Wilson Lau, Research and Project officer – The vast oceans belong to everyone, and we all have a right to consider how they should be used. This is the premise behind the work of the Global Ocean Commission, a relatively new collective of influential political figures from different continents who are bringing attention to the high seas – the 64 per cent of the world’s oceans that are not protected by national laws. (more…)
Carine Lai, Project Manager – In the scramble to provide more housing, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed to increase building densities across the city. According to a paper submitted by the Development Bureau to the Legislative Council at the end of January, development densities will rise by 20 per cent, except in the already extremely crowded parts of northern Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. (more…)
(Bryan Suen, Research and Project Officer) – Starting this month, the service life span of all newly registered diesel commercial vehicles is limited to just 15 years. Coupled with its plan to phase out older diesel vehicles, the government is determined and committed to improve roadside air quality.
This policy is part of a raft of incentives to tackle roadside emissions and protect public health. The ex gratia payment scheme to phase out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles starts on March 1, and will see more than 80,000 such vehicles off our roads by 2020. Together with the catalytic converter replacement scheme for LPG vehicles and the introduction of a new air quality health index, the plan underlines the government’s commendable determination to improve Hong Kong’s air quality. (more…)
(Wilson Lau, Research & Project Officer) – Country park enclaves were a big issue last year. Some 54 pockets lacking a specific land-use classification were being assessed by the government. In this year’s policy address, the chief executive said it would seek to better protect ecologically important sites in private ownership through two measures: the management agreement scheme that enables approved non-governmental organisations to partner landowners in conserving the sites, and public-private partnerships. (more…)
Hong Kong 13 February 2014 – Civic Exchange commends the shipping industry for extending the Fair Winds Charter to the end of 2014. This is a welcoming move from the industry, showing once again how committed they are in reducing ship emissions in Hong Kong, supporting government legislation for at-berth fuel switching, and promoting similar practices and regulations across the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. (more…)