Congratulations to Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) on the successful launch of the Zero-Carbon-Ready Building Certification Scheme. This is a significant achievement and a crucial step to developing a sustainable green building ecosystem.
In the keynote speech, Dr Ma Jun, Chairman and President of HKGFA, highlighted six key pillars that are essential for decarbonising the built environment ecosystem:
1. Green building standards
2. Green building certification
3. Green building carbon accounting scheme for building, materials and construction sector
4. Green financial products
5. Green building technology
6. Policy incentives and framework to encourage the adoption of green building technologies and deploy green finance.
The launch of the Zero Carbon ready certification is a significant milestone to decarbonising the building sector. However, to reach Hong Kong’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, a strong mechanism for regulatory, policy and private sector collaboration is required.
HKGFA looks forward to closer collaboration with HKGBC, green building sector specialists and HKGFA industry members in developing green financial products for qualified green building projects. The HKGFA Real Estate working group and the GBAGFA working group will spearhead initiatives to support the decarbonisation efforts in the building sector.
Thank you to the following panel speakers Ms. Wendy Chow (Invest Hong Kong), Ms. Kelly Lee (Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX)), Mr. Philip Ng (Green Development Institute), Mr. Dennis Wu (GBA Carbon Neutrality Association), Mr. Andy Yeung (Hongkong Land Limited) for their sharing on how the zero-carbon ready building certification enables building owners to evaluate the performance of their buildings, set energy targets and pathways, and track a building’s progress on their pathway to carbon neutrality in the discussion moderated by HKGFA Deputy Secretary General Ms. Jenny Lee.
The certification sets clear building operational energy performance targets and a pathway to achieve net zero by 2050 and is a useful indicator in assessing energy-efficient and low-carbon buildings.