30 November 2011

A first batch of 11 housing estates has obtained funding for the Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates under the ECF to undertake on-site treatment of food waste in housing estates and encourage households to separate domestic food waste at source.

Over 30 applications had been received by early November, of which 11 housing estates were short-listed by the Waste Recovery Projects Vetting Subcommittee for participating in the first phase of the scheme. A total allocation of about $9 million has been granted which will subsidise housing estates for installing on-site food waste treatment facilities and introducing relevant supporting facilities and services.

The short-listed estates constitute a good mix of characteristics in terms of geographical distribution, age and development types and property management companies, etc. The Government hopes to roll out the second phase of the scheme after gathering the necessary data and experience in recovery and treatment of food waste on-site in housing estates.

4 October 2011

The coming Waste Recovery Projects Vetting Subcommittee meeting is scheduled to be held in early November 2011 to consider applications, including applications under Phase I of the Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates. Applicants wishing to be considered at the coming meeting are advised to make submission to the ECF Secretariat by 17 October 2011; otherwise applications might not be in time for consideration at the coming meeting.

25 July 2011

The Nature Conservation Management Agreement Scheme has extended its scope to cover country park enclaves as well as private land in country parks, with a view to protecting country park envlaves against incompatible uses and for enhancing the conservation of country parks. The revised Guide to Application is on the ECF website.

4 July 2011

The Funding Scheme for Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates is rolled out today to support estates for food waste reduction and separation at source.

Housing estates are encouraged to partner with non-government organisations to hold education and promotion programmes to raise residents' awareness of food waste reduction and engage their active participation in food waste recycling. The scheme also subsidises the installation and operation of on-site food waste treatment facilities at participating housing estates.

The ECF has set aside $50 million for this scheme and will undertake the scheme in a phased approach. It is intended that about 10 housing estates will participate in the first phase and more housing estates may join in the subsequent phase. It is aimed to engage participation from housing estates of different characteristics in terms of their types, age and geographical areas so as to consolidate experiences for sharing in the future.

Interested housing estates may refer to the Guide to Application at
http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html

1 June 2011

The Environmental Education and Community Action (EE&CA) Projects Vetting Subcommittee has recently revised the Guide to Application and the Application Forms, with a view to setting out the objectives more specifically and guiding applicants to formulate proposals in meeting such objectives. The new Guide and Forms are uploaded on ECF website.

For 2011/2012, the priority theme of the EE&CA Projects is "Go Green on Waste Management". The Vetting Subcommittee encourages more applications to set this as their project theme to allow public to understand more about proper waste management.

27 May 2011

The Sharing Session of Environmental Education and Community Action (EE&CA) Projects (General and Minor Works Projects) was held on 27 May 2011 at Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum to apprise potential applicant organisations of details of the funding guidelines. Hong Kong Playground Association (Jockey Club Tsing Yi Integrated Service Centre for Children & Youth) and Shatin Methodist Primary School were invited to share their valuable experiences in organising environmental educational projects and minor works projects. Around 200 representatives from organisations, including schools, community bodies and green groups etc., attended the Sharing Session.

The presentation materials (Chinese version only) for the EE&CA Sharing Session are available at:
http://eeca.ecc.org.hk/english/archive/archive.php?id=503

31 December 2010

The Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Vetting Subcommittee is reviewing the vetting criteria for minor works applications. This is to announce that all applications that would reach the Secretariat of the Vetting Subcommittee from 1 January 2011 onwards will be vetted under the new criteria. The new criteria will be announced on ECF's website after the review. The Vetting Subcommittee encourages prospective applicants to submit their applications after the announcements of the new vetting criteria, or they may need to amend their project proposals according to the new criteria.

1 September 2010

The Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Vetting Subcommittee has recently revised the Guide to Application and the new Guide is uploaded on ECF website.

17 March 2010

The Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee has identified the following priority research themes for 2010 and 2011 and welcomes research proposals from local tertiary institutes to seek funding support from the ECF to build knowledge and talents on areas of priority:

Priority Research Areas (for 2010 and 2011)

(a) Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation, as well as Carbon Footprint Analysis
(b) Green Transport Technologies, Application and Performance
(c) Ecological and Geo Conservation

Other possible themes (non-exhaustive and for reference only)

(d) Regional/ Local Air Quality
(e) Improvement of Indoor Air Quality
(f) Wastewater Treatment Processes/Systems for Ecosystem Enhancement, or Pollution Reduction or Conservation
(g) Risk-based Approach for Toxic Chemicals/Priority Pollutants
(h) Waste Separation, Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
(i) Local Biodiversity, such as Impact of Invasive Species

Priority will be given to projects or studies whose outcome will have potential for general application in the fields concerned to enhance performance in environmental protection as well as contribute to environmental protection and nature conservation.

The Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee has also reviewed and revised the vetting and monitoring procedures. Starting from 1 April 2010, projects of the following three different levels will be processed according to the revised vetting and monitoring procedures –

Level 1: project value up to $500,000
Level 2: project value more than $500,000 but up to $2M
Level 3: project value more than $2M

Interested applicants may refer to the details in the revised Guide to Application, which will be implemented starting from 1 April 2010.

7 December 2009

To encourage implementation of 'on-site meal portioning' at schools, the ECF Committee has approved an allocation of $50 million to support existing schools to conduct conversion works and install facilities necessary for implementing 'on-site meal portioning'. Applications are accepted starting from 7 December 2009. There is no deadline for application.

Interested schools may refer to the Guide to Application at:
http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html


24 September 2009

In order to encourage greater participation of charitable organisations in promotion of environmental initiatives and moving towards the green partners of the ECF, a briefing session was held on 24 September 2009 to introduce the ECF Collaboration Scheme with Charitable Organisations. The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGH), the first charitable organisation moving towards a green organisation, shared their experiences at the briefing session.



8 April 2009

Buildings Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes


1 December 2008

The ECF decides to extend its funding support to some privately-run educational institutes including private kindergarten / schools, English School Foundation (ESF) and international schools, as far as the objectives and scope of their projects meet the funding criteria. This is to encourage more schools to submit more creative projects in good quality.

Besides, applicants of all Environmental Education and Community Action Projects – Minor Works Projects are required to include a monitoring period after the installation phase of the project. This is for performance assessment of the new works. Interested applicant may refer to the Guide to Application for details of the monitoring period.


30 September 2008

In order to encourage greater participation of local organisations in promotion of environmental initiatives at district level, a briefing session was held on 29 September 2008 to introduce the ECF Collaboration Scheme with District Councils.

The ECF Committee has agreed to set aside $50 million to District Councils which will be invited to coordinate, support and/or partner with local organisations to implement district-wide environmental programmes on green lifestyle.

ECF Collaboration Scheme with District Councils