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 ‘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.

Hong Kong’s ‘aggressive’ new waste reduction plan is anything but, with its vague timeline and lower targets
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.

There’s a way to end plastic pollution. Does the Hong Kong government have the will though?
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.

Don’t let coronavirus waste overwhelm Hong Kong’s landfills in 2021
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.

Behind Carrie Lam’s grand reclamation plan for Hong Kong lies an inconvenient truth
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.

Green recovery: how Carrie Lam can protect Hong Kong from future pandemics and climate disaster
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.

Hong Kong needs to fast-track electric buses, trucks and coaches, not just private cars, to really clean up roadside air
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

Environmental crisis should not be ignored amid protests over extradition bill
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

Lack of political will holding back push for green transport
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.

Use Hong Kong’s huge budget surplus to tackle waste, air pollution and climate 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

Recycling is not a problem Hong Kong can dump on China now
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.

Hong Kong’s pollution and waste problems are just as important as housing
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong needs to win the war against mounting waste to fight climate change
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How China’s stricter waste import rules may well sink Hong Kong’s plastic recycling sector
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Can Hong Kong now expect a bolder push to reduce waste under Carrie Lam’s government?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong’s waste charge will reduce our rubbish levels, never mind the naysayers
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Targeting electric cars won’t ease Hong Kong’s traffic or pollution problems
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How to stop Hong Kong drowning in waste: a tip for the next chief executive
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Why Note 7 fiasco is a green light for Samsung on handling e-waste
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
What a waste: Legco election a missed opportunity for Hong Kong to cut back on paper use
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Cleaner fuels are a start, but a sustainable lifestyle is key in Hong Kong’s climate change fight
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Install water dispensers across Hong Kong to cut its reliance on plastic bottles
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Time to rethink our shopping habits and start buying only what we need, not what we want
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
No good reason for Hongkongers to buy bottled water
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Pollution, food waste and heavy traffic: what Hong Kong’s chief executive should focus on in 2016
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Hong Kong must ensure that those who generate waste are responsible for it
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM
How waste cooking oil can drive Hong Kong's campaign for cleaner air
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM
Plastic bag levy should be supported by all retailers
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM
Hong Kong should aspire to higher energy-saving targets
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM
Hong Kong's political squabbles claim a victim in the environment
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM
Limit private cars that are occupying too many Hong Kong roads

The top challenge for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his 2015 policy address is to tackle Hong Kong's congested roads.

The top challenge for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his 2015 policy address is to tackle Hong Kong's congested roads.

Limit private cars that are occupying too many Hong Kong roads
25 Oct 2016 - 5:45PM