In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am

Plans start on joint target for emissions reductions

Undersecretary for the Environment Kitty Poon Kit said yesterday that the governments of Guangdong province and Hong Kong had begun planning new joint emission-reduction targets for air pollutants including sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, respirable suspended particulates and volatile organic compounds. Ms Poon said that by 2020, the city would need to use 4 billion cubic metres of natural gas if it were to generate 50 per cent of Hong Kong's power supply by gas.

Civic Party leader seeks inquiry

Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee has urged the government to set up an independent inquiry into allegations that Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing pressured the Young Women's Christian Association to move a social worker from one office to another. Ms Eu said she was deeply disappointed with Mr Tsang's replies to her inquiries about the issue. Mr Tsang has denied he participated in or commented on the association's personnel arrangements.

Central-Wan Chai bypass tender

The government is looking for a contractor to build the Central-Wan Chai Bypass. The Civil Engineering and Development Department invited tenders for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass yesterday. Works are expected to start in December and take about 76 months to complete. The tender closes on October 16.