Research

 

The forum hosts ongoing research on climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Our projects include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Normal

 

A Hong Kong Business Primer on Climate Change Adaptation (April 2013)

 

 

Public discourse on climate change to date has focused mainly on mitigation, or prevention. Less attention has been given to adaptation to climate change. This needs to change. 

 

 

Business action on climate change to date has largely centred on mitigation. Most companies have not yet mainstreamed
adaptation, or refined operations to account for the impacts of changing climate. This report illustrates what Hong Kong business might expect from climate change, with a focus on six key industries: property, construction, financial services, manufacturing /supply chain, power generation and transport. It uncovers reasons for the current inaction, including lack of
climate impact awareness, confusion between mitigation and adaptation, low risk prioritisation, short-term focus and lack
of forward planning. It then elucidates sector-specific actions that can be taken to increase business resilience.

 

 

 

To download the report click  here.

 

 

 

 

 

Influencing UP, DOWN and ACROSS - From Sustainabilty Professional to Change Agent (April 2013)

 

 

Key findings

 

The sustainability function within Hong Kong companies is stymied by inadequate CEO support, insufficient resources and lack of internal engagement.

 

Sustainability professionals can address these three barriers by re-prioritizing their objectives. The key to becoming an effective change agent is influencing key internal stakeholders.

 

Why? Because today’s trends touch every aspect of business. They should be addressed accordingly

 

How? By influencing UP (senior management), DOWN and ACROSS (all departments across all levels, from the shop floor to middle management).

 

In short, sustainability professionals need to evolve from being “doers” to becoming “influencers”.

 

 

 

The paper can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Third Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (February 2013)

 

The 3rd HK Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change was conducted by CCBF. Approximately 300 companies, reflecting the industry makeup of Hong Kong businesses were interviewed via telephone between 20th September and 16th October 2012.

 

 

Survey findings reveal business:

  • Concern
     
  • Response
     
  • Opportunities
     
  • Needs and Expectations for Government
     

 

Survey results can be dowloaded in:

 

English

 

Chinese

 

To view the survey press release click:

 

Here for English

 

Here for Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012
 

Carbon Smart Buildings (2012)

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong buildings consume a massive 89% of the SAR’s electricity and make a sizeable contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Retrofitting is the answer, but designing the optimal retrofit raises a myriad of questions.  Recognizing these challenges, the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) set out to tackle the toughest part of the problem: energy inefficiency in Hong Kong’s commercial building stock.
 
The full research page, including available dowloads can be found here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

The 2nd Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (2011)

 

The second Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Climate Change Business Forum. Approximately 300 companies, predominantly from small and medium-sized enterprises, were interviewed via telephone between 8 September and 11 October, 2011. Sectors include but are not limited to import / export trade and wholesale, retail, professional and business services and social and personal services.

 

The 2011 survey reports on trends on:

  • Perception of climate change risks and opportunities
  • Business response  to climate change
  • Development of low-carbon product and services
  • Confidence in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta’s readiness for climate change

 

The results also provide insight into Hong Kong's competitiveness in the emerging low-carbon economy.

 

To view survey results click here:  2nd Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change .

 

To view the survey launch press release click  here:

CCBF survey press release (February 28th 2012)

 

To view the survey launch press release in Chinese click here: CCBF survey press release (Chinese)

 

 

Businesses are increasingly attentive to the threats and opportunities of climate change, and are seeking guidance. Hong Kong’s new Government in 2012 should construct a collaborative framework integrating the scientific, policy, business and local communities to build Hong Kong’s low-carbon development plan.

- Thomas Ho, CCBF Executive Committe Chair

2010

 

The Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (2010)

 

Conducted in September 2010, The Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change was the first effort of its kind to gauge the views of a broad sampling of the Hong Kong business community on energy and climate issues. The target audience reflects a cross-section of business in Hong Kong, with the vast majority drawn from small and medium size companies.  The survey showed that Hong Kong businesses recognize climate risks to their businesses but have yet to respond in earnest. Among the top concerns are rising energy prices (71%), disrupted transport and logistics networks (58%), disruptions due to pandemics or infectious diseases (51%), and scarcity of environmental resources (48%).  Against these risks, only 31% plan to invest in environmental protection measures (including energy efficiency) in the next three years. This finding underscores the divide between the realisation of the threat from climate change and short term investment plans.

 

 

Click here to find out more about the survey's findings.

 

Low-Carbon Economy for Hong Kong - Sector Regulations Study

 

The report advises that Hong Kong set a carbon reduction target, and put in place the legal and regulatory structure to achieve it. CCBF sees developing a low-energy, high-productivity, increasingly livable urban sphere as vital to Hong Kong’s future.  To this end, CCBF commissioned this forward thinking report to prompt and inform a crucial public dialogue.  The report assesses climate change regulations coming into force around the world and makes both economy-wide and sector-specific recommendations for Hong Kong. The Sector Regulations Report is also complimented by a legal analysis, which outlines how recommendations could be incorporated into the existing regulatory framework.

 

Click the following link to view full research page - Low-Carbon Economy for Hong Kong, Sector Regulations Study

 

'Every Building a Powerhouse' - Buildings Research Paper

 

This research tackles Hong Kong’s largest carbon consumer: buildings. Hong Kong’s 40,000 existing buildings use 89% of the territory’s electricity.  The Powerhouse study, developed by City University of Hong Kong’s Dr. Josie Close and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Dr. CK Chau, explores routes to radically reduce Hong Kong’s carbon footprint while improving energy security and reducing building electricity use.  Retrofits are vital: installing selected existing and emerging low-carbon technologies to deliver power, heating and cooling on site – potentially making Every Building a Powerhouse’

 

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Click on following link to view full research page - Every Building a Powerhouse - Research Paper

 

2009

'The Hong Kong Business Guide to Emission Reduction: Capitalising on the Business Opportunity' (GHG Guide)

 

 

In collaboration with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce(HKGCC), our Hong Kong BusinessGuide to Emission Reductionprovides businesses with practical stepsand measures they can take to reduceair pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Thisguide is supported by CCBF member casestudies demonstrating how some of Hong Kong’s top companies are successfully reducing their emissions.

 

Click on the links below to open the guide files:

For more information visit our GHG Guide Page

2008

Which Universities Are Doing What Climate Change Research in Hong Kong?

 

This paper maps out the different types of climate change research being done in Hong Kong’s universities. We found that seven of the territories’ universities were actively involved in research projects, with the University of Hong Kong notably conducting the most studies so far. However, when we probed further, we found that most of what was being undertaken was not exclusively exploring climate change but rather aspects connected to the issue. Our conclusion is that while substantial applicable research is underway, there is much more that needs to be done, both in actual direct climate change research itself and by way of coordination between the various universities.

 

White Paper on Carbon Trading and What it Means for Hong Kong (in house/ completed)

 

Completed in August 2008, this paper offers a comprehensive overview of carbon trading, how it works, China’s position both globally and locally and what this all means for Hong Kong.

 

 CCBF’s GHG Member Survey

 

This quantitative and qualitative survey gathered data on our members’ emission reduction and reporting activities. The survey found that eighty-five percent of respondents monitor and report their green house gas emissions. A further seventy-seven percent revealed that they internally report their CO2 emissions whilst forty-six percent report all of the green house gasses covered by the Kyoto Protocol. However, the findings also highlighted that whilst climate change is clearly affecting corporate decisions; few companies are in fact taking adaptive measures to deal with actual physical changes.