A government energy adviser says the attitude of 'not in my backyard' will be a major obstacle to electricity generation from wind turbines, with residents expected to object to huge windmills ruining their views. Otto Poon Lok-to, from the Council for Sustainable Development, said it was 'natural' for Hong Kong people to oppose construction of unsightly facilities near their homes. The council, chaired by acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, is drafting sustainable strategies in three major policy areas - solid waste, renewable energy and urban living space - and will unveil its proposals at the end of the month. On renewable energy, the council's target is to derive 2 per cent of the city's power requirements from renewable sources by 2012. The government's official target is 1 per cent. Mr Poon, a prominent engineer who chairs the council's renewable energy sub-group, said the council's target was realistic. However, he added: 'The scarcity of spare land in Hong Kong has limited our pursuit of renewable energy.' If Hong Kong wanted an even bigger contribution from renewal energy, it would have to put the infrastructure on the mainland, he said. He said an ideal location for 'wind farms' was Fujian . 'If that happens, we have to conduct thorough environmental impact assessments to make sure the farms will not affect the mainland's environment,' he said. 'It is natural for people to oppose building wind farms in their neighbourhood, as it detracts from the natural landscape. 'If we build farms in the hills of Kowloon, those who used to enjoy the views from Hong Kong Island would hate to see them.' There have been strong calls for the council to be more independent, but Mr Poon said he did not think an independent secretariat was essential. 'We're not led by the government. [The council] is a genuine multi-stakeholder body,' he said.