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Sustainability Goals & Policy

Sustainability Goals

To promote the development of a sustainable campus and through our teaching, research and engagement with relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable development, locally and internationally. The University of Hong Kong is committed to developing and managing its activities in a manner that, in so far as possible, protects the environment, reduces its ecological footprint and supports the transition to sustainable development, with our best endeavour to support Hong Kong government's climate targets to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050, with the interim target to reduce Hong Kong’s carbon emissions by 50% before 2035 as compared to the 2005 level. (

Sustainability and Climate Action Policy

The University is committed to:

  • Encouraging awareness of all aspects of conservation within the University and wider community.
  • Ensuring that, in so far as possible, its activities minimize environmental degradation and contribute to a sustainable future through the conservation of natural resources.
  • Minimizing avoidable waste and pollution in all its forms.
  • Reducing the use of non-renewable energy sources through energy conservation measures and through the increased use of renewable energy sources.
  • Basing the development, design and construction of buildings and the surrounding landscape on sound environmentally conscious principles.
  • Selecting and using substances, articles and processes which cause least damage to the environment.
  • Expanding and further developing waste management and recycling systems and using, wherever possible, only goods and services from sustainable and recycled sources.
  • Developing an environmentally sound transport policy.
  • Protecting natural habitats and local wildlife and preserving biological diversity.
  • Promoting environmental awareness and conservation amongst members of the University through curricula, research and staff training.
  • Fostering awareness of the University's economic and social contributions as well as its obligations as a responsible institution.

July 4, 2023