All local private and public companies and organisations as well as their individual functional units located in Hong Kong are welcome.
The Carbon Reduction Certificate consists of the below three categories which are confined to certain types of buildings or business sectors where carbon footprinting processes are more readily defined in a local context. Participation should be based on facilities/business units located in Hong Kong only.
(i) Type I – Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Industrial Buildings Mainly of Office-based Nature and Buildings of Institutional Purposes;
(ii) Type II – Office-based Organisations / Operational Units; and
(iii) Type III – Other Non-industrial Trades.
The Carbon Reduction Certificate recognises companies / organisations for their commitment to and efforts in environmental protection through carbon reduction. Certificate holders can enjoy many benefits, such as –
|Programme||Benefits for Carbon Reduction Certificate Holders|
|BOCHK Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards Programme||1 bonus point on top of the full marks. More Details|
|BEAM Plus scheme||1 bonus credit in BEAM Plus Existing Buildings Version 2.0 – Comprehensive Scheme; or 1 credit in Energy Use Aspects under BEAM Plus Existing Buildings Version 2.0 – Selective Scheme.. More Details|
|Caring Company Scheme||Criterion on "Caring for the Environment, Criteria 5 – Environmental Label or other recognition" fulfilled. More Details|
|Green Office Awards Labelling Scheme (GOALS)||Two Green Office Best Practice Criteria fulfilled. More Details|
|CLP Smart Energy Award||5 points in CLP Smart Energy Award. More Details|
|Green Shop Alliance Award (GSA)||1 bonus point in HKGSA Award assessment. More Details|
|Low-carbon Office Operation Programme (LOOP)(only for Type II)||Major requirement on LOOP labelling verification fulfilled. More Details|
|Scheme||Discount offered to Carbon Reduction Certificate Holders|
|Hong Kong Green Mark Certification Scheme||Discount on application fee and quarterly surveillance fee for each first application. More Details|
|Hong Kong Green Label Scheme||Discount on application fee for each first application. More Details|
|Requirements||Carbon Reduction N% Certificate|
|For First-time participants||Achieve at least a 3% reduction in overall carbon footprint against baseline*|
|Participants applying for renewal of the certificate||At least maintain the best carbon footprint reduction record among previous year(s), and having
- achieved at least another 3% reduction in overall carbon footprint against baseline* within three consecutive years#; or
- implemented new measures with education elements with a valid and convincing explanation in case participants cannot further reduce their carbon footprint in the next 3-year cycle. Examples of education elements include printing / using logos with proper user rights granted under HKGOC on their letterheads / name cards / websites, etc. to promote HKGOC. Explanation on and endorsement of such measures are subject to the final approval of the Organisers.
* Baseline refers to “baseline total emissions” or “baseline emission as measured by the value of an acceptable ratio indicator”.
# Participants may opt to submit QSP Reports within the 3-year validity period of the Certificate for early renewal. They should also at least maintain the best carbon footprint record among previous year(s) and have achieved at least another 1% reduction per year in overall carbon footprint against baseline*.
Companies / organisations can join the Certificate all year round. The diagram below will guide you through the certification process.
* The Qualified Service Provider, who is appointed by the participant as both quantifier and verifier of carbon emissions, should take effective means to maintain its independence in conducting verification work in accordance with the requirements in ISO 14064-3.
The Carbon Reduction Certificate granted to participants is valid for three years from the date of certificate accreditation and subject to renewal before expiry.
Each certificate indicates the period in which the achievement was made as a historical achievement. The participant can announce this historical achievement for three years and shall seek further achievements in the next 3-year interval and announce the next interval's achievement accordingly.
Type I: Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Industrial Buildings Mainly of Office-based Nature and Buildings of Institutional PurposesDownload Guidebook
Type II: Office-based Organisations /Operational UnitsDownload Guidebook
Type III: Other Non-industrial TradesDownload Guidebook