Malls in air-con drive
More than 80 shopping malls will go green this summer by maintaining their indoor temperature at the recommended level of 24 to 26 degrees Celsius.
It comes after 88 malls, including Langham Place, Festival Walk and Cityplaza, signed an energy-saving agreement with the government. They will lower the use of air-conditioning between June and September this year.
Bernard Chan, chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, says some tenants are worried that if mall temperatures increase, shoppers will be unhappy and spend less.
But Chan says this experimental measure can help reduce operational costs in the long run.
Meanwhile, the government will assess the energy efficiency and carbon-dioxide emission levels in 120 schools, public swimming pools and wet markets next year. The goal is to find ways to reduce the carbon footprint produced by public facilities.