Carbon Emissions

China treads cautiously in setting up carbon emissions trading

While mainland China is the world's biggest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, it has been relatively late in establishing exchanges to trade the pollutants. Photo: AP

China launched five regional carbon emissions exchanges last year, and two more are expected soon, but it is years away from having a mature trading platform.

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 4:24am

Shipping lines say proposed EU emissions rules will hamper their operations

The EU wants carriers to report the total weight of fuel and cargo on each vessel. Photo: Reuters

Shipping lines are fighting a new environmental regulation that they said will not only lead to stringent control over their operations but will also pave the way for a carbon trading policy resembling the one that sparked controversy in the aviation sector.

29 Nov 2013 - 1:13am

China's national carbon credit exchange likely delayed to 2016-2020

David Tang of Tianjin Climate Exchange says China's carbon bourses need verification of the data they receive. Photo: Dickson Lee

It will take time for the nation's seven pilot exchanges to build up sufficient data-collection infrastructure and trading rules, let alone operate smoothly and come up with a model that works nationwide, said David Tang Yue-tan, secretary of the board of Tianjin Climate Exchange.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:49am

Act on environmental catastrophe

Oxfam Hong Kong and Complaints Choir of Hong Kong join forces to perform their climate change-themed song at Causeway Bay pedestrian district. Photo: Dickson Lee

On May 10, on his blog Al's Journal, former US vice-president Al Gore wrote, "Yesterday, for the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million in our planet's atmosphere."

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am 1 comment

Short Science, May 26, 2013

Exercise shoes leave a giant carbon footprint

Runners tread more heavily on the earth than they may ever have imagined, according to a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Chinese airlines defy Europe over emissions rules

A short-haul China Southern jet prepares for take-off. Photo: Bloomberg

Mainland air carriers will continue to defy the European Commission's order to comply with its carbon emissions trading scheme and provide flight data to and within Europe.

18 May 2013 - 3:36am 3 comments

Solar power a ray of hope for planet as carbon emissions rise

Solar panels are seen under a cloudy sky. Photo: Reuters

This month Planet Earth reached a grim milestone - carbon dioxide emissions reached more than 400 parts per million average for a day, which is 50 ppm more than what scientists regard as the safe level for keeping the earth's temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 1 comment

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.

7 May 2013 - 8:56pm

Expert says H7N9 won't be SARS 2.0 and officials promise accurate information

A nurse attends to patients being treated on drips in a hospital in Shanghai, April 3, 2013. (Photo: EPA)

H7N9Xinhua* Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng promises to release "authoritative, accurate" information.21st Century Business Herald*

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Debate resurfaces over China carbon tax plan

Analysts say a carbon levy could take years to implement on the mainland, given the time needed to establish trading infrastructure and regulations. Photo: EPA

Calls for a tax on carbon emissions have resurfaced on the mainland in recent weeks, with a top policy official at the Ministry of Finance publicly highlighting the need to overhaul tax policies to improve environmental protection and energy conservation.

8 Mar 2013 - 7:02am

Deal on carbon emissions up in the air

Chinese carriers are concerned about proposals to cut carbon emissions tabled for discussion later this year. Photo: AFP

Mainland Chinese carriers are already concerned about three options tabled by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for discussion at the assembly in September of the organisation's 190 member states.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:09am

Government policies hold key to carbon-neutral skies

Government policies hold key to carbon-neutral skies

Aviation's licence to grow is contingent on growing sustainably. Ensuring that is of vital interest to the global economy. Three billion passengers and nearly 50 million tonnes of cargo rely on aviation annually. This supports 57 million jobs and US$2.2 trillion of business. In Hong Kong alone, that's HK$133 billion of gross domestic product and 250,000 jobs.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:19am

New ferry promises 20pc cut in fuel use, carbon emissions

The Seatrade Hong Kong Cruise Forum. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A Dutch company has presented Hong Kong with the world's first diesel electric seagoing ferry that promises to cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by at least 20 per cent.

The news comes hot on the heels of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address announcement last week that ships will soon have to switch to low-sulphur fuel to cut emissions.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:23am

Kyoto Protocol extended to 2020 to fight climate change

Activists from non-governmental organisations attend a demonstration demanding for climate justice at the Qatar National Convention Centre during the talks in Doha on Friday. Photo: XInhua

Almost 200 nations yesterday extended a weakened UN plan to fight global warming until 2020, averting a new setback to two decades of UN efforts that have failed to halt growing global greenhouse gas emissions.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

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