Harbour City a leader in cutting waste

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2011, 12:00am

As worries over Hong Kong's environment grow, Harbour City made big strides last year to reduce its carbon footprint. After enrolling in the Conscientious Recycling Charter, it launched a campaign to collect used glass bottles and plastics. More than 733kg of waste paper was gathered from Harbour City offices for recycling last year, along with 17,000kg of plastic, while almost 5,000kg of fluorescent lamps and 302 used computers were disposed of safely.

It has also strengthened education for its tenants. Harbour City has also joined local efforts towards global initiatives such as World Water Day, Earth Hour, Power Smart and Carfree Day. 'We participate in these global green initiatives in order to raise our tenants' awareness and encourage their participation,' says Harbour City's Dave Siu Wing-koon. Newly joined projects include a WasteWi$e Labelling programme. All office tenants received monthly green tips since January last year, while seminars on environmental protection and energy saving were given by Greenpeace and CLP.

In energy saving, Harbour City Estates will continue to talk with tenants occupying entire floors to switch off the air conditioning on Saturdays. The 10-block office complex received recognition last year for its efforts so far. Harbour City was awarded a certificate of merit for its source separation programme of commercial and industrial waste by the Environmental Protection Department. The Gateway office towers were awarded an 'Excellence Class' certificate for indoor air quality last year, along with one of the older towers in Harbour City. The management is targeting upgrading three more towers from good to excellent this year.

Harbour City was also awarded a silver certificate in the 'Quality Water Recognition Scheme for Buildings' programme run by the Water Services Department. Workers' health is also important and, from last month, 'fruits of the month' were given to tenants.