Low Carbon Energy Education Centre promotes a sustainable future
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City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) inaugurated the CLP Power Low Carbon Energy Education Centre (the Centre) on CityU campus on 30 October to raise public awareness on the impact of climate change and the importance of low carbon energy sources.
The establishment of the Centre is a showcase of successful cross-sector collaboration that puts to the best use both sides’ expertise, resource and strengths in achieving a common goal of promoting a sustainable future.
Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU, Professor Matthew Lee Kwok-on, Vice-President (Development and External Relations) of CityU, Mr Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, and Mrs Betty Yuen So Siu-mai, Group Director and Vice-Chairman of CLP Power, jointly officiated at the opening of the Centre. More than 160 guests from government departments, professional bodies, green groups and the education sector attended the ceremony and visited the newly established centre.
Mr Wong Kam-sing said in his remarks, “Combating climate change requires collective global efforts and the Hong Kong government has worked hard in the past years in formulating policies, setting new carbon reduction targets and committing to action plans. Our goal cannot be achieved without the participation of the community. We are delighted to see the establishment of the CLP Power Low Carbon Energy Education Centre. It sets a good example of how the business and education sectors could join hands in raising public awareness on the challenges presented by climate change. We look forward to seeing more collaborations of this kind that drive towards a common goal of transforming Hong Kong into a climate-ready city.”
In his welcoming remarks, Professor Way Kuo said the Centre serves as a major local contribution to one of the most significant challenges that we face today. “Low carbon matters align strongly with the work undertaken at CityU. Low carbon energy and living form major constituent elements for developing Smart City, which is one of the three interdisciplinary, cross-cutting areas outlined in CityU’s Strategic Plan for 2015–2020,” he added.
Professor Kuo also thanked CLP Power for its strong support in the establishment of the Centre, which will bring significant benefits to society.
Mr Richard Lancaster said, “The problem of climate change is far more intricate and extensive than our sole effort would be able to tackle. To win this we must raise the public’s awareness and galvanise concerted efforts to participate. We will need to educate the younger generation about the pros and cons of different fuel options and inspire them to develop innovative solutions. And that’s the reason we joined hands with CityU to set up the Centre.”
The Centre, sized over 3,300 square feet, comprises five themed zones covering different types of low carbon energy, including renewable energy, natural gas and nuclear power. In addition to explaining power generation principles and characteristics, the advantages and limitations in the application of different forms of low carbon energy are also presented in an interesting and interactive way.
One highlight at the Centre is a scaled model of Hualong One Nuclear Reactor, China’s first indigenous, third-generation nuclear reactor. Visitors can also watch a 3-D animation that employs immersive projection technology to depict the core operation area of a nuclear plant.
Looking ahead, the Centre aspires to becoming a platform for exchange among decision-makers, researchers, professionals and members of the community. It aims to encourage innovation and dialogues through exhibitions and seminars, and ultimately contribute to Hong Kong’s transition to a low carbon future where all will enjoy a better and smarter place to live and work.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lowcarbon.