Environment Committee Objectives
To be an authoritative, constructive and technically-founded rational response to consultative and policy papers prepared by the government of the Hong Kong SAR on environmental and sustainability issues that have a direct or indirect effect on businesses in Hong Kong, and a source of knowledge and stimulus on such matters within the British Chamber’s membership in Hong Kong.
- To examine the current state of the environment in Hong Kong and long term sustainability of the environment, and to make recommendations about priorities and improvements for future Government action.
- To communicate information on environmental and sustainability issues to the membership of the Chamber.
- To focus on local and regional air and water quality challenges, climate change, carbon management, solid waste management, transportation, land use, sustainability, and environmental impact assessment processes.
- To facilitate a greater understanding of, and engagement in, the benefits of corporate social responsibility.
- To encourage the membership to put forward or initiate ideas that might enhance the Government’s ability to resolve and prevent environmental problems of the Hong Kong SAR and the Greater Pearl River Delta region, especially those where the business community has a leading role to play.
- To schedule approximately six environmental speakers per year for the benefit and education of Chamber members.
- To schedule approximately two environmental related visits to facilities in Hong Kong for the benefit and education of Chamber members.
- To promote schemes to encourage and establish constructive and proactive dialogue and a closer relationship between the business and environmental communities.
- To draft position or policy papers and response to Government public consultations on environment, planning or infrastructure (in association with the Construction Industry Group, China Group and other Committee Chairpersons) where appropriate.
- To be the principal committee within the Chamber dealing with environmental and sustainability issues.
- To liaise with and on an ad hoc basis attending other Chamber committees and other business chamber committees on matters to identify areas where cooperation will benefit the environment and where specialisation on more ‘niche’ environmental issues would be beneficial.