The Clean Air Charter - A Business Guidebook
is an issue close to the heart of the whole community. None of us tolerate foul air. As
Asia's world city, Hong Kong should show the world our commitment to protecting the
environment. The Government will take vigorous measures to make sustained improvement to
air quality, hand in hand with the community. We are pleased to see the business sector
stepping forward with the Clean Air Charter and publishing this Business Guidebook, which
gives practical advice on how enterprises may help implement environment-friendly measures
in their daily operations. We fully support this meaningful initiative.
We all live under the same sky. Let us work together with
determination and shared responsibility for a cleaner and bluer sky.
The Honourable Donald Tsang
The Chief Executive
Through Project CLEAN
AIR, we have successfully engaged the Government, business and the community into a
collective clean air effort. The Clean Air Charter has also reflected the growing
commitment of the business sector to contribute to cleaner air for all. I encourage all
members of the business community to implement clean production and operation, working
together to restore a blue sky to Hong Kong and the PRD.
Chairman, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (2005-2007)
Many local and
international companies in Hong Kong have a shared common goal ¡Ð we must foster economic
growth in ways that also protect our environment. Therefore, it is time for us to go
beyond signing the Clean Air Charter to put these commitments into practices. I believe
that businesses will find this Guidebook useful in formulating their own clean air
Convenor, Hong Kong Business Coalition on the Environment
pollution requires the collective effort of the whole community. This is why the Hong Kong
General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) and the Hong Kong Business Coalition on the
Environment (BCE) launched Project CLEAN AIR, to engage the Government, the business
sector and the community together in promoting the clean air message.
The Clean Air Charter is the focus of Project CLEAN AIR. The Charter
comprises six statements, representing the business sector's voluntary commitment to
reducing air pollution. The HKGCC and BCE regularly organise educational and outreach
programmes to support Charter signatories and to help promote the Charter. This Business
Guidebook is a general reference to provide advice on implementing the Charter commitments
through air quality management.
Air pollutants come from many sources, and it is not the intention of
this Guidebook to cover every aspect of air pollution in every industry. Instead, we focus
on ways of reducing emissions from businesses in common situations. The guide provides
information on management measures that can be adopted for energy consumption, transport
and general manufacturing processes. While not everything in this document may be
applicable to all, we believe that every company can find a way to get started
immediately, whether it is an energy-saving measure in the office or a comprehensive
emissions reduction plan.
Please sign the Clean Air Charter if you have not already done so,
and put the guidelines and recommendations of this Guidebook into practice. A blue sky for
Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta is possible. Together, we can make a difference!
Project CLEAN AIR Website
27 November 2006
Taking Action to Save Our Air
Protecting our air is the responsibility of every business!
The Clean Air Charter is a campaign that seeks the business
community's involvement on a wholly voluntary, best effort basis. As businesses vary from
sector to sector, the Charter is a statement of general principles to encourage the
implementation of an energy and emissions reduction programme in accordance with the
individual nature of each company.
Relevant to Business Sectors
||Operate to a recognized world class standard, or the
standards established by the Hong Kong / Guangdong governments on emissions of air
pollutants, even if it is not a requirement to do so here.
Industrial operations, power plants
and businesses with direct emissions
||Use continuous emissions monitors (CEMs) at significant
sources, e.g. large and medium plants.
Large/medium industrial operationsand
||Publish information on energy and fuel use, as well as
total emissions of air pollutants annually and timely, if emissions are significant.
||Undertake to adopt energy-efficient measures in their
||Identify and encourage business-relevant measures to be
taken on days when air pollution is high.
||Share air quality expertise in business with others.
Air emissions reduction and energy conservation measures can be
easily implemented and incorporated into daily business operations. To help businesses get
started, this Guidebook introduces an Energy/Emissions Management (EEM) System that
provides step-by-step guidance on how to reduce air emissions and energy consumption.
Specifically, the Guidebook provides:
- An approach, and associated references, to enable readers to identify
their companies' contributions to air emissions and energy consumption;
- A strategy for establishing corporate emissions reduction or energy
saving targets with the support of senior management;
- Examples of energy saving and air emissions control measures; and
- A system for monitoring and reporting performance.
An overview of the EEM Strategy is illustrated in the following
flowchart. The EEM Strategy can be implemented on its own or as part of a company's
Environmental Management System (EMS).
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