Greening your Office

Green Office Assessment

It is compulsory for all departments and offices to complete a green office assessment using the Green Office Assessment Tool. All office areas of each department and office should participate in GPA – GO Phase 5 and 6. For each phase, participating departments and offices would have up to 12 months to achieve the required items listed on the Green Office Initiatives checklist in the Green Office Assessment Tool before submission.

More than 80 green office initiatives, covering seven aspects including energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, paper reduction, green procurement & sustainable consumption, sustainable & healthy workplace and green governance, have been developed in the Green Office Initiatives checklist for Phase 5 and 6 of GPA – GO. Under each of the 7 aspects, the initiatives are divided into three categories, namely “basic”, “advanced” and “innovation”. Green Officers and their senior management or GPA – GO Working Group (if any) of each department or office, are encouraged to discuss how to fulfil the listed green office initiatives within the 12-month implementation period. Green Officers are also advised to inform all staff members of their respective department or office on the listed green office initiatives and seek their support and collaboration in implementing the items.

In cases of uncertainty, CSO is ready to provide support and advice to assist Green Officers in achieving the green initiatives and enhancing offices’ sustainability performance.

As a basic requirement of Phase 5 and 6, participating department/office need to achieve at least 50% of the “basic” items in each of the 7 aspects and at least one “advanced” or “innovation” item in each of the 7 aspects (except for “Water Conservation”). Supporting documents e.g. email, photo, meeting minutes or document proof etc. should be kept for 'advanced' or 'innovation' items and made available to CSO’s representatives during on-site visit and audit. To strive for excellence, Green Officers are encouraged to target for a higher achievement beyond the basic requirement i.e. more than 50% of the “basic” items in each of the 7 aspects and more than one “advanced” or “innovation” item in each of the 7 aspects (except for “Water Conservation”).

The implementation period of the green office initiatives for GPA-GO Phase 5 will be from July 2020 to June 2021 while for GPA-GO Phase 6 will be from July 2021 to June 2022. Green Officers please click HERE to submit the completed Green Office Assessment to CSO no later than 31 July 2021 for GPA-GO Phase 5 and 31 July 2022 for GPA-GO Phase 6.

 

Paper Audit

It is also compulsory for the participating departments and offices to complete a Paper Audit using the Paper Audit Tool.

The auditing period of the paper audit for GPA-GO Phase 5 will be from July 2020 to June 2021 while for GPA-GO Phase 6 will be from July 2021 to June 2022. Green Officers please click HERE to submit the completed Paper Audit to CSO no later than 31 August 2021 for GPA-GO Phase 5 and 31 August 2022 for GPA-GO Phase 6.

 

On-site Visits and Audits

CSO will provide advice to respective departments and offices during the course of GPA – GO Phase 5 and 6. During the course of GPA - GO Phase 5 and 6, representatives from CSO will conduct on-site visits to evaluate the environmental performance of each department and office. Interviews with the Green Officers and representatives of departments and offices will be conducted to study practicable green initiatives being adopted, identify improvement opportunities and understand challenges and constraints encountered.