Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership for Enhancing Public and Stakeholder Engagement


The zero carbon building approach has been adopted in many countries as an important government strategy for addressing climate change, achieving a low carbon economy and uplifting quality of people’s life. However, the delivery of zero carbon buildings relies heavily on government policy drivers, with a stern lack of public and stakeholder engagement. The Construction Industry Council (CIC), in collaboration with The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, has constructed the first zero carbon building in Hong Kong in 2012, as a signature project to showcase state-of-the-art green design and technologies to the construction industry and raise community awareness of sustainable living. However, how the public and cross-sector stakeholder groups can effectively work in partnership for delivering zero carbon buildings in Hong Kong remains a significant socio-technical challenge. This project aims to help position Hong Kong as a world-class knowledge-based, innovation-driven and multi-stakeholder-engaged hub for zero carbon building in urban environments. Zero carbon buildings are interpreted as complex socio-technical systems.


  1. Pan, W. & Pan, M. (2020). A ‘demand-supply-regulation-institution’ stakeholder partnership model of delivering zero carbon buildings. Sustainable Cities and Society, 62, 102359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102359

  2. Pan, M. & Pan, W. (2020). Knowledge, attitude and practice towards zero carbon buildings: Hong Kong case. Journal of Cleaner Production, 274, 122819. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122819

  3. Pan, W. & Pan, M. (2017) Partnering for a Zero Carbon Future. Building Journal, December, 2017.

  4. Liang, X., Pan, W., Jiang, M., Guo, Y., Lyu, J., Li, J. & Chen, X. (2017). Assessing the Value of Commercial Building Low-carbon Retrofit in Edinburgh City in Scotland. Zero Carbon Building Journal, 5, 6-16.

  5. Zhao, X., Pan, W. & Lu, W. (2016). Business model innovation for delivering zero carbon buildings. Sustainable Cities and Society, 27, 253-262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2016.03.013

  6. Pan, W. & Li, K. (2016). Clusters and Exemplars of Buildings towards Zero Carbon. Building and Environment, 104, 92-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.04.027

  7. Pan, W., Lin, P. & Lee, J. (2015) Zero Carbon Partnership in Hong Kong. Building Journal, December 2015, p.29. ISSN 1022-5560.

  8. Pan, W. & Li, K. (2015). A Cluster Analysis of ‘Zero Carbon Buildings’. Zero Carbon Building Journal, 1(3), 6-15.

  9. Pan, W., Li, G. & Lin, P. (2015) Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership: A Public and Stakeholder Engagement Initiative for Building towards Zero Carbon. Building Journal, February 2015, 30-33. ISSN 1022-5560.


This project is led and coordinated by Professor Wei Pan of Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), with project team members from HKU and The Pennsylvania State University, collaborators and supporters from a wide range of government and industry organizations.  


This project is funded by the Construction Industry Council (Project Number: CICR/08/14).