Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee exists to meet the needs of its members in terms of responsible business practices such as sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The Committee has a diverse mix of senior executives from Aurecon, BSR, CLP, HKUST, Leighton, Meinhardt, Plastic Free Seas and other private consulting firms.

Committee Management

Vice Chair: David Brown
Adjunct Assistant Professor of HKUST
David develops and teaches the "Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency" course at the HKUST. He is very committed to energy management, carbon emission reduction and environmental conservation. He enjoys voluntary support for disadvantaged communities.

Vice Chair: Helen Cochrane
Director – Environmental of Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environmental Ltd
Helen manages all Meinhardt's environmental projects. She has 27 years experience in the diverse aspects of environmental management, impact assessment, monitoring and auditing, with over 20 years in Hong Kong. Helen has particular expertise in managing complex multidisciplinary infrastructure projects.

The SusDev Committee is an active advocate in green buildings, waste management energy efficiency, Biodiversity (BSAP) development and CSR issues that have a direct or indirect effect on businesses in Hong Kong. The aim of SusDev Committee is to:

-       Promote a better understanding and awareness of environmental issues within AustCham and        
       the broader community.
-       Contribute towards the social, economic and environmental development of Hong Kong.
-       Encourage and support appropriate initiatives that work towards a cleaner environment.
-       Communicate and work with the Hong Kong Government to achieve this mission.

Advocacy work
The SusDev Committee actively engages with local government, NGOs and other international chambers on policy updates. We have built up a strong connection with the Environment Bureau and have met with their Secretary and Under Secretary to exchange views on topical issues such as waste management and future energy markets.

The Committee has frequently shared industry insights in
austcham news and our social media platforms.
SusDev is one of the most active committees that contributes to AustCham’s advocacy work, including the submissions:

-       Annual HKSAR CE Policy Address and Budget
-       Environmental Infrastructure Projects
-       Public Engagement on the Proposed Establishment of a Harbourfront Authority
-       Fuel Mix Consultation
-       Response Paper to IIRC.

The Committee welcomes your input and support, please contact the Secretariat if you would like to get involved.