FoE (HK), along with 20 organisations, has co-signed a joint statement to urge the Government to scale up the feed-in tariff (FiT) system to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. We asked the Government for the following:

1. Extend FiT benefits to 20 years;
2. Amend and clarify building regulations on solar panel installations;
3. Release public space for renewable energy installations;
4. Support renewable energy development through green financing;
5. Set clear guidelines for renewable energy installations larger than 1MW.

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Green Groups Refused to Participate in the Destruction of Country Parks
FoE (HK) with 17 environmental and awareness groups refused to participate in the Hong Kong Housing Society’s study to develop country parks. Country parks are a precious asset of Hong Kong, providing valuable functions like watershed protection, education, and recreation. The Government should not mislead the public and induce the conflict between society and the environment. Housing needs and elderly welfare can be solved by making use of existing land resources first, such as prioritising brownfields and idle government lands.

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Submission of Findings for Conservation of the Nam Sang Wai
Six environmental groups, including FoE (HK), commissioned a survey from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme on the conservation of the Nam Sang Wai. The survey of 1,003 people showed over 80% of public agreed the natural landscape of the wetland should be protected. Around 60% are in favour of the Government taking measures for its long-term conservation (i.e. land resumption or exchange). The findings were passed to the Environment Bureau and the Panel on Environmental Affairs of Legislative Council.

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Annual General Meeting
FoE (HK) Charity Ltd. held its 31st Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2018. Mrs. Mei Ng, BBS, Chairperson of FoE (HK), delivered her welcoming address, reviewing our Green Long March in the past 35 years, “It was filled with smiles and sighs, highs and lows. We lost some battles but won some wars. With courage, will power and perseverance, we shall overcome. Let’s keep marching forward to create a greener future!”
Green Delights in Estates
‘Municipal Solid Waste Auditing Scheme’ and ‘Home Greening Workshop’ successfully finished in July. According to the data collected, around 7% of waste per month could be reduced in each household through waste separation and recycling. In addition, around 8kg of monthly food waste was generated for homemade eco-detergent or fertilizer per household. After joining the Home Greening Workshop, participants learnt to turn food waste into compost and gained knowledge on basic planting skills. Home greening could then be implemented in different estates.
"Plastic Free Beach, Tableware First" Campaign
FoE (HK) was invited by Environmental Protection Department as a supporting organisation of the "Plastic Free Beach, Tableware First" campaign and attended the opening ceremony. The campaign covers fast food kiosks and restaurants at public beaches with the aim to eliminate plastic waste on beaches. In addition, fast food kiosks and restaurants will test environmentally-friendly tableware to replace disposable plastics items and to raise the importance of going plastic-free.
“Jockey Club COOL Neighbours for Energy Saving” Exhibition
The very hot days cannot stop the eagerness of Chai Wan neighbours to visit JCCN’s exhibition at Youth Square on 19-22 July. Stories sharing of carbon emissions, video watching of energy saving tips and energy efficiency comparing LED vs CFL vs Incandescent light bulbs were the highlights to educate and engage the community to go for smart energy life.

Please download our programme mobile app and visit our JCCN Facebook fan page for the latest information. For inquiries, please call 3184 1519 or email to jccn@foe.org.hk.
Volunteer Recruitment
FoE (HK) welcomes people from all walks of life to join us as volunteers.

We are now recruiting office volunteers to assist our clerical work including data entry, letter mailing and information arrangement.

Interested parties, please email us at volunteer@foe.org.hk.
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