Hong Kong - Country Commercial Guide
Environmental Technologies

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-03-04

Overview

Trade Statistics

 

2017

2018

2019

2020 (January-April)

Total Exports

233

245

268

90

Total Imports

294

329

360

139

Imports from the US

56

56

55

15

Exchange Rates:
1USD

7.8

7.8

7.8

7.8

Units: USD million
Data Source: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department

(Since there is not an agreed upon definition of “environmental technologies”, and because there is considerable overlap regarding environmental features from various types of machinery and products, market statistics for this sector are, at best, rough approximation.)

Hong Kong relies heavily on imports to satisfy its environmental technology needs. In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been allocating significant resources toward tackling environmental issues like waste treatment, air pollution, and water pollution. The COVID-19 outbreak has also led to demand for clinical waste management solutions.  As a regional business hub, Hong Kong also plays a strong role as a trading platform for environmental products for mainland China and the region.

The Hong Kong Government published the “Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022” (the Blueprint) in 2013 to discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainability in Hong Kong. The Blueprint provides a 10-year plan on how to tackle waste management challenges with strategies, policy directions, key actions, and specific targets.

Leading Sub-Sectors  

  • Waste management solutions 
  • Recycling-related products and services 
  • Water disinfection technologies
  • Air quality control solutions

Opportunities 

Food waste constitutes almost 60 percent (or 6,712 kg per day) of Hong Kong’s total municipal solid waste. To avoid food waste disposal at landfills, Hong Kong plans to treat the city’s collected food waste to produce renewable energy using anaerobic digestion as the core technology. The preliminary proposal is to develop five to six regional large-scale organic resources recovery centers in phases, with a total recycling capacity of about 1,300 to 1,500 kg per day.

Every year, about 70,000 kg of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is generated locally in Hong Kong. As part of the effort to introduce the Waste Producer Responsibility Scheme (WPRS), the Hong Kong Government has developed a WEEE treatment and recycling facility, or WEEE·PARK, to provide local treatment capacity for WEEE.  Since August 2018, a seller of regulated electrical equipment (REE) must have a removal service plan endorsed by the Environmental Protection Department. The removal service ensures the proper disposal and recycling of REE waste.

Recently, the Hong Kong Government has proposed to allocate US$38 million each year to implement a scheme to recycle wastepaper, including processes like wastepaper collection and recycling services. The Hong Kong Government’s Environmental Protection Department, which is responsible for environmental issues, will launch a project aiming to collect wastepaper from all districts in Hong Kong for filtering, sorting, baling and exporting. Also, as part of the Hong Kong Government’s smart city development plan, a smart waste management scheme has been initiated to optimize collection services and reduce municipal operational costs.

Resources 
Trade Shows: 
Eco Expo Asia 
Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF) 
Date: 2021 (Exact date is to be confirmed) 

Government Agencies and Associations:
Business Environment Council 
Environmental Contractors Management Association 
Environment Bureau, HKSAR Government
Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR Government 
 

For more information about this industry sector, please contact:

U.S. Commercial Service, Hong Kong

Gary Kwan, Commercial Specialist

Email: gary.kwan@trade.gov