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Report - Consumption Analysis of HK and Guangdong

Report - Consumption Analysis of HK and Guangdong

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Interview Protocol

This is a general interview protocol. Two students will attend each interview, one
will take notes and the other will conduct the interview. Initially, we will thank the
interviewee for taking the time to spend with us. We will then ask questions like: How
are you? Once we feel that the interviewee is comfortable we can move on to more
pertinent questions.

Introduction Statement:

The project is concentrated on forming a consumption analysis for Hong Kong as
well as assessing the resources that Guangzhou provides. We understand a consumption
analysis to be a measurement of the resources consumed and waste produced by a defined
population. This can include the impact that the production of resources and waste used
by one area has on other places around the world. In doing this project we hope to help
predict the future need for resources as well as the growth of waste produced. Hong
Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and in the past has been
highly industrialized. The studies done by Friends of the Earth (1996) and Prof. Koenig
(1997) regarding the Ecological Footprint of Hong Kong, show that Hong Kong uses well
over what it produces. The goal of this project is to get an up-to-date study, to find
whether Hong Kong’s ecological impact has grown. The study will be broken down into
5 sections (food, water, energy, materials, urban). (We would also like to talk about any
of the current data that we find, in order to get feedback and suggestions on the project.)

Questions:

1) Can you please describe your background (as related to this project)?
2) Has your previous work involved any ecological footprint or consumption analysis

studies?

3) Based on the guidelines of our project and the area (Hong Kong and Guangdong) on
which it is concentrated, how would you suggest breaking down the consumption
patterns?

4) In terms of our definition of a consumption analysis what steps would you follow to
do a study similar to ours?
5) Where would you look for resources (books, web pages, people, journals, etc.) to
supplement this type of study especially focusing on Hong Kong and Guangzhou?
(based on the categories in which the study has been broken down)
6) What approach would you suggest to analyzing the data that we have collected?
(What sorts of questions should we ask in order to obtain the information we are
looking for?)
7) Based on the information we have currently, what predictions can you make about the
resource consumption and the waste production of Hong Kong and Guangzhou?
8) With the predictions that can be made what suggestions do you have to correct any
over-consumption of resources or over-production of waste?

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The interview with Professor Koenig will include the questions above and the following
questions.

1) Is there enough public information on Guangdong to do an ecological footprint

study?

2) What government sources could be used for this study and where could they be

found?

3) What other professors would you recommend talking to at the University of Hong
Kong or other universities?
4) In “Hong Kong’s Urban Metabolism and Ecological Footprint 1971 – 2000” it is
stated that Hong Kong receives 698 million m3

water from Guangdong and 224

million m3

from rainfall in 1997. How can you account for this 9 million m3

of

water?

5) Also in the same paper in the Food section, there is no percent value for the
vegetables consumed, how does this fit into your calculations?

Conclusion:

Thank the interviewee for the interview as well as ask for a possible follow up interview.

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