The Hong Kong Government’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is responsible for managing environmental issues. The government has tackling environmental issues like waste management – food waste, waste treatment, air pollution, and water pollution. There is also demand for clinical waste solutions following Covid-19.
As part of the effort to introduce the Waste Producer Responsibility Scheme (WPRS), the Hong Kong Government has developed a WEEE treatment and recycling facility, or WEEE·PARK, to provide local treatment capacity. A seller of regulated electrical equipment (REE) must have a removal service plan endorsed by the EPD, to ensure proper disposal and recycling of REE waste.
Recently the Hong Kong Government has proposed to allocate US$38 million each year to implement a scheme to recycle waste paper, including processes like wastepaper collection and recycling services. Below are examples of voluntary and compulsory eco labels in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) has an eco-product directory that is available to members. There are 140 institutional members and 3,700 associated members. To qualify for inclusion, materials and products need to be certified. It accepts certificated products from around the world. It is an essential database for government and private industry procurement.
More info: Eco-Product Directory
The Hong Kong Federation of Environmental Protection (HKFEP) administers this compulsory certificate. It validates if the environmental performance of the product conforms to the relevant technical standards about environmental protection. The certificate tries to conform to ISO14021, ISO14024 and ISO14025 for eco-labelling and Chinese state requirements.
Green Label is a voluntary certification that is administered by the Green Council (GC). It is an independent certification scheme for environmentally preferable products. Over 300 products are certified with the Green Label scheme.
More info: Hong Kong Green Label Scheme | Green Council
A voluntary certification administered by the Green Council (GC). The scheme is accredited by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (Reg. No.: HKCAS-027). Councils are assessed as in alignment with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001.