Edwin Lau

Edwin Lau

Edwin Lau Che-feng is founder and executive director of The Green Earth. Mr Lau has been actively engaged in environmental protection work since the late 1980s and he founded The Green Earth in early 2016. He places great concern on pressing environmental issues related to waste management, air pollution, climate change and energy conservation. He initiated the first waste paper recycling programme in schools, and introduced the first set of three-colour waste recycling bins in a public housing estate in Hong Kong. In 2009, Mr Lau was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR government in recognition of his long-term contribution to the cause of environmental protection and education.

Latest from Edwin Lau

Opinion | Hong Kong’s Covid-19 struggle is adding to its water footprint, leaving little safeguard against climate threats

Thanks to climate change, Hong Kong on is track to become hotter and dryer in the future, putting our reservoir supplies at risk. Yet instead of doing more to save water, consumption has hit new highs since the start of the pandemic.

Thanks to climate change, Hong Kong on is track to become hotter and dryer in the future, putting our reservoir supplies at risk. Yet instead of doing more to save water, consumption has hit new highs since the start of the pandemic.

20 Mar 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s already-serious waste problem has got worse during the pandemic

As use of plastic dining utensils spiked in 2020 due to Covid-19, recycling rates dropped to their lowest levels since 1997. Given that 7 per cent of Hong Kong’s carbon emissions come from landfills, reducing and recycling waste has to be a priority to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

As use of plastic dining utensils spiked in 2020 due to Covid-19, recycling rates dropped to their lowest levels since 1997. Given that 7 per cent of Hong Kong’s carbon emissions come from landfills, reducing and recycling waste has to be a priority to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

19 Dec 2021 - 12:30PM
Opinion | Making buildings more energy-efficient is a quick way for Hong Kong to reach its carbon goals

Like many governments post-COP26, Hong Kong is working on phasing out coal. As it waits for green hydrogen and wind farms, a fast and easy way is to legislate for energy efficiency in buildings, which produce 60 per cent of the city’s carbon emissions.

Like many governments post-COP26, Hong Kong is working on phasing out coal. As it waits for green hydrogen and wind farms, a fast and easy way is to legislate for energy efficiency in buildings, which produce 60 per cent of the city’s carbon emissions.

21 Nov 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s climate change goals need regulations with teeth to succeed

Just launching action plans or road maps is not enough if there are no clear, binding standards to keep the government and major carbon emitters accountable. A regulatory approach would help make climate change pledges stick and aid other goals.

Just launching action plans or road maps is not enough if there are no clear, binding standards to keep the government and major carbon emitters accountable. A regulatory approach would help make climate change pledges stick and aid other goals.

14 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Waste-charging delay: ‘improved’ Legco cares more about votes than the environment

Pro-establishment lawmakers have pushed the government into taking another 18 months to implement the waste charging scheme. Officials claim that order has been restored in Legco, but the system doesn’t seem to be working effectively with regard to environmental goals.

Pro-establishment lawmakers have pushed the government into taking another 18 months to implement the waste charging scheme. Officials claim that order has been restored in Legco, but the system doesn’t seem to be working effectively with regard to environmental goals.

9 Sep 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | An intelligent species would protect the Earth. So why are we destroying it?

Climate change is all around us, from severe flooding to deadly wildfires. Hong Kong needs to raise energy efficiency standards, decarbonise the economy and promote green investment to get to carbon zero by 2050.

Climate change is all around us, from severe flooding to deadly wildfires. Hong Kong needs to raise energy efficiency standards, decarbonise the economy and promote green investment to get to carbon zero by 2050.

22 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Clear air is within Hong Kong’s grasp if authorities will do their job

The Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035 will embrace the latest technology and provide the public with easily accessible information. Those executing the plan need clearly defined targets as taking several years to meet lowered expectations is no longer acceptable.

The Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035 will embrace the latest technology and provide the public with easily accessible information. Those executing the plan need clearly defined targets as taking several years to meet lowered expectations is no longer acceptable.

10 Jul 2021 - 7:00PM
Opinion | To fight plastic bottle waste, Hong Kong needs a strong producer responsibility scheme

The suggestions in the government’s public consultation will only make the city’s plastic bottle problem worse. Mandatory reduction and recycling targets with meaningful penalties for producers and importers are needed.

The suggestions in the government’s public consultation will only make the city’s plastic bottle problem worse. Mandatory reduction and recycling targets with meaningful penalties for producers and importers are needed.

9 May 2021 - 10:24PM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s electric vehicle plan isn’t enough to hit carbon neutrality goals

The scope of the city’s plan to promote electric vehicles is too narrow, focusing on private vehicles instead of buses and trucks. The Environment Bureau’s failure to recommend a policy direction despite hundreds of trials is deeply disappointing.

The scope of the city’s plan to promote electric vehicles is too narrow, focusing on private vehicles instead of buses and trucks. The Environment Bureau’s failure to recommend a policy direction despite hundreds of trials is deeply disappointing.

3 Apr 2021 - 8:00PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s ‘aggressive’ new waste reduction plan is anything but, with its vague timeline and lower targets

The blueprint lacks a timeline that can be tracked, and buried under its apparently laudable goal of a 40-45 per cent reduction in waste is the fact that the new targets are actually less ambitious than the previous ones.

The blueprint lacks a timeline that can be tracked, and buried under its apparently laudable goal of a 40-45 per cent reduction in waste is the fact that the new targets are actually less ambitious than the previous ones.

21 Feb 2021 - 6:51AM
Opinion | There’s a way to end plastic pollution. Does the Hong Kong government have the will though?

Around the world, countries’ bans on microbeads have triggered companies to remove polluting particles from products. Hong Kong must deploy effective measures against microplastics, given the potential threat they pose to public health.

Around the world, countries’ bans on microbeads have triggered companies to remove polluting particles from products. Hong Kong must deploy effective measures against microplastics, given the potential threat they pose to public health.

31 Jan 2021 - 12:18PM
Opinion | Don’t let coronavirus waste overwhelm Hong Kong’s landfills in 2021

In 2019, Hong Kong fell short on several key waste reduction targets. The continuing use of disposable face masks, popularity of online shopping and food delivery will only exacerbate the problem.

In 2019, Hong Kong fell short on several key waste reduction targets. The continuing use of disposable face masks, popularity of online shopping and food delivery will only exacerbate the problem.

3 Jan 2021 - 4:11PM
Opinion | Behind Carrie Lam’s grand reclamation plan for Hong Kong lies an inconvenient truth

The chief executive is determined to push ahead with her Lantau Tomorrow Vision as a solution to the housing crisis, but the environmental costs – for both Hong Kong and the mainland – are being glossed over and less ecologically damaging options effaced.

The chief executive is determined to push ahead with her Lantau Tomorrow Vision as a solution to the housing crisis, but the environmental costs – for both Hong Kong and the mainland – are being glossed over and less ecologically damaging options effaced.

28 Oct 2020 - 8:18AM
Opinion | Green recovery: how Carrie Lam can protect Hong Kong from future pandemics and climate disaster

While suppressing the spread of Covid-19 must be a top priority, it would be irresponsible to overlook the environmental crisis which, if not handled intelligently, will exacerbate losses to the economy and livelihoods in Hong Kong.

While suppressing the spread of Covid-19 must be a top priority, it would be irresponsible to overlook the environmental crisis which, if not handled intelligently, will exacerbate losses to the economy and livelihoods in Hong Kong.

30 Aug 2020 - 1:41PM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs to fast-track electric buses, trucks and coaches, not just private cars, to really clean up roadside air

While private vehicles contribute to congestion, the main polluters are franchised buses, trucks and coaches, which spend more time on the road. Hong Kong should also target zero emissions in shipping, as a holistic approach would help everyone breathe easier.

While private vehicles contribute to congestion, the main polluters are franchised buses, trucks and coaches, which spend more time on the road. Hong Kong should also target zero emissions in shipping, as a holistic approach would help everyone breathe easier.

31 Oct 2019 - 8:03PM
Opinion | Environmental crisis should not be ignored amid protests over extradition bill

Environmental issues should not be ignored amid political crisis

Environmental issues should not be ignored amid political crisis

30 Jun 2019 - 8:27AM
Opinion | Lack of political will holding back push for green transport

If the Hong Kong government genuinely cares about public health, the health and environment ministers should submit a joint proposal to turn the public bus network electric

If the Hong Kong government genuinely cares about public health, the health and environment ministers should submit a joint proposal to turn the public bus network electric

20 Apr 2019 - 9:41PM
Use Hong Kong’s huge budget surplus to tackle waste, air pollution and climate change

Hong Kong’s financial secretary has an opportunity to do some real good for the community by using the power of money to drive change.

Hong Kong’s financial secretary has an opportunity to do some real good for the community by using the power of money to drive change.

31 Jan 2018 - 9:36AM
Recycling is not a problem Hong Kong can dump on China now

Recent government efforts to reduce plastic waste do not go far enough. With the mainland’s ban on many types of recyclables going into effect, Hong Kong needs to think about disposing of them without making more waste

Recent government efforts to reduce plastic waste do not go far enough. With the mainland’s ban on many types of recyclables going into effect, Hong Kong needs to think about disposing of them without making more waste

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong’s pollution and waste problems are just as important as housing

Air quality, the need for renewable energy and to reduce our waste are all issues that directly affect Hongkongers’ well-being, and the city cannot afford to delay remedial action.

Air quality, the need for renewable energy and to reduce our waste are all issues that directly affect Hongkongers’ well-being, and the city cannot afford to delay remedial action.

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