Policy for Sustainability Lab


The goal of sustainability is to build and maintain society’s capacity and options for continual, vibrant social and economic development. A sustainable society is grounded upon a complementarity between the social-economic systems on one hand, and the bio-ecological systems on the other. PSL aspires to understand and generate the social-ecological synergy as a way to promote sustainability.


This Project aims at fostering sustainability leadership and collaboration in the business sector in Hong Kong through a partnership between big corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The partnership is constitutive of (1) a Knowledge Inventory which facilitates knowledge documentation, dissemination and exchange among businesses, large and small, and between academics and practitioners of sustainability, and (2) a Collaborative Leadership Scheme through which sustainability leaders in big corporates work closely with SMEs to build a talent pool of sustainability leaders for the business sector. This partnership will benefit SMEs in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area by enhancing their capacity to adopt sustainability solutions in their operation and, hence, to create shared values. By exercising sustainability leadership and actively engaging SMEs with sustainability commitments in their supply chains, big corporates can better achieve their sustainability visions and enhance their value chains. All these efforts and impacts will coalesce to build a more vibrant business sector ready to contribute to creating a sustainable society. The Project is supported by HSBC with a grant of HKD $13 million.

Based on a participatory and stakeholder-based approach, it is a territory-wide public engagement that helps formulate the long-term decarbonisation strategy and mitigation plans for Hong Kong in 2050 in the fulfillment of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Through the knowledge transfer and empowerment process, the engagement exercise looks into possible multi-sector actions in the community, including low carbon economy, transport, building efficiency and energy mix in Hong Kong. Findings from the public engagement forms an integral part of a policy recommendation report.

Building upon the initial success of Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme, “HSBC Rural Sustainability” is a four-year programme which focuses on mobilising actions of the local community by socio-economic models emphasising the role of rural community for the benefit of the wider Hong Kong society. Based upon a collaborative and solidarity approach, these models will strengthen a viable sustainability model that can be replicated by nearby villages and similar rural areas in the region. The key strategies of the programme are:

  • The incubation of socio-economic models and start-ups for rural revitalisation
  • The establishment of Academy for Sustainable Communities to offer curriculum-based training and education programmes for the community
  • The compilation of a comprehensive sustainability assessment framework for the measurement of outcomes and impact of sustainability project

The project aims to hardness opportunities of creating a coherent, connected and vibrant underground space for Hong Kong. A holistic engagement strategy is designed to identify community aspirations and needs for underground space development, and to solicit public comments on conceptual schemes with aims to improving pedestrian connectivity, enhancing living environment and creating livable space through a series of community engagement events.

The Study aims to carry out a planning and engineering study with a view to re-planning the Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Area 137 and formulating a development plan for meeting housing and other needs. The prime objective of the Study is to establish and maximize the development potential of TKO Area 137 through examination of the feasibility of using the available land for residential, commercial and other development purposes. We were tasked to solicit views from the interested stakeholders and local community on the aspirations and concerns, to explore ideas for development concepts, to gauge public feedback on the planning proposals, Preliminary Outline Development Plan (PODP) and Recommended Outline Development Plan (RODP).

The proactive and well-structured public engagement process provides an essential platform and opportunity for the local and interested stakeholders to build consensus on the pedestrian connectivity, streetscape enhancement opportunities, urban design integration and other interface issues for the Wan Chai North and North Point Harbourfront. Such process serves as an integral part of the Study and provides key inputs to the formulation of Preliminary Harbourfront Enhancement Proposals.

Improvement to Fan Kam Road Investigation (2013-2018)

We were engaged to gauge the views and concerns from the interested and affected public and the local stakeholders at early planning stages of the Project. Through a series of holistic engagement events, consensus building among key stakeholders can be achieved to facilitate the development of feasible options and improvement measures, including road alignment, traffic mitigation measures and tree conservation plans.

It is a territory-wide public engagement to arouse public awareness, stimulate public discussion, and explore ways and means to encourage behavioural changes that are conducive to a more sustainable consumption pattern. During the process, opportunities and challenges of sustainable consumption by different stakeholders, including suppliers, government and consumers are identified. Public and stakeholder views are systematically compiled and incorporated in the policy recommendation report. All recommendations are adopted by the relevant government departments.

As an effort to combat the rapid loss of village culture, rural environment and communities amid urbanisation in Asia, Policy for Sustainability Lab (PSL) launched the “Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme” in 2013. The Programme was an action project which sought to replenish and revitalise the disappearing social and natural capital of the desolate, remote traditional farming landscape at Lai Chi Wo in Hong Kong, with a view to develop a sustainable model for rural revitalisation for Hong Kong, Greater China and beyond. The Programme was supported by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC).

The foundation work has been successfully completed and a new phase “HSBC Rural Sustainability” was launched in October 2017 to scale up the impact.