Hong Kong can establish itself as a leader in low carbon urban development say global engineering body

ICE has presented a report today to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR), calling on it to set out a long term vision for the city’s infrastructure beyond 2030. If implemented, ICE argues that the recommendations will help preserve Hong Kong’s future as Asia’s world city.

Presented to HKSAR government officials by ICE President Sir John Armitt, the report 'Infrastructure: Shaping Hong Kong', argues that Hong Kong should take the opportunity to establish itself as a global leader in high quality, low carbon urban development.

The report sets out a long term road map for developing Hong Kong's interconnected infrastructure networks and identifies improving energy efficiency in the city's buildings as a vital first step. It also calls for an assessment of the emissions created by building and operating different infrastructure options to be integrated into decision making. This should include options that reduce the need for new building such as retrofitting or improved asset management.

Published today, the report forms part of ICE's 'Shaping the World' initiative which helps turn knowledge into action for public good. The conclusions draw upon ICE's collaborative work with the Chinese University of Hong Kong – a joint endeavour paid for by the Shaping the World fund that generated insights into how Hong Kong can achieve low carbon living in a dense urban environment. In particular, it draws out lessons from eight other cities: London, New York, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Singapore, Vancouver, Melbourne and Copenhagen.

ICE President Sir John Armitt commented: "Shaping Hong Kong explores how this city can develop its infrastructure up to and beyond 2030 in support of the HKSAR Government's goals for low carbon living in an urban environment. I am delighted that both ICE and the Shaping the World fund have been able to support this ambition by bringing together our members in Hong Kong and around the world to identify options for developing the city's infrastructure over the long term.

"As a low lying costal location, Hong Kong is vulnerable to many of the impacts of climate change – from rising sea levels, to storm surges and other extreme weather events such as typhoons. By adopting a sustainable, low carbon approach to Hong Kong's future development, not only will it help mitigate the long-term effects of climate change on the city, but it will help promote action to reduce emissions for other cities too."

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Infrastructure: Shaping Hong Kong and CUHK's research report can be accessed here: ice.org.uk/shapinghongkong

About the Shaping the World: ICE's 'Shaping the World' appeal is an internationally focussed campaign that brings together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the effects of major future challenges. The Shaping the World appeal is also funding other projects including a lecture series on resilience, an academic in residence to deliver thought leadership on global infrastructure challenges, and the development of an engineering exhibition and learning centre – a meeting place for built environment professionals and members of the public to share knowledge and innovations. Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal is Patron of the appeal. The appeal is supported by seven industry partners: AECOM, Carillion, Costain Limited, Kier, Mace Foundation, VINCI Construction UK Limited and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. www.ice.org.uk/shapingtheworld

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.

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