a) Environmental awareness in Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta

A survey on the green living status in PRD region has been completed by the collaboration with South China Normal University. Face to face interviews and questionnaire surveys were conducted in three cities in Guangdong areas including Guangzhou, Dongguan and Zhongshan. A total of 703 questionnaires have been completed with a return rate of 87%. The survey findings demonstrate the current status of public awareness on green living issues in the three PRD cities.

b) Strategies of government in promoting green living initiatives

A public opinion survey on "Green Living Initiatives and Policies in Hong Kong: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour" has been completed in 2009. The survey investigated the familiarity and effectiveness of major green initiatives/programs launched by the HKSAR Government in recent years. A total of 707 respondents were successfully interviewed by telephone survey. A report has been compiled with findings illustrating the opportunities and challenges for Hong Kong in the transition to a "green living" lifestyle.

c) Ways to improve peoples' acceptance on "user-pays principle" and waste charging policy

One of the major policy objectives of the government regarding municipal solid waste (MSW) management is to apply "user-pays principle" as a means of reducing volumes of waste for disposal. The government is going to introduce a waste charging scheme as a direct economic incentive to avoid and reduce waste. The major aim of this study is to assess to what extent people acknowledge the presence of the MSW problem and how willing they are to accept the "polluter-pays" principle. The study will focus on the MSW problems in Hong Kong first and then extend to other cities in the PRD region.

d) Policy research on management of WEEE

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) has become the fastest growing waste stream in the industrialized world. It is also a pressing environmental problem to Hong Kong. Substantial number of WEEE has been stored in the New Territories of Hong Kong due the tightening of regulations regarding to E-waste by the Chinese Government. Apart from considering a mandatory Producer Eco-Responsibility Scheme for WEEE, our study aims to recommend a holistic waste management policy framework that directs the proper disposal and treatment of WEEE from upstream to downstream in the whole PRD region.

e) Life cycle analysis of solid waste management strategies for Hong Kong

Life cycle analysis has been adopted by some western countries as a sustainable concepts and techniques to provide solid waste practitioner and decision makers with excellent framework to determine the optimum solid waste management strategy. Our study aims to describe an integrated solid waste management model to assist in identifying alternative solid waste management strategies for Hong Kong that meet cost, energy, and environmental emission objectives.
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