Franchised Bus Emissions

Civic Exchange hosted a press conference to outline key players in reducing franchised bus emissions, and to identify key roles for Chief Secretary, Secretary for Health & Food and Transport Department.

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Medical Priority Dispatch System

The Legislative Council Panel on Security discussed Security Bureau’s “Outcome of Public Consultation on the Proposed Introduction of the MPDS” on 13 April 2010. Civic Exchange hosted a press briefing and invited Mr Cheung Tak Hai from the Alliance for Patients’ Mutual Help Organizations and Prof Timothy Rainer from Prince of Wales Hospital’s Service Department of Emergency Medicine to explain the importance of adopting MPDS.

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Hong Kong’s Role in Mending the Disclosure Gap

By Ma Jun, Christine Loh, Wang Jingjing and Wuwei

Civic Exchange and Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) co-authored the current report to illustrate examples of water violations by HK-listed companies and suggest better environmental disclosure requirements from the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.

Since 2006, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a Beijing-based nongovernment organization, has operated the China Water and Air Pollution Database.

This web-based resource is the first of its kind in China to publish air and water quality data and feature a government-sourced list of companies cited for environmental violations in the mainland. By March 2010, IPE has uploaded more than 58,000 records of monitoring and enforcement from official mainland sources to its water and air pollution databases.

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Summary of Copenhagen Business Day

This article summarized the COPENHAGEN BUSINESS DAY on 11 December, 2009.

2020: ACTIONS NOW THAT SET THE COURSE FOR 2020: Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange, moderated the workstream that considered how current infrastructure investments can be scaled up to set a course for a low-carbon 2020 pathway. Peter Taylor, IEA, said energy efficiency and renewable energy offer options for the coming decade, but she also emphasized the need to think about what framework is needed to take us beyond 2020…

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Liquid Assets: Water Security and Management in the Pearl River Basin and Hong Kong

By Dinesh Sadhwani, Jonas Chau, Christine Loh, Mike Kilburn, Andrew Lawson

South China, including Hong Kong and Macau, depends on the Pearl River and its tributaries. The current publication aims to increase public awareness about its centrality in the economic, social and political well-being of South China, and also its critical role to the continuing success of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong and Macau, which lies at the end of the river system. We hope this report will introduce the subject to a wide audience. Download full report | Press release | Media report.


Great Minds: China will do its bit in fight against global warming [The Times]

China is now the world’s most prolific carbon emitter. But the average Chinese person consumes much less energy than his or her European and American counterparts. Nevertheless, the biggest emitter must assume responsibility for averting dangerous climate change. There is nowhere to hide.

China’s efforts are often unappreciated in the West. Developed countries want it to do more, while China feels it is doing as much as it can and that technically capable Western countries, with their comprehensive infrastructure, are not doing nearly enough. China points to the failure of developed countries to fulfil their emission reduction obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. Europeans and Americans don’t want to hear this — some feel all the West’s efforts will not amount to much if Chinese emissions continue on their present trajectory.

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The Air We Breathe 2: Dialogue on Road Transportation + MAP Project Findings Release


What is it?

Civic Exchange organized a one-day public forum focusing on air pollution arising from road transportation and its effect on health.

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“Women in Asia Awards” to Christine Loh

Christine Loh, Claire Hsu-Vuchot and Elaine Young took home the top prizes at the inaugural RBS Coutts/Financial Times Women in Asia Awards, which recognises the growing ranks of successful women in the region.

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Can the World Reach an Agreement on Climate Change?

In December, leaders from around the world will meet in Denmark to try to negotiate a new international climate treaty. As the meeting approaches, The New York Times has been asking government officials, lobbyists, industry executives and others what they think the result might be. Christine Loh was interviewed and her voice record is available on the website below.

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New book “The Great Disconnect” by Prof. Bill Barron is now available on Civic Exchange website.

“The world economy has expanded to the point where a number of planetary boundaries, of which climate change is the most talked about, are being severely stretched. There are simply too many unsustainable trajectories for the system to continue as it has for the past several decades for several more decades to come. Moving to a more sustainable development path will require making truly basic changes in what, how, and how much is produced and consumed. That, in turn, will require nothing less than restructuring the economy, a makeover of consumer lifestyles, and re-examining values”… [read the book]

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