Some of the city's biggest property developers and the world's largest lighting manufacturer have poured cold water on energy-saving initiatives by the environment minister that aim to control indoor temperatures and stop sales of non-energy-efficient light bulbs.Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 3:47am
What's happening to everyone? How did Hongkongers get to be so damned unreasonable? They demand everything but will give nothing in return. Is there no limit to their selfishness? Hongkongers are among the world's biggest producers of waste. We generate twice as much waste per person as people in Tokyo. Yet we're not the slightest bit shamed by this.29 May 2013 - 5:49am 11 comments
Legislators and residents on Monday raised objections to a landfill expansion plan in Tseung Kwan O and some urged the government to withdraw the proposal.10 Jul 2013 - 8:45am
Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong would be "surrounded by rubbish" if a HK$8.9 billion landfill expansion, planned since 2003, did not go ahead.26 May 2013 - 3:55pm 2 comments
Plans to cut by 40 per cent the amount of rubbish each person in Hong Kong dumps in landfills by 2022 were unveiled yesterday as part of a blueprint for tackling the city's "grave problem" with waste.21 May 2013 - 7:58am 2 comments
An incentive scheme for owners of old, polluting diesel vehicles to replace them will not be extended - even though a new, compulsory scheme is not expected to kick in until next year, lawmakers heard yesterday.16 May 2013 - 3:40am
The call for a total ban on selling shark fins in the city is mounting following the setting up of a petition by a global civic organisation directed at Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing.11 May 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment
In the past eight months or so, I have participated in more consultation meetings and forums on waste issues hosted by the Environment Bureau than throughout the entire tenure of the previous administration.13 Apr 2013 - 3:21am
Top officials yesterday unveiled a seven-year plan to cut Hong Kong's notorious roadside air pollution, while admitting some of the targets might be hard to meet. Billed as an air-quality roadmap to 2020, the plan says that if all measures are fully introduced, roadside pollution will begin to drop in the next two to three years, and see significant improvement in four to five.29 Mar 2013 - 10:46am 21 comments
Environment minister Wong Kam-sing has defended as "reasonable" a planned increase in gas charges by the city's sole piped-gas distributor. Hong Kong and China Gas Co, or Towngas, a listed firm controlled by property giant Henderson, said it would raise its standard gas charge by 4.6 per cent, or 1 HK cent, from April. The per unit gas charge, excluding fuel costs, will be 22.85 cents.26 Feb 2013 - 7:22am
The Environment Bureau on Thursday has proposed charging a levy on glass beverage bottles from drink suppliers to promote recycling and reduce waste.
In a consultation document, the bureau suggested using the fee to cover the costs of recycling glass beverage bottles, which accounted for two thirds of waste glass bottles in 2011.7 Feb 2013 - 9:13pm
The government and transport operators squared off yesterday over their conflicting proposals for phasing out old, polluting diesel vehicles, ahead of a meeting between the two sides today.
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing insisted the government's HK$10 billion proposal, under which replacement subsidies would depend on the age of the vehicle, was reasonable.24 Jan 2013 - 4:47am
The environment minister called for a discussion on building an incinerator as a part of Hong Kong’s waste strategy, calling it irresponsible if talks don't take place.
Wong Kam-sing said that waste reduction at source remained a top priority for the government and that he would present his blueprint on waste reduction and treatment soon.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The environmental impact assessment system - which the authorities rely heavily on to address conflicts between development and conservation - may soon be enhanced, top environment officials said yesterday.
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said that while the operation of the system was largely "OK", it could still be improved.19 Jan 2013 - 3:11am
Emissions from ships have overtaken power plants as the biggest source of sulphur pollution.
Ships are already the main emitter of nitrogen oxides and suspended particles.
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said new emission data, to be released shortly, showed vessels added sulphur dioxide to this list in 2011.12 Jan 2013 - 4:31am 1 comment