WWF Hong Kong - Climate


Climate change is now widely acknowledged as one of the most serious challenges facing mankind in this century. Climate change, which is mainly caused by carbon dioxide gas released during burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of the Earth's natural forests, potentially may result in catastrophic events which will affect our planet’s survival unless properly addressed. 

As a problem that threatens the entire planet, Hong Kong is not immune to the impacts of climate change. WWF-Hong Kong promotes low-carbon lifestyle and the use of clean energy through individual participation, business engagement and policy advocacy. Through reducing carbon emission, WWF believes that Hong Kong can eventually become Asia’s most sustainable city.

Background and Threats

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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on ice, trying to reach next ice flow. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.
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According to the Fifth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in 2011 the global average atmospheric CO2 level rose to 390.5 parts per million, 40 per cent higher than in 1750. Rapid, decisive action to get out of fossil fuels in particular can keep global temperature increases under 2º Celsius, which is the threshold to avoid dangerous climate change.
Climate change as a global issue used to be distant to most Hong Kong people. The problems of prolonged droughts, bad harvest and water shortage, driven by global warming, may not pose a direct impact to us. However, the unexpectedly hot and steamy weather in summer recently made Hongkongers visualize and experience the impact of climate change. Also, as an externally oriented economy, Hong Kong is thus vulnerable to the change in world’s food and energy markets. Therefore Hong Kong should proactively reduce greenhouse gas emission and tackle climate change.

Individuals Actions

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Switch Off Your Lights!
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The actions of individuals can have a huge impact in addressing climate change. By adopting a low-carbon lifestyle, individuals can monitor and thereby substantially reduce their carbon footprint. Eventually, we can change the society together. WWF offers many ways for individuals to get involved in the combat climate change movement. From specially designed public engagement such as Climateers and Low-carbon Living Appliances Guide to taking part in global events like Earth Hour, WWF offers easy solutions to help people make simple lifestyle changes to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change in everyday life.

Read more about individual actions.

Corporate Actions

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WWF-Hong Kong Corporate Membership Programme
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Hong Kong’s commercial sector has the potential to play a key role in the battle against climate change. WWF offers focused programmes to assist Hong Kong’s corporate sector in addressing climate change. Find out more about LCMP and LOOP, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency among other strategic benefits.

Read more about Corporate Actions.

Policy Advocacy

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Rooftop solar panels in Sydney, Australia
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WWF-Hong Kong proposes its Hong Kong Energy Vision 2050, which provide suggestions for the fuel mix, a regulatory policy for the electricity market, and energy infrastructure. We believe that the Hong Kong government should set a target of energy saving by one to two per cent annually while progressively increasing the use of renewable energy sources. This will allow the city to enjoy a clean, stable and affordable supply of electricity, while concurrently greatly reducing the carbon emissions from power generation.