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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.

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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2013 – 2017

First Ferry supported the “Earth Hour” organized 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 – 2017

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



2013 – 2017

Support the territory-wide energy saving event “Hong Kong No Air Con Night” organized 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