Energy Economics

The true extent of China's energy crisis

When it comes to the sheer volume of investment in clean energy, China has no peers. Barely a month passes without the media reporting the latest government pledge to develop non-fossil-fuel sources or another ambitious renewable energy target.

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012, 1:42am 1 comment

Economies should learn from the best

In many successful economic reforms, clever countries have learned from the policy successes of others. Today, too, there are some great opportunities for "policy arbitrage".

2 Oct 2012 - 2:49am

Tech park tenants must hit energy-saving target

Tenants in the new third phase of the Science and Technology Parks risk not having their leases renewed if they fail to meet energy-saving targets, as part of a drive to create Hong Kong's first zero-carbon district.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Zero-carbon dress sense required

At the city's first zero-carbon building, set to open in September, visitors will get to see the latest green technology - but only if they follow a simple rule - shed some clothes.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Huadian Fuxin powers to market in turbulent time

Huadian Fuxin Energy has been forced to tap the stock market at a tough time.

The clean energy flagship of China Huadian Group, the mainland's fourth-biggest state-owned power generator by capacity, is seeking a fresh injection of cash from a Hong Kong listing just as share market valuations are taking a battering from the global slowdown.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Huadian Fuxin mulls corporate bond issue

Huadian Fuxin Energy, the clean-energy arm of state-owned power generator China Huadian Group, is considering issuing corporate bonds to fund its future development after it was forced to halve its initial public offering target.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Time to pull the plug?

The prospect of bigger electricity bills saw an angry crowd lay siege to the headquarters of electricity supplier CLP Power last Wednesday.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

CLP puts Leung on the spot over energy

Just months after the painful wrangling with the government over the new electricity tariffs, CLP appears to be in a warring mood again. The power company warns that energy bills will be 'materially' higher by 2015 due to a 40 per cent increase in fuel costs.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Energy saving report disappoints Green group

The government should take the lead in introducing carbon audits for its properties while power companies should provide more useful energy consumption data in their bills, a high-powered advisory body says.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Putting a spin on pollution

Premier Wen Jiabao pledged yesterday that China's pursuit of staggering economic expansion would not come at the cost of public health or the environment, in an apparent bid to placate simmering anger over widespread ecological degradation and key pollution-cut targets that were missed last year.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Green cities will only bloom once we break gridlock of collective inaction

Two days at a conference on 'Greening Urban Growth' in Penang allowed me to catch up on the latest thinking about the environmental impact of urban development. The impact of industrial pollution is with us every day, in the form of smog, contaminated water and coughs and colds that don't go away.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Power hungry

You may recall that former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen assured lawmakers at a Legislative Council meeting in March 2009 that the Tamar government facilities would be one of the greenest buildings in Hong Kong.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A switch in time

Before we, the public, celebrate our victory in temporarily obtaining a lower increase in our electricity tariff this year, we should take a moment to reflect on what we can learn from this hard-fought battle over the fate of our future energy policy.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Power failure

Public pressure seems to be more effective at controlling the electricity tariff rise than the notorious schemes of control, an outdated product of the 1960s that is supposed to regulate the profits of Hong Kong's two power companies.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Green building takes root in HK

Astriking symbol of the Hong Kong building industry's growing commitment to sustainability is due to open in the middle of next year. The Zero Carbon Building, in Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, aims to educate the industry, the public and students about the need for low-carbon living and green building technologies.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am