About Us
CarbonCare InnoLab
Bringing opportunity for action, innovation and awareness on climate change to young people in Hong Kong and China.

CarbonCare InnoLab (CCIL) is an independent community NGO dedicated to expanding the circle of people active on climate change innovation, education and action, with a strong focus on youth and students. 

We put special emphasis on multi-stakeholder engagement and solution-oriented processes, as well as awareness-building across the community.

Our mission is to encourage innovation that is both relevant to local needs and which contributes to solving global challenges. This includes climate justice, carbon reduction, resource conservation and action that will assist adaptation and resilience building.

CCIL is registered as a charity and based in Hong Kong.

The Need

There was near consensus at the Paris climate talks (COP21) in December 2015 about the urgency of action to slow and reverse climate change among the participating governments, companies, multilateral agencies and NGOs.

But while those engaged with the issue stand united on the need for action, it seems that public concern for action on the issue is static, and in some cases being displaced by more immediately-felt social issues. Some people turn away from the issue, while others accept the seriousness of the changing climate but feel hopeless in the face of the complex interplay of issues involved. Too many stories of impending disaster or doom – with the finger of blame pointed at each of us as individuals, our currently favoured lifestyles – can produce paralysis or denial.

There is a need to motivate communities, and especially young people, to view the transition to a zero-carbon economy as an exciting opportunity rather than a disturbing threat. We can turn pessimism about climate change into an optimistic vision of a more engaged and participatory society, and a more resilient and sustainable economy. There is scope to promote a picture of the future which contains an array of possibilities and opportunities. Carbon Care InnoLab carries the news that people can be part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

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Ir Lee Chi Ming

(Board Chairman)
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Mrs Rosita Swain

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Dr Andrew Mak

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Ir Albert Lai

(Co-founder and Advisor)
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Mr Chong Chan Yau

(Co-founder and

Ir Lee Chi Ming (Board Chairman)

Ir CM Lee (B.Sc (Eng)(Civil); M.Sc.(Urban Planning); M.Sc.(IDM) has been the chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Hong Kong Association (2013-2015) and is currently the Hong Kong Representative in the ICE Council (2013-2017).  Before his retirement from Water Supplies Department after 32 years of service, CM was the head of the Design Division, overseeing the design and construction of a portfolio of projects of over HK$4 billion.  He has extensive experience in project planning, finance and management, as well as EIA and sustainability studies. 

CM has also been actively participating in voluntary work.  He was appointed member in the Council of the Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority and was the deputy chairman in several committees. He is vice-chairman of the local think-tank "Land Watch", which specializes in policy study on Hong Kong land issues, and a member of the Strategy Committee of The Professional Commons.

Mrs Rosita Swain (Director)

Rosita Swain served in the Hong Kong Police for 13 years in the uniform branch, criminal investigation, training and administration, and Commercial Crime Bureau, for the last 6 years as Chief Inspector. She joined IBM in 1989 as the Asia Intellectual Property Investigator then took an additional responsibility as Site Security Manager for China and Hong Kong and was subsequently promoted as the Asia's Regional Security Manager in 1993. In 1997, she moved to Intel and covered various roles of Global Security Operations, Investigations and Asia Security Manager responsible for physical security, asset protection, crisis management and investigation. 

Rosita was the Founder and Chairperson for Technology Asset Protection Association Asia from 2000 to 2003, and Advisor until 2011.  She is a member of the Zonta Club of Kowloon since 1990 in promoting women status.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of NGO HomelandGreen which is involved in combating desertification and promoting soil health since 2012.

Dr Andrew Mak (Director)

Dr Andrew Mak is the Professor of Engineering Practice at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He has over 30 years of full time industrial experience – working as the Business Technology Management Director, senior manager in Process Engineering, Business Development and Capital Project Venture for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. in Asia. Prior to that, he worked for BHR Group Ltd in the UK and DuPont in the US and Singapore. His research interests cover multiphase fluid flow and mixing; process and equipment design; energy and environmental systems; product engineering and commercialization. Andrew has authored more than 70 technical papers and reports. He is the editor of two chemical engineering journals, a frequent journal paper reviewer and conference chair. Andrew has a Bachelor of Law from Peking University, a Master and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Leeds and University College of London; and a MBA from the Open University of HK. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Ir Albert Lai (Co-founder and Advisor)

Ir Albert Lai is the CEO of Carbon Care Asia. He is a director and former chairman of the Conservancy Association, founding chairman of The Professional Commons, former Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and former member of the Commission on Strategic Development of the HKSAR Government.

Albert has served for many years as a member of the Judging Panel for ACCA (Hong Kong) Sustainability Report Award, and led numerous local initiatives in the field of CSR and sustainability, including the leadership of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007) and Copenhagen (2009).

Mr Chong Chan Yau (Co-founder and Advisor)

Currently, Mr. Chong is Chairman of the "Dialogue in the Dark" Foundation, and Chairman of the Hong Kong People's Council on Sustainable Development and Chairman of EL Education. Mr. Chong is a graduate from the University of Hong Kong in 1981. He obtained a Master's degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1985.

He has served in the Hong Kong Government as an administrative officer. He worked at Oxfam later and was appointed Executive Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam International. He then joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development for its Centre for Development and Resources for Students. Mr. Chong is active in promoting civil society in Hong Kong.  He is Vice-Chairman of The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and President of the Hong Kong Blind Union. He has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Subcommittee of the Council for Sustainable Development, which is an advisory committee to the Hong Kong SAR Government on sustainability issues.

Mr. Chong has received the Ten Young Persons Award in 1991 and the MBE honour in 1995 for his outstanding service to the Hong Kong community. In 2012, Mr. Chong has been awarded one of the "Leaders of 2011" by the Singtao Publishing Co Ltd and an Honorary Fellow by the University of Hong Kong.

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Mr Ringo Mak

(Programme Advisor)
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Mr John Sayer

(Research Director)
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Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro

(Principal Researcher)
Mr Ringo Mak (Programme Advisor)

Ringo Mak, Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd., a social innovation company that focuses on supporting social startup. He is also the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org.

Ringo is currently the Chairman of TOYPA TRUST (The Outstanding Young Persons' Association); Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong, and Golden Age Foundation; Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute; Director of Leap Community. He advises on a number of social enterprises such as: Urban Spring, Food Grace, Maker Bay.

He was awarded the Outstanding Young Person in 1984, and became Chairman of the Outstanding Young Persons Association in 2009. He obtained his Master degree in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde, and is fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Chartered Society of Designers in UK. Before turning himself a social entrepreneur, he had been assuming top management roles in industrial sector for over 25 years. He has received numerous international awards in industrial design and packaging.

Mr John Sayer (Research Director)

Mr John Sayer was Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre before joining Oxfam Hong Kong in 1991 as Program Director and its Executive Director. In 2001 he moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, a development agency working on market-based solutions for small-scale producers in Africa through business development services, and the promotion of ethical trade among international companies doing business in Africa. In 2006, he returned to Asia and re-joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Director General until 2013. In January 2014, he joined the VSO as Director of its Asia Pacific Group, working to reduce poverty through programmes involving volunteers and international exchange. Mr John Sayer is currently Chief Executive of Responsible Competitiveness Roundtable.

Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro (Principal Researcher)

Dr Francesch is a political scientist with over twenty-five years of professional experience in environmental, sustainability, climate change and energy security policy analysis. In the past two years she has consulted for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Regional Project on Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (KAS-RECAP). She holds a BSc and MSc in Microbiology (Madrid), a master’s in Public Administration (MPA- HKU) and a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration (HKU).

Her work revolves around the processes by which Asian polities manage institutional and policy changes when confronted with new demands, be it geopolitical, socio-economic or technical. Her analysis firmly relies on stakeholders’ engagement as a way to ascertain the pros and cons of the policy solutions proposed. She has led numerous publicly and privately funded projects which have resulted, among others, in strategies for carbon reduction implementation and assessment models and in enabling low carbon living at district level. Recent projects include studies on the role of cities in climate diplomacy and on low carbon transitions in isolated electricity supply systems in Southeast Asia. Her work has been presented at international and local fora and is widely published.

Dr Francesch is a member of the executive committee of the Environmental Management Association Hong Kong (EMAHK) and was elected and admitted as a Professional Member to the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals (HKIQEP). She is also a core member of the International Network on Urban Low Carbon Transitions (INCUT).

CarbonCare® Label Advisory Panel
Programme Director – Alissa Tung
Programme Manager (Innovation) – Lance Cheng
Senior Programme Officer – Gigi Lam
Programme Officer – Tina Kwan
Contact Us
Address: Suite 1908, CC Wu Building, 308 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Email: info@ccinnolab.org
Tel: (852) 3568 2244     Fax: (852) 2815 1230