Dialogue with China’s Environmental Experts

Civic Exchange is co-organising a public forum with the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Professional Association for China’s Environmental Experts. Senior environmental experts and government advisors from Mainland China and Hong Kong will be present to discuss environmental governance and the role of legislations. (more…)

Bridging the Gap: A Practical Plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future

How can Hong Kong play its part in China meeting its commitment to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy to 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2020? Tony Wood will explain ideas proposed for Australia to support low carbon electricity generation which are put forward in the ‘Building the Bridge’ July 2012 report which he authored for the Grattan Institute. There will then be the opportunity to discuss how Hong Kong, working with Mainland China, might be able to take advantage of these ideas.

Tony Wood is the Energy Program Director of the Grattan Institute. He has deep experience in the energy sector. He worked at Origin Energy for 11 years, and was an adviser to the first Garnaut climate change review. He is also program director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation.

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Architecture and Energy – New Strategies in the Construction Sector


Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation Richard L Sandor
Through the eyes of an inventor of new markets, Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation tells the story of how financial innovation – a concept that is misunderstood and under attack – has been a positive force in the last four decades. If properly designed and regulated, these “good derivatives” can open vast possibilities to address a variety of global problems. Filled with provocative ideas, fascinating stories, and valuable lessons, it will provide both an insightful interpretation of the last forty years in capital and environmental markets and a vision of world finance for the next forty years. Dr. Richard Sandor, widely regarded as the “father of financial futures” and named by TIME magazine as the “father of carbon trading”, shared his insights on financial and environmental innovations. (more…)

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[Water Seminar] Dirty & Thirsty: Is this the future of Dongjiang?

Hong Kong’s fresh water supply is largely taken for granted. It is plentiful and affordable, and by global standards considered safe to drink. However, recent news of a toxic chemical spill in Xijiang and pollution in the Dongjiang River is a warning to Hong Kong that our water supply depends on the health of a larger hydrological system on the Mainland.


Low Carbon Energy Future – Good news, Bad news and the Best route forward

With CO2 emissions at record highs and demand for energy surging, the International Energy Agency has warned that dangerous climate change will be “locked in” by 2017. Prof Julia King, the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador, will present the latest news on the urgency of de-carbonizing energy production and consumption. A panel of experts will then offer commentary on whether Asia, and China in particular, can rise to the challenge of clean energy — in time. (more…)

Symposium on Safety Management and Emergency Responses to a Serious Nuclear Accident

The nuclear power plant accident occurred at Fukushima last year has highlighted the importance of safety management and emergency responses to a serious nuclear accident.  The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and City University of Hong Kong are co-hosting a symposium to discuss safety management and emergency responses to a serious nuclear accident upon nuclear plant accidents. Officials from Security Bureau, Hong Kong Observatory, Water Supplies Department, and Centre for Food Safety, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will be there to share their views. Civic Exchange is supporting the captioned event.


How academics can help and influence the climate change policy of governments and business

United Nations noted in December 2011, climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet but there is a significant gap between the aggregate effect of countries’ action and what is needed to have a likely chance of holding the increase in global average temperature below 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. If countries recognize this problem, why are they not taking action?

City University of Hong Kong is hosting a seminar and has invited Professor Flannery to discuss the role universities and academics can play in improving understanding, developing solutions and influencing government and business policy. Civic Exchange is supporting the captioned event. (more…)

Symposium on One Year after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident – the Way Forward with Safety and Risk Engineering

Since the nuclear power plant accident took place at Fukushima last year, it has drawn public concerns on nuclear safety and risk management. As it is almost one year past the accident, the Hong Kong Nuclear Society organizes this symposium to invite local and overseas experts to share with their views on these issues. (more…)