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BEC CCBF AG aims to support and advise the government on all climate change related issues, in order to support Hong Kong's transition to a low-carbon economy.  Through constant and positive dialogue with the government, BEC CCBF AG is acting as a bridge between businesses and the Government on climate change issues. 

So far our publically available submissions to the Government are as follows:

BEC Policy Address Submissions

BEC actively engages in public consultations and perpares Policy Address submissions to the Government each year. Members of the CCBF AG play an important role in shaping BEC's submissions by contributing their professional views on climate change related areas. Below is a list of the previous submissions:

Submission on the 2017 Policy Address

Submission on the 2016 Policy Address

Submission on the 2015 Policy Address

Submission on the 2014 Policy Address

Addendum Submission on the 2013 Policy Address

The Hong Kong Climate Resilience Roadmap for Business (Dec 2015)

Developed by BEC Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group (“BEC CCBF AG”), the Roadmap highlights the impact of climate change on Hong Kong, analyses the risks to the city’s six key business sectors and encourages the Government to establish appropriate platforms to enable regular dialogue with business on climate change related matters, enhance institutional arrangements for inter-bureaux-departmental collaboration, and set climate change-related long term policies, goals and implementation plans.

Available for download here:

Hong Kong Climate Resilience Roadmap for Business - Full Report
Hong Kong Climate Resilience Roadmap for Business - Executive Summary

Climate Change Business Forum Nuclear Energy Statement (Oct 2011)

In 2010, BEC CCBF AG went on record in support of the Government's proposal to achieve a fuel mix of 50% nuclear, 40% gas, 3% - 4% renewable energy and 6% - 7% coal by 2020. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant spurred a review of this decision.

Following internal discussions, BEC CCBF AG supported the Hong Kong Government's proposed fuel mix, on the presumptions that (a) the lessons learned from Fukushima, and elsewhere, were fully taken into account, and (b) the fuel mix is part of a comprehensive, long-term energy strategy that prioritizes human safety and protection of the environment above all else. As with any long-term plan, it must also be reviewed regularly and rigorously in the light of new and emerging technologies, to ensure that goals of a safe, secure and affordable energy supply are met.

BEC CCBF AG recognized that imported nuclear power had been a successful part of Hong Kong's strategy for 17 years. It could also play a more important role going forward, if the Government takes the following action:

  • Public education
  • Inter-Governmental Cooperation
  • Transparency in nuclear material waste handling

To read the Nuclear Statment in full and Q&A BEC CCBF AG developed to further flesh out the Statement please click the below links.

October 2011 BEC CCBF AG Nuclear Statement

Nuclear Statement Questions and Answers

 

BEC & BEC CCBF AG Response to Hong Kong's Climate Change Strategy and Action Agenda (Dec 2010)

 

BEC and BEC CCBF AG approached this public consultation in a serious and systematic manner, befitting the importance of the climate change issue. We undertook a multi-stage internal communications process with member companies, employing focus groups, phone interviews, and electronic communications to develop and refine the ideas presented in the paper. Our objective was not simply to respond to the questions posed. Instead, it was to elicit constructive critique and feedback and to inform the path-breaking work ahead of us to build a more sustainable and resilient society.

BEC and BEC CCBF AG recognize climate change as one of the gravest challenges facing our society and our world. As such, we welcome, and firmly supported, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government’s plan to achieve an absolute reduction in carbon emissions of 19%-33% by 2020.

We see the Government’s proposed plan as a sound foundation upon which to galvanize public consensus and initiate concrete action. Yet ten years is a short time frame for ambitious reductions, and our lack of experience in this area introduces inherent uncertainty about how much reduction each element of the plan can deliver. Thus we advocate a series of interim milestones leading up to 2020, and extended targets thereafter. We have also made specific suggestions with regard to each of the four main areas of the Government’s plan, and suggested two additional planks related to engaging the population and Government Carbon Leadership.

To read more: Download BEC and BEC CCBF AG full submission to the Government

BEC CCBF AG Presented at LegCo's Panel on Environmental Affairs (Nov 2010)

Here's a snap short of the paper presented to LegCo after the panel:
 

As businesses leaders, we welcome the Government’s release of a draft of its climate change response plan. BEC CCBF AG supported the Government’s overall target of a 50%-60% reduction in emissions intensity, in large part because it translates to a real C02 reduction of 19%-33%. We noted, however, that the majority of this reduction stems from changes in the fuel mix. The community, particularly the business community, can do more.

Pulling the right levers in the right direction, an ambitious target is the first step. We applauded the Government’s proposal in this regard. The next step is putting in place a plan to achieve the goals. In this regard BEC CCBF AG endorseed the Government’s decision to prioritize Hong Kong’s fuel mix, transport, waste, and building energy use in the policy proposal. These are key levers to curb Hong Kong carbon emissions. We believe that rigorous change in each of these areas is necessary.  The largely supply-side measures in the Government proposal should be complemented by demand-side measures targeted at both businesses and individuals.

To read more: Download BEC CCBF AG's Full LegCo Submission

 

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