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
Written Submission to the Subcommittee on Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation
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…)
Civic Exchange’s Energy Forum 17 The Energy Dialogue: Setting the Agenda & Deliberating the Way Forward
Hong Kong, 9 November 2013 – Riding on the last energy forum in which Hong Kong’s public engagement process on energy issues was discussed in light of experiences from France, the United States and the United Kingdom, Civic Exchange hosted the 17th energy forum today entitled “The Energy Dialogue: Setting the Agenda & Deliberating the Way Forward”. This is the third and last of Civic Exchange’s three-part energy forum series in 2013, which focused on setting the agenda and scoping the issues to be covered in energy policy discussion, as well as the way forward in terms of addressing the city’s energy demand and supply. (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
(By Wilson Lau, Research and Project Officer) Upwards of 200 people walked from Tai Tan to Hoi Ha Wan last Saturday to expose the likely impact of development in this fragile pocket, located inside Sai Kung West Country Park but not part of the country park.