Environmental Protection Department

Plan to slash emissions by updating old buses

Plan to slash emissions by updating old buses

The government is planning to fit 1,400 older buses with devices that will cut their nitrogen oxide emissions by over 60 per cent.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:12am

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

When it comes to noise, Hong Kong could give bedlam a run for its money. From ear-pounding pile-driver punishment and the impatient hum of snarled-up traffic to barking dogs and excitable late-night neighbours, the cheek-by-jowl city we call home just loves to make a racket.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm 1 comment

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.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Tsing Yi toxic waste facility may be moved

The plant occupies a two-hectare Tsing Yi site. Photo: Edward Wong

The Environmental Protection Department plans to hire a consultant to look into the future of the facility. It will direct the consultant to study the incinerator's operation, and whether it needs to be downsized or relocated to other locations such as to a rock cavern or reclaimed land.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

'Severe' air pollution hits parts of Hong Kong

Poor air quality in Hong Kong is expected to last until Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Roadside air pollution soared to dangerous levels in Hong Kong on Monday as the territory was affected by a continental air stream with high content of pollutants. At noon, air pollution indices taken at roadside monitoring stations hit a “severe” level of 204 in Mong Kok and Central, and reached 144 in Causeway Bay.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

Karen Mok recalled her early days as a singer. Photo: AP

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

Green is good, as long as taxes are not in the red

Shanghai Stock Exchange

It's always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what drives policy in Hong Kong. Take the story in yesterdays' SCMP about car dealers asking the government for more time to clear their stock of green vehicles before more stringent regulations are introduced.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:38am

Hong Kong's waste-charges plan get broad support, poll shows

Rubbish trucks in a landfill in Tseung Kwan O. It is expected that Hong Kong’s landfills may reach full capacity by 2018. Photo: Dickson Lee

People will have to pay to have their rubbish dumped after the Hong Kong government finally took the next step in dealing with its mounting waste problem after years of delays.

7 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm 4 comments

Disappearing paper trail more evidence of need for archive law

Wong Kam-sing

How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Something is 'rotten' in the Prosecutions Department

Kevin Zervos

We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".

The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Government looks for a new director of public prosecutions

Shek Kwu Chau

We have been talking for some months now about the interest on the part of Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos in becoming a judge. We see that the first shoe in that scenario dropped over the weekend with a government advertisement for a director of public prosecutions. This implies that Zervos has tended his resignation.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open. Photo: AP

Environment officials can do better job

The Environmental Protection Department's dogged intention to locate a massive off-shore waste incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau marked a low point in governance.

The decision was made for the wrong reasons, when there were more cost-effective and environmentally viable alternatives available.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

The sheer wilful stupidity of official inaction on pollution

The single most effective thing the government could do to ensure it can meet its future health care liabilities would be to cut local pollution levels.

This week's Audit Commission report on the effectiveness of the Hong Kong government's pollution policy makes depressing reading.

That is not so much because of the government's repeated failure to meet even its own modest environmental targets, although that's dismal enough.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 12 comments

Lawyer slams government impact report on offshore incinerator

Leung Hon-wai leaves High Court after a Judicial review of a government's plan to build an incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau.

It was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Department director to approve an impact-assessment report made by his own department on the proposed building of a massive offshore waste incinerator, a court heard yesterday.

16 Nov 2012 - 4:16am

Government must do more to improve air quality

Just how bad is our air quality?

Just how bad is our air quality? The answer can be found when you sniff it or take a look at the skyline. Those who need more evidence can turn to the damning report by the Audit Commission on the government's efforts to clean up the air. The existing air quality objectives have, according to the watchdog, never been fully achieved since their introduction in 1987.

15 Nov 2012 - 7:12am 1 comment