Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong a major financial centre with a population of seven million people, large infrastructure projects and important priorities with regard to energy efficiency, waste and water management, data capture and usage and intelligent mobility.

Hong Kong and it’s the economically vital Pearl River Delta region (PRD) with its huge manufacturing base and new super-cities offer enormous business potential for Scottish companies. As Asia’s new breed of city is directly incentivising investment and expenditure in green infrastructure and the built environment opportunities for Scottish businesses with low carbon products and services are finding new markets in the city which offers a gateway to China. 

Below you will find key resources and links for SMEs in Hong Kong or considering the market. ECCI supports Scottish SMEs with low carbon products and services from cross cutting sectors to engage with and develop partnerships in this vital market. In addition to our dedicated Low Carbon Centre in Hong Kong, ECCI runs trade missions with our partners to bring eligible businesses to Hong Kong to explore opportunities. To find out more contact us - Ed Craig or Siobhan Dunn

Key support services and organisations

Start-up support (Hong Kong)

Invest Hong Kong

Works with overseas and Mainland China entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals that wish to set up an office – or expand their existing business – in Hong Kong. Offers free advice and services to support companies from the planning through to launch and expansion as well as market intelligence and other resources. http://www.investhk.gov.hk/index.html

Start Me Up HK

One-stop portal to the start-up community in Hong Kong, listing the latest start-up events and various resources including government incentive and incubation schemes, accelerators, angels and VCs. http://www.startmeup.hk/  

Create Hong Kong

Dedicated agency set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. http://www.createhk.gov.hk/en/home.htm


Creative digital cluster in HK, managed by HKSAR Government, nourishes digital industry start-ups and accelerates through partnerships and initiatives. Physical hub with tech facilities, 4 intelligent office buildings, retail park and hotel. http://www.cyberport.hk/en

Membership organisations

Asia Business Council

Formed by a group of prominent business people The Asia Business Council is the first pan-Asian CEO organization. The primary goal is to understand and work toward the continued economic growth and competitiveness of Asia as a region. The organisation aims to foster dialogue among Asian and international business leaders and offers market research reports and intelligence to members and non members.

Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide

A network of 40 Hong Kong Business Associations in 29 countries and regions with over 11,000 individual associates. These Hong Kong Business Associations were started by overseas traders, buyers and professionals, who have strong business links to Hong Kong in their respective countries, for the purpose of networking and exchanging of business information and ideas. The organisation offers market intelligence, an awards programme and business opportunities. 

Government departments, programmes and initiatives

Hong Kong Trade and Development Council 

HKTDC is the trade promotion organisation for the Hong Kong Government. It organises a broad spectrum of promotion activities, networking and outreach events, and receives foreign trade missions, helping Hong Kong's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) connect with business clients and partners around the world. Includes the HKTDC Business Matching service.

Environmental Protection Department (Govt of Hong Kong)

Guidelines to account for and report on greenhouse gas emissions and removals for buildings in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (the HKAEE) 

The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (the HKAEE) and Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC) are led by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) alongside the Environmental Protection Department and in conjunction with nine other organisations. The HKAEE is an annual award to encourage organisations to implement environmental management, to measure organisations’ performance on their commitment to environmental management, and to recognise organisations with excellence performance on environmental management. 

There are two annual competitions:

Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) which is a sector specific competition recognising the overall environmental achievement of an organisation; and

Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (HKGIA) which encourages organisations to solve problems with innovative green ideas which have been turned into tangible gadgets, equipment or systems, resulting in benefits to the environment, organisation and the community.

Environment Bureau, Government of Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region 

The HKSAR Government is responsible for a sustainable development policy framework taking into account social, environmental and economic concerns. These are the guiding principles for the Environment Bureau which has pledged to re-examine the environmental protection policy from the perspective of sustainable development, take effective measures to provide a high quality living environment for the community and build Hong Kong into a modern liveable city.

Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) 

Providing all-round productivity solutions for industry, HKPC is a multidisciplinary organization established by statute in 1967. HKPC’s mission is to promote productivity excellence for industry to enhance competitiveness and sustainability. Through the provision of integrated support across the value chain, HKPC strives to assist Hong Kong enterprises in achieving the more effective utilization of resources to enhance the value-added content of products and services, and to increase international competitiveness.

CarbonSmart Programme 

The CarbonSmart Programme aims to encourage and sustain concerted industry effort on carbon audit and reduction to shape a low carbon economy, as well as to facilitate the development of related environmental industries. Hong Kong companies have enormous potential on carbon reduction yet more should be done to turn their awareness into immediate actions. To assist the companies to make a move, the CarbonSmart Programme provides a variety of supporting initiatives for them in joining hands to achieve a low carbon future.

Green Management Network 

GMN operates on a membership subscription basis and welcomes all types of establishments which have a vision to enhance their environmental performance. As an integrated service platform, GMN offers a wide range of green management information. Events, such as site visits and networking events, are organised to stimulate the sharing of knowledge and best practices on green management. It offers members enormous opportunities for match-making and networking with like-minded people as well as provides support to organisations to meet the needs for achieving high sustainability and international standards on green management.

Zero Carbon Building, Construction Industry Council

To promote the application of low/zero carbon building design and technologies and to spread the message of low-carbon lifestyle in the building and construction community.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) aims are to forge consensus on long-term strategic issues, convey the industry’s needs and aspirations to Government, as well as provide a communication channel for Government to solicit advice on all construction-related matters.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Guidance

from Electrical and Mechanical Services Dept., Government of Hong Kong SAR