SEN visits green school with environmentally friendly features (with photos)

     The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, visited Sing Yin Secondary School in Kwun Tong today (February 5) to learn about its energy-saving features and food waste treatment facility. He was grateful to see that the school is instilling the significance of treasuring resources in the young generation through education so that they can adopt the principles of green living in their daily life.

     The Government planned the campus of Sing Yin Secondary School in 2008-09 as a demonstration building to showcase energy efficiency with an educational purpose. Various environmentally friendly and energy-saving facilities installed within the campus can deliver energy savings of almost 30 per cent annually.

     Mr Wong noted that the Government has been striving to promote energy efficiency and energy saving to combat climate change. At present, buildings account for as much as 90 per cent of Hong Kong's electricity consumption, as well as over 60 per cent of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions can therefore be reduced by enhancing building energy efficiency. Mr Wong called for concerted efforts in the community to save energy together.

     Upon arrival at the school in the afternoon, Mr Wong was shown a number of energy-saving features in the campus, including the lift regeneration system, occupancy sensor auto-control for air-conditioning units and lighting, and an LED accent lighting system.

     He then proceeded to the roof of the campus, where solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation are installed, to get a better understanding of how the facility turns solar energy into heat energy. Mr Wong also toured the landscaped garden and bamboo forest on the rooftop and podium. Beyond offering aesthetic value, the greening features can help lower indoor temperatures by insulating the building from heat.

    The staff of the school also briefed Mr Wong on the operation of a building energy management system in the school's office. Mr Wong also took the opportunity during the lunch hour to see how the school treats food waste with a recycling bin. The treated food waste is used for composting.

Ends/Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:07