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Climate change

Climate report to reveal government measures to meet 2030 targets outlined in CY Leung’s policy address

Action plan will be the first climate change related report by the government since the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 January, 2017, 2:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 January, 2017, 11:32pm

A new climate action report will be unveiled by the government on Friday outlining measures to meet the updated carbon intensity targets for 2030, which were announced in Wednesday’s policy address.

Titled “Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+”, the document dealing with lowering emissions and tackling climate change is likely to include a citywide target for non-government buildings to lower electricity use.

It is understood the target is based on the sum of what major property developers and management companies claim they can achieve, and is unlikely to be binding.

It will be the government’s first climate change-related report since the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, which was ratified last year by most countries and aims to halt the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

The report will contain chapters on climate mitigation, transport, energy efficiency, renewable energy projects, afforestation and climate-related financing. It will also mention plans for solar panels to be installed at Anderson Road Quarry and reservoirs.

The mainland announced in mid-2015, ahead of the Paris conference, new commitments to lower the nation’s overall carbon intensity by 60 to 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Hong Kong Environment Bureau’s last report on climate mitigation in 2015 said it would use this as a reference to shape the city’s plan.

In his policy address, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged to review current

arrangements under which a development project is only required to register for the Building Environmental Assessment Method plus accreditation to obtain gross floor area concessions for green building amenities.

At the end of last year, the interdepartmental committee, chaired by then chief secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, proposed to reduce Hong Kong’s carbon intensity – carbon emissions per unit of GDP –by 65 to 70 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels. Leung said he had accepted these recommendations. The intensity reductions translate to a 26-36 per cent reduction in total emissions.

He said the government would study how to further promote energy saving and renewables in negotiating the post-2018 scheme of control regulatory framework with the city’s power companies.