If implemented, ICE argues that the recommendations will help preserve Hong Kong's future as Asia's world city.
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. It 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.
The report was commissioned as 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."
Sir John's visit to Hong Kong reflects ICE's ambition to be the organisation to which the world's organisations and institutions turn to help tackle the world's global challenges. With over 5,000 Members living and working in Hong Kong, ICE continues to be an influential voice when it comes to infrastructure decision making across the world.