News Release
19 Mar 2016

Everbright International Environmental Protection Charitable Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of Earth Hour Hong Kong for the Third Consecutive Year

Building a eco-friendly society through driving green and low carbon development

19 March 2016, Hong Kong - The countdown to Earth Hour Hong Kong 2016 was held at 8:30pm on 19 March at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui. Everbright International Environmental Protection Charitable Foundation, founded by China Everbright International Limited ("Everbright International" or the "Group") (HKSE: 00257), was the lead sponsor of the annual global environmental protection campaign for the third consecutive year. Government House, the Chief Executive's office, the Legislative Council complex, Tsing Ma Bridge, numerous other landmark buildings and over 4,100 companies and buildings in Hong Kong showed their support to the event by switching off their lights. Mr. C Y Leung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administration Region, Mr. Chen Xiaoping, Chief Executive Officer of Everbright International and Director of Everbright International Environmental Protection Charitable Foundation, WWF-HK and other officiating guests hosted the countdown ceremony and witnessed the poignant "lights-out" moment which highlighted how Hong Kong is taking action to support environmental protection.

Organized by WWF-HK, this year's Earth Hour Hong Kong focused on encouraging a sustainable lifestyle for the future. WWF is calling on everyone in Hong Kong to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and incorporate eco-friendly habits into their everyday lives, in a bid to combat environmental and climate change, and to contribute to the Earth's sustainable development.

Mr. Chen Xiaoping, CEO of Everbright International, said at the event, "It takes actions, perseverance and a sense of responsibility to protect the environment. The development of ecological civilization, although led by the government, should be owned by the general public and driven by enterprises; each party should fulfill their own duties and responsibilities. As key participants of economic development and environmental protection, enterprises and the public need to take action to promote a green, sustainable and low-carbon environment and a successful ecological civilization. To be an outstanding enterprise, one must commit to conducting business in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. We only have one Earth and it is our collective responsibility to work for a better world where humans can live in harmony with nature."

Mr. Chen continued, "This year marks the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour. Everbright International hopes the aspiration to conserve energy and protect the environment will continue over the next ten years and for many more decades to come."