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SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Photo Credit: Project Ha Giang 2019



Endangered eel species found in local supermarket products


Our researchers from the Division of Ecology and Biodiversity discovered that retail eel products sold in local supermarkets contain critically endangered species. Our research team from the Conservation Forensics Laboratory found that European eels, which was a critically endangered species marked by IUCN, can be commonly found in products that consist of the ell, ranging from fillets to snack items. The study shows that this phenomenon was caused by the growing demand for eels and drastically declining eel population in Mainland China, European juvenile eels were being exported to Asia illegally to “seed” eel farms.

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Engagement and Outreach

Promoting responsible food consumption and treatment by experiential learning

Our Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre collaborates with local and overseas community partners to incorporate “out of the classroom” learning into a formal curriculum, encouraging students to practice their classroom theory in real-time scenarios. Some of the projects promote the responsible consumption of food and the proper treatment of food waste.


In the MARKETING LOCAL GREEN BUSINESS! Campaign For Local Organic Food Production & Consumption project, our students had an in-depth study on organic agriculture, food safety, and sustainability eating. The students then formulated marketing strategies for a running green business in the Southern District to sell local organic vegetables.


Another project, RECYCLE FOOD WASTE! Compost For Farms and Education For Schools aimed to promote food waste recycling among the communities in Mui Wo and Ping Chau Island. The students reached out to different stakeholders in the local communities to raise their awareness of food waste source separation and recycling as well as assisted in the food waste collection and product distribution process.

Teaching, Learning and Students Activities

Courses and programmes

HKU believes efficient management of natural resources and the reflection of existing consumption behaviour is important for reducing our ecological footprint. The Sociology course Consumer Cultures and Everyday Life studies the role of consumer culture in the modern economy and evaluates everyday life from a sociological perspective.




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