Jan - Feb 2018
Hong Kong Green Building Council’s Response to The Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address
February 28, 2018
The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) welcomes the Government’s initiatives on liveable and smart city, climate change and Green finance as proposed in The Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address released on 11 October 2017. The HKGBC will continue its close collaboration with the government and all stakeholders to further the commitment for a Greener and more sustainable built environment.
The HKGBC expects a holistic framework of developing smart city after launching the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology, and the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, which could effectively address urban challenges, enhance city management, and improve the quality of living and sustainable practices.
The HKGBC has been actively engaging different building users to get ready for the municipal solid waste charging via a number of initiatives such as the Hong Kong Green Shop Alliance initiated by the HKGBC and the Construction Industry Council.
Urban planning and design
The HKGBC expects more pedestrian-friendly designs to be incorporated during the master-planning stage of new development areas.
The HKGBC will partner with local entities that are planning to establish the Green bond certification schemes that meet international standards and provide professional expertise related to the sustainable built environment. HKGBC will also consider including the Green bond as one of the assessment criteria of BEAM Plus, so as to encourage Green bond financing in the industry.
In order to promote the development of renewable energy, the HKGBC will collaborate closely with related parties to explore the feasibility of building integrated photovoltaic systems at a district scale.