Nineteen Low-carbon Ambassadors enhance green knowledge in Korea
24 Jun 2013
The University has been committed to enhancing students’ awareness of low-carbon living and helping them cultivate green habits through environmental education. Recently, the University’s Task Force on Sustainable Campus selected 19 outstanding students to serve as “Low-carbon Ambassadors” and to participate in a five-day field trip to Korea in early June to learn more about the environmental development, green measures and low-carbon living in that country.
During the trip, the Ambassadors visited incinerators in Mapo District and the famous tourist spot Cheonggyecheon in Seoul to understand how the Korean Government has enhanced the green environment of the city through sustainable town planning and development. They were all surprised that the incinerators were built in the town and learned that the incinerators reduce the level of dioxins, heavy metals and other hazardous substances in waste to a level that is not dangerous to the human body. The incinerators then transform the gases produced during the combustion process into heat energy which can be used for different purposes, thereby achieving the aim of generating energy from waste.
Flowing west to east in downtown Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon stream used to be heavily polluted and is one of the major environmental projects in Korea. The Korean Government spent several years on improving the water quality of the stream and restoring the surrounding polluted area in order to create a large green area for recreation along the two banks of the stream. This also helped to lower the temperature of the city. The Ambassadors believed that the HKSAR Government could draw lessons from the Cheonggyecheon project on planning a green city.
In addition to the above, the Ambassadors also observed and learned about some green habits in Korea. For example, Koreans usually carry a small plastic bag with them to store rubbish temporarily, restaurants are prohibited from distributing disposable cutlery, hotels do not provide disposable personal care products, etc.