Explore Recent Activities in Hong Kong
- New Statement of Intent with Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department
- Promoting Green Jobs
- City to City Partnership
In October 2011, EPA signed a Statement of Intent with the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HK EPD), outlining a strategy to expand regional cooperation, promote “low carbon, high technology and low pollution” communities, and expand capacity in environmental protection.
This is the first time the two agencies have agreed to integrate key regional initiatives to improve coordination and amplify the results of regional collaboration.
The strategy focuses our collaboration on fundamental challenges, such as air and water quality protection and waste management. These efforts will protect our shared environment as well as support the development of practical and cost effective environmental solutions. This will drive innovation and technology, environmental jobs, and economic opportunities in the United States, Hong Kong, and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
This non-binding statement of intent signifies a key turning point in the relationship between the two agencies. Following the signing, the two agencies plan to develop a workplan that addresses EPA‘s Six Global Priorities. Joint activities will be based on shared priorities and lead to measurable environmental results for the U.S., Hong Kong, and other areas in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition, US EPA Assistant Administrator for Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer Malcolm Jackson joined Portland Mayor Samuel Adams, and U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong Stephen Young to lead a delegation of twenty seven U.S. companies to the Hong Kong EcoExpo Asia , the region’s premier environmental technologies and services trade show.
Hong Kong is one of Asia’s regional hubs for commerce and trade. It serves as an important entry point for Greater China and the Asia Pacific for many U.S. environmental technology and service companies. In partnership with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong and other agencies, EPA helped raise the profile of the U.S. presence at EcoExpo Asia.
Jackson delivered a key note speech at the Expo, and joined Consul General Young in recognizing “the partnership between the county government of Shizong and Han’s Technologies Inc. on the Shizong Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility” at a ceremony during the event.
Jackson also met with Hong Kong environmental Secretary Edward Yao and Consul General Young ahead of trade expo’s launch on October 26, 2011.
In follow up to the October meetings in Hong Kong, in January 2012 EPA Chief Information Officer Malcolm Jackson hosted Portland Mayor, Samuel Adams, and Hong Kong's chief representative to the United States, Commissioner Donald Tong, in Washington, DC.
The leaders discussed a new city-to-city partnership that will promote green growth, green jobs and sustainability.
EPA is collaborating with Portland and Hong Kong to pilot green growth projects in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region. Mayor Adams identified four specific areas that Portland plans to promote through its partnerships with EPA and Hong Kong:
- building performance benchmarking,
- clean energy,
- composting and recycling, and
- EcoDistrict planning.
Partnership in these fields will help improve the global environmental while generating green jobs in the U.S. and promoting U.S. green technology and services. Read a recent blog posting on this partnership.
Portland has an established reputation on advanced urban planning and creating a more livable city for citizens and businesses. In recent years, Portland has identified competitive advantages in clean technology and green development.
The meeting highlighted how EPA’s engagement with key local, national and global partners on the environment can drive economic opportunities for U.S. companies in the environmental sector, create green jobs, and support the National Export Initiative.
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For additional information about EPA's work with Hong Kong, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460