The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is a local non-profit organisation with a focus on building a bright future for Hong Kong through youth development and diversified services.
To help promote green living and sustainable development, CLP’s professional team visited the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong - New Territories Centre and assisted them in enhancing their current renewable energy system on the centre’s roof.
By taking locational constraints into account, the team were able to design a brand-new solution for the centre that fully utilises the available space. The new integrated photovoltaic and hot water system comprises solar panels, water tanks and water pumps, with heat exchangers embedded in the solar panels. It makes use of solar energy to provide hot water for the centre’s heated swimming pool, which is open all year, so the public can still enjoy the facility in winter with the benefit of reducing electricity consumption.
The new installation generates electricity and heat simultaneously, and is more efficient than the previous conventional, single-purpose solar-powered generator, which only produced one type of energy.
Ms. Selina Chan, Coordinating Secretary of the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, was pleased with the new system’s performance. “Optimising renewable energy solutions further promotes clean energy and environmental protection, while making progress in sustainable development,” she said.
"Do not fail to commit an act of kindness just because it is small in scale."
Apart from doing daily good, this Chinese proverb is also relevant to
environmental protection and energy saving.
In recent years, many social enterprises and non-profit organisations have
adopted and implemented the energy-saving measures suggested by the CLP
GREENPLUS programme. Other than reducing operating costs, these
organisations are keen to spread the idea to their fellow Hongkongers, whose
collective efforts will surely have a positive impact to the entire society.
Improvements in energy efficiency not only benefit the environment but also
financial budgets. Therefore, many social enterprises and non-profit
organisations have become more than eager to implement energy-saving measures.
While trying to set a good example to promote environmental awareness, they
would like to ensure that their resources are well-utilised so that their
service users, as well as the entire society, are benefited.
To provide a comfortable and safe environment for their service users, the
Neighborhood Advice-Action Council Harmony Manor in Shatin has been switching to
energy-efficient electrical equipment gradually since 2009 according to CLP's
recommendations. Environmental awareness of their employees, service users and
family members has been lifted while resources are being put to good
Harmony Manor currently provides one-stop integrated training and
accommodation services to 200 mentally-challenged persons. Other than T5
energy-efficient fluorescent tubes, the rehabilitation centre also adopted time
switches for outdoor lighting systems and electrical cooking equipment at their
restaurant for enhancing energy efficiency and safety. With CLP's technical
support and Wai Yin Association's sponsorship, Harmony Manor installed an
electricity-generating unit that consists of 2 solar panels and a set of 120
small windmills on the top storey. It supplies power for the lighting system
outside the family holiday apartment, which is located on the same floor.
In the opinion of Ms. Marian Ngai, Service Coordinator of the
Neighbour Advice-Action Council, energy saving and emission reduction would
doubtlessly bring cost efficiency. "However, our ultimate wish is to motivate
the stakeholders to put environmental protection into practice through relevant
measures and activities, so as to build an integrated community for both the
disabled and the non-disabled," she said. Ngai added that a step power generator
provided by CLP will be installed at Harmony Manor, so that members of the
rehabilitation centre can experience how to generate power with simple motor
actions. In September, Harmony Manor organised the Green Carnival and Initiation
Ceremony of Renewable Energy System to promote energy saving and emission
reduction within the community.
For YMCA, which is enthusiastically involved in whole person development of
the youth, gradually adopted T5 fluorescent energy-efficient tubes, LED
emergency exit lights, and the energy-saving swimming heat pump at their Kowloon
Clubhouse. Besides, replacement and rebuilding works are also ready to kick off
at their Wu Kai Sha Youth Village that goes in line with the 'Zero Carbon World'
environmental awareness campaign.
Mr. Lee Man Key, Coordinating Secretary of YMCA, explained, "With the ever
increasing service use, it is of course important to cut energy costs. However,
we would like to save energy in exchange for more resources to facilitate new
projects too. We encourage our employees and service users to change their daily
habits for a sustainable environment."
At present, 20 solar panels have been installed at Wu Kai Sha Youth Village
that make up part of their power supply. Lee said that with CLP's support, the
Youth Village is going to install 500 solar panels on the roof of the hall to
provide electricity for the entire site. In response to the 'Zero Carbon World'
campaign, YMCA is rebuilding 10 of their camp quarters into eco-friendly ones,
which are all equipped with power consumption monitoring systems for the
residents' tracking of their own electricity usage. These facilities are
estimated to be ready for use by mid-2013.
The Christian Family Service Centre aims at providing different types of
services to people from all walks of life. They received CLP's detailed energy
audit on their office and amenities complex in Kwun Tong in 2009. Starting from
last year, they have gradually replaced their conventional light tubes with
energy-saving ones and adopted LEDs. They have also installed motion sensors in
certain places of the complex, including the pantry and the photocopying
"According to the statistics, the adoption of 1,500 T5 energy-efficient
fluorescent tubes alone can cut electricity consumption by 226,000 units per
year, which means saving about HKD 230,000 on energy bills." Although it is true
that the cost cut allows enhancement of their current services or facilitation
of other programmes, Mr. Lo King Sang, the Centre's Corporate Affairs Director,
emphasised that the social responsibility involved is much more important than
the economic benefits.
At present, about 20 employees of the Centre are appointed as Environmental
Protection Ambassadors. They educate their co-workers via internal newsletters
and activities, and look to promote energy saving and emission reduction in
daily life to their service users and collaborative partners in the form of
coupon rewards. Lo revealed that to further increase energy efficiency, the
Centre is considering installing motion sensors on every floor of the complex,
as well as replacing the air-conditioning cooling systems and cooking equipment
at the suitable time.
Hong Chi Association provides a wide range of services for people with
Hong Chi Children Home in Tai Po is one of the Association's 78 service units
and offers a nurturing home environment for children in need.
Hong Chi Children Home used to rely on storage type electric water heaters
which require a lengthy pre-heating period to produce hot water for showering.
Recognising the advantages of the spacious and sunny environment at Children
Home, CLP recommended Hong Chi to leverage on this readily available renewable
energy by installing the first solar thermal heat pump in Hong Kong.
Renewable energy generated can provide over 3,000 low carbon showers each
year. With the best of both worlds, the solar thermal heat pump system offers
many benefits, including:
Cost saving: Lower energy cost by 80%
Environmentally friendly: Reduce carbon emissions by 2 tonnes per year
SAHK (formerly known as The Spastics Association of Hong Kong), a
rehabilitation service organisation, operates early education and training
centres, special schools, sheltered workshops as well as hostels for persons
with varying levels of self-reliance. SAHK is adding to its current base of 11
hostels by opening a new hostel with a capacity of 200 beds in Homantin. The new
hostel provides an exciting example of how NGOs like SAHK can leverage smart
energy management to lower their operating costs while serving the community
By incorporating CLP’s custom-designed energy-efficient solutions at the
planning stage, SAHK has ensured the new hostel will run with excellent energy
efficiency and minimised operating costs right from the get-go.
Among some of the key energy-saving features being implemented are the solar
water heating system, energy-efficient lighting, air-conditioning and electric
kitchen which will help to save around 20% annual consumption. Recognising that
hot water would be a major energy need at SAHK’s new hostel, CLP proposed to
install solar water heating system on the roof of the establishment. This will
enable the hostel to use renewable energy to heat the water it needs, reducing
the hostel’s carbon footprint and energy consumption. In addition to cutting
energy consumption, the electric kitchen also creates a safer, cleaner and more
comfortable cooking environment.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs), as a role model, is making every effort
in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility as an eco-friendly group.
Environmental protection measures are implemented in various aspects of its
operations, including medical and health services, education services, community
services and properties management, while multiple energy saving projects were
completed within the group and an annual carbon audit for whole organization has
also been launched. TWGHs and CLP have been working closely together as industry
pioneers in terms of energy conservation and environmental protection. The group
won 'Energy Saving Award of Excellence' and 'Joint Energy Saving Award' of CLP
GREENPLUS Award in this year in recognition of its teams’
joint effort in energy conservation.
The group has been reinforcing energy saving measures in various areas at different levels. At Kwong Wah Hospital, a hospital under TWGHs, heat pumps were installed to re-use waste heat for the air-conditioning system. A green trail and the 'Hospital Green Ambassador' scheme have also been set up to convey the message of eco-friendliness.
As for the education services, a series of tailor-made conservation education
campaigns have been carried out for students from kindergarten to secondary
levels of TWGHs schools to arouse their environmental awareness in daily life
while being motivated as green leaders. As for community services, new
energy-saving devices are replacing the traditional ones and solar hot water
systems have been installed in four of the service buildings. In partnership
with CLP, the workshops have been held to share the operation of energy saving
equipment and green tips to the staff members as well as the services
As for properties management, energy audits have been conducted at five of
TWGHs’ properties in Kowloon with energy-efficient equipment installed around
the same time. Moreover, green roofs were constructed in various TWGHs
properties with introducing the tenants about the benefits. There is a further
strive to promote green living, i.e. carrying out organic farming on the green
roof at the administration headquarters, which put the belief of environmental
conservation into practice.
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