Promoting the development and application of retro-commissioning of buildings in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

On 15 November 2018, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) signed a memorandum of co-operation with a number of institutions and research centres in Hong Kong and other parts of the PRC to promote the development and application of retro-commissioning (RCx) of buildings in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. This methodology could achieve greater synergy in energy saving and emission reduction.

Through conducting regular "health checkups" of a building's energy performance to identify areas of energy saving for operational improvement, RCx is a cost-effective solution for building owners to fine-tune their building systems and equipment with a view to achieving optimal operation efficiency and reducing operating costs.

The EMSD has all along been promoting RCx through various measures. Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government is also partnering with public bodies and offering relevant hands-on training certification programmes for the industry to deepen professional knowledge of RCx.

CLP Power signed partnership with HKUST and the University of Strathclyde for joint dual master's degree programme in power engineering

On 7 December 2018, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd (CLP Power), The Hong Kong the University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and University of Strathclyde signed an agreement to launch Hong Kong's first joint academic and industry-run dual master's degree programme in power engineering. The signing ceremony was officiated by the senior management of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the CLP Power Academy, the HKUST and the University of Strathclyde.

The dual master's degree programme in areas related to future power system operation and management will help engineers deepen their knowledge about power engineering in an initiative to nurture more professionals and promote research into the application of innovation and technology in the power industry. The programme combines academic research and professional practice, covering knowledge of power system operation and management along with the application of the latest innovation and technology. Graduates will be awarded both a Master of Philosophy Degree from the HKUST and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Strathclyde.

The 2.5-year-minimum part-time programme is expected to commence in September 2019.

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