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Discuss the major barrier(s) of implementing green management and ISO 14000 in the business sector of Hong Kong.

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Discuss the major barrier(s) of implementing green management and ISO 14000 in the business sector of Hong Kong. If you are the responsible officer in the Government of HKSAR, write a short policy paper discussing the ways of encouraging business sectors participation. (Relevant information on the Government Green Manager Scheme can be found at the homepage of EPD: http://www.info.gov.hk/epd). Answer: To achieve and maintain competitive advantage firms need to be appropriately positioned with their industry. "Going Green" becomes an important issue for business to ensure its marketing position and a source of competitive advantage. An environmental management system (EMS) is based on the concept of continuous improvement in all aspects of the firm's environmental performance. ISO 14000, which was introduced in September 1996, specifies the requirements for an EMS and it applies to those environmental aspects over which the firm either has control or could be expected to have an influence. ISO 14000 is the international standard that reflects a new and better understanding of the expectations of environmental management. ISO 14000 is, therefore, built on total quality management concepts, in particular it follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. ...read more.

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In a sense many of these relate to the issue of sunk costs, that is once the business is up and running the cost of implementing an EMS and then certifying it to ISO 14000 is very high. For this to be overcome the potential economics, social and competitive benefits of an EMS and ISO 14000 certification needs to be made apparent. While we would like to shape ourselves as a leading city in the world, we have very little to exhibit in terms of the general quality of our environment but a few fragmented attractions. Moreover, in the view of shortcoming is largely due to the absence of a comprehensive environmental policy that provides a framework within which specific targets and actions can be formulated and carried forth. The quality of our environment has deteriorated rapidly that it is directly threatening the livelihood, economic activities and future sustainability of Hong Kong. It is therefore high time we should better manage and protect our environment, and bring a better quality of life, both for ourselves and our future generations. After all, there are many of the Environmental Sound Technology decision we make today, whether in production, efficiency, transport, industry or agriculture, will be in use for the rest of the current and even the next generation. ...read more.

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This will not only bring in the resources of the private sector to improve the environment, but also bring the home the message of the private sector's responsibility to the environment. For example, manufactures could be vested with the responsibility of recycling used packaging materials in order to minimize waste. More, we know all users of a polluting service are also polluters. Hence, we will have financial and tax incentives for enhancing environmental performance in business such as installation of pollution control equipment. Higher charge for pollution such as increased trade effluent surcharges, landfill charging, carbon taxes, etc. can be considered to provide fund for these financial incentives. And Government will have green purchasing policy to promote the green industry, we will bulk purchase of environmental-friendly products and stationery. A regular Expo will provide to promote green technology and the recycling trade. More, Environmental education and awareness is the key of environmental conservation and protection. Then, Government will introduce the waste avoidance, minimization, reuse and recycling widely in all education levels, which then increase the public demand of consumers of green products. From these actions, we know that companies will more interested to think and to implement the green business to improve their benefit, together with the health and livelihood of residents and workers in Hong Kong. ...read more.

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