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ICE advises Hong Kong on infrastructure

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Engineers have urged Hong Kong’s leaders to maximise the use of asset management techniques to limit the need for new infrastructure.

Institution of Civil Engineers president Sir John Armitt presented a report to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

The study, Infrastructure: Shaping Hong Kong, called on the government to set out a long term vision for the city’s infrastructure beyond 2030.

It made three main recommendations:

  • Working to establish Hong Kong as a regional leader in high quality, low carbon urban development
  • Identifying opportunities to integrate whole life carbon assessment and systems thinking methodologies into infrastructure decision making in the city.
  • In the short term, prioritising the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings and increased use of retrofit, renewal and lifetime asset management techniques to limit the demand for new infrastructure

The report formed part of ICE’s Shaping the World initiative, which aims to turn knowledge into action for public good.

Armitt said: “Shaping Hong Kong explores how this city can develop its infrastructure up to and beyond 2030 in support of the HKSAR Government’s goals for low carbon living in an urban environment. I am delighted that both ICE and the Shaping the World fund have been able to support this ambition by bringing together our members in Hong Kong and around the world to identify options for developing the city’s infrastructure over the long term.

“As a low lying costal location, Hong Kong is vulnerable to many of the impacts of climate change – from rising sea levels to storm surges and other extreme weather events such as typhoons. By adopting a sustainable, low carbon approach to Hong Kong’s future development, not only will it help mitigate the long-term effects of climate change on the city, but it will help promote action to reduce emissions for other cities too.”

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