The carbon audit or referred as the ‘carbon footprint’, is way of recording and measuring GHG emissions of any building or organization within the defined system boundary. The climate change is the important challenges that mankind is facing. Government is also embarking on series of different measures to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. It includes promoting high use of the cleaner energy & renewable energy, energy efficiency & energy conservation, encouraging green energy solution and increasing public awareness.
Being the service economy without high energy-intensive industries, today’s electricity generation is a major source for GHG emissions in HK, accounting for more than 60% of total local emissions. This transport sector is a second biggest GHG emission source, followed by the waste. In Hong Kong different end uses of the electricity, most of the buildings account for 89%.
To decrease GHG emissions coming from the electricity consumption in the buildings, it’s believed that the important step that can be taken by the managers and owners of the buildings is finding out amount of the GHG released to atmosphere coming from an operation of the buildings and taking right actions to decrease these emissions.
In order, to facilitate the carbon audit action, Environmental Protection Department and Electrical & Mechanical Services Department have drawn up the set of certain “Guidelines to Account for & Report on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Removals for the buildings (Residential, Commercial, and Institutional Purpose) in HK. Guidelines offer the scientific and systematic approach for the building managers and owners to account for or report on GHG emissions coming from operations of the buildings, identify various areas of the improvement & conduct the voluntary programmes to decrease or offset emissions coming from the buildings as per their goals.
What types of buildings will be applicable for the Carbon Audit?
- Residential buildings
- Buildings used for the institutional purposes that include universities or schools, community centres and sports complexes
- Commercial buildings include retails, offices, restaurants and hotels
We suggest checking out the article on the air emissions trends just to see what is new in this field. To help the managers and users of buildings to enhance their awareness of the GHG emissions, measure the GHG emission performance as well as actively take part in the actions to fight climate change; Government has prepared their “Guidelines to Account and Report on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Removals for the Buildings (Residential, Commercial, and Institutional Purposes) To provide the scientific and systematic approach that will account for & report on GHG emissions or removals from the buildings in HK. So, it becomes really important we look ahead to this green energy solution and take proper measures.