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Energy Policy

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.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Push for investment

In the face of slowing domestic growth and troubling economic news in the United States and Europe, China has begun rolling out programmes to boost its economy.

In addition to this month's interest rate cut, government officials are fast-tracking major energy projects and encouraging private investment in reduced carbon energies, such as thermal power and natural gas.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Campus powers down

The Chinese University of Hong Kong uses more than 100 million kWh of electricity every year, and has a power bill of about HK$87 million. After the completion of new buildings on campus, it is estimated that electricity consumption will increase by at least 10 per cent.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

We need to save more energy

I read about a new solar power station in Spain that can provide electricity 24 hours a day. It works day and night. It is the first solar power station that can do this.

In addition, the station generates far more electricity than earlier models. Yet because of our great electricity needs, even thousands of such stations would not be enough.

4 Apr 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

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

Balance of power

On Hong Kong and Lamma Island, with the new tariff increases at 6.3 per cent for this year, consumers pay Hong Kong Electric about HK$1.31 per kWh of electricity. In Kowloon and the New Territories, with CLP's tariff increase of 4.9 per cent, it's 98.7 cents per kWh, so just under a dollar can buy you an hour of warmth from a 1,000-watt heater.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Guiding light

If the damp squibs that were the Copenhagen and Durban conferences have told us anything, it is that the threat of environmental catastrophe is not enough to spur energy reform. But however much politicians may debate the trade-offs between reform and economic inconvenience, change is likely to be forced on us before long.

13 Jan 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

Debating future power needs and at what price

The Issues

Concerns about the safety of nuclear power emerged after Japan was rocked by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in March. Last year's reported fuel tube leak at Daya Bay in Shenzhen also eroded enthusiasm for nuclear power and led to much scepticism.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fuel for action

The UN climate talks this month in Durban, South Africa, made just a murmur in Hong Kong news, overshadowed by the doom and gloom of the euro crisis. Yet Durban was filled with high jinks and drama, as well as last-minute uncertainty as to whether the talks would end in success or a total collapse of the Kyoto Protocol.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Energy-saving efforts falling short

In Hong Kong, the pursuit of economic growth and better quality of living means energy conservation is given low priority. Despite various campaigns over the years for more responsible use of energy and resources, our record leaves much to be desired.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Firms 'wasting' billions on energy

A clear energy-conservation policy should be drawn up for the city's commercial sector, following the release of a new index indicating the sector wasted up to 40 per cent more energy and HK$7 billion in the past two decades, a green group says.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Solar so good for Germany

Reiner Metzger thought it a smart investment two years ago when he installed a four-kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar panel - made in China - on the roof of his Berlin home.

By law, he can sell the solar electricity to German power plants at a set rate until 2029, and looks to make a small fortune in 20 years.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Council puts radical green proposals on backburner

Advisers on sustainable development are unlikely to present the outgoing government with radical ideas on cutting energy consumption.

This was signalled yesterday, just a week before the end of a public consultation on the issue.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am