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Climate and Energy

Business as usual is no longer an option. Time is running out for effective action to address the climate crisis and global heating, as stridently conveyed in the IPCC’s latest special report. Effective action requires participation from all stakeholders, particularly government, to enact laws and regulations that go well beyond business as usual.

It is essential for the HKSAR Government to show strong leadership and determination to limit global heating to 1.5°C through setting a legally binding, science-based target by 2022.

It is necessary to innovate, diversify and magnify the application of solar PV technology. By 2030, Hong Kong should reach a 10 per cent renewable energy target. In the long-term achieve net zero emission by 2048, by exploring global and regional cooperation for renewable energy trade while avoiding trade-offs.

It is necessary for the government to set a 50 per cent energy-saving improvement target by 2050, with a mandatory climate change mitigation and adaptation building scheme for all new buildings and a carbon budgeting mechanism for existing buildings. ​

Government should tap opportunities from climate finance by introducing a decarbonisation financing scheme that replicates the success of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects within government properties, to all open spaces, government infrastructure, such as highway noise enclosures and privately owned buildings. The economic, social and financial implications of the climate crisis have to be fully studied, and a progressive carbon-charging system should be launched in Hong Kong. ​
We must rethink urban planning and transform Hong Kong into one of Asia’s most walkable cities. Reforestation can contribute to carbon sequestration and make Hong Kong more carbon neutral. Subtropical forests can sequester 10 to 30 metric tonnes of carbon per hectare as well as reduce erosion and bolster freshwater supplies. 

It is essential to put people at the heart of the decarbonisation policies. Climate change education must be made mandatory across all school levels. Set up a public engagement team to regularly collect public feedback on long- term strategy. Avoid inequalities when forming a new scheme. 

Together, we can reverse the effects of the ongoing climate crisis and transform Hong Kong into a low-carbon city that contributes to limiting global heating to 1.5°C.