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BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS PERCEPTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE:
THE CASE OF HONG KONG

by

SHING Kwan Ho

DISSERTATION

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Sciences (Corporate Environmental Governance), The Kadoorie Institute The University of Hong Kong

June, 2009
ABSTRACT

This research assessed the local building services engineers’ general perceptions of climate change. The participants’ (1) opinion and knowledge on “global climate change”, “climate change in Hong Kong” and “building services engineering in Hong Kong” and (2) their perceptions towards the perceptions and actions from different groups were measured.
In summary, no respondent disagreed with the occurrence of the global climate change but they appeared to be generally not showing strong feelings or opinions towards the climate change issues and their perceptions on different bodies. They may have limited knowledge about the Kyoto Protocol. Developers in Hong Kong were perceived to be the party which did not perceive climate change as a problem and did not take action to mitigate the impacts brought by climate change. Lastly respondents showed different points of view on whether building services engineering has an adverse impact on climate change. Some might be focusing on the actual impact while some might thought the engineers were mitigating the impact on climate change.

DECLARATION

I declare that this dissertation represents my own work, except where due acknowledgement is made, and that it has not been previously included in a thesis, dissertation or report submitted to the University of Hong Kong or to any other institution for a degree, diploma or other qualifications.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The author gratefully thanks his supervisor Prof. Richard Walker for his valuable advice,…...

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