Efficient Energy Use

China puts tighter cap on energy use growth

Beijing is renewing efforts to control energy use to cut its dependence on fuel imports. Photo: Reuters

Beijing aims to slow growth in energy use in a drive to contain its rising dependence on imported fuel.

Friday, 25 January, 2013, 4:56am

Shipping's new rules 'to clear the air'

The shipping sector could become cleaner than the aviation industry following the approval by the UN shipping agency of a new energy efficiency design index and other measures aimed at improving ships' environmental performance, according to an NGO.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The green touch

Over the past few years, Hong Kong companies have begun to understand the benefits of sustainability. In striving to catch up with their global counterparts in the race to 'go green', the likes of Swire Properties, the MTR Corporation and CLP Power have carved out positions as local market leaders.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Consuming too much meat

Meat production is a severe strain on the world's resources

Farm animals produce 13 billion tonnes of waste worldwide annually

Farm animals contribute 18 per cent of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. This percentage is higher than the emissions from vehicles


29 May 2009 - 12:00am

A little knowledge goes a long way in saving energy

Television has long been regarded as something that no home can do without. Yet most people know little of what it costs. It may come as a surprise that TVs add more to Hong Kong's household electricity bills over a year than any other common appliances except air conditioners and refrigerators.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Campaign backfires

The government used 10 per cent more power after launching its energy efficiency drive, the Audit Commission said. What more should officials do to cut down on their use of electricity? Write to us.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


'About 2,000 officials in government headquarters in Central consumed 8.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2006-2007, down 1.3 million kWh or 13.69 per cent on the previous year.'

SCMP, April 24

Iapplaud. If our government wants us to conserve energy, and this is indeed a worthwhile objective, then it should lead the way.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Air cons less cooling and costlier to run than makers say

Leading air-conditioner brands fail to meet makers' claims for energy efficiency and cooling capacity, according to the Consumer Council.

The watchdog tested 15 models bearing grade 1 labels for energy efficiency certified by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. The department labels efficiency on a scale of one to three, with grade 1 the most efficient.

16 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Green scheme saves $228m in energy bills

Consumers have saved about $228 million in electricity bills since the energy efficiency labelling scheme was introduced six years ago, the Government estimates.

Annual savings are projected to rise to about $340 million in 2007, leading the Government to prepare for public consultation later this year on an energy efficiency law.

17 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Reviewing codes

I refer to the letter from Clement Browne headlined, 'No excuse for this anachronism' (South China Morning Post, June 21).

28 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Energy experts tell how to cut costs

As firms seek ways to reduce costs during the financial slump, the importance of energy conservation has become increasingly obvious.

Expert advice is available from the Energy Efficiency Office (EEO), set up by EMSD in 1994.

30 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Peak power surcharge sparks row

SHOPS and offices are the target of a plan to cut power consumption by introducing a peak period surcharge.

Power companies say introduction of the surcharge, currently under consideration by the Government, would help achieve a more even demand for electricity throughout the day and therefore increase efficiency.

13 May 1993 - 12:00am