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Health, Safety & Environment Committee (“HSE”)

Our Vision

Hong Kong Construction Materials Association Limited (HKCMA) believes our members will be recognized and valued for supplying essential building materials for a sustainable future, in a manner that is economically viable and socially and environmentally responsible.

Our industry is central to Hong Kong’s sustainability. The use of essential mineral products and other construction materials enables higher standards of living and quality of life through improvements to the natural and built environment. We support jobs and create new habitats as a result of our rehabilitation work. But we also consume resources and energy, emit carbon and have impacts on the natural environment. Our challenge is to work with Government, local communities and other stakeholders to continue to meet society’s demands and needs while minimizing such impacts.

Our Sustainability Objective
We have arrived at a point where applying sustainability principles to a business are now a mainstream contributor to the bottom line. Most companies now also accept that they have to improve transparency, performance and communication, not just by behaving sustainably but gathering and reporting the hard data needed to verify their claims. HKCMA has an important role to play, not just for its own members, but in enabling the industry’s customers to pursue the objectives of sustainable construction.

For example, much of the current work of CPA is about explaining how concrete can improve the sustainability performance of buildings and structures. Hong Kong Asphalt Pavement Association (HAPA) and her members are working closely with Highway Department and academic institutes maximizing the sustainability or our asphalt highways. We can also be proud of the fact that we have acted quickly and positively to adopt and encourage responsible sourcing across the sector.

HKCMA Priorities

Occupational Health & Safety:
Members continue to view Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) as a top priority with best practice initiatives put in place to help drive for a positive safety culture and behavior. Members continue to ‘drive up’ OHS performance through a systematic approach to the establishment, implementation and maintenance of management systems designed to ensure, as a minimum, compliance with the laws, regulations, and industry requirements and to achieve continuous performance improvements. Policies, procedures, standards and processes which define responsibilities, activities and methods for identifying, understanding and controlling hazards and for eliminating preventable incidents that might lead to injuries to persons, remain the foundation for our compliance.

1.Action Needed:
Our Ultimate Aim Remains “zero Harm”.
To Set Up Periodic Liaison Meetings With Senior Officials Of Environmental Protection And Labour Departments To Discuss Areas Of Mutual Concern; Policy, Enforcement Interpretation, Proposed Legislation……..etc.)

Sustainable Products:
We Are Continuing To Focus On Improving The Sustainability Performance Of Our Products. Effective Design Of Buildings Using Concrete Substantially Reduces Long-term Carbon Emissions And We Have Developed With Our Various Partners A Robust Methodology For Measuring The Carbon Emissions Associated With Asphalt Use In Highways Projects.

2.Action Needed:
Through Collaborating With Government Departments On Policies And Legislation That Impacts The Industry, Our Aim Is To Help Ensure That Sustainability Assessments Of Buildings And Structures Are Both Comprehensive And Consistent In Order To Achieve Real Gains, While Contributing To Improved Sustainability Through The Continued Development Of Products And Services Offered.

Climate Change:
The Industry Is Working Hard To Reduce Its Climate Change Impacts By Pushing Towards A Low Carbon Economy, Reducing Waste, Improving Energy Efficiency And Other Carbon Reduction Initiatives. The Proportion Of Industry Sites With Certified Environmental Management Systems Has Continued To Increase And Emissions To Air By The Industry Have Declined Substantially Over The Past Decade.

3.Action Needed:
HKCMA Provides The Professional Platform For Knowledge Sharing Promotes Best Practice And Encourages The Setting Up Of Standards Across Associated Sectors To Minimise Carbon Emissions.