Low-Carbon Economy

Political will can fuel Hong Kong's move towards low-carbon future

Political will can fuel Hong Kong's move towards low-carbon future

Each year, the Climate Change Business Forum surveys Hong Kong companies to determine how they perceive the threats and opportunities presented by climate change, with a particular focus on the energy-climate nexus. The third annual Hong Kong Business Survey on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change reveals that both angst and action are on the rise.

Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 3:37am 1 comment

Green economy cannot bloom without incentives

Green economy cannot bloom without incentives

According to new estimates, US$100 trillion is required by 2030 to finance infrastructure needs worldwide. This investment needs to be made greener - its design must rely on less carbon and fewer natural resources - if we are to avoid an unsustainable increase in global temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius or more in the coming decades.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

The great green grid of China

The great green grid of China

China is the world's greatest carbon-emitting nation, responsible for much of the greenhouse gases that are quickly destroying our planet. Some 70 per cent of China's energy comes from coal. Hydropower and nuclear account for most of the remaining output, while renewable energy - mostly solar and wind - is a remarkably low 0.7 per cent.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:34am 1 comment

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.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Tsang's acts don't deserve compassion

As Donald Tsang's term comes to an end on July 1, we are asked by Sister Margaret Fung Sui-fun to show some compassion for him ('Show some compassion to Tsang', June 13).

The question is, why?

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Green cities will only bloom once we break gridlock of collective inaction

Two days at a conference on 'Greening Urban Growth' in Penang allowed me to catch up on the latest thinking about the environmental impact of urban development. The impact of industrial pollution is with us every day, in the form of smog, contaminated water and coughs and colds that don't go away.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Still time to resolve carbon tax dispute

The European Union has the most comprehensive system of caps on greenhouse emissions of any major polluter. It makes sense to extend them to the aviation industry, a small but increasingly important contributor to global emissions.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing mulls industry carbon tax for 2015

Beijing is considering imposing an emissions tax by 2015, which will hit the biggest industries that burn fossil fuel and encourage them to invest in carbon-cutting technologies.

6 Jan 2012 - 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

Carbon duties no answer to China's CO2 emissions

As delegates gather today in the South African city of Durban for the latest round of international climate talks, hopes have all but faded that the assembled negotiators will clinch a comprehensive deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of next year.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Carbon tax fallout all up in the air

Green correctness has inspired so many rules and penalties that the law of unintended consequences - or perverse effects - is bound to be among them. As an example, imagine a flight from Hong Kong stopping over at a hub near Europe just to minimise a tax on direct flights to the continent.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

TRUenergy IPO gets closer after carbon details

Recent moves towards an Australian carbon tax regime have brought closer a listing of TRUenergy, the flagship of Hong Kong power utility CLP Holdings.

The Australian government recently revealed details of its long-awaited carbon policy and a package of transitional financial aid worth A$5.5 billion (HK$45.46 billion) to help polluters move to a low-carbon regime.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Bloomberg's inconvenient truth at C40

It's an inconvenient truth for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bloomberg left big carbon footprint

In November, New York mayor and public transport devotee Michael Bloomberg (pictured) touched down in Hong Kong to chair a meeting of the climate change network C40.

His mode of transport? A Falcon 900EX private jet.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Huaneng Renewables powerless on debut

Huaneng Renewables Corp, which focuses on wind farm development, saw its shares drop up to 11.2 per cent on debut yesterday amid poor sentiment in the renewable energy sector.

The loss was pared to 2.8 per cent by the market close, with the shares ending at HK$2.43, compared with their issue price of HK$2.50.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am