Hong Kong’s Environment Bureau has published its first energy saving blueprint, aiming to achieve a 40 percent reduction in the territory’s energy intensity by 2025.

During an environmental panel meeting in the Hong Kong legislature on Monday, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said that the bureau is committed to promoting energy saving in Hong Kong. He said that the new target was set up based on “Hong Kong’s past achievements in energy saving.”

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing during meeting. Photo: iCable

“In 2011, we followed APEC to raise our target in [reducing] energy intensity,” he said. He added that the APEC guideline was to decrease energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035, with 2005 as the base year.

The government also announced plans to achieve the new target, including a requirement for all major government buildings and public housing to achieve a certain energy-saving standard. Plans were also announced to support community campaigns through government funding schemes.

Energy Saving Plan as announced by Environment Bureau. Photo: GovHK

Civic Party legislator Chan Ka-lok suggested that the government should adopt a “more aggressive target”, adding that it could “give everyone a stronger motivation to work on energy conservation”. He also advised that the energy consumption of different government departments be published online.

Chan Fan, the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, responded that government departments would have to submit a report on energy consumption every year. He agreed such data should be made more transparent, but noted that differences in energy consumption between departments is mostly due to how they operate.

Energy intensity is measured by the quantity of energy required per unit output or activity. Calculated as units of energy per unit of GDP, it measures the energy efficiency of an economy.

Eric Cheung

Eric is currently a Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. Eric has his finger on the pulse of Hong Kong events and politics. His work has been published on The Guardian, Reuters and ABC News (America).