Government promotes energy conservation

    The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, said today (March 10) that apart from cost-saving, energy conservation was one of the main measures to sustain development and build a green Hong Kong.

    Officiating at the 2nd Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Awards presentation ceremony, Mr Yau said the Government had implemented various measures to promote energy conservation and the use of clean energy.

    ¡§We hope to fulfil our obligation to achieve a reduction in energy intensity of at least 25% by 2030, taking 2005 as the base year,¡¨ he said.

    The energy saving competition, organised by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, attracted more than 1,400 entries between January and August, 2007.  It aimed to encourage the public to save energy, promote best practices, as well as to commend those who had made efforts, innovations and achievements in energy efficiency and conservation.

    The competition achieved outstanding results.  In the ¡§Common Areas¡¨ category, energy saving of around 34% was registered when compared with the same period in the preceding year.  For the ¡§Households¡¨ and ¡§Tenants¡¨ categories, some winners achieved energy saving of more than 40% and 20% respectively.

    The Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Mr Ho Kwong-wai, said keen participation in the competition was most encouraging.

    ¡§Experience gained through the event will be valuable and beneficial to promoting substainable energy saving and conservation,¡¨ he said.

    The entries came from households, tenants, offices, shopping centres, factory estates, car parks, and social welfare premises developed or managed by the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Housing Society, the Link Management Limited and the Urban Renewal Authority or their property management agents.

Ends/Monday, March 10, 2008
Issued at HKT 16:58