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Comparison of CE candidates election platform

Chief Executive Election 2017

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Comparison of CE candidates election platform
1. Climate & Energy

WWF suggests :
At least 5% of the city should be powered by local renewable energy and adopt a feed-in tariff (FIT) policy to rebate all the electricity generated by renewable energy

John Tsang

- Currently, the respective “Scheme of Control Agreement” signed between the government and the two electric companies will expire in 2018. When negotiating a new agreement, we will request the electric companies to use cleaner energy, including renewable energy and methods that turn waste into energy.

Carrie Lam

- To address such global issues as melting glaciers and rising sea levels arising from climate change and energy use, we will focus on three directions, namely reducing global warming, adaptation and response.

- I will aim to achieve the target of reducing our carbon intensity by 65-70% by 2030 (based on the 2005 figure). Coal-fired power generation will also be gradually replaced by clean and renewable fuels for achieving the goal of keeping the global average temperature rise in this century within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels under the Paris Agreement.

Woo Kwok Hing

- We should allow the public to use solar power for their own homes where possible, to encourage the organic growth of green homes in Hong Kong.

Comparison of CE candidates election platform
2. Protecting Country Parks and Green Zones

WWF suggests :
Adopting brownfield first policy and no development in country park

John Tsang

- Review the brownfield policy. To relocate existing business operations on the brownfield to new multi-storey buildings, with a view to enhancing land efficiency, increasing land supply and improving the rural environment.

- The East Lantau Metropolis and New Territories North developments will be carried out in a manner that does not compromise the country parks or ecologically sensitive marine areas

- We will enforce the laws to protect our country parks, marine parks and other important areas that have ecological value.

Carrie Lam

- In recognition of the importance of nature conservation and biodiversity, I will devote resources to the conservation of our country parks and advocate the appreciation and active protection of Hong Kong’s natural beauty.

- I will establish a dedicated task force representing various sectors to take a macro review of our land supply options. These will include reviewing reclamation outside Victoria Harbour, developing “brownfield sites” in the New Territories, tapping into the land reserves of private property developers, redevelopment of urban areas, and accessing the outskirts of country parks.

- Based on the findings of the survey on brownfield sites, it is proposed that land owners release some of their sites for development. Sites with little development potential should be preserved and reverted to green landscape.

Woo Kwok Hing

- They (brownfield) are valuable resources which, once restored to healthy condition and integrated through proper planning, can be developed for residential, industrial, commercial or agricultural purposes. The Government must review its brownfield policy and responsibly reorganise the land use of sites.

- As Hong Kong has sufficient land for development, there is no need to develop ecologically valuable land such as country parks and nature conservation areas.

Comparison of CE candidates election platform
3. Establishing a Conservation Trust

WWF suggests :
A statutory conservation trust to conserve some ecologically valuable lands. Conflict between conservation needs and property rights of landowners is intensifying

John Tsang

- We will review our nature conservation policy to make it more effective, covering privately owned areas of conservation value, and strengthen the conservation of species diversity

Carrie Lam

No answer

Woo Kwok Hing

No answer

Comparison of CE candidates election platform
4. Marine Conservation

WWF suggests :
Establish Marine Protected areas covering at least 10% Hong Kong Waters

John Tsang

- Support the construction of The East Lantau Metropolis

Carrie Lam

- I will promote the establishment of the Harbourfront Authority and task it with the management of the harbourfront to attract more members of the public as well as tourists to enjoy our world-class, accessible and sustainable harbourfront.

Woo Kwok Hing

- The harbour is a precious Hong Kong resource that should be cherished. I support the Government in establishing a network of coastal protection areas and in implementing conservation measures to protect natural resources and biodiversity in our eco-system.

Comparison of CE candidates election platform
5. Protecting Wildlife

WWF suggests :
Recognize wildlife crime as a serious crime

John Tsang

- No answer

Carrie Lam

- No answer

Woo Kwok Hing

- No answer

Comparison of CE candidates election platform
6. Marine Litter / Waste Management

WWF suggests :
- Reduce marine litter at source by introducing Producer Responsibility Schemes on suitable disposable products
- Formulate more measures to solve marine litter problem collaboratively with the Guangdong province
- Investigate on new measures to enhance marine litter cleanup effort, e.g. intercept marine litter in the sea using floating booms

John Tsang

- We will increase communication with the Guangdong authorities and crack down on illegal dumping of wastes into our waters.

Carrie Lam

- Government will reduce the discharge of sewage to the Harbour in order to address the bad smell near the shore. We will discuss ways to reduce garbage in the sea with the Mainland authorities.

I will work to achieve the goal of reducing waste by 40% in 10 years by promoting waste reduction at source and implementing quantity-based charging for municipal solid waste.

Woo Kwok Hing

- The Legislative Council has passed a bill to impose a recycling levy on glass beverage bottles …… The principle of producer responsibility should also be expanded to cover plastic bottle manufacturers as soon as possible.

- There should be a substantial increase in the number of drinking water dispensers in public and private venues so that the public can choose to reduce their purchase of bottled water, or even stay away from environmentally unfriendly plastic bottled beverages.