Sulfur Dioxide

HK ranks last on key measure of air quality

Hong Kong emerged as the worst offender for emissions of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide among major cities in the Pearl River Delta region, according to the latest report on regional air quality.

Saturday, 29 October, 2011, 12:00am

Ferries' new technology may help clear the air

Oily black smoke belching from Star Ferry vessels plying Victoria Harbour could become a thing of the past if trials of new exhaust-scrubber technology prove successful.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Lamma Island power station cleans up its act to meet pollution-reduction targets

Hongkong Electric has installed new equipment at its Lamma Island power station, marking the completion of the first phase of a HK$1 billion project aimed at reducing emissions of gases that contribute to smog and acid rain.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Delta air quality 'making huge gains'

Environmental officials have claimed 'huge' success in efforts to improve air quality in the Pearl River Delta, although they admit plummeting industrial production could have had something to do with it.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Chemical in beef

Ten out of 26 beef samples tested last month contained the toxic substance sulfur dioxide, believed to have been used as a preservative to make the meat look redder and fresher.

4 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Reforms too weak, say green activists

Environment bosses falter over power laws

Fears were raised yesterday that the government might be wavering over its power sector reforms after the new environment boss stopped short of reaffirming that the two city suppliers could earn only a single-digit rate of return on their assets.

19 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The high cost of an economic miracle

Experts warn of the far-reaching impact of mainland's sulfur dioxide emissions

The mainland's admission that it was the world's largest producer of sulfur dioxide last year highlights the cost of breakneck economic growth and the weakness of government enforcement of pollution standards, academics and environmentalists said yesterday.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

CLP the worst local polluter

It is impossible to talk about local sources of air pollution without mentioning our power plants. CLP Power - which owns one gas-fired and one coal-fired power plant on the west side of Kowloon, as well as a small oil-fired plant at Penny's Bay on Lantau Island - is Hong Kong's single largest polluter.

23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Power firms criticised after poor weekend air quality

The government yesterday took the power companies to task for last weekend's poor air quality, noting that the concentration of sulfur dioxide was 17.9 times the average level. The administration said 92 per cent of sulfur dioxide emissions in the city came from Hongkong Electric and CLP Power.

Sulfur dioxide reduces lung function and increases disease and death rates.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am