Christine Loh

Christine Loh

Christine Loh is chief development strategist and adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute of the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability. She was the former undersecretary for the environment (2012-17), and a former lawmaker. She is also the former CEO of Civic Exchange, a non-profit public policy think tank. She is a lawyer by training, a commodities trader by profession, and an author of many publications.

Latest from Christine Loh

Opinion | For Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, commercial buildings must cut energy use

Buildings account for around 60 per cent of Hong Kong’s total carbon output, but emissions can easily be cut through industry reform. The government must work with the private sector to set tougher standards for developers.

Buildings account for around 60 per cent of Hong Kong’s total carbon output, but emissions can easily be cut through industry reform. The government must work with the private sector to set tougher standards for developers.

12 Dec 2021 - 7:30AM
Opinion | A carbon-neutral Northern Metropolis. Now that’s a plan worth executing

There’s no reason the entire metropolis cannot be environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and socially resilient. Such groundbreaking work can only give Hong Kong an edge in gaining valuable expertise.

There’s no reason the entire metropolis cannot be environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and socially resilient. Such groundbreaking work can only give Hong Kong an edge in gaining valuable expertise.

7 Nov 2021 - 10:15AM
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s policy address shows Beijing is in the driver’s seat on Hong Kong’s future

The plans detailed in the latest policy address indicate both Beijing’s high hopes for Hong Kong and frustration at its lack of progress. Hong Kong’s autonomy remains in place, but the city’s political elite need to show the people this is still the case.

The plans detailed in the latest policy address indicate both Beijing’s high hopes for Hong Kong and frustration at its lack of progress. Hong Kong’s autonomy remains in place, but the city’s political elite need to show the people this is still the case.

8 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong exodus: those who choose to stay need to decide where their loyalties lie

It is not surprising to see many people leaving the city after the events of the past two years as flight is in Hongkongers’ DNA. For those who choose to stay, it is time to help rebuild Hong Kong for the long-term future as part of China.

It is not surprising to see many people leaving the city after the events of the past two years as flight is in Hongkongers’ DNA. For those who choose to stay, it is time to help rebuild Hong Kong for the long-term future as part of China.

13 Sep 2021 - 6:15AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong needs all hands on deck to meet the climate change challenge

Hong Kong needs a whole-of government-approach in tackling climate change. Everyone in the public and private sectors has a role in meeting Hong Kong’s date with destiny to be carbon neutral.

Hong Kong needs a whole-of government-approach in tackling climate change. Everyone in the public and private sectors has a role in meeting Hong Kong’s date with destiny to be carbon neutral.

20 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong can take its 2035 Clean Air Plan further

Hong Kong can commit to the World Health Organization’s air quality standards by pledging to reach interim target three by 2035, and consider mandatory standards for indoor air quality.

Hong Kong can commit to the World Health Organization’s air quality standards by pledging to reach interim target three by 2035, and consider mandatory standards for indoor air quality.

15 Jul 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Xinjiang ‘genocide’ claims and coronavirus origins: beware of spin and disinformation amid rising US-China tension

As the Iraq war and Tiananmen Square have shown, accepted narratives can prove to be wrong. The lesson amid today’s shifting geopolitics is: don’t pass judgment too quickly, especially when things are evolving.

As the Iraq war and Tiananmen Square have shown, accepted narratives can prove to be wrong. The lesson amid today’s shifting geopolitics is: don’t pass judgment too quickly, especially when things are evolving.

19 Jun 2021 - 5:07AM
Opinion | In brokering US-China climate cooperation, Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry deserve much credit

In 2014, Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry worked on a US-China climate statement and rallied others to sign the Paris Agreement. The two sides have identified the many areas for collaboration, including on emerging technologies.

In 2014, Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry worked on a US-China climate statement and rallied others to sign the Paris Agreement. The two sides have identified the many areas for collaboration, including on emerging technologies.

19 May 2021 - 12:07PM
Opinion | US-China summit in Alaska shows road to fighting climate change is paved with political minefields

Is it possible for diplomats on the one hand to fervently criticise their counterparts and on the other hand, drop the animosity when it comes to dealing with climate change?

Is it possible for diplomats on the one hand to fervently criticise their counterparts and on the other hand, drop the animosity when it comes to dealing with climate change?

11 Apr 2021 - 6:00AM
Opinion | Hong Kong election reform: Beijing is demanding loyalty because trust is lacking

Hong Kong’s pursuit of democracy has ended up in this sorry state because the opposition failed to build trust with Beijing. Only when loyalty is not in dispute can Hong Kong create a space for democratic experiments.

Hong Kong’s pursuit of democracy has ended up in this sorry state because the opposition failed to build trust with Beijing. Only when loyalty is not in dispute can Hong Kong create a space for democratic experiments.

19 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
The View | Why are Hong Kong’s vital low-carbon policies missing from the budget?

Business leaders are ready to capitalise on China’s climate and dual circulation policies but frustratingly, where policy is needed, they see little movement from the Hong Kong government.

Business leaders are ready to capitalise on China’s climate and dual circulation policies but frustratingly, where policy is needed, they see little movement from the Hong Kong government.

2 Mar 2021 - 5:45AM
Opinion | Why Joe Biden recommitting the US to the Paris climate accord should spark action in Hong Kong

The US’ commitment is in line with a worldwide trend towards decabornisation that Hong Kong cannot ignore, especially with mainland China pledging to be carbon neutral by 2060.

The US’ commitment is in line with a worldwide trend towards decabornisation that Hong Kong cannot ignore, especially with mainland China pledging to be carbon neutral by 2060.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:16AM
The View | As Asia embraces a zero-carbon future, Hong Kong must make a niche as a green finance hub

Trillions will be needed for China, Japan and South Korea, not to mention other Asian economies, to achieve carbon neutrality, Hong Kong’s financial sector has a critical role in helping to raise funds to make this green transition.

Trillions will be needed for China, Japan and South Korea, not to mention other Asian economies, to achieve carbon neutrality, Hong Kong’s financial sector has a critical role in helping to raise funds to make this green transition.

28 Dec 2020 - 5:11PM
Opinion | What’s left of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council must show it can work for city’s interests

Remaining legislators have a chance to show they are not Beijing’s stooges, that they can break free of vested interests and fear of unpopularity by pushing critical reforms, including in climate action.

Remaining legislators have a chance to show they are not Beijing’s stooges, that they can break free of vested interests and fear of unpopularity by pushing critical reforms, including in climate action.

28 Nov 2020 - 7:10AM
Opinion | What China’s carbon neutral pledge means for Hong Kong

Decarbonisation would be a good framework for Carrie Lam’s upcoming policy address as Hong Kong tries to keep up with mainland reforms amid fractious politics, civil service inertia, and growing Greater Bay Area competition.

Decarbonisation would be a good framework for Carrie Lam’s upcoming policy address as Hong Kong tries to keep up with mainland reforms amid fractious politics, civil service inertia, and growing Greater Bay Area competition.

16 Oct 2020 - 8:43AM
Opinion | The US needs to better understand China’s culture and politics, for the sake of peace

What makes China different should be studied, not dismissed. As Asia’s rise throws up more non-Western sensibilities, talking to, rather than past, each other will be increasingly important.

What makes China different should be studied, not dismissed. As Asia’s rise throws up more non-Western sensibilities, talking to, rather than past, each other will be increasingly important.

19 Sep 2020 - 4:25AM
Opinion | It’s in Hong Kong’s best interests to make its unique constitutional system a success

There is no legal regime in the world that brings together two such very different systems. No matter how challenging, the legal and political communities have to bridge law and politics to advance Hong Kong’s long-term interests.

There is no legal regime in the world that brings together two such very different systems. No matter how challenging, the legal and political communities have to bridge law and politics to advance Hong Kong’s long-term interests.

22 Aug 2020 - 8:46AM
Opinion | Hong Kong third wave: bravery and innovation will guide the city through the Covid-19 storm

In fighting Covid-19, Hong Kong can point to distinguished examples of bravery and ingenuity, among them our public health experts’ cutting-edge research that contributes to the global effort.

In fighting Covid-19, Hong Kong can point to distinguished examples of bravery and ingenuity, among them our public health experts’ cutting-edge research that contributes to the global effort.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Rather than decouple, China and the US must find ways to coexist

Clear thinkers in China know no one wins with a bitter divorce from the US. To chart a mutually beneficial path, Beijing could seek healthy competition with the US, expand operations of Chinese brands in America, and aim to be more transparent.

Clear thinkers in China know no one wins with a bitter divorce from the US. To chart a mutually beneficial path, Beijing could seek healthy competition with the US, expand operations of Chinese brands in America, and aim to be more transparent.

21 Jun 2020 - 3:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s coronavirus success should help the city craft a positive self-narrative that pivots away from protests

To build on Hong Kong’s success in containing Covid-19, we must not return to protests and violence. Democrats must focus on enhancing people’s well-being while working with Beijing on constitutional development.

To build on Hong Kong’s success in containing Covid-19, we must not return to protests and violence. Democrats must focus on enhancing people’s well-being while working with Beijing on constitutional development.

24 May 2020 - 8:30AM
Opinion | How China and Britain can lead the biodiversity and climate debate in the Covid-19 era

Two top conventions on biodiversity and climate change have been postponed but for respective hosts China and Britain, now is the time to lead the global discussion on conservation, linking up pandemics, public health and the environment.

Two top conventions on biodiversity and climate change have been postponed but for respective hosts China and Britain, now is the time to lead the global discussion on conservation, linking up pandemics, public health and the environment.

26 Apr 2020 - 3:10AM
Opinion | No room for coronavirus conceit from US or China as world has its hands full fighting pandemic

It is too simplistic to credit China’s containment to authoritarianism, just as America’s failings cannot be blamed on democracy. Any attempt by Beijing or Washington to wag fingers or overplay success only puts off the ordinary people who are paying the price of the pandemic.

It is too simplistic to credit China’s containment to authoritarianism, just as America’s failings cannot be blamed on democracy. Any attempt by Beijing or Washington to wag fingers or overplay success only puts off the ordinary people who are paying the price of the pandemic.

22 Mar 2020 - 9:09AM
Opinion | Coronavirus cooperation shows how the world is getting better at hunting down disease

Compared to Sars in 2003, more is known about Covid-19, and more quickly, thanks to advances in science and technology and an improved awareness of the importance of data sharing and collaboration. And we continue to learn from current experience.

Compared to Sars in 2003, more is known about Covid-19, and more quickly, thanks to advances in science and technology and an improved awareness of the importance of data sharing and collaboration. And we continue to learn from current experience.

1 Mar 2020 - 6:02PM
Opinion | Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong must succeed where others have failed in explaining the city to his Communist Party bosses

Neither economic sweeteners nor aggressive patriotic education will allay Hongkongers’ deep-seated fears about the system on the mainland. Bejing needs a new approach.

Neither economic sweeteners nor aggressive patriotic education will allay Hongkongers’ deep-seated fears about the system on the mainland. Bejing needs a new approach.

22 Jan 2020 - 9:38AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s ‘revolution of our times’ should focus on climate change

Hong Kong youth would find Beijing more open to a dialogue on how the country can enhance its global leadership in the fight against climate change. They could play a role in bringing the US and China together on the issue.

Hong Kong youth would find Beijing more open to a dialogue on how the country can enhance its global leadership in the fight against climate change. They could play a role in bringing the US and China together on the issue.

29 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | 2.9 million Hongkongers have spoken. Will Carrie Lam and Beijing heed their call for political reform?

Hongkongers have won an opportunity to bring the change the city’s dysfunctional political system needs. Next, they must deal with their fear of the mainland system through non-violent means, like discussions on ‘one country, two systems’.

Hongkongers have won an opportunity to bring the change the city’s dysfunctional political system needs. Next, they must deal with their fear of the mainland system through non-violent means, like discussions on ‘one country, two systems’.

26 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM
Opinion | Moderate Hongkongers tired of radical protesters must speak up through the district council elections

Sensible, moderate voices in Hong Kong can press for peace at the ballot box next month – by voting in politicians who promise to remake the city in a spirit of moderation and cooperation.

Sensible, moderate voices in Hong Kong can press for peace at the ballot box next month – by voting in politicians who promise to remake the city in a spirit of moderation and cooperation.

16 Oct 2019 - 6:10AM
Opinion | Will those in the political middle please step forward to bridge the great divide and save Hong Kong

The political middle should accept Carrie Lam’s olive branch and open up space for reconciliation. Moderates who sympathise with the protest movement should remember that the ability to talk across the divide is a democratic virtue.

The political middle should accept Carrie Lam’s olive branch and open up space for reconciliation. Moderates who sympathise with the protest movement should remember that the ability to talk across the divide is a democratic virtue.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:40AM
Opinion | Hong Kong has been warned: come together and stop the city’s descent into chaos

Challenging Beijing’s sovereignty and authority must stop, as it will only make addressing Hong Kong’s desire for greater autonomy more difficult. A coalition of a wide cross-section of influential members of society needs to ask protesters to stand down and start a dialogue.

Challenging Beijing’s sovereignty and authority must stop, as it will only make addressing Hong Kong’s desire for greater autonomy more difficult. A coalition of a wide cross-section of influential members of society needs to ask protesters to stand down and start a dialogue.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:04AM
Opinion | Can a grand dialogue help people reflect and heal a divided Hong Kong? Maybe. Dare we hold one? Probably not

Reconciliation efforts elsewhere show the power of honest dialogue where people can speak up and be heard, leading to a deeper understanding and ultimately resolution. But the process requires courage, and a willingness to transcend long-held positions.

Reconciliation efforts elsewhere show the power of honest dialogue where people can speak up and be heard, leading to a deeper understanding and ultimately resolution. But the process requires courage, and a willingness to transcend long-held positions.

8 Jul 2019 - 6:32AM