Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth looks inwards as strife among members deepens

Governors wave their flags in an open vote. Photo: Cheung Chi-fai

The governors of one of the city's major green groups have pledged to review its constitution after its election came under fire from even the most loyal members.

Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 4:18am

Friends of the Earth board acts to calm waters after resignation

Friends of the Earth board acts to calm waters after resignation

Friends of the Earth's board of governors will not ask its chairman to take over the group's top administrative post after the former head resigned amid mistrust between the board and staff.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:51am

Action needed against light polluters

Hong Kong Space Museum, one of the most worst light-pollution problems in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Friends of the Earth (HK) has handled a lot of light pollution complaints, including excessive lighting problems caused by international businesses. This raises questions about the role of the business sector.

18 May 2013 - 4:11am

Green Dot Home carves a green profit out of unwanted furniture

Alan Chuen, director of Green Dot Home, at his office in Kowloon Bay. Due to space constraints, he must reject 80 per cent of requests for furniture removals. Photo: May Tse

Furniture recycler Alan Chuen Wai-lun received a call from a stranger one day asking him to come collect an unwanted bathroom sink. When Chuen saw it, he was surprised.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:45am

Green group queries CLP Power bonus

A green group has called for a reform of the bonus system which rewards power firms for achieving energy-saving targets under the regulatory regime. The call came after Friends of the Earth found out that CLP Power pocketed an estimated HK$17 million bonus a year under the system set out in the scheme of control.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:44am

Most cruise ships not equipped for shore power at Kai Tak

Friends of the Earth activists make their point about ship emissions outside a cruise forum in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Major cruise lines have reservations about being required to plug into electric power from land when their liners berth at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in future - because most ships are not equipped for it.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:23am 1 comment

Green action urged at Kai Tak cruise terminal

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government is being urged to impose emission controls and incentives to reduce pollution at the Kai Tak cruise terminal.

Friends of the Earth has called on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to encourage cruise operators to make ships shorepower capable or to use cleaner fuel.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:28am

Lights out for old bulbs from next year

Energy inefficient incandescent light bulbs will be phased out. Photo: David Wong

Plans for a ban on power-eating incandescent light bulbs have been scrapped in favour of a voluntary scheme to phase them out from next year.

The decision was made by environment officials who say a public consultation that closed more than a year ago found no majority public support for a mandatory approach.

14 Dec 2012 - 8:03am 4 comments

Waste disposal charges gain public support

People recycle bottles in Wan Chai. Photo: Jonathon Wong

Hongkongers increasingly support the idea of charging a fee for waste disposal, according to an environmental group’s survey released on Monday.

3 Dec 2012 - 7:37pm

Waste output records first drop in four years, green groups say

Waste output records first drop in four years, green groups say

The amount of waste produced in Hong Kong dropped 9 per cent last year - the first dip in four years - but the amount of food waste, a key concern for environmentalists, increased.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:06am

We need to stop this wastage

A report by green group Friends of the Earth estimated that 650 outlets of the four main supermarkets create 87 tonnes of food scraps every day. About a third of that, or 29 tonnes a day, is edible items like bread, vegetables and sushi which has not reached its expiry date.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Green light for companies

When it comes to protecting the environment, Friends of the Earth (HK) believes everyone should play a part, no matter how small. It came up with the Earth Partner programme in 2005 to encourage corporations to devote serious efforts to bringing about environmental changes. Since then, the programme has been launched annually on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Organisations rally round for cause

Since the inception of the Earth Partner programme in 2005, 151 organisations from different sectors have pledged to protect the environment and bring about environmental change.

Friends of the Earth (HK) believes this strong commitment by its Earth Partners has provided extra impetus to finding solutions to environmental problems.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mei Ng - Environmentalist

Mei Ng Fong Siu-mei believes public participation is crucial to creating a safer and healthier environment. 'I believe in mutual empowerment and adaptive environmentalism where local people work on local solutions for local problems.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Green group under fire for tenant noise

One of the most active green groups in Hong Kong, Friends of the Earth, is embroiled in a fight over noise pollution and has been accused of not taking the issue as seriously as it does other forms of environmental harm.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am