Summary and Abstracts
International Green Purchasing
Organised by the Green Council and co-organised by
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the "International
Green Purchasing Congress 2006" was held from November
30 to December 1, 2006 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic
University. Over 250 local and overseas environmental
professionals, government officials, and procurers participated
in the Congress.
Opening Ceremonies and Remarks
The Congress was opened by Dr. Priscilla Leung, Chairperson
of the Green Council, who welcomed the guests, speakers
and participants. Opening remarks were provided by Dr
Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport
and Works, and Ms Audrey Eu, SC, JP, Chairperson of
the Environmental Affairs Panel of the Legislative Council.
Dr. Liao spoke about the direction and development of
green purchasing by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Ms
Eu shared her aspirations for the advancement of green
purchasing in Hong Kong.
Keynote speakers included: Mr. Bas de Leeuw, Head of
Strategy Unit, Division of Technology, Industry and
Economics, Production and Consumption Branch, United
Nations Environment Programme; Professor Hideki Nakahara,
Council Member of the International Green Purchasing
Network and Chair of the Green Purchasing Network, Japan;
Dr. Ning Yu, former Chair of the Global Ecolabelling
Network; and Ms Linda W P Ho, Chief Executive Officer
of the Green Council.
Mr. de Leeuw presented the United Nations' "Marrakech
Process" which is intended to develop a global
ten-year programme for sustainable consumption and production.
He also identified that the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) assists governments around the world
with implementation of the United Nations¡¦ Guidelines
on Consumer Protection.
In Professor Nakahara's speech, he discussed the development
and evolution of the Japanese Green Purchasing Network
over the past 10 years, which now boasts membership
of over 3,000 organisations. Professor Nakahara also
introduced and explained the objectives of the International
Green Purchasing Network, established in 2005.
Dr. Yu introduced various types of ecolabels in existence
and discussed their characteristics, implementation,
applications and specific roles in green procurement.
She also introduced and described the Global Ecolabelling
Network's Internationally Coordinated Ecolabelling System
(GENICES) as a recently launched initiative to expand
the applications and influence of national ecolabels,
potentially harmonise national criteria sets, and reduce
international trade barriers.
Ms Linda W P Ho identified and referred to a recent
opinion survey conducted by Green Council officials.
About 60% of the local industry and general public respondents
identified difficulties when purchasing green products,
of which 40% stated that there were few choices and
limited outlets for such products. Some also expressed
difficulties in identifying quality green products.
80% expressed the view that it is desirable and necessary
to establish a public green product database. A significant
97% identified that the Government should take an active
role in practicing green purchasing. In summarizing
the main survey results, Ms Ho emphasized that there
is a significant consumer demand for green products
and the public expect the Government to take a proactive
role in promoting and practising green purchasing in
Hong Kong. Ms Ho proceeded to describe that in the Mainland,
and as of January 1, 2007, the Central Government will
regulate and advise all governmental units at central
and provincial levels to purchase green products. Lastly,
Ms Ho announced that the Green Council will be launching
a "Hong Kong Green Purchasing Network" to
provide a platform for exchanging green purchasing information.
After the keynote speeches, a series of presentations
were provided by local and international public and
private sector invitees. Over the two day period, speakers
provided presentations as well as participating in panel
discussions that enabled interaction and exchange of
additional information and opinions with the audience
members. [Coffee and lunch breaks also served as opportunities
for audience members to access and converse with the
Mr. Evan Bozowsky, Manager of the Global Ecolabelling
Network Secretariat, discussed challenges and important
benefits of co-operation and collaboration between officials
of environmental performance labelling organizations
and public and private sector procurement organisations.
Local and overseas government representatives from China
(Mr. Li Lihua and Mr. Liu Zunwen), Hong Kong (Mr. Raymond
Fan), Japan (Mr. Kazuyuki Harada), Korea (Ms Im Hyun-jung),
New Zealand (Ms Dana Peterson), Sweden (Mr. Peter Nohrstedt)
and the UK (Ms Barbara Morton) presented their governments'
green purchasing efforts and achievements to date.
Mr. Scot Case, an American expert on eco-design and
green purchasing, described the recent rapid expansion
of green markets and retail sector interest and demand
for greener products in the USA. Industry sector representatives
from local and overseas organisations included Mr. Yoshinori
Miyazawa, Dr. John Chai, Mr. Peter Afshar and Mr. Felix
Lee. These speakers shared their experiences and achievements
in green purchasing and supply chain management. Professor
Yanta Lam and Dr. Llyas Muhammad Mazhar of The Hong
Kong Polytechnic University provided insight into both
local eco-design and trends in Europe.
Finally, Professor C S Poon, who had served as the
Chairperson of the Organising Committee for this Congress,
expressed gratitude to all the speakers and other participants
in closing remarks.
The Congress concluded with three concurrent Technical
Workshops for participants to further exchange ideas
with the speakers on various topics, including striking
the balance between economy and environment and how
to practice green purchasing. In one of the workshops,
government officials addressed their actual and potential
roles in promoting green purchasing.
A formal Congress Dinner was held on the evening of
November 30, 2006 for all local and overseas speakers,
supporting organisations and sponsors to meet and interact.
The Congress was informative, interesting and a great
success, with considerable information shared and positive
feedback received from local and international participants.
A strong view, that emerged and was re-enforced throughout
the Congress, was that while green purchasing efforts
have been initiated in Hong Kong, considerable more
effort and initiatives are immediately possible and
Remarks by Dr. Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the
Environment, Transport and Works
Remarks by Ms Audrey Eu, SC, JP, Chairperson of
the Environmental Affairs Panel of the Legislative
Bas de Leeuw describing the sustainable consumption
work program of the United Nations Environment
Nakahara discussed the development and evolution
of the Japanese Green Purchasing Network
Linda W P Ho of Green Council shared the green
purchasing survey results with participants
photo of all speakers at the International Green
Purchasing Congress 2006
during Technical Workshops
during Technical Workshops
Speakers Presentation Abstracts
Wai Ping Linda
12. LIU Zunwen
Technical Workshop Notes
Technical Workshop A