Carbon Dioxide

EU lawmakers to vote on reform of ‘polluter pays’

EU lawmakers will vote again on plans to make polluters pay more for greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Photo: Reuters

EU lawmakers will vote again on controversial plans to make polluters pay more for the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, after narrowly rejecting the proposal last month, a top MEP said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 8:56pm

Beijing hopes carbon dioxide tax will help reduce pollution

Steam comes out of a heating plant in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing will levy a tax on carbon dioxide emissions as part of new fiscal measures aimed at addressing the mainland's worsening pollution problem, a senior official at the Ministry of Finance said. Jia Chen, head of the ministry's tax policy division, wrote in an article published on the ministry's website that the central government should improve its consumption tax regime to help achieve its energy-saving and emission control goals.

20 Feb 2013 - 12:51pm 1 comment

Carbon emissions exceed UN target

Sierra Club activists wearing flags, representing over 20 countries, take part in a climate change protest by hiding their heads in the sand in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010. Photo: AP

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising annually by around three per cent, placing earth on track for warming that could breach five degrees Celsius by 2100, a new study published on Sunday said.

3 Dec 2012 - 11:07am

Should some of China's carbon emissions be attributed to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong could help reduce mainland emissions. Photo Bloomberg

Should Hong Kong share some responsibility for the mainland's CO2 emissions?

18 Nov 2012 - 4:37am

Rising CO2 levels in atmosphere causes space jam, scientists warn

A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of the earth's atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk, which could cause more collisions, scientists warn.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Lai See

Give us shelter from reign of departmental nonsense

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

MISSION with a vision

Pioneering the way towards a more sustainable future, top hotels in the region have been taking the lead, incorporating carbon offsetting initiatives, integrated into meeting and events held on their properties.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The power of yellow and green

It's not just environmentalists who feel the urgent need to do something about carbon emissions, but also their logistics counterparts. Indeed, the transport sector is the second-biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, and in the European Union (EU), the industry accounts for some 25 per cent of total emissions.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fuel for action

The UN climate talks this month in Durban, South Africa, made just a murmur in Hong Kong news, overshadowed by the doom and gloom of the euro crisis. Yet Durban was filled with high jinks and drama, as well as last-minute uncertainty as to whether the talks would end in success or a total collapse of the Kyoto Protocol.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Why carbon auditors make bosses nervous

Auditors measuring the carbon footprint of last year's climate-change summit in Hong Kong ran into three big obstacles: two of the three official hotels and the venue where it was held refused to reveal their utility bills, essential to the calculations.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Learn from Copenhagen talks, official urges world

China's top climate negotiator said the world must learn a lesson from the Copenhagen talks last year to ensure a meaningful deal is produced at the UN climate meeting in Mexico later this year.

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Contest saves more power than last year

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Politics of change

Whether the Democratic Party's decision yesterday will cool the heat it has been feeling over what is supposed to be the pan-democrats' 'new democratic movement' - en masse resignation - remains to be seen.

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

New research points to higher than previously thought emissions

Hong Kong's per capita carbon footprint could be as high as 29 tonnes, according to a study. It is one of the highest in the world because of its high level of consumption and massive imports.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Obama may get a frosty reception in climate talks

When US President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly in September, he set out a vision for global co-operation to curb climate change. When he meets his counterpart Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in the coming days, Obama looks set to see first-hand just how hard it will be to turn that vision into reality.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am