The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has long been dedicated in promoting sustainability and pursuing environmental excellence. Signed up the first-ever Charter on External Lighting launched by the Environment Bureau recently, PolyU is committed to taking part in collaborative efforts to mitigate the problems of light nuisance and energy wastage caused by external lighting.
From April 2016 onwards, external lighting installations with decorative and promotional purposes on campus, student halls and other concerned premises will be switched off during the preset time (11 pm to 7 am the next morning). Taking this opportunity, the University encourages staff, students and alumni to take actions to save energy, to live a lower carbon lifestyle and thus to combat climate change and the adverse effects thereof.
In 2011, the Hong Kong government set up the Task Force on External Lighting to trigger discussions with the stakeholders and public for tackling light nuisance and energy wastage problems caused by external lighting. In January 2016, the Environment Bureau officially launched the Charter on External Lighting and the signing ceremony was held on 1 April 2016. More than 4,000 voluntary signatories including property developers, building management companies, hotels and caterers, retailers, banks, travel agents and cinemas, as well as schools, public utilities, public and non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong pledged to curb light pollution together.