Activists call for carbon controls
Six green groups are pressing the government to impose carbon dioxide emission controls on power plants. The call, ahead of today's motion debate in the legislature about Hong Kong's response to climate change, comes from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF, Green Sense, Greeners Action and Clear the Air. Four activists from the groups yesterday handed a petition letter to the Environment Bureau, asking minister Edward Yau Tang-wah to impose a cap on CLP Power and Hongkong Electric's carbon dioxide emissions in the negotiations over the two companies' future regulatory regime. The groups also want targets set for power plants on reducing energy consumption and saving energy.
Support for chief executive falls
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's support rating dropped from 64.1 marks out of 100 two weeks ago to 63.2 in the latest poll by the University of Hong Kong, which interviewed about 1,000 people last week. The government's satisfaction rating fell to 52 per cent from 56 per cent in late October, returning to the level before Mr Tsang delivered his policy address on October 10. Thirteen per cent were dissatisfied with the government's performance, an increase of 2 per cent from last month. While Mr Tsang's approval rate fell to 63.2, the vote of no confidence in him fell from 18 per cent earlier this month to 17 per cent.
Transport receipts rise
Total receipts of the transport sector amounted to HK$ 467.7 billion last year, an increase of 11.9 per cent on 2005, an annual survey of transport and related services by the Census and Statistics Department found. The added value of the sector, a measure of its contribution to gross domestic product, was $105.2 billion last year, a rise of 0.9 per cent on 2005. The survey was conducted from January to October.
Civil service under fire
Hong Kong's civil service was in disarray because the political accountability system had affected the policy-making role of top civil servants, Civic Party member Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee said. Ms Ng is to move a motion in Legco today calling for clearer guidelines to distinguish roles and power of politically appointed ministers and their civil service permanent secretaries.