2009年11月26日星期四

A Smaller Carbon Footprint (HKQAA Symposium 2009)

I also joined the session 3 entitled “A smaller Carbon Footprint, A Cleaner Future” in HKQAA Symposium 2009 on 25th November 2009. We took a group photo with HKQAA friends for memory.



The program summary was shared below.

Ir. Roger Lai (President, Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers) gave the opening speech. He encouraged entrepreneurs to put in greater investment in manufacturing of energy saving equipment and systems and government might use incentives such as tax rebate, tax deferment, etc, on carbon reduction and sustainable development.


The first speaker was Ms. Anissa Wong (JP, Director of Environmental Protection, EPD, HKGov) and her topic was “Building a Green Hong Kong”. She analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) situation in Hong Kong. The principal sources were power generation (62%), transportation sector (16%) and others (e.g. waste, industries). Then she explained EPD target was to reduce energy intensity by at least 25% by 2030 from the 2005 level. There were 6 strategies to achieve the target.
i) Raise Energy Efficiency
ii) Encourage the use of Cleaner Fuels
iii) Promote Cleaner Transportation
iv) Enhance Community Participation
v) Sound Waste Management
vi) Conserve the Nature


The second speaker was Ir. Yu Shuk Man (Senior Project Engineer, EMSD, HKGov) and his presentation title was “Building Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes”. He introduced two major schemes in EMSD and they were Energy-Cum-Carbon Audit (ECA) Scheme and Energy Efficiency Project (EEP) Scheme. He briefed the carbon audit and energy audit and their advantages.
Carbon Audit refers to the quantification of the Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emitted directly and indirectly.
Energy Audit reviews the energy system and ensures energy being used as efficiently as possible, and provides indications to derive a pragmatic approach to reduce unnecessary energy use.
The advantages of joining energy efficiency funding schemes were fulfilling social responsibility and achieving cost saving.


The third speaker was Mr. Peter Young who is the Head of Technical Services and Sustainability in Hongkong Land Limited. His topic was “Energy and Emission Reduction Programme of Hongkong Land”. According to Peter, Green Buildings is “Over entire lifecycle (construction, operation and demolition) supports the health and well being of the local, regional and global environment and of people around them”. Then he shared Kill-A-Watt Hongkong Land’s Energy Management Programme that reduced energy consumption by nearly 8% for the Central portfolio from 2005 to 2008. It also caused annual savings of HK$13 million and CO2 emission reduction of 12,500 tons, equivalent to 2,500 cars off the road.


Mr. Jor Fan (Environmental Management System Manager, Langham Place, Mongkok, HK) was the fourth speaker and his topic was “Carbon Footprint & EMS”. He started his speech from the statement “Greening our place starts with me…” (綠色朗豪由我創造...). He shared that carbon footprint is part of their EMS. During Green Promotion in Langham, the approach was supported and participated from Top to Bottom. To be a Greener Hotel, they employed green building design, greener equipment / technology, greener products, best waste management practice, etc. Their carbon audit report showed that GHG reduction was 1900 tonnes CO2 in 2008.


Ms. Janice Lao (Environmental Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited) was the fifth speaker and her presentation title was “Aviation Carbon Emission Reduction Strategy”. She mentioned the IATA four pillar strategies as follows:
I) Technology
- Airframe, engine
- Cleaner bio-fuels, new energy sources
II) Infrastructure
- Improve air routes, ATM & airport procedures
III) Aircraft operations
- Drive for maximum efficiency & minimum weight
IV) Economic instruments
- Incentives to finance technology R&D
- Carbon offsets & trading
Lastly, she said that they were the first Asian airline to offer a carbon offset scheme to passengers in 2007.


The sixth speaker was Ms. Katherine Lau (Head – Quality & Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) Ltd.) and her topic entitled “Green Supply Chain Management”. She introduced the Eco-office concept including Optimization of “Output”, “Print-On-Demand” and “IT Devices & Document Management”.


The following photo showed the Eco-office concept.


Then she discussed the Green Purchasing and Green Commitment which includes Energy Saving Features, Resource Conservation Initiative and Chemical Risk Management.

The last speaker was Mr. Victor C.L. Kwong (Corporate HSE Manager, The Hong Kong & China Gas Company Limited). His topic was “Experience Sharing in Emission Reduction & Energy Efficiency Enhancement in Fuel Gas Industry”. In the beginning, he analyzed the fossil fuel emission of CO2, CO, NOx, Sox, Particulars and Mercury, etc. His company achieved ISO 14001 in 1999 and Carbon audit based on ISO 14064-1 has been performed recently.


Panel Discussion was performed at the end of session 3 of the symposium.

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