Carbon Footprint

Carmakers exaggerating fuel efficiency, study shows

A new study suggests that the actual fuel consumption experienced by the average driver is typically 25 per cent higher than what is printed on the car’s sales sticker. Photo: Reuters

The gap has widened between the fuel-efficiency that carmakers declare for their models and the reality for drivers, with luxury German vehicles showing the biggest divergence, a study has found.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 12:38am

Greener buildings benefit everyone

Buildings consume 40 per cent of energy globally, but the figure reaches almost 90 per cent in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has a reputation for conspicuous consumption. This story is about inconspicuous un-consumption: the invisible work of a few, normally very visible companies to create value from energy conservation.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am

Clear shift in attitudes

A wedding theme sets the tone for the day and reflects the bride and groom's personalities. It can also be an opportunity for a couple to act on any particular principles they have.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Environmental engineers in demand

Any organisation looking to cut its contribution to global warming needs to know the scale - and the sources - of the greenhouse gas emissions it is responsible for.

Many companies can now measure their energy consumption by analysing factors such as the buildings they use, and the business travel they rack up. However, this does not tell the whole story.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pie in the sky

As we approach 2012, the attention of the aviation world is focused on Europe with its misguided plans to bring international aviation into its emissions trading scheme. The US$1.2 billion cost to airlines is a mistake neither the industry nor the environment can afford.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bloomberg's inconvenient truth at C40

It's an inconvenient truth for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Companies clean up their act

It is one thing for Hong Kong companies to see the need to cut carbon emissions, but another to get them to act. To help bridge that divide, environmental non-profit group WWF introduced the low carbon office operation (LOOP) programme in 2009, giving businesses tools, activities and guidelines to manage their carbon performance more effectively.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

I want to host a travel programme

I have often wondered what would be the ideal career for me. I've decided I want to be the host of a travel show.

I have loved travelling since the age of 10. I've been to different counties, such as Japan, South Korea and the US. I love everything about travel.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

How Bad are Bananas?

How Bad are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee Profile Books HK$135

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong needs to reduce emissions

As part of China, Hong Kong will come under Beijing's umbrella at the global climate summit in Copenhagen this month. But an inconvenient truth is the city has one of the world's largest carbon footprints per head of population - 10 times that of the mainland and higher even than the United States - if we include the emissions needed to make the goods and services we consume.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Tread lightly, save Earth

Ark Eden, a conservation group based on Lantau Island, gives the following advice for monitoring and reducing your carbon footprint:

Save up to one tonne of CO2 a year with some simple changes at home

1 Replace all light-bulbs with energy saving bulbs.

Save 50kg of CO2 per year per bulb changed.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Check your carbon footprint

The city's residents can now calculate their carbon footprint. Electricity company CLP Power has launched a website - www.clponline.com.hk/greenliving/ - to help users gauge their contribution to climate change in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide produced.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

HK companies warned to tread carefully

Recent reports suggesting that the mainland has taken over the unwanted title from the United States as the world's biggest polluter could have implications for Hong Kong companies. The environmental spotlight is now on these firms with manufacturing activities in the mainland.

3 May 2008 - 12:00am

Targets for greenhouse gas cuts must be prudent and scientific

In the process of amending the Air Pollution Control Ordinance, green groups have been pressing for a setting of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to mitigate the effect of global warming, in addition to capping emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and respirable suspended particulates of power plants in Hong Kong.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Profitable chance to save the planet

Virtue may be its own reward but it helps when it is profitable too.

Trading in the voluntary market in greenhouse gas emission reductions - more simply known as carbon offsets - can certainly be profitable. The mark-up between the offset originator's sale price and what the ultimate buyer pays typically exceeds 100 per cent.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

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