Distinguished Fellow, Professor Hou Mingming delivered a talk about the risks China is facing in adopting a “pollute first and Clean-up later” strategy, with support from CLSA in providing us a venue for this event.
DATE: 26 Jan 2011 FILED UNDER: Articles, Economy, Environment, Events, Events, Issues, Latest Events, News, Presentations, Publications, Social
DATE: 30 Nov 2010 FILED UNDER: Articles, Environment, Events, Index_Publications, Interviews, Media Coverage, News, Presentations, Press Coverage, Press Releases, Publications, Research Reports TAG: flooding, water
DATE: 6 Oct 2010 FILED UNDER: Environment, Event Reports, Events, Index_Publications, Latest Events, News, Presentations TAG: climate change, energy
China is dramatically increasing its investment in nuclear power as a key element of its energy plan.Nuclear power is a way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the carbon emissions they generate. Four more reactors are either in operation or nearing completion at Daya Bay, whose two reactors currently supply some 25% of Hong Kong’s electricity. As Hong Kong’s energy policy and mix change, it is likely that more of Hong Kong’s electricity will come from nuclear sources in Guangdong. What are the issues Hong Kong should know about?
DATE: 17 Jun 2010 FILED UNDER: Environment, Event Reports, Events, Presentations TAG: air, emissions, ports
Civic Exchange has organized a highly targeted workshop to explore the possibility of developing partnerships between environmentally-responsible shipping lines, ports and manufacturers with the aim of reducing marine air pollution and its associated public health impacts in the Pearl River Delta.
The workshop outlined the current knowledge on the public health impacts, regulation of marine emissions worldwide, and approaches for voluntary collaboration to reduce emissions in the Pearl River Delta.
Hong Kong and other major cities around the world are looking at the potential for electric vehicles (EVs) to provide solutions to urban transport that are low carbon, low pollution, and high quality. This roundtable workshop aimed to bring together main players in Hong Kong’s EV community to focus on what supporting hard and soft infrastructures are necessary to roll out and accelerate the adoption of EVs in Hong Kong. Katherine Choi from the HKSAR Government has discussed the government’s implementation plans and approach; other stakeholders have briefed each other on the possible roles they could play in the EV transformation in Hong Kong; Civic Exchange has introduced the upcoming C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group conference in Hong Kong from 5–6 November 2010, in which one of the main focuses of the 40 international member cities will be EVs.
(1)Centre for Comparative and Public Law, The University of Hong Kong
Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary & Convenor of Citizens’ Commission on Constitutional Development
DATE: 28 Oct 2009 FILED UNDER: Environment, Events, Media Coverage, Presentations TAG: air, climate change
Organised by Hull University Business School, Ms Christine Loh (CEO of Civic Exchange) was invited to deliver a lecture entitled“Air quality and climate change – Major drivers for changes in shipping and portmanagement”
With the rise of environmental legislation and corporate social responsibility on the business agenda, organisations are increasingly aware that they ignore these issues at their peril – as seen in the threat of air pollution lawsuits against port operators in Long Beach and Los Angeles.
DATE: 26-27 Oct 2009 FILED UNDER: Environment, Events, Presentations, Press Releases TAG: climate change, energy
It is time to hit the “tipping point” for “runaway change”, away from the structures that have long functioned and brought prosperity to many, but at hidden costs that can no longer be absorbed, and time to construct a track to inclusiveness and one-planet economic growth.
At the two-day conference top speakers from around the world will address critical global issues which will determine the future of humanity. The Assembly will comprise several clusters of activities, the two main activities being a series of Master Classes led by internationally recognised experts and a Plenary. The keynote speaker of honour is Mikhail Gorbachev. The speakers and experts below have confirmed, others will be added soon.
DATE: 29 Sept 2009 FILED UNDER: Environment, Event Reports, Events, Presentations TAG: air, emissions, ports
Emissions for ocean going vessels (OGVs) and port operations create a serious public health risk to their employees and adjacent communities. Civil society, corporations, scientists and government officials in Europe and North America have acknowledged this and are leading the way in cleaning up their port operations. While legislation and lawsuits have been an important part of this process, voluntary methods have also been very effective. Even competing ports in close proximity (e.g., the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles) have collaborated to implement similar green practices to reduce the effect of their industry on adjacent communities, while remaining competitive – a model that the ports of Shenzhen and Hong Kong may wish to consider.
DATE: 16 Jun 2009 FILED UNDER: Environment, Event Reports, Events, Presentations TAG: climate change, energy
Renewable Energy is an important plank in the Chinese Governments’ strategies – at national, provincial and SAR levels – for decarbonizing the economy to tackle climate change, improve public health and enhance energy security. But what are the prospects for rolling out renewables in the PRD and the rest of Guangdong? What are the technical and commercial constraints and opportunities to moving faster and further with green power?