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Title: Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings : stakeholders' opinions in Hong Kong
Authors: Lai, JHK 
Keywords: Building stakeholders
Greenhouse gas
Mandatory reporting
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Energy policy, 2014, v. 75, p. 278-288 How to cite?
Journal: Energy policy 
Abstract: Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is intended to help combat global warming, has been increasingly implemented across the world. For buildings in Hong Kong, however, GHG reporting remains entirely voluntary even though the government has issued a set of guidelines to facilitate building owners and managers to quantify GHG emissions from buildings. Aimed at understanding stakeholders' opinions on whether, and to what extent, the GHG reporting should be made mandatory, a study involving a questionnaire survey was carried out. Analysis of the opinions revealed that the majority supported making the reporting mandatory for office, hotel/hostel, and industrial buildings. Generally more support was received from those who were highly experienced, employees of non-government public organisations, academics/researchers, or qualified carbon/energy auditors. Their agreement on requiring reporting of activities under scopes 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol was stronger than that for the scope 3 activities. Reporting of paper waste disposal attracted the weakest support. The reasons for not supporting the mandatory policy, including resource constraint and financial and knowledge barriers that confront the stakeholders, were identified. The findings of this study serve as reference for energy policy makers.
ISSN: 0301-4215
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.10.004
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