Carine Lai, project manager – In a remarkably short-sighted move, the Yau Tsim Mong District Council has voted to remove the Sai Yeung Choi Street pedestrian zone on weekday nights, leaving it closed to cars only at weekends. It cited the numerous complaints from residents and shopkeepers.
The area around Sai Yeung Choi Street embodied the old joke: “Nobody goes there any more, it’s too crowded.” The absence of adequate management led to a free-for-all atmosphere, in which broadband internet salesmen, street performers, impromptu dancers, hawkers, photographers, political protesters, touts and leaflet distributors congregated. (more…)
This paper represents Civic Exchange’s continuing efforts to conduct port-related emissions research and stakeholder engagement initiatives. In our September 2012 research report, A Price Worth Paying: The Case for Controlling Marine Emissions in the Pearl River Delta, we recommended one emissions control strategy – setting Emission Control Area (ECA) level fuel standards (0.1% sulphur content) for vessels within 100nm of Hong Kong. This research helped inform us that establishing an ECA will bring about the greatest emissions reduction and public health benefits to the whole PRD region. We hope that the current paper can build on the debate and stimulate discussion on establishing an ECA across the PRD, as well as the issues involved. Download full report
Written Submission to the Subcommittee on Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation
In consideration of the adverse health effects of diesel exhaust, Civic Exchange submitted a document to the Subcommittee on Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation, urging the members of the Councils to pass the Regulation without delay, in order to protect the health of people in Hong Kong. Download submission
By Wilson Lau, Research and Project Officer – A legislative subcommittee this week rejected an amendment law intended to redraw boundaries of the Sai Kung East Country Park to include the village of Tai Long Sai Wan and its acclaimed beaches.
The motion will now be put to a vote at the full Legislative Council next month. If it passes, the decision will sadly overwrite plans to protect the beauty and recreational value of the area. (more…)
(By Carine Lai, project manager) – With housing prices still sky high, government officials are looking everywhere for land to fulfil the demand for affordable housing – everywhere, that is, except for old industrial areas.
At the end of 2012, Hong Kong had about 17.1 million square metres of flatted factory space. Although only 5 per cent of this was officially vacant, much of it is underutilised or used for non-industrial purposes such as back offices, storage spaces, and artists’ studios. Overseas, disused factory buildings have been converted into homes, reducing construction waste and revitalising existing parts of the city so that green areas can be preserved.
By Jean-Pierre Perves
This report looks into the French experience in handling spent fuel and nuclear waste. It also briefly introduces the relevant experience of a few other countries including Sweden, Switzerland and the US. The report can provide readers with insight on how this important aspect of the nuclear fuel lifecycle is handled and the key lessons we can learn. Download full report