WHERE ARE WE NOW

As Hong Kong is heavily dependent on imported goods, the consequences of over consumption are largely invisible, leading a “work hard, then spend the reward” cycle to become the norm. High emissions lifestyle choices are currently cheap, more available, and convenient. However, the tide is turning. Businesses are beginning to offer sustainable options, and individuals are increasingly willing to make a shift towards more environmentally conscious consumption habits.

WHERE WE NEED TO GET TO

We should all be aware of the environmental impact of our lifestyle and actively take steps to reduce overall consumption, specifically of things and activities with a high carbon footprint.

Industries play a crucial role in shaping the landscape of the market and consumer demand, spearheading change through product innovation and by transforming business models. The government can encourage change through policy and by creating an enabling environment that is sufficiently comprehensive and equitable.

WHERE WE NEED TO GET TO

We should all be aware of the environmental impact our lifestyle and actively take steps to reduce our overall consumption, specifically of things and activities with a high carbon footprint.

Individuals need to be motivated to adjust their lifestyles through a combination of policy action and socio-cultural changes. Industries play a crucial role in shaping the landscape of the market and shaping consumer demand, spearheading social change through product innovation and by transforming their business models. For widespread adjustments in lifestyle, the government needs to coordinate all stakeholders by creating a positive, empowering environment of change that is sufficiently comprehensive and equitable.

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POLICY SOLUTIONS

Policy can catalyze behavioural change in line with meeting climate targets and a low carbon lifestyle.

THE CHANGE WE NEED

Changes are necessary across Government, Commercial and Individual level, please scroll down to explore how we can all contribute.

Government

Add elements of behavioural science to policy making such as through choice influencing to target the motivations of individuals towards change.

Commercial

Transition its business models to centre around the circular economy and sustainable development.

Individuals

Be aware of options in the market, and choose technology such as smart thermostats that would promote energy savings.

Your Carbon Footprint

Just as walking on sand leaves a footprint, burning fuel for human activity leaves greenhouse gases in the air, creating a carbon footprint. Everything we have, use, and consume, from food to clothes to transportation, is intimately linked to Hong Kong’s overall emissions figure.

According to WWF, if everyone on Earth led the same lifestyle as we do in Hong Kong, 4.2 Earths would be required to fulfil our resource need.