Category Archives : sustainable


Green Factories China and Asia

I was interviewed for an article regarding green factory facilities in China, it’s an extensive subject with few column inches and not limited to China. I listed more than 165 strategic methods for creating a green facilities, far too many to review in one article. Here is the link for the report your reference: http://rightsite.asia/en/article/green-facilities-becoming-reality-china [...]

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Climate Change COP15 – ADB advocating Transport sector?

The ADB (Asian Development Bank) issued a dire warning about climate change and the transportation sector, citing 23% of carbon emissions [link]. Without doubt transportation is important, however putting focus on transport and fuels overlooks a simpler long term solutions for commuters namely design sustainable environments from day one. A classic example of a bad [...]


A lower carbon economy preaching or practice

Nowadays greenwashing is a commonly recognised term, it evolved from unscrupulous advertisers and marketers using fake, or at the very least uncertain green and environmentally friendly claims to support products that were clearly not friendly to the environment, few if any had any real green credentials. Much has been said about the future low carbon [...]

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Lamps and Mercury Pollution

This morning I walked passed by another dead fluorescent lamp heading to Hong Kong’s scarce landfill (refer photograph). Sadly it is a common sight in this district. What I find annoying is that the current state of affairs makes no sense. No sense economically because it costs many times more to carry out remedial work [...]


Energy Audit – more wasted light energy

1.00 pm, Sunday, 18 January 2008, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong It is a beautiful bright sunny Sunday afternoon, the store is obviously closed, and the shutters are down. Yet all seven (7) exterior lamps are burning brightly, here is a photograph captured with my camera phone. Did the owner forget? or believe it would not [...]

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The lights are ON but nobody is home

I recently conducted an energy audit of a building discovering an entire floor of unoccupied plant rooms with the lights in every room switched “ON”. The photograph below, is typical, yet another unoccupied plant room with the lights burning fuel late into the night. Is it safe to assume there is a disconnect here? Actually, [...]


Energy Efficiency As A Global Concern

31 October 2008 – I was honoured to be invited by HKTDC to give a speech at the 2008 ECO ASIA EXPO regarding Energy Efficiency. Special thanks for HKDTC’s Mr Matthew Ip for his gracious introduction. Here are some more photographs from the venue. Sadly, especially considering this was an environmenal exhitbition, each of the [...]

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Who is designing your Green building?

I attended the Enviroseries 08 conference, the topic was energy efficiency. What has become increasing transparent is that the business as usual approach to buildings, and green building is just not working. For green buildings who designs them?  It seems clear to me that when the overriding consideration is the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)  [...]


Energy Efficiency Presentation by John Herbert

I was honoured to give an energy efficiency presentation to Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) committee regarding energy efficiency opportunities for Hong Kong business, lower business operating costs and improve profits. Energy Efficiency View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: p2e2 efficiency) Recommended Reading: Energy Efficiency – A New Journal