Hong Kong’s earliest efforts in environmental management can be traced back to the enactment of the Clean Air Ordinance in 1959, to control dark smoke emissions from fossil fuel burning installations. By the 1980s, Ordinances controlling air, noise, water and waste impacts had been enacted and in 1997, the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) was enacted and came into effect on 1 April 1998.
At the time, Hong Kong’s EIAO was hailed as being ahead of many countries, winning international acclaim within the environmental impact assessment industry, particularly for their robust application of comprehensive environmental impact follow-up. Hong Kong was one of a few places in the world at the time to have this process included under a statutory framework.
In the early 2000s, Hong Kong was also a pioneer in providing general public access to full environmental impact assessment reports and comprehensive environmental monitoring and audit information via the internet, including the use of a real-time web camera for public access and participation.
It is now time for Hong Kong to continue this tradition of professional environmental leadership. With a recognised professional qualification for the environmental profession in Hong Kong, we believe it can help to provide the environmental expertise to support regional infrastructure development, as well as create new jobs for current and future environmental science, management and policy graduates. In the longer term, it is hoped that this new profession will attract and retain the quality talent needed to support the economic and social development in the region in an environmentally-sustainable manner.
To achieve this objective, we have built a platform based on the spirit of collaboration with our Institutional Partners, with members from both the public and private sectors, employing the majority of environmental professionals in Hong Kong. We have also brought together environmental experts from across the business, government and academic sectors to contribute to this cause as our esteemed Founding Fellows.
With the continued collaboration of professional environmental experts from across the business, government and academic sectors in Hong Kong, we hope to achieve our longer term vision for Hong Kong to become the Centre of Excellence for developing qualified environmental professionals in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, providing both quality jobs and a healthy environment for a truly sustainable future for generations to come.
Dr Jeanne C. Ng
Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals Limited