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Green Management

The Department endeavours to support the environmental protection and sustainable development of Hong Kong.

The Department all along recognises the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development for Hong Kong. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that all the services delivered to the public and our internal operations are conducted in compliance with the environmental protection principles and practices according to the requirements under the environmental legislation, codes of practices and the Clean Air Charter as appropriate. We also encourage the active participation of staff members in adopting green practices in both the workplace and their personal lives.

Environmental Management

Solar thermal collectors have been installed on the rooftop of Shenzhen Bay Control Point to collect solar energy.

The Departmental Secretary is appointed as the Green Manager of the Department. He is responsible for overseeing the environmental protection measures, reviewing the energy saving practices and formulating the green initiatives in the Department. Division Heads are assigned to assist in exploring opportunities to adopt green initiatives and monitoring the energy conservation measures to be implemented in offices under their purview. Energy Wardens are appointed at sub-divisional level to ensure the effective implementation of the green housekeeping measures by conducting regular inspections in office premises and maintaining staff awareness of the importance of persistent conformity to the housekeeping measures. Reviews of green management practices with the main focus on energy saving are conducted by Energy Wardens on a quarterly basis.

The Resources Management Committee, chaired by the Deputy Director and consisted of members of senior management, closely monitors the paper and energy consumption in its monthly meetings. The consumption records are regularly updated and uploaded to our Intranet portal to enable managers at all levels to have a holistic view on the resources used to facilitate their monitoring process.

Environmental Performance

Energy Conservation

Information on green management is regularly disseminated at the green corner of offices.

The Department has implemented a number of energy saving measures to reduce energy consumption. As there was an increase in operational activities in the Department, the power consumption level slightly increased by 0.3 per cent when compared with 2015, with total consumption of about 43 million kWh.

To reduce energy consumption level as far as practicable, the Department will continue to take the following green measures:

Green Measures Taken
  • Switching off lighting that is not in use.
  • Adjusting illumination to the recommended level in the office, corridors and public areas, etc.
  • Adjusting indoor temperature to the recommended 25.5 °C level in summer months.
  • Lowering window blinds or curtains before leaving office to reduce direct sunlight on the following day.
  • Keeping windows closed in air-conditioned rooms.
Office Equipment
  • Switching off computers, photocopiers and other office equipment that are not in use to avoid leaving them in standby mode.
  • Replacing the office equipment with models of better energy efficiency, such as those with ‘Energy Star’ label or Grade 1 or 2 ‘Energy Label’ whenever suitable.
  • Arranging the ‘last-man-out’ to check and turn off all lighting and office equipment.
  • Encouraging staff to use staircases instead of lifts for inter-floor traffic as far as possible.

Minimisation of Paper Consumption

Our Department uses electronic seasonal greeting cards during festive seasons to minimise paper consumption.

Our paper consumption decreased by 2.4 per cent from 67,195 reams in 2015 to 65,585 reams in 2016. The Department will make continuous effort in reducing paper consumption as far as practicable, and maintain its diversified range of measures to minimise paper consumption both externally and internally, including:



The green measures listed above were widely accepted by both members of the public and our staff. The Department will continue to adopt information technology as far as practicable and closely monitor paper consumption to create a paperless working environment.

Recycling of Waste and Recovery of Resources

With a view to raising the awareness of our staff and members of the public on the benefits of recycling of waste to the environment, Immigration Tower has participated in the ‘Programme on Source Separation of Commercial and Industrial Waste’ initiated by the Environmental Protection Department since 2008.

Apart from the traditional wastes, other recyclable wastes including rechargeable batteries, fluorescent lamps, CD-ROMs and glass bottles were also collected through the collection boxes.

To further minimise solid waste and conserve the environment, used printer cartridges have been returned to suppliers by means of trade-in. The Department has also included green specifications for stock items to ensure that the products to be purchased cause minimal adverse impact to the environment.

Support on Clean Air Charter

The indoor air quality of Immigration Tower attained Good Class in the Indoor Air Quality Certificate Scheme organised by the Environmental Protection Department.

To implement the Clean Air Charter, which aims at improving the air quality in Hong Kong, the Department has adopted the following measures in our daily operations to minimise the impact of vehicles and vessels to the environment as far as practicable:

The total fuel consumption of the vehicle and vessel fleets of the Department decreased by 3.1 per cent from 1,295,024 litres in 2015 to 1,254,311 litres in 2016. The Department will continue to make the best effort to minimise the fuel consumption and emissions of our vehicle and vessel fleet.

The Department endeavours to provide a better working environment for our staff. In this connection, the Department has participated in the Indoor Air Quality Certificate Scheme to ensure good indoor air quality that safeguards the health of our staff members. In 2016, the indoor air quality of Immigration Tower was awarded ‘Good Class’. In addition, the common areas of the Prosperity Villa, our Rank and File staff quarters at Wo Yi Hop Road, Kwai Chung, was awarded ‘Excellent Class’.

Promotion of Staff Awareness

To foster a green culture among staff members, the Department has continued to disseminate the latest news and useful information to staff through e-mails and Intranet portal. Staff members were encouraged to participate in environmental protection campaigns arranged by other organisations, such as the ‘Community Chest Green Day’ organised by the Community Chest, which encouraged participants to adopt a greener lifestyle such as taking public transport and supporting recycling of waste; the ‘Earth Hour’ organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature which encouraged participants to switch off non-essential lights at the appointed time for an hour; and the ‘Moon Cake Box Recycling Programme’ and ‘Red Packet, Candy/Biscuit Box Recycling Campaign’ organised by the Building Management Office of Immigration Tower.

The Department encourages staff to participate in environmental protection campaigns arranged by different organisations in order to arouse their environmental awareness.

To enhance the environmental awareness among staff members, the Department has set up green corners at various offices with posters, green tips and the latest news related to green matters. The information posted on the green corners is updated periodically.

The Way Forward

The Department will continue to reinforce and extend the current housekeeping measures, adopt green management principles in all activities and take forward new green initiatives and targets as appropriate. The effectiveness of the green measures will be reviewed periodically in order to seek continuous improvement in the efficient use of energy and resources.