Re ECF Project: 2008-01

Project Title: Current Status and Direction for Green Purchasing in Hong Kong

Applicant: The Green Council Limited (Ms Linda W.P. HO)

Total Approved Grant: $219,774.11

Duration: 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2009

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope:
This project will determine the current status of green purchasing for business in Hong Kong. Further, through supplemental research and consideration of comparable green procurement efforts and accomplishments by local large corporations and in other jurisdictions, a series of recommendations on how to proceed with strengthening and advancing green procurement will be formulated and provided to appropriate policy-makers, government procurement officials, and other interested parties.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
Based on the findings of this Project, it was found that there were still many misunderstanding in green purchasing (GP) within private sectors and thus GP is not as common in Hong Kong when compared with other region or countries. Even though GP is believed be an effective tool toward sustainable development in Hong Kong in term of environment and economic, the lack of economic incentive and guidance hinder the development of GP. Therefore, similar to other countries, the HKSAR Government should lead the local private sector to practice GP. A series of recommendations on how to proceed with strengthening and advancing green procurement is also formulated and provided to appropriate policy-makers, government procurement officials, and other interested parties in Hong Kong.

Report of The Research Study on The Current Status and Direction for Green Purchasing in Hong Kong can be obtainable from:
http://www.hkgpc.org/html/eng/doc/GPSurvey2009_report_FINAL.pdf