Annual Report 2003 - Leisure and Cultural Services Department Brand Hong Kong - Asia's world city
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  Environmental Efforts

In support of the government's environmental objectives, the department has incorporated in-depth environmental considerations in its projects, from inception to implementation, to minimise pollution, conserve resources and protect the natural environment.

Waste separation bins are placed at LCSD venues to support environmental protection.
Waste separation bins are placed at LCSD venues to support environmental protection.

In meeting these goals, the department is committed to:-

promoting greening and horticulture;
preserving Hong Kong's heritage assets;
providing aesthetically pleasing open spaces;
practising waste reduction and energy savings; and
minimising air and noise pollution in organising leisure and cultural activities.

Major environmental efforts include:-

upgrading existing landscaped areas and planting more trees and shrubs;
organising community involvement projects such as flower shows, community planting days and green estate competitions for private sector property management companies;
conducting educational programmes to promote heritage preservation among the public;
providing aesthetically pleasing open space;
exercising vigilance in the use of water for watering plants and for water features in major parks;
carrying out Energy/Environmental Audits in collaboration with the power companies, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the Architectural Services Department;
using ozone sterilisation or brine systems to replace the chlorine systems in swimming pools;
using green products sourced from the Government Logistics Department;
engaging contractors for recycling old books, magazines, newspapers, waste paper and printer cartridges;
organising the Book Donation and Sale Campaign;
using waste separation bins at venues for the recovery of waste paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles; and
reducing the use of paper by producing only the e-version for the departmental yearbook.

In addition, environment-related policies are regularly reviewed through the Departmental Committee on Environmental Efforts. The committee also assists in co-ordinating practices and monitoring their implementation throughout the department. In October 2003, the third environmental report was issued to cover detailed activities of the department in this area.

In an endeavour to achieve energy savings, a Task Force on Energy Savings was set up in 2003 to ensure that green housekeeping practices were strictly adhered to at all venues and offices; and to consider implementing energy saving projects as further measures to reduce energy consumption.

 
 
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