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					              Environmental Goal                                      For the first time, the Consumer          vehicle maintenance staff and facilities
                  The Council is also committed to                 Council studied the accuracy of the          and the relatively higher price of LPG)
              bringing about a healthier and cleaner               claims made by manufacturers on the          which might hinder the switch from
              environment by promoting sustainable                 energy efficiency labels. The energy         diesel to LPG as a fuel for taxis and urged
              consumption and advocating the use of                consumption of one model of the 15           the Government to look into the
              consumer goods which are energy                      tested split-type air-conditioners was       problems. To reduce air pollution, car
              efficient and contribute towards waste               found to have exceeded the limit allowed     owners and drivers were requested to turn
              reduction.                                           for the said grade. The Council urges        off the engines while waiting. The
                                                                   manufacturers to ensure that their           Council publicised the EPD's plastic
              Evaluation of Products and Services                  products match the figures on their          codes to help consumers differentiate the
                  Assessments                of    energy          energy labels in order to build up           various types of plastics commonly used




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              c o n s u m p t i o n , r e p a i r a b i l i t y,   consumer confidence on the energy            for packaging and to encourage them to
              recyclability and upgradability would be             efficiency labelling scheme.                 dispose of recyclable plastic bottles in
              incorporated in the testing of domestic                                                           recycling bins.
              electrical appliances whenever possible.             Advice on Standards and
              During the year, the Council published               Dissemination of Information                 International Cooperation
              14 tests on electrical and electronic                   The Council offered comments to              The Consumer Council continued to
              goods. Energy efficiency was included                consultation papers on indoor air quality    work with Consumers International in
              in the tests on dehumidifiers, split-type            and sustainable development issued by        its project on sustainable consumption
              air conditioners and DVD players. In                 the Environmental Protection                 that led to a series of publications. The
              the test on DVD players, recyclability               Department and Planning Department           Council published an article from the
              w a s a s s e s s e d i n a d d i t i o n to         respectively.                                report on Green Testing with
              performance.                                            The Consumer Council participated         information about developments in this
                  The current high level of usage of               in a working group to develop testing        area for reference of local consumers and

romoting      disposable batteries for consumer
              appliances raised a concern on the impact
              and problems associated with the
                                                                   guidelines on the degradability and food
                                                                   safety of products replacing plastic foam
                                                                   for food/drink and plastic bags. After
                                                                                                                manufacturers. Manufacturers are urged
                                                                                                                to pursue better device design with longer
                                                                                                                life-span, increased durability and less

Sustainable   disposal of primary batteries. The
              findings of a performance test on 35
                                                                   issuance of the testing guidelines, tests
                                                                   on replacement food/drink containers
                                                                                                                hazardous material, thus helping in waste
                                                                                                                reduction and hazardous waste
              models of alkaline and zinc-carbon                   would be conducted to provide further        minimisation.
Consumption   primary batteries were published.
              Consumers were informed that alkaline
                                                                   information to consumers. Educational
                                                                   programmes aiming at reducing the use
                                                                                                                   Based on the successful seminar on
                                                                                                                "Energy Labelling for Home Appliances"
              batteries were preferable to zinc-carbon             of disposable food containers were under     the Council had organised in
              batteries because the former would                   consideration in parallel with the           collaboration with the United Nations
              produce less waste and have higher                   development of the testing guidelines.       Economic and Social Commission for
              electrical capacities. Consumers were                   In addition to product testing, other     Asia and Pacific (UN ESCAP), an Asia-
              also reminded that rechargeable batteries            environmental issues were addressed in       Pacific NGO Forum on Effective
              should be used wherever possible because             the CHOICE magazine's environmental          Consumer Information for Sustainable
              they would be more durable and could                 column. The Council cited obstacles          Energy Use was organised by UN
              be used repeatedly for a few hundred                 (such as: insufficient liquefied petroleum   ESCAP in conjunction with Citizens'
              times when recharged and used properly.              gas (LPG) filling stations, insufficient     Alliance for Consumer Protection of

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Korea (CACPK) and held in May 1999        covered included the support of            through minimising copying, reusing
in Korea.                                 sustainable consumption a s a              paper, electronic transfer of information,
                                          fundamental responsibility of a consumer   and using energy efficient and
Instilling a Sense of Responsibility      and how to achieve sustainable             environment friendly office equipment
in Consumers                              consumption through the use of             and refraining from the use of materials
   The Council promotes sustainable       environmentally friendly products and      which are harmful to the environment.
consumption through its consumer          waste reduction.                              In the year 1999/2000, the Council
education programmes. During the year,                                               Office achieved reductions of 5.5% and
the Council organised 37 talks and        Green Housekeeping                         10.3% respectively in power and paper
activities in schools and community          On the part of the Consumer Council     consumption against a target of 5%.
organisations relating to the promotion   Office, every endeavour has been made
of sustainable consumption. Topics        to reduce energy and paper consumption




                                          Secondary school students enthusiastically taking part in one of our
                                          many consumer education programmes: “Consumer Culture Study
                                          Awards”.




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