A Word from the Interim Convenor

HKU’s convenorship marks eight years of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC). Having co-developed the HKSCC strategic plan (2019 – 2027), I am excited to facilitate the consortium into another eight fruitful years of working together to build a sustainable future in the higher education sector in Hong Kong and beyond. 

Joy Lam 
Head, Sustainability Office
University of Hong Kong


There is increasing global attention to climate change and the associated challenges of sustainable development. Asia is a region that is highly vulnerable— in which economic development, environmental degradation, and the growth of the higher education sector have been dramatic in recent decades. Public and private organisations around the world are seeking new ways to respond to these issues. Universities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) recognize that they have a responsibility to take up this challenge by contributing to solutions and strategies that will serve our community and the world.

Therefore, the Vice Chancellors and Presidents of the eight publicly- funded universities in the HKSAR signed the Hong Kong Declaration in May 2010 – a statement of principles which highlights the importance of sustainable development in light of climate change, and a commitment to provide appropriate responses to the ensuing challenges through the universities’ core missions of research, teaching and knowledge exchange.The Hong Kong Declaration also acknowledges the importance of universities to serve as models within the community and to work across communities to forge appropriate solutions.

Terms of Reference

With the signing of the Hong Kong Declaration, all the eight institutions joined hands to form the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC) in 2010.

  •  Encourage and promote the ongoing efforts of the member universities in their development and implementation of sustainability solutions through research and teaching, campus policies and operations, local and international outreach, and knowledge exchange;
  •  Provide a vehicle for mutual support and the exchange of good practices with member universities through appropriate programs, projects and activities, and the establishment of specialist groups and/or working parties, as necessary;
  •  Provide a platform for public discussion of these issues through regular meetings, conferences, ad hoc projects, electronic communications and other means;
  • Facilitate the sharing of information and resources as the member universities’ interests and activities with regard to sustainability expand in the future.

Collective GHG Reduction Target

The HKSCC supports the Government’s latest emissions target set out in the Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+. In 2017, the consortium carried out a study to project our forthcoming emissions and set a medium‐term collective target for the tertiary education sector – aiming to reduce aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020/2021 (from the base figures of 2015/2016).

Convenor and Secretariat

Member universities will take turns to take up the HKSCC convenorship on a yearly basis, and the university with the convenor role will provide secretarial support to the Consortium for that year. In 2013, the HKSCC agreed to move the term of the convenorship from an academic year to a calendar year.


    The University of Hong Kong


    Lingnan University


    The Education University of Hong Kong


    Hong Kong Baptist University


    City University of Hong Kong


    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2012 - 2013

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

   2011 - 2012

    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2010 - 2011

    The University of Hong Kong