ICE Hong Kong Association recently visited London to learn about innovative infrastructure construction technologies in the UK, to meet civil engineering and built environment professionals and share knowledge and experience with them through a series of talks, site visits and networking events.
A key aspect of the visit was to gain insight into renewable energy and sustainability planning in the UK which can then be implemented in Hong Kong.
In 2014 Hong Kong's environment bureau unveiled the 'Food Waste & Yard Waste Plan 2014-2022' to reduce food waste disposal in landfills.
A part of the plan is to treat organic waste in a sustainable way and the production of biogas. A visit to biogas in London was hosted by Hugh Unwin, an ICE member and an expert on the Energy Expert Panel.
Situated on the 60 acre London Sustainable Industries Park, it offers green and cost-effective removal route for London's kitchen, catering or manufacturing waste, green waste and category 3 ABP animal by-product waste to produce renewable electricity and heat.
There was also a talk from ICE Energy Expert Panel chair Philip Pascall about UK energy policy and development plans for clean energy sectors. The UK's 'Clean Growth Strategy' aims to meet government commitments made to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy from 2020.