Hong Kong air pollution

Hong Kong’s air quality is getting better, just look at the numbers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2018, 11:04am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2018, 12:19pm

I have been hearing a lot of whining about the air pollution “problem” in Hong Kong. But that’s far from true. Air quality has never been better, so let’s quit complaining about it.

Hong Kong people are doing their bit to curb emissions. We were among the first to embrace electric buses. We love taking public transport and a lot of us are opting for energy-efficient cars. Even in our city planning, we are planting more green zones and building smart. It’s about time we busted the myth and got a little credit.

Air pollution in Hong Kong is on the decline. But I hear you – blue skies and being able to breathe easily are not conclusive signs of good air quality. So let’s look at the numbers instead.

Take the data recorded by the Environmental Protection Department. For the last decade or so, air pollution has been relatively low with a rating of 3 and below. On average, air quality has been safely within health guidelines. Run through the numbers yourself on the long-term data from the department’s Annual Air Quality Index Trend.

And there is more. Click here to track how Hong Kong’s air quality compares to cities worldwide in real time. The result? Our investment in clean air is paying off.

Girish Jhunjhnuwala, CEO and founder, Ovolo Hotels