Energy

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.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am

Energise yourself by becoming organised

Aries

March 21 - April 19

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Government House 'needs to go green'

The 157-year-old Government House, the official residence of the city's top leader, should get a retrofit to become a top-class green building, says the man favoured to become the new environment minister.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Openness crucial to nuclear safety

China has no alternative but to develop nuclear power to pick up more of the energy load to drive rapid economic growth. But in addition to coping with the risks of nuclear energy, there is the matter of perception. Nuclear energy must be seen to be safe if the public is to have confidence in the country's nuclear power programme.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

CNNC calls itself core of China's nuclear strategy

China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) is preparing to launch the first initial public offering of shares by a Chinese nuclear power generator.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said last week it had approved the listing on the Shanghai stock market of CNNC, one of the mainland's two state-owned developers of nuclear power projects.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Yuen Long needs more commercial buildings to house medical facilities

In the past decade, Yuen Long has seen an explosion in population.

One reason for this is the completion of the MTR's West Rail line. The line has enabled people to go to and from Yuen Long with ease. This, in turn, has allowed people to capitalise on the relatively low property prices there. This area is currently a magnet for both new and experienced homebuyers.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Towngas to freeze tariff; prices may dip

Towngas will freeze its basic gas tariff this year - and prices could even dip, depending on the state of the international oil market, the company announced yesterday.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

China won't be replicating the US shale gas bonanza

There is a huge amount of excitement over the potential of shale gas deposits to transform China's energy market over the next 10 years. Unfortunately it is misplaced.

China's hopes are pinned on the belief it can replicate the boom in shale gas production that the United States has enjoyed.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Time to take stock - and then move on

Aries

March 21-April 19

There'll hardly be time to breathe this month, as you're wanted by everybody, and your skills and sociability are in great demand. This is a great time for positive energy and joy, so don't be shy about celebrating your talents and popularity.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Daya Bay beefs up safety measures

The operator of the Daya Bay nuclear power station is completing the steps needed to strengthen its ability to cope with a natural disaster, its general manager says.

The station, just 50 kilometres north of urban Hong Kong, has been the focus of the concern in the city since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that sparked nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, Japan.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Approval of safety plan indicates end to hiatus on new nuclear plants

Beijing has approved a five-year safety plan for its nuclear facilities following a year-long inspection in the wake of Japan's nuclear disaster last year, prompting speculation that the central government may soon lift its moratorium on atomic power plant approvals.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Is nuclear energy the city's future?

In the third round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, Pui Tak Canossian College and St Clare's Girls' School debated the motion 'That nuclear power (fission) should have a place in Hong Kong's future'. Pui Tak agreed with the motion while St Clare's opposed it.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

United Energy pours US$3b into Pakistan power

United Energy, a Hong Kong-listed oil and gas firm controlled by mainland tycoon Zhang Hongwei, plans to plough up to US$3 billion into wind and solar power projects in Pakistan in the long term.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dupont strives to lift its share of solar sector

American chemicals giant Dupont aims to increase sales to the solar energy sector by 40 per cent in the next three years despite the challenge of paring costs to satisfy customers suffering losses due to industry overcapacity.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

GCL aims to ride out solar industry's woes

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the world's largest producer of polysilicon, the raw material used to make solar panels and wafers, expects consolidation in the severely oversupplied industry to continue until the end of the year before gradually recovering next year.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am