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Sustainability within the Institute

The Institute ensures it acts as a responsible body through various internal actions.

Use of resources

The Institute has taken steps to apply energy-saving and sustainability measures and minimize its carbon footprint throughout its offices. The use of recycled paper and double-sided printing is also practiced extensively.

 

Energy conservation

To reduce overall power consumption, LED lights have replaced energy-consuming halogen spotlights in several areas, such as the boardroom, conference rooms, VIP room, the library, training centre, lift lobby and counter service area.

To meet and maintain the Institute's long-term energy-saving goals, staff collectively put in a conscious effort to switch off lights after work and when rooms are not in use. To further reduce energy consumption, we also use zoning controls to manage lighting.

 

Paper consumption

To reduce paper consumption, the Institute prioritized using electronic copies instead of hard copies, with documents such as leave applications, performance evaluations, salary records and approval of overtime work for staff now prepared and processed digitally.

We also promote softcopy options to our members for their renewals. In the financial year of 2017/18, 39,911 members received annual renewal notices by email, compared to 1,926 who received a hard copy by postal mail. The e-renewal system also applied to students, with 17,664 students receiving e-renewal notices while only 126 were sent hard copy notices.

 

Waste management

Our recycling facilities collect used plastics such as toner and ink cartridges from printers, and general plastic waste accumulated within the premises.

Wastewater from our pantries and kitchens is also filtered via grease traps before being released into the building’s sewage system and public sewers. The built-up sludge in the traps that could add to our carbon footprint is safely extracted every six to nine months, helping to reduce overall waste.

 

Green procurement

The Institute uses energy-efficient electrical appliances, recognized by official certification schemes. Before installing new office equipment, we primarily consider products that meet the grade 1 standard of the Hong Kong government's Electrical Mechanical Services Department efficiency label.

Old printers have also been replaced with models with green initiative features. Old copiers and other used consumables are returned to the Fuji Xerox Integrated Recycling System for Asia-Pacific for processing and reuse. In recognition, the Institute received a certificate of appreciation from Fuji Xerox (HK), in support of its zero landfill goal.