To contribute to the reduction in carbon intensity of Hong Kong, the URA has taken a proactive step to measure and track our carbon footprint and devised a plan to cut down our emissions.
URA recognises the value of leading by example, and in that connection has conducted the first corporate carbon audit in late 2012 covering our own operations and managed properties. It enables us to better understand the environmental performance of our operations and identify ways to reduce our corporate carbon footprint. Based on the assessment, the energy intensity of our offices is lower than the average in Hong Kong for similar type of occupancy. Nevertheless, an action plan has been prepared with a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 3-5% (compared with the baseline year 2011/12). The relevant measures comprising delamping, relamping to more energy efficient lightings, Managed Print System, and so on will be implemented in phases in our offices and managed properties beginning from the third quarter of 2013.
At the same time, more data will be collected in ensuing years to gradually expand the scope of our carbon audit for more comprehensive environmental management.