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.
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
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
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.
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
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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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
More about doing business in Hong Kong (SAR)
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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:
ξ Catherine Lee, UK Trade & Investment. Tel: +852 2901 3252 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
Conference 2012 Sustainable Management of Municipal Solid Waste
12 March, 2012
High Value Opportunities Mission
Date: 26-28 March 2012
Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition
29-31 March, 2012
Eco Expo Asia, Hong Kong
27-30 October, 2012
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.
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