Welcome to the first issue! 

We are delighted to publish the first issue of our new quarterly environmental e-newsletter, a new initiative which aims to make the airport community’s environmental efforts more visible, connected and effective.
This newsletter is a medium to share and promote environmental initiatives at HKIA from AAHK and especially our airport business partners. We hope this newsletter will foster more meaningful and innovative collaborations across the airport community, in pursuit of our pledge to make HKIA the world's greenest airport. I would actively encourage you to share your programmes and stories. Each edition will include:


  • Spotlight – an in-depth look at a major environmental initiative or best practice at HKIA. This issue features a book of case studies highlighting carbon reduction solutions from 13 business partners;
  • Industry trends – a brief update on the latest environmental trends or emerging topics related to the aviation industry; and
  • What's happening – an overview of upcoming and past events at HKIA.

This year, AAHK will launch several important airport-wide environmental projects, including the development of long-term carbon reduction target, updates on the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Study, and the HKIA Sustainable Management Recognition Scheme.
We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter. Please do share it with anyone you know who would be interested. We look forward to sharing your stories in upcoming issues. 
Ricky Leung
Executive Director, Engineering & Technology
Airport Authority Hong Kong

Carbon Reduction Best Practices at HKIA

AAHK and 48 airport business partners shared their latest carbon reduction initiatives at the 4th HKIA Carbon Management Senior Executive Roundtable Luncheon on 15 January 2020. At the luncheon, AAHK released the HKIA Carbon Reduction Award Scheme: Best Practice Sharing. This publication summarises the 24 winning projects in the HKIA Carbon Reduction Award Scheme 2018, with the aim to share the business case for proven and innovative reduction measures, and to inspire new and compelling ideas to drive further carbon reductions at HKIA. In 2018, HKIA achieved a 8.7% reduction in carbon intensity* relative to 2015 levels.

During the luncheon, AAHK CEO Fred Lam and the Guest of Honour, Richard Lancaster, Chairman of Business Environment Council, presented awards to nine airport business partners that achieved outstanding carbon reductions under the HKIA Carbon Reduction Award Scheme in 2019.  

* Carbon intensity is measured against workload unit (WLU). One WLU = 1 passenger or 100 kg of cargo. 

Click here to download the HKIA Carbon Reduction Award Scheme: Best Practice Sharing

EV100: Transiting to Low-Emission Mobility

Electric vehicle (EV) deployment has been growing rapidly over the past ten years, with the global stock of electric passenger cars passing 5 million in 2018*. With businesses owning over half of all new registered vehicles on the road, it is crucial that companies continue to lead the shift to EVs. To this end, The Climate Group has initiated EV100a global initiative with the aim of making EVs the new normal by 2030. Since its launch in September 2017, 50 major companies with over US$900 billion in combined revenue have joined to accelerate the transition to EVs (as of July 2019).

EV100 at HKIA

In July 2019, AAHK joined the EV100 initiative in support of its greenest airport pledge. AAHK has committed to increase the number of electric powered vehicles operating at the HKIA to over 3,000 by 2030, and to provide over 1,320 charge points to support the operations. A core part of AAHK's electrification plan is the HKIA Ground Services Equipment Pooling Scheme, which helps to increase ground operational efficiency and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with airport operations.

* IEA (2019), "Tracking Transport", IEA, Paris 

Hactl Green Week 2019

From 4-8 November 2019, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited held its Green Week 2019 to highlight the environmental initiatives supporting their “Green Terminal” project at
SuperTerminal 1.

Under the theme “Green, is a Journey”, the week-long programme included guided tours to Hactl’s green facilities and featured sustainability-themed booths hosted by various business partners, social enterprises and NGOs, and a photographic competition and exhibition. 


HKIA Sustainability Efforts Recognised

On 11 November 2019, AAHK, AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited were commended at the 2018/19 Hong Kong Sustainability Award for their concerted efforts to promote sustainability initiatives and management at HKIA.

Turning Food Waste into Value-added Chemicals

The HKIA Environmental Fund has awarded a second grant to continue development of a process to transform food waste at HKIA into value-added chemicals to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The two-year project aims to develop a high-performance system for extracting chemicals and biofuels from starch-rich food waste and paper towel waste generated by the operation of HKIA.

We are eager to share and showcase environmental practices initiated and adopted by our airport business partners. Please contact Chris Lee or Zara Lo to discuss your ideas.

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