Environment Sector

An Expert's View about Energy in Hong Kong SAR

Posted on: 29 Feb 2012

With Environment Industries being one of the pillar industries highlighted in the Policy Address 2011-2012, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region released plans new projects.

Environment Sector in Hong Kong and Macao The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has pledged to make Environmental Technologies one of its new six pillars on which to help build Hong Kong’s economy. They are also committed, through a series of signed agreements, to promote environmental protection working closely with the Guangdong Government to transform the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region into a greener and better quality living area. Market overview With Environment Industries being one of the pillar industries highlighted in the Policy Address 2011-2012, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region released plans new projects and policies for environmental engineering, waste reduction, recycling sectors in Hong Kong and business opportunities with the Mainland. The HKSAR Government has committed to a five year HK$93 million ‘Cleaner Production Partnership Programme’ helping Hong Kong owned factories in the PRD to improve energy efficiency, reduce air pollutant emission and waste water treatment. The Government also introduced a 100% tax deduction for capital expenditure on environmental protection machinery and the reduction of the depreciation period for environmental protection installation from 25 years to 5. There are also tax incentives on electric vehicles. The overall waste management strategy and a specific action plan to tackle the imminent waste problem in Hong Kong were announced in March 2011. The action plan sets "reduce, recycle and proper waste management". The three core strategies include: ξ strengthening efforts in promoting waste reduction at source and recycling at source; ξ introducing modern facilities for waste treatment; and ξ extending the existing landfills in a timely manner. The project on ‘Integrated Waste Management Facility’(IWMF), worth HK$4 billion (£320 million), is due to be completed in 2018. It includes core technologies for bulk waste treatment such as incineration, organic waste treatment facilities, sludge incineration facilities etc. In the IWMF Phase 1, the infrastructure will comprise an incineration plant, a mechanical treatment plant and ancillary and supporting facilities e.g. onsite desalination plant, onsite water treatment plant etc. Environmental capital works projects in Hong Kong include: ξ Sludge Treatment Facility ξ Harbour Area Treatment System ξ District cooling system in the Kai Tak area, to promote energy efficiency and conservation replacement ξ Water mains rehabilitation programme ξ Plus infrastructure projects, including the Lok Ma Chau Loop and the West Kowloon Cultural District, have huge environmental aspects. Macao also has an environmental agenda. The Macao SAR Government set up an earmarked fund of MOP 200 million; Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation Fund, in 2011 to help SME’s adopt new (environmental) equipment. They have also introduced tax exemption for environment-friendly light vehicles. For urban planning, the Macao government intends to adopt sustainable and low carbon practices to develop five new reclaimed areas amounting to a total size of 350 hectares. Key opportunities ξ Water & energy efficiency ξ Renewable energy ξ Waste Resources Management ξ Waste recycling recovery ξ Construction & demolition waste disposal ξ Electric vehicles ξ New waste recovery, recycling and processing facilities and technologies ξ Cleaner technologies and processes for infrastructure projects inc Green Buildings ξ Carbon audits ξ Environmental Impact Assessments & Environmental Management Systems Latest export opportunities – Environment & Water Latest export opportunities – Hong Kong (SAR) Getting into the market Please note that the products in question may or may not be subject to import / export control depending on the chemical composition, technical specification, end use, etc. Below is general information for reference: Trade and Industry Department provides various licensing, certification and registration services for commodities such as textiles and clothing, strategic commodities, rice, rough diamonds, ozone depleting substances, etc. For import / export control of environmental products, you may wish to refer to the following links for reference: ξ Strategic Commodities ξ Ozone Depleting Substances ξ Textiles Prohibited Articles - articles the importation / exportation (for some cases the transhipment) of which are prohibited and controlled by licence, permit or certification issued in advance by the relevant Government departments and subject to conditions imposed thereof. Please contact the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) for advice through the following channels : ξ C&ED website ξ Prohibited Articles ξ Email: customsenquiry@customs.gov.hk Alternatively, please visit: ξ Overview of Hong Kong's Import and Export Licensing and Control for reference. Import and Export Declaration - every person who imports or exports any article, other than an exempted article, is required to lodge with the Commissioner of Customs and Excise an accurate and complete import/export declaration within 14 days after the importation / exportation of the article. Please refer to the following link for further information on procedure and related fee. For questions on import and export declaration, please contact the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) as follows: ξ C&SD website ξ Import/Export Declaration ξ Email: trade-declaration@censtatd.gov.hk More about doing business in Hong Kong (SAR) Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ξ John Woodruffe, UK Trade & Investment. Tel: +852 2901 3355 or email: john.woodruffe@fco.gov.uk. ξ Catherine Lee, UK Trade & Investment. Tel: +852 2901 3252 or email: catherine.lee@fco.gov.uk. Contact your local international trade team Major Events Conference 2012 Sustainable Management of Municipal Solid Waste 12 March, 2012 www.lns.com.hk/LNS1/index.php/fupcoming-events/111-conference-2012-sustainable- management-of-municipal-solid-waste High Value Opportunities Mission Date: 26-28 March 2012 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition 29-31 March, 2012 www.macaomiecf.com/miecf2012/ Eco Expo Asia, Hong Kong 27-30 October, 2012 www.ecoexpoasia.hktdc.com UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events – Environment & Water Latest events – Hong Kong (SAR) Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 29 February 2012

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