Hong Kong is committed to reducing the overall electricity consumption of the city’s buildings by promoting green buildings, improving energy efficiency with the help of smart technologies, and promoting low-carbon lifestyles in a mission to be carbon neutral before 2050.
Under Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, the government aims to reduce the electricity consumption of commercial buildings by 30-40% and residential buildings by 20-30% from 2015 levels by 2050.
It is also committed to halving total carbon emissions of Hong Kong against the 2005 levels before 2035 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2050.
To help save electricity in buildings, the government announced plans to strengthen regulations on building energy performance. It will also consider conducting energy audits more frequently and mandating the implementation of identified energy management opportunities.
At the same time, the government will look into the possibility to strengthen the promotion of retro-commissioning to assess and optimise the energy performance of existing buildings.
Furthermore, the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0 proposes using intelligent appliances and smart building technology, such as sensors and controllers that analyse environmental data and adjust lighting, ventilation, and cooling and heating systems for greater energy efficiency.
To support these objectives, the Hong Kong Green Building Council also runs a BEAM Plus certification scheme to encourage smarter and greener building practices by offering independent assessments of building sustainability performance.