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Dr. Lam Kwok Lun, Alain

Dr. Alain Lam is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is also the incumbent Chairman of the Nuclear Division of HKIE.  His qualifications include BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and PhD in Nuclear Engineering. He carried out research work on nuclear reactor safety at University of Manchester, UK before he joined the HKSAR Government.

Dr. Lam joined the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) as an Environmental Protection Officer in the stream of air pollution control in 1989 and rose to his present rank of Principal Environmental Protection Officer in October 1999. He has worked in different areas in EPD and has experience in a wide range of responsibilities including enforcement of air pollution control legislations, risk assessment, indoor air quality (IAQ) management and corporate services. He has been the Head of Waste Management Policy Group since January 2009. 

Producer Responsibility: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

As the proper disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (“WEEE”) is becoming a concern internationally, Hong Kong is about to put in place a producer responsibility scheme (PRS) as a local solution to ensure that locally generated WEEE can be treated locally within the city. Adopting the principle of “polluter pays”, producer responsibility is a strategy targeted at individual consumer products, aiming to organize amongst various stakeholders along the supply chain to share the eco-responsibility for the recycling and proper disposal of the products when they are discarded. Dr. Lam’s presentation will explain the challenges faced by Hong Kong in the management of WEEE and the latest developments of the PRS including the HKSAR Government’s investments in a WEEE treatment and recycling facility (WEEETRF) which is an essential infrastructure underpinning the PRS. He will also introduce the other statutory and non-statutory measures that will help create a circular economy thus turning WEEE from waste into resource.