Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment



Through conducting research in relation to climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, the BEC CCBF AG promotes awareness of, and builds capacity for a low-carbon economy transition amongst the BEC membership and generally amongst the business community in Hong Kong. 

BEC's Low Carbon Hong Kong Report - Supporting Business to Set Targets (May 2017)

Prepared by BEC Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group, this report aims to convey the importance of setting carbon reduction targets, to explain the extent of the change needed across a number of key Hong Kong sectors, and introduce the methodologies available for setting these targets. 

Available for download here:

BEC's Low Carbon Hong Kong Report - Supporting Business to Set Targets - Full Report
BEC's Low Carbon Hong Kong Report - Supporting Business to Set Targets - Executive Summary


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: transport, property, construction, manufacturing, finance and energy, and provides a set of recommendations.

The Roadmap seeks to embed a process of carrying out climate change assessments, developing and implementing plans, and benchmarking performance combined with co-operation between business, as well as building knowledge and fostering innovation.  On the other hand, it 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


The 2013 Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (May 2014)

The 2013 Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change was conducted by Nielsen for the BEC CCBF Advisory Group. Approximately 300 companies, targeted to reflect the industry makeup of the Hong Kong businesses community, were randomly selected and interviewed via telephone between August 22, 2013 and September 24, 2013.

Survey findings reveal Hong Kong business’ views on the challenges, opportunities, as well as needs and expectations for Government on the issues related to climate change and energy efficiency.



Survey results can be downloaded in: English or Chinese (中 文).

To view the survey press release, please click: Here for English or Here for Chinese (中文)










The New Normal - A Hong Kong Business Primer on Climate Change Adaptation (Apr 2013)

Public discourse on climate change to date has focused mainly on mitigation, or prevention. Less attention has been given to adaptation to climate change. This needs to change. 

Business action on climate change to date has largely centred on mitigation. Most companies have not yet mainstreamed adaptation, or refined operations to account for the impacts of changing climate. This report illustrates what Hong Kong business might expect from climate change, with a focus on six key industries: property, construction, financial services, manufacturing /supply chain, power generation and transport. It uncovers reasons for the current inaction, including lack of climate impact awareness, confusion between mitigation and adaptation, low risk prioritisation, short-term focus and lack of forward planning. It then elucidates sector-specific actions that can be taken to increase business resilience.

To download the report click  here.


Influencing Up, Down and Across: From Sustainability Practitioner to Change Agent (Apr 2013)

Key findings

The sustainability function within Hong Kong companies is stymied by inadequate CEO support, insufficient resources and lack of internal engagement.

Sustainability professionals can address these three barriers by re-prioritizing their objectives. The key to becoming an effective change agent is influencing key internal stakeholders.

Why? Because today’s trends touch every aspect of business. They should be addressed accordingly.

How? By influencing UP (senior management), DOWN and ACROSS (all departments across all levels, from the shop floor to middle management).

In short, sustainability professionals need to evolve from being “doers” to becoming “influencers”.

The paper can be downloaded here.


The Third Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (Feb 2013)

The 3rd HK Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change was conducted by CCBF. Approximately 300 companies, reflecting the industry makeup of Hong Kong businesses were interviewed via telephone between 20th September and 16th October 2012.


Survey findings reveal business:

  • Concern
  • Response
  • Opportunities
  • Needs and Expectations for Government

Survey results can be dowloaded in:



To view the survey press release click:

Here for English

Here for Chinese




Carbon-Smart Buildings - Tackling Energy Efficiency in Hong Kong's Commercial Buildings (2012)



Hong Kong buildings consume a massive 89% of the SAR’s electricity and make a sizeable contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Retrofitting is the answer, but designing the optimal retrofit raises a myriad of questions.  Recognizing these challenges, the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) set out to tackle the toughest part of the problem: energy inefficiency in Hong Kong’s commercial building stock.



The 2011 Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (2011)

The second Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Climate Change Business Forum. Approximately 300 companies, predominantly from small and medium-sized enterprises, were interviewed via telephone between 8 September and 11 October, 2011. Sectors include but are not limited to import / export trade and wholesale, retail, professional and business services and social and personal services.

The 2011 survey reports on trends on:

  • Perception of climate change risks and opportunities
  • Business response  to climate change
  • Development of low-carbon product and services
  • Confidence in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta’s readiness for climate change

The results also provide insight into Hong Kong's competitiveness in the emerging low-carbon economy.



To view survey results click here:  2nd Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change .

To view the survey launch press release click  here:

CCBF survey press release (February 28th 2012)

To view the survey launch press release in Chinese click here: CCBF survey press release (Chinese)


The Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (2010)

Conducted in September 2010, The Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change was the first effort of its kind to gauge the views of a broad sampling of the Hong Kong business community on energy and climate issues. The target audience reflects a cross-section of business in Hong Kong, with the vast majority drawn from small and medium size companies.  The survey showed that Hong Kong businesses recognize climate risks to their businesses but have yet to respond in earnest. Among the top concerns are rising energy prices (71%), disrupted transport and logistics networks (58%), disruptions due to pandemics or infectious diseases (51%), and scarcity of environmental resources (48%).  Against these risks, only 31% plan to invest in environmental protection measures (including energy efficiency) in the next three years. This finding underscores the divide between the realisation of the threat from climate change and short term investment plans.


Click here to download the survey results


Low-Carbon Economy for Hong Kong - Sector Regulations Study

The report advises that Hong Kong set a carbon reduction target, and put in place the legal and regulatory structure required to achieve it. CCBF sees developing a low-energy, high-productivity, increasingly livable urban sphere as vital to Hong Kong’s future.  To this end, CCBF commissioned this forward thinking report to prompt and inform a crucial public dialogue.  The report assesses climate change regulations coming into force around the world and makes both economy-wide and sector-specific recommendations for Hong Kong. The Sector Regulations Report is also complemented by a legal analysis, which outlines how recommendations could be incorporated into the existing regulatory framework.

Click here to view the full report

Click here to view the summary report 


Every Building a Powerhouse - Buildings Research Paper

This research tackles Hong Kong’s largest carbon consumer: buildings. Hong Kong’s 40,000 existing buildings use 89% of the territory’s electricity.  The Powerhouse study, developed by City University of Hong Kong’s Dr. Josie Close and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Dr. CK Chau, explores routes to radically reduce Hong Kong’s carbon footprint while improving energy security and reducing building electricity use.  Retrofits are vital: installing selected existing and emerging low-carbon technologies to deliver power, heating and cooling on site – potentially making Every Building a Powerhouse’


Click here to download the full report.

The Hong Kong Business Guide to Emission Reduction: Capitalising on the Business Opportunity


In collaboration with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), our Hong Kong Business Guide to Emission Reduction provides businesses with practical steps and measures they can take to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This guide is supported by CCBF member case studies demonstrating how some of Hong Kong’s top companies are successfully reducing their emissions.

Click on the links below to open the guide files:

For more information visit our GHG Guide Page


Climate Change Research by Hong Kong Universities

This paper maps out the different types of climate change research being done in Hong Kong’s universities. We found that seven of the territories’ universities were actively involved in research projects, with the University of Hong Kong notably conducting the most studies so far. However, when we probed further, we found that most of what was being undertaken was not exclusively exploring climate change but rather aspects connected to the issue. Our conclusion is that while substantial applicable research is underway, there is much more that needs to be done, both in actual direct climate change research itself and by way of coordination between the various universities.


White Paper on Carbon Trading and What it Means for Hong Kong

Completed in August 2008, this paper offers a comprehensive overview of carbon trading, how it works, China’s position both globally and locally and what this all means for Hong Kong.


CCBF’s GHG Member Survey

This quantitative and qualitative survey gathered data on our members’ emission reduction and reporting activities. The survey found that 85% of respondents monitor and report their green house gas emissions. A further 77% revealed that they internally report their CO2 emissions whilst 46% report all of the greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol. However, the findings also highlighted that whilst climate change is clearly affecting corporate decisions; few companies are in fact taking adaptive measures to deal with actual physical changes.




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