Electricity Charges Review WWF calls for faster adoption of renewables across our city | WWF Hong Kong

Electricity Charges Review WWF calls for faster adoption of renewables across our city

14 December 2019

Tuesday’s Legislative Council economic development panel discussed subsidies that are to be introduced to offset part of the 5.2% and 2.5% increases in electricity charges proposed by utilities providers, HK Electric and CLP, as a result of a switch from coal to natural gas pier production. WWF is calling on the government and utilities companies to adopt measures to both improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy adoption at scale in Hong Kong. This means providing schemes  and incentives where users commit to saving at least 5% electricity by 2022 and bolder actions to innovate, diversify, and magnify the application of solar PV so more users can become power producers.    WWF considers it essential to set a 10% renewable energy target by 2030. 
Action is needed to work towards a net zero emission goal in Hong Kong and whilst WWF suooorts a transition from coal we believe  the government should stop implemention of construction of natural gas pier in Hong Kong waters and transition to natural gas from the existing terminal in Dapeng . 
Karen Ho , Head of Sustainability WWF-Hong Kong, says the proposed subisdies may provide relief to some consumers  against increases in electricity charges brought on by a switch away from coal to natural gas pier production but the approach is shortsighted abd doesn’t address the real need which is for a switch in power generation to renewable energy. What Hong Kong needs to offset carbon emissions is renewable energy adoption at scale, with 10% of energy from renewables by 2030. We would urge the government with utilities companies to introduce more incentives that reward energy savings for users. Transitioning to an LED light only policy in your office , company and adopting a low carbon office or manafacturing programme, like our LOOP and LCMP programmes,  to monitor energy use to meet energy saving targets energy can bring real savings in the city’s energy use. In the upcoming budget we would support a seed fund being set up by Government to roll out community solar projects.”