2000-01 Annual Report, Inland Revenue Department
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Environmental Report


Green Management Policy | Environmental Housekeeping Measures | Initiatives to be introduced in future

Green Management Policy

The Department is committed to be an excellent tax administration that ensures its services to the public as well as internal operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. In pursuance of this commitment, the Department has adopted the following principles:

(a) All the Department's operations should be in compliance with relevant environmental protection ordinances.

(b) The Department should avoid, reduce or control environmental pollution arising from its day-to-day working practice. In particular, it should exercise the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the consumption of materials.

(c) The Department will require its contractors to adopt and implement sound environmental management systems and pollution control measures in support of an environmental responsibility for its service.

(d) The Department will ensure that all staff are aware of its Green Management Policy and will provide information about its Policy and initiatives to those who are interested.

(e) The Department will provide training for staff to increase awareness and promote continual improvement in protecting the environment and preventing pollution.

Environmental Housekeeping Measures

In keeping with its desire to balance operational needs with environmental care and social responsibility, the Department adopted the following measures during the year:

Initiatives to be introduced in future

The Department aims not only to reduce paper usage internally, but also to extend the practice to the community by encouraging the use of electronic services.

Starting in 2001-02, the Department will capture data directly from tax returns for assessment purposes. This do away with the need to use substantial quantities of input forms currently in use. Further, the Department will gradually adopt "form overlay" technologies to allow the printing of forms "on demand", i.e. as and when they are required, to reduce the need for pre-printed forms. In this way, it is hoped to reduce the wastage which results when pre-printed forms are superseded.

The Department will further promote the use of electronic services. In order to provide more taxpayer services electronically, the Department is participating in the Government's "Electronic Submission of Forms" (e-Forms) Project which is directed at facilitating electronic submissions by members of the public.

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(Last updated/reviewed : February 18, 2002)