Energy efficiency is one of the most promising options for cost savings and environmental management for business. And yet effective financing models prevent energy efficiency benefits being realized to their full potential. Civic Exchange and Energy Resources Management hosted a breakfast briefing on 24 January 2011 with Bruce Schlein from Citigroup on “Energy efficiency: the “low-hanging fruit” of clean energy – How low and is it being picked at scale?” Bruce discussed the emerging solutions and challenges in the US market from property assessed clean energy (PACE) to managed energy services agreements (MESA). Michael Friedlander from APG Asset Management Asia provided a response to Bruce’s presentation from the perspective of APG’s financing model for energy savings.
DATE: 24 Jan 2011 FILED UNDER: Economy, Environment, Events, Events, Issues, Latest Events, News TAG: energy
DATE: 21 Jan 2011 FILED UNDER: Environment, Events, Events, Issues, News, Press Releases, Publications, Research Reports
This report sets out a new strategic framework for nature conservation based on the Convention on Biological Diversity, to which Hong Kong is expected to become a party in the first quarter of 2011.
Hosted by The Society for Protection of the Harbour, ”The Future of Victoria Harbour” aimed to involve the community in planning the future of our harbour so that there will be close cooperation between public interest, private interest and government interest.
Mrs. Carrie Lam, J.P. (Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government) delivered the key-note speech and explained to the community the Government’s policy with regard to future development in the harbour and along the harbourfront.
Panelists who are land and urban planning designers/consultants explained their vision of the future of the harbour and harbourfront and the implementation of their vision. Ms. Christine Loh (CEO of Civic Exchange) moderated the whole forum and has led an engaging discussion with all the participants. (more…)
DATE: 23 Nov 2010 FILED UNDER: Articles, Economy, Environment, Events, Events, Issues, Latest Events, Media Coverage, News, Press Coverage, Publications, Research Reports, Uncategorized TAG: air, emissions, ports, transport
Fair Winds Charter
The Fair Winds Charter (FWC) is an industry-led, voluntary, at-berth fuel switching programme for ocean-going vessels (OGVs) calling at Hong Kong. It is the first initiative of its kind in Asia, and the only shipping-industry led fuel switching initiative in the world. Participating vessels switch to low sulphur fuel (0.5% sulphur content or less) while at berth in Hong Kong.
DATE: 01 Dec 2010 FILED UNDER: Environment, Events, Index_Publications, News, Press Releases, Research Reports, Surveys TAG: air, public health
Civic Exchange released a public opinion survey on 1 December entitled “LESS TALK, MORE ACTION”. The survey shows that one in four people are considering emigration in response to the public health threats of Hong Kong’s air pollution, up from one in five in December 2008, when a similar survey was conducted.
DATE: 30 Nov 2010 FILED UNDER: Articles, Environment, Events, Index_Publications, Interviews, Media Coverage, News, Presentations, Press Coverage, Press Releases, Publications, Research Reports TAG: flooding, water
As part of the ongoing “Green Harbours II” project, Civic Exchange hosted a meeting with government and shipping lines to discuss a proposed government-administered recognition programme based on the Fair Winds Charter, an industry-led voluntary fuel switch for ocean-going vessels calling at Hong Kong. This recognition programme would be an important building block towards regulation of ships in Hong Kong and across the Pearl River Delta region.
DATE: 6 Oct 2010 FILED UNDER: Environment, Event Reports, Events, Index_Publications, Latest Events, News, Presentations TAG: climate change, energy
China is dramatically increasing its investment in nuclear power as a key element of its energy plan.Nuclear power is a way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the carbon emissions they generate. Four more reactors are either in operation or nearing completion at Daya Bay, whose two reactors currently supply some 25% of Hong Kong’s electricity. As Hong Kong’s energy policy and mix change, it is likely that more of Hong Kong’s electricity will come from nuclear sources in Guangdong. What are the issues Hong Kong should know about?
DATE: 7 Nov 2010 FILED UNDER: Environment, Events, Latest Events, News, Press Releases TAG: climate change
Get it Green – What is it?
An exciting competition to help young people in Hong Kong learn more about the growing threats facing the plant from climate change and how low carbon living can help reduce these threats. The is a change to get creative and be heard by the world!
If you’re interested in Get It Green, please visit http://www.getitgreen.hk.