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Environmental Protection

Corporate Social Responsibility

In view of the deteriorating climatic conditions stemmed from global warming and pollution problems, "Save our Planet, Protect the Environment" has become a growing global issue. First Ferry is committed to implementing a series of measures aimed at promoting environmental conservation through reducing damage to the environment, energy saving and recycling. Over the past few years, First Ferry was awarded the "Energywi$e" Label and the "Wastewi$e" Label, in recognition of our efforts in environmental protection.

First Ferry is dedicated to providing the comfortable cabin environment with good air quality to our passengers. First Ferry conducted checks on the carbon dioxide (“CO2” ) level of all our self-owned and chartered vessels’ cabin as stipulated in the “Practice Note for Managing Air Quality in Air-conditioned Public Transport Facilities - Ferries” issued in 2015 and found that the CO2 level of all vessels’ cabin is below 2,500 ppm and achieved the “Level 1” Class.

In late 2018, the “First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden” had been set up at the rooftop of First Ferry’s Office Building. It is about 53 square meters with 27 pieces of 1.95-square-metre solar panels had been installed. First Ferry’s Solar Energy Garden signifies First Ferry’s embarkation on the journey of renewable energy application, which is First Ferry’s first project applying solar energy into its business operation. It is expected 10,000 kWh will be generated in the first year and so on from the solar panels which have a life expectancy of 25-30 years, that in return, around 5,400kg in Co2 emission that generated from the coal-fired electricity could be reduced per year.

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On the other hand, First Ferry have a trial of installing the solar panels on a double-deck ordinary ferry “Xin Chong” to drive the operations of 6 sets of newly-installed ventilation system onboard to enhance the comfort in the cabin, and the initiative had been extended and successfully completed on the other double-deck ordinary ferry “Xin Fei” in August 2019. The measure will be implemented on other ordinary ferries amidst the fleet by phases.

The solar panels on the “Xin Chong” which drive the operations of 6 sets of newly-installed ventilation system onboard:

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The solar panels on the “Xin Fei” which drive the operations of 8 sets of newly-installed ventilation system onboard:

Xin Fei Solar Panels  Xin Fei Ventilation System

Besides, First Ferry has taken several moves to re-fit the vessels to enhance their environmental friendliness.

  • Environmentally-friendly engines are employed which is fitted with an electronic control device and a fuel oil common rail system, that is able to achieve significant reduction in soot emission at low engine speeds, as well as low fuel consumption over the entire performance range, resulting in low emission of carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxide (NOx).
    Using non-toxic anti-fouling coating for vessels which prevents organisms such as barnacle and weed from building up on the underwater hull. The smooth coating surface also helps to reduce carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emission from engines.

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  • Tinted glass panels in passenger cabins are adopted which can reduce heat radiation from the sun to passenger cabins and thus lower indoor temperature, resulting in less power consumption of air-conditioning.

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2018 – 2019

Sponsored the Plastic Recycling Campaign held by Waste No Mall•Chung Chau with the aim to encourage more outlying islanders to separate their wastes for recycling


2013 – 2019

First Ferry supported the “Earth Hour” organised by World Wide Fund-Hong Kong and switched off unnecessary lightings at the back office and piers for an hour

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2013 – 2019

Sponsored “Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank Scheme” held by Friends of the Earth (HK) with the aim to spread out the green message to outlying islanders


2013 – 2019

Support the territory-wide energy saving event “Hong Kong No Air Con Night” organised by Green Sense to promote the wise use of air conditioning in order to lower the emission of greenhouse gases

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2012 - 2015

Partnered with Yan Oi Tong EcoPark Plastic Resources Recycling Centre to donate the plastic bottles collected at piers and office for converting into reusable raw materials

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2012 – 2014

Took part in the Take a “Brake” Low Carbon Action – Corporate Green Driving Award Scheme organized by Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) which aims at encouraging people to drive less and adopt green driving habits, as well as to promote low carbon living among drivers and non-drivers

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09/2010

Supported “Carfree Day 2010” by encouraging the staff to drive less and take public transport to work to help reduce vehicle pollution


07/2010

Replacement of T5 (35W) lamp tubes in Cheung Sha Wan Office that is anticipated to save 10,102 kWh annually in total


09/2009

Participated in a trial of Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) on local vessels launched by the Environmental Protection Department, exploring the feasibility of switching to USLD which causes less damage to the environment