(18 April 2023 SCMP)
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance and its regulations came into operation in April 1998. Since then, there has not been a major review of the ordinance until last year. Then chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a review in late 2021, aimed at improving operational efficiency and environmental outcomes.
(22 March 2023 SCMP)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015. It is a plan of action for both developing and developed nations to achieve 17 sustainable development goals, which cover a range of environmental and social issues, by 2030.
(23 February 2023 SCMP)
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) announced on February 14 that it would invite interested parties to submit tenders for the processing and recycling of drinks cartons collected from government-funded green community facilities from July 1. This move is meant to “maintain the current positive momentum of the public in recycling beverage cartons as well as the completeness and stability of the recycling chain”.
(12 January 2023 SCMP)
Many people, including me, hoped that some of the undesirable practices of the former administration would improve under the leadership of Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu. Six months in, clearly this has not happened.
(14 December 2022 SCMP)
Hong Kong people and businesses will have to dig deeper from next month to pay higher electricity tariffs. Taking into account the rise in fuel clause charges, customers will effectively be paying CLP Power and HK Electric 19.8 per cent and 45.6 per cent more respectively by the coming January, compared with the start of the year.
(1 November 2022 SCMP)
Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu pledged in his first policy address to “build a better Hong Kong” amid local and global challenges such as the pandemic, a public housing shortage and geopolitical tensions. I trust he will not forget the climate threats that could equally make our lives miserable.
(29 September 2022 SCMP)
In 2009, then chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced in his policy address that the government would promote the development of six industries, including the environmental industry. However, the recycling industry seems to be going backward.
(2 September 2022 SCMP)
Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu is gathering public feedback ahead of his first policy address in October, but seems focused solely on housing problems. I would like to remind him that environmental issues should be given equal priority.
(10 August 2022 SCMP)
Long-lasting heatwaves struck many parts of the world in July, with daytime temperatures hitting and even surpassing 40 degrees Celsius in some places.
(5 July 2022 SCMP)
As Hong Kong has just celebrated the 25th anniversary of its return to China, it is worth reviewing some key environmental performance indicators to see if there has been improvement since 1997. The results would help Hong Kong’s new chief executive, John Lee Ka-chiu, set key performance indicators, which he has vowed to do and which are critical for Hong Kong’s sustainable development.