Contribute to HKSCC target of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020/2021 (from the base figures of 2015/2016).
Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium
As a member of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC), the university is taking part in the group’s collective carbon reduction target. In support of the Hong Kong government’s emission target set out in the Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+, in 2017 HKSCC set a medium‐term collective target for the tertiary education sector – aiming to reduce aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020/2021 (from the base figures of 2015/2016). This commitment means that the higher education sector is doing its part to achieve the overall carbon reduction target for Hong Kong.
Green Revolving Fund
The university's Green Revolving Fund (GRF) supports carbon emissions reductions and other environmental improvement on campus. Funds are invested in energy efficiency projects in university buildings and utility and maintenance cost savings are returned to the GRF for further projects. This unique financing mechanism will allow the university to invest in long-term efficiency improvements in a financially sustainable manner.
The Estates Office works to reduce campus carbon emissions through upgrades to existing facilities and innovative new projects. With initiatives such as lift and chiller upgrades and transforming the campus fleet to electric vehicles, they are both modernizing and lessening the environmental impact of our campus.
Smart Living, Smart Generation
The Smart Living, Smart Generation project is a technology and science-based programme to reduce energy use through student engagement. Launched by New College and Blue Sky Technology Ltd in 2015, the project set up smart meters in student rooms and a real-time data dashboard. In response, students in the college reduced electricity use by over 25% through data driven solutions.
In 2018, the project expanded to include the four Residential Colleges in Kennedy Town. This has enabled 1,800 students from more than 50 countries to take part, and all HKU students can participate in accompanying experiential learning programmes.