Hong Kong lags behind Shenzhen on energy-saving lighting for roads and tunnels

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, 5:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, 10:28pm

I wonder how much the Highways Department and other relevant departments are spending on lighting our roads, tunnels and other public areas.

The current lighting system is not energy efficient and is surely leaving a very huge carbon footprint.

While the process of illuminating public areas with energy-saving lighting is not even at the preliminary discussion stage in Hong Kong, when you go across the border to Shenzhen, you can see that they have already done a lot towards reducing the carbon footprint, by migrating to LED lighting.

This is one of the examples that go to show how and why the economy across the border is developing fast, with prompt decision-making and action, while on this side of the border there is total stagnation.

According to a report published by the WWF, if everyone on our planet had the kind of lifestyle that is prevalent in Hong Kong, it would take 3.9 Earths to sustain us.

That is not just a scary prospect. It also brings to the fore the fact that Hong Kong’s carbon footprint needs to be worked on and reduced.

Would the relevant department and/or leaders please look into the upgrading of public lighting immediately and start working on migrating to energy-saving solutions?

As the incoming chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor needs to spearhead these simple initiatives to make our city more environmentally friendly.

Venkitaraman Krishnan, Cha Kwo Ling