Impact Assessment

Lai See

Ching Ming won't be the same in Sha Lo Tung if firm has its way

Saturday, 30 June, 2012, 12:00am

Snub over runway impact studies

Green groups are refusing to work with the Airport Authority on the environmental impact process for the planned third runway unless it broadens the scope of studies.

The warnings came as the authority yesterday officially began the statutory impact assessment process by submitting a profile of the runway project to the Environmental Protection Department.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Officials accused of delaying air quality objectives

Green activists have accused the government of delaying the introduction of new air quality objectives by opting for time-consuming legislation.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

When one side's interest is the only one that counts

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Court ruling on bridge plan can further the green cause

Unlike court verdicts that decide the winner and loser of the case, the Court of Appeal's ruling on the planned bridge to Zhuhai and Macau offers the possibility of both sides winning.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Courts have duty to monitor projects

The government's approach to assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects has survived a legal challenge. The Court of Appeal last week overturned a lower court's decision against the government concerning the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Projects up for scrutiny again

Three infrastructure projects put on hold due to legal controversy over the environmental assessment of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge can now resume their public consultation process following the government's victory in a judicial review.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bridge cost could rise by HK$6.5b

A Court of Appeal ruling yesterday cleared the way for the government to press ahead with work on the long-delayed HK$83 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Measured effect

There is a growing awareness in some parts of the world of the impact of social policies. As a result, more people are realising that the systematic study of such impacts could not only ensure more long-term welfare development, but also improve a policy's design, planning and implementation.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Impact assessment in need of review

Striking a balance between the needs for development and environmental protection is not easy. In a city where development is synonymous with progress, conservation has always been a difficult course to champion, until a law was put in place to mandate all projects to undergo green impact studies 13 years ago.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Environment law that can't ease 'urban canyons'

The environmental impact assessment is not the magic bullet to solve the city's woes. At best, it helps keep things from getting worse.

Many people pin so much hope on the law, critics say, that they forget how limited it is in solving our deep-seated environmental problems.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Approval assured

Green activists like to joke that environmental impact assessments are 'invincible'. They are compiled, tabled, commented upon - but never rejected.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Green law has limited impact

The Environmental Protection Department has rejected only seven out of 196 environmental impact assessment studies on major construction projects over the past 13 years, according to the latest figures available on its website - prompting critics to question the effectiveness of the law and call for reforms.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Greens urge tougher project scrutiny

Five green groups have jointly called on the government to revamp the environmental impact assessment (EIA) system, which they say is full of loopholes and fails to protect the environment.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Planners told to okay project without report on remains

The government has advised the Town Planning Board to approve two new buildings at the Central Police Station compound even though the sites could contain historic remains.

The Planning Department, in a paper prepared for a meeting of the board today, says it has 'no objection' to the Jockey Club building two new wings at the heritage site on Hollywood Road.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am