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HK Electric Pillar Boxes Decorated to Speak for Decarbonisation

24 Feb 2022

9 HK Electric pillar boxes have recently been dressed up to illustrate the public's vision and commitment to reducing carbon footprint. Unveiled today (24 February 2022) in different parts of Hong Kong Island, these pillar boxes stand as the Company's spokespersons for decarbonisation and focal points of an online game “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go”, also launched today to invite the public to go low carbon in their daily lives.

Designs of these pillar boxes came from the winning entries of the “New Mission for Decarbonisation” Pillar Box Design Competition held last year drawing more than 480 submissions. Nine outstanding pieces were selected and applied onto HK Electric's pillar boxes (see appendix for full list of winners).

At today's online launch, the Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, was joined by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, to present awards and exchange views with the champions of the three categories in the competition.

Mr. Wong was pleased to note the popularity of the competition calling for the public, especially the younger generations, to learn more and support decarbonisation. “These works have not only beautified the community, but also bring the message of decarbonisation to our lives with creativity and remind us of striving for the new era of 'Carbon Neutrality'."

He further encouraged the winners and all to adopt low carbon lifestyle as a duty to combat global climate change, and to turn risks into opportunities through green finance and related employment. He hoped young people would look into their own interests and talent and contribute to achieving carbon neutrality.

Mr. Wan also expressed his appreciation of all who have taken part in the competition. “I am thankful to all participants for sharing with us their aspirations for carbon neutrality in 2050 and the many ways they remind HK citizens to help achieve this goal. With their artistic brushstrokes, these nine pillar boxes have become not only public artworks but also our spokespersons for decarbonisation."

“At HK Electric, we are committed to decarbonising our power generation and operations to support the Government's vision of achieving carbon neutrality,” Mr. Wan continued.

“We are also keen to assist customers and the community in doing so. Taking the opportunity of unveiling these decarbonisation pillar boxes, we are rolling out the “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” online game. We hope the public can learn more about decarbonisation and how they can contribute to it for our city.”

From now till 10 May, everyone is welcome to join the three-tier “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” online game to win attractive prizes. By voting for your favourite pillar box, taking photos and sharing creative decarbonisation tips by videos, the public will have a chance to win prizes up to about $100,000. For details, simply visit the "Decarbonisation Get Set, Go" webpage.

Following today's launch, the Happy Green Campaign 2022 also kicked off its activities. Continuing on the theme of “New Mission for Decarbonisation”, related information and tips will be shared via "Green TV”. A decarbonisation activity book will also be produced for kindergarten kids to encourage them to learn about low carbon in a fun way.

In addition, the popular OLE activity “Interactive Drama – Smart Power Alliance" was performed for more than 60 times on-site and online since its launch in 2020, allowing about 12,000 primary and secondary school students to learn the importance of environmental protection for the future. This year, a new drama will be developed to encourage the public to contribute towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

Happy Green Campaign is the anchor event under HK Electric's Education Fund. Through organising different activities, the programme aims to promote energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy and low carbon lifestyle to the general public and the younger generation.

In 2021, despite the impact of the pandemic, the campaign reached about 80,000 through online and offline activities and via videos, social media and online platforms. The Happy Green School Network was extended to 507 schools and the Happy Green Ambassadors nominated by the schools received training for promoting green in campus and the community.

For more details on the Campaign, browse the HK Electric website www.hkelectric.com/happygreencampaign, the campaign's Facebook page www.facebook.com/hkelectrichappygreencampaign, or call 3143 3727.

Appendix

The winners of the “New Mission for Decarbonisation” Pillar Box Design Competition are:

Primary School Category

Awards (Location)

Winners

Winning entries

Theme/Description

Champion

(Old Bailey Street)

Angus Cheng

(Ying Wa Primary School)

Champion (Old Bailey Street)

“Decarbonisation Vision in Smart City”

Depicting the beauty and harmony of a decarbonisation city and promoting green messages to everyone.

1st Runner-up

(281 Gloucester Road)

Chong Wai Hang

(C.C.C. Kei Wan Primary School (Aldrich Bay))

1st Runner-up(281 Gloucester Road)

“Decarbonisation Vision in Smart City”

Get closer to nature, and prevent damage of the environment through technology, hoping that renewable energy can become more popular.

2nd Runner-up

(Windy Gap at Shek O)

Lung Ka Shun Karson

(King Lam Catholic Primary School)

2nd Runner-up(Windy Gap at Shek O)

“Decarbonisation Vision in a Smart City”

Calling for environmental protection with buildings powered by solar energy and plants grown with natural fertilizers.

Secondary School Category

Awards

Winners

Winning entries

Theme/Description

Champion

(Main Street, Ap Lei Chau)

Jasmine Cheung 

(PLK Laws Foundation College)

Champion(Main Street, Ap Lei Chau)

“Decarbonisation Vision in Smart City”

Expressing the before-and-after effects of decarbonisation and appealing to all to cooperate and create a beautiful planet.

1st Runner-up

(Sham Wan Pier)

Mack Yeung

(C.C.C. Heep Woh College)

1st Runner-up(Sham Wan Pier)

“Decarbonisation Action Plan”

Depicting the 5R actions of the Green Kid Family and decarbonisation actions to protect the earth and ensure a better habitat for human beings and animals.

2nd Runner-up

(Pokfulam Village)

Choi Yan Nim

(Jockey Club Ti-I College)

2nd Runner-up(Pokfulam Village)

“Decarbonisation Action Plan”

Expressing decarbonisation commitments, collaborations, visions and practices to raise public awareness of climate change and green living.

Tertiary and Open Category

Awards

Winners

Winning entries

Theme/Description

Champion

(Gloucester Road Waterfront)

Toby Tin

(City University of Hong Kong)

Champion(Gloucester Road Waterfront)

“Decarbonisation Vision in a Smart City”

Symbolising the harmony between human and nature by trails, plants and clouds. The hot air balloon echoes the dawn on the right, conveying the vision of decarbonisation, which leads the world to utopia.

1st Runner-up

(80 Deep Water Bay Road)

Tong Wing Yin

1st Runner-up(80 Deep Water Bay Road)

“Decarbonisation Action Plan”

Depicting the future Green Great Wall with increased use of renewable energy. Decarbonisation will bring fresher air while the singing birds symbolize the hope of Hong Kong in the future.

2nd Runner-up

(Sham Wan Pier)

Howard Leung

2nd Runner-up(Sham Wan Pier)

“Decarbonisation Vision in Smart City”

As a member of the global village, we should join hands to combat global climate change and build a smart and green city together.

Unveiling the decarbonisation pillar boxes online today, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment (2nd row, 2nd left), and Mr. Wan Chi-tin, Managing Director of HK Electric (2nd row, 2nd right), also launch the related online game “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” and activities of Happy Green Campaign in 2022.

Unveiling the decarbonisation pillar boxes online today, Mr. Wong Kam-sing (2nd row, 2nd left), and Mr. Wan Chi-tin (2nd row, 2nd right), also launch the related online game “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” and activities of Happy Green Campaign in 2022.

Mr. Wong Kam-sing (1st row, 1st left) and Mr. Wan Chi-tin (1st row, 1st right) present the prizes to the champions of Primary School, Secondary School and Tertiary and Open Categories of the Pillar Box Design Competition.

Mr. Wong Kam-sing (1st row, 1st left) and Mr. Wan Chi-tin (1st row, 1st right) present the prizes to the champions of Primary School, Secondary School and Tertiary and Open Categories of the Pillar Box Design Competition.

Mr. Wong Kam-sing encourages the winners and all to reduce carbon emissions in our daily life and contribute to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mr. Wong Kam-sing encourages the winners and all to reduce carbon emissions in our daily life and contribute to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mr. Wan shares that HK Electric is committed to decarbonising its power generation in support of the Government's vision of achieving carbon neutrality and is keen to assist the community in doing so.

Mr. Wan Chi-tin shares that HK Electric is committed to decarbonising its power generation in support of the Government's vision of achieving carbon neutrality and is keen to assist the community in doing so.

The public are welcome to participate in the 3-tier “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” online game to win different prizes of about $100,000.

The public are welcome to participate in the 3-tier “Decarbonisation Get Set, Go” online game to win different prizes of about $100,000.

9 HK Electric pillar boxes have become public artworks and “spokespersons” of decarbonisation and other green messages.

9 HK Electric pillar boxes have become public artworks and “spokespersons” of decarbonisation and other green messages.