Cleaner Production (CP) is the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy applied to processes, products and services to increase efficiency and reduce risks to human being and the environment.
Cleaner Production is a widely recognised and proven strategy for increasing the efficiency of natural resource management and waste minimisation. Pollution and risks to human health and safety are reduced at the source, rather than the end of the production process. Measures of Cleaner Production typically involves improving maintenance practices, upgrading or introducing new technology, or changing production processes. It results in meeting consumers' needs with more environmentally compatible products and services. As well as reducing pollution, this strategy also generates tangible economic savings for a business enterprise by improving the overall efficiency of production.
The major difference between "Cleaner Production" and "Pollution Control" is one of timing. Cleaner Production is a forward-looking philosophy while Pollution Control is an after-the-event approach.
Step 1: Top management makes commitment to cleaner production and communicate with all staff members
Step 2: Organise a cleaner production management committee to coordinate cleaner production work; Carry out cleaner production measures to identify practicable cleaner production measures
Step 3: Identify and select cleaner production measures; analyse technical feasibility, environmental and economical benefits
Step 4: Review the effectiveness of cleaner production measures; establish and enhance cleaner production management system and incentive scheme to sustain the cleaner production practice
Various techniques used for identifying opportunities for Cleaner Production includes, but are not limited to the followings:
a. Source Reduction (Housekeeping and Processing Change) Change of Input Materials
• Process Control Equipment Modification
• Technology Change
b. Waste Recycling
• On-site Reuse/Recovery
• Creation of Useful By-Products
c. Product Reformulation or Modification
• The aforementioned techniques can often be used in combinations.
"Cleaner Production Assessment" is structured methodology to identify and evaluate the pollution prevention opportunities of an enterprise based on the existing and future planned production process, products and services.
Any business registered in Hong Kong under the Business Registration Ordinance (Cap. 310) (“Hong Kong Business”) and also meets any one of the following connection requirements below:
A non-profit distributing organisations operating as a trade and industrial organisation which shall either be a statutory organisation or an organisation registered under the Laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is eligible to apply for funding support under the OSI.
The expression “three forms of processing and assembly operations（三來）” refer to processing with materials supplied by the Hong Kong Business（來料加工）， assembly with parts supplied by the Hong Kong Business（來件裝配） and processing in accordance with samples supplied by the Hong Kong Business（來樣加工）. Compensatory trade （一補或補償貿易） is an arrangement whereby the Hong Kong Business provides a loan (either in the form of money, equipment or technology) to an enterprise in the People’s Republic of China to either set up a factory/factories or to exploit resources. When the project is completed, the enterprise uses its products or other products to pay back the loan by installments within an agreed period of time.
Yes, you can. Companies with factories from other industry sectors may also apply. Funding approval for these companies will, however, be subject to the endorsement of the Project Management Committee (the PMC) on a case by case basis.
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