In Hong Kong, we work actively with the HKSAR Government and city planners to promote rail as the backbone of public transport and support the government's broader initiatives aimed at changing carbon-intensive industry habits and targets. We support and are responding to government’s “Review and Update of the Second Railway Development Study” (RDS-2U) on best development of railway for domestic and cross-boundary transport. Due consideration is also given to relieving congestion and minimising bottlenecks in the current operating network.
We also engage with the government indirectly through industry organisations. For instance, in partnership with other businesses, as a member of the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF), and chairing its Best Practice Committee, we support the government’s accelerated and more aggressive climate change mitigation and adaptation proposal. The CCBF represents member companies to support various climate and energy-related consultations from the HKSAR Government on topics such as the Regional Cooperation Plan on Building a Quality Living Area, on Restriction of the Sale of Energy-inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs, and on establishing an Urban Climatic Map and Wind Environment. Also, through the Hong Kong Green Building Council, we promote the adoption of green building standards and sustainable buildings.
Internationally, we have supported rail as the low carbon transport solution through the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) since 2001 and helped develop the UITP Charter on Sustainable Development. We were pivotal in establishing the UITP Sustainable Development Commission. We share best practices and benchmark with our peers in the Community of Metros (CoMET), and supported a CO2 emissions study in 2009/2010 that led to the establishment of a carbon emissions KPI used among CoMET members to encourage continuous carbon reduction in the rail industry.