Hong Kong, 16 April 2021 — Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) organised a virtual ceremony to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the BEC Low Carbon Charter and welcomed 20 new signatories who have committed to set carbon reduction targets.
In 2019, BEC launched the Charter with 34 signatory companies from the property and construction value chain. As the Charter membership diversified in 2020, the Charter had 39 signatories from different sectors signed up. To date, 93 signatories have pledged to the Charter including education providers and sustainability consultancies which further reflects the importance of cross-sectoral decarbonisation efforts.
“The 2020 Policy Address announced that Hong Kong would strive to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. This is an ambitious target which requires all sectors to work together to promote low-carbon transformation in Hong Kong. I would like to thank the Business Environment Council for launching the Low Carbon Charter to mobilise companies’ support for decarbonisation, and look forward to hearing from the signatories more success stories and lessons learnt in their decarbonisation journeys,” said Mr C.W. Tse under Secretary for the Environment.
“We are very encouraged by the new signatories joining the Charter and the commitment to climate actions demonstrated across different sectors. This is most timely as the Hong Kong Government will soon announce a decarbonisation roadmap to move towards becoming carbon neutral by 2050. BEC aims to galvanise business community’s contributions to the target by helping signatories set decarbonisation targets and comprehensive action plans,” said Mr Richard Lancaster, Chairman of BEC.
As an effort to further support the Charter signatories in addressing decarbonisation challenges specific to the construction sector, BEC also co-launched the Power Up Coalition with Gammon Construction Limited as a new initiative under the Charter. Power Up aims to encourage similar practices among non-public works projects and to promote zero-emission construction sites in Hong Kong in the long term. As of today, 14 companies and organisations have shown their support by joining as a member of Power Up.
“We will continue our efforts to implement decarbonisation measures and promote low-carbon construction in public works projects. The Power Up Coalition initiated by BEC will play an important role in achieving this common goal.” Mr Lam Sai-hung, Permanent Secretary of Development (Works) said. “We are delighted to be supporting BEC with the Power Up Coalition. It provides a real opportunity for all players to work together on a shared mission to decarbonise construction activities as well as protect the health of the public and all those working on construction sites.” Mr Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon Construction said.
Power Up Coalition welcomes project proponents and their partners, such as power suppliers, architects, consultants, contractors, professional bodies and other relevant organisations to pledge and promote on-site decarbonisation opportunities. For more information about the Charter and Power Up, visit the Business Environment Council Limited website. — Construction+ Online