to the Institute for the Environment (IENV) at HKUST. We are living in a world facing serious interrelated environmental problems including climate change, pervasive pollution, reduction in bio-diversity, and supply looming constraints for number of key natural resources. Individually, and especially in combination, these pose serious challenges to sustainable development. Managing and minimizing these challenges requires an integrated, multidisciplinary approach involving basic and applied scientists, technologists, thinkers, and policy makers in academia, industries and the government. IENV is an interdisciplinary research institute of HKUST that promotes and conducts research aimed at improving the environment of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, and beyond. We collaborate with a number of academic, industrial and environmental non-governmental partners. On this website, you will find information on the research and educational activities we are currently undertaking.
Prof. Jimmy Fung
Director and Professor
A World of
The HKUST Institute for the
Environment (IENV) is an innovative, multidisciplinary research organization
that brings exciting opportunities for fresh discoveries and a dynamic force for
change in an area of critical importance for Hong Kong's future development.
IENV focuses on a number of key
environmental areas - air, water, solids/land, marine, and economy and society - to boost sustainable development and improve people's lives. While our studies
investigate areas of local and regional high impact, results carry international
significance, advancing worldwide understanding of the way the environment works
and drawing global attention to Hong Kong as a center for pioneering research in
Taking advantage of HKUST's existing
strength and resources, IENV comprises the first cohesive interdisciplinary
"think tank" on environmental issues in Hong Kong. It involves faculty members
from all four of HKUST's Schools - Science, Engineering, Business & Management,
and Humanities and Social Science - combining scientific research and
technological development with social, economic and policy issues.
It paves the way for greater
interaction between faculty members and industry and for raising environmental
awareness among the Hong Kong community through education programs and advisory
As most local environmental problems
have regional implications, we also seek strong partnerships with government and
academic institutions in the Mainland. Thus, IENV research activities will be
developed to meet the needs of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
sets out to make a difference to our lives. We are striving to work towards a
cleaner, healthier, more productive environment for all.
To be a
world-class interdisciplinary institution for environmental research, education,
and training that provides a leadership role in Hong Kong and the region with
significant impact on society.
Setting the Pace
has established goals in several different areas to expand knowledge and
awareness of environmental issues.
The Institute seeks to deliver
results with significant international impact and to lead the Asia-Pacific
region in environmental research. The ability to pursue projects from an
interdisciplinary perspective will ensure that we have an innovative approach
that will yield high-impact breakthroughs. IENV also embraces large-scale
research programs with Mainland partners.
To prepare the next generation of
environmentally aware movers and shakers who can meet the needs of Hong Kong and
surrounding areas, IENV assists with the development and organization of
high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree environmental programs at
HKUST. The Institute also provides input for general education courses for HKUST
students to increase understanding of essential environmental concerns.
Meanwhile, professional training programs for both public and private sectors
enhance awareness of sustainable development and increase professionalism.
seeks to stimulate community debate and interest in the environment and assist
in the formulation of policies. This may take the form of advice and consultancy
to professional and government bodies, seminars, and promotion of the
University's environmental activities and research. Since the Institute is the
focal point for environmental research at HKUST, one of its significant roles
is to educate the public on important environmental issues and research
breakthroughs and become a "think tank" for environmentally-related government
World-Class Research Pioneers
IENV draws on the expertise of
more than 50 faculty members across different departments in the areas of
Science, Engineering, Business & Management and Social Science. Led by the IENV
Director, this innovative combination of academic minds puts the Institute in a
leading position to tackle the most challenging of environmental concerns.
HKUST has already established a
world reputation as a research institute and many individual faculty members
working on environmental research have received international awards and honors
for significant contributions in their respective fields.
IENV is supported by an
Environmental Central Facility which provides the necessary human resources and
specialized equipment to ensure effective collaboration between departments at
HKUST and effective coordination of the Institute's teaching and research
Given the cross-border nature of
many environmental issues, emphasis is also placed on research collaboration
with the Mainland through key environmental laboratories established in Hong
Kong and in the Mainland.