Diesel Locomotive

Funds sought for diesel phase-out

The Environmental Protection Department is seeking more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles. Photo: David Wong

An unexpected last-minute surge in applications has prompted the Environmental Protection Department to seek more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:46am

Simple measures by government could reduce emissions from diesel vehicles

Last month, while I was walking along Bowen Road, reflecting on just how much concrete has been stuck to the sides of Hong Kong's slopes by government order, a light goods vehicle passed by, causing a noxious smell, as is so often the case with such vehicles using our roads.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Diesel shortage stops journeys to next world

A nationwide diesel shortage has affected not only factory operations and trucks, but also stopped people moving on to the next world.

A Chongqing funeral parlour had to suspend cremation services last weekend because it had been unable to acquire diesel for its three cremation furnaces.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bid for cleaner fuel runs into a rust problem

Star Ferry's hope of using cleaner fuel for its smoke-belching fleet has been thwarted after tests on a new fuel revealed technical hurdles that could not be overcome.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Idling engine ban will be good for Hong Kong's environment

I disagree with some of the points raised by Paul Serfaty ('Let's focus on real polluters'', November 10).

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Cleaner Star Ferry diesel 'will not raise costs'

The government said a new condition for the Star Ferry to use cleaner fuel upon renewal of its franchise would not increase its operating costs.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Action, not discussion, now needed on idling cars

While there has been debate in Hong Kong for four years about whether drivers should be allowed to leave vehicle engines idling when waiting to pick up passengers or make deliveries, the discussion elsewhere in the developed world has been considerably less protracted.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Fuel for the pollution debate

Let's throw another spanner into the debate over managing our air quality. I call on the Hong Kong government to ban industrial-grade diesel so that only ultra-low-sulphur diesel can be used.

Before explaining why I say this, let us review recent news reports.

18 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Jacko finishes top of the flops

It is official: Michael Jackson is once again top of the charts. But this time it's not a good thing. According to Diesel Jeans, which just ended its first 'bad record' amnesty, Jacko's discs topped the list when it came to music that people wanted to dump.

11 May 2004 - 12:00am

Drivers want diesel duty abolished or reduced

About 200 drivers of diesel trucks and buses yesterday staged a protest with their vehicles and called on the government to abolish or cut the duty on diesel.

They said this would help to speed up the economic recovery and relieve the public's burden.

1 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Stringent ticketing can help clear the air

Deputy director of Environmental Protection Mike Stokoe says that a law to curb idling engines is not the answer (South China Morning Post, October 30).

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

LPG change 'to cost $100m in revenue'

The Government will be sacrificing up to $100 million a year in lost revenue from diesel duty when minibuses switch to LPG.

However, an environmental group said the loss was worth bearing to improve Hong Kong's air quality.

23 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

All talk and no action on the pollution front

I am anxious to know what, if any, action has been taken to tackle the ever-increasing air pollution problem in Hong Kong since the Chief Executive's Policy Address.

Following pressure from members of the public and political action groups, the Chief Executive was obliged to include an initiative on environmental protection, with a focus on air quality.

22 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Maintenance pollution problem

I refer to 'Diesel dangers' (South China Morning Post, November 15) which said: 'Their [black marketeers'] sulphur-laden fuel is the biggest single producer of the respirable particulates which make air pollution here 50 per cent worse than in New York.' This implies that if one burns legitimate diesel oil in a vehicle here, what comes out the tail pipe is significantly better than if illicit

30 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

So negative

Keith Addison is right to ask the Environmental Protection Department to explain its shilly-shallying on biodiesel (letter, South China Morning Post, July 20).

All too often bright ideas are dismissed out of hand by Hong Kong's government bodies - unless and until a multi-million-dollar study is conducted.

28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am