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Title: Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings : a survey of the stakeholders in Hong Kong
Authors: Lai, JHK 
Keywords: Building
Greenhouse gas
Mandatory reporting
Public policy
Stakeholder survey.
Issue Date: 2013
Source: CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 5-9 May 2013 How to cite?
Abstract: Recognising the need of mitigating global warming, mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings has been increasingly implemented across the globe. For buildings in Hong Kong, however, GHG reporting remains as entirely voluntary although the government has issued in recent years a guidance document to facilitate building owners and managers to quantify GHG emissions from commercial, residential and institutional buildings. Aimed at investigating the views of the building stakeholders on whether, and to what extent, the GHG reporting should be made mandatory, a self-administered survey was carried out. Analysis of the response given by 200 stakeholders revealed that the majority supported making the reporting mandatory, mainly for office, industrial, and hotel/hostel buildings. Their agreement on requiring mandatory reporting for activities in scopes 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol was stronger than that on the scope 3 activities. The common reasons for those who did not support the mandatory reporting policy were also identified. While these findings are useful information to policy makers, further work is needed to investigate whether the vested interests of the stakeholders are influential in determining their support to the policy; what kinds of building areas should be covered by the mandatory reporting; and what factors would affect the views of the stakeholders on the extent to which the mandatory reporting should cover.
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