Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

The Environment Bureau thanked the Council for Sustainable Development (SDC) for submitting today the report and recommendations based on the findings of a public engagement on Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonisation strategy.

Secretary for the Environment KS Wong also expressed gratitude to SDC Chairman Prof Arthur Li, Strategy Sub-committee Chairman Prof Jonathan Wong and sub-committee and support group members for their hard work.

Mr Wong noted the report is very informative and comprehensive, adding that the Government will consider the recommendations carefully and will give a more detailed response later.

The public engagement adopted a bottom-up and stakeholder-oriented approach to help Hong Kong reduce carbon emissions in the coming decades.

Prof Li said having regard to the views received, the council believes that Hong Kong should progressively advance to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as part of the global effort to limit the average temperature increase to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

He added Hong Kong should formulate its decarbonisation strategy based on this vision.

“The strategy should serve six overarching objectives, namely driving transformative societal change towards low-carbon lifestyles, accelerating the shift to zero-carbon energy, promoting a sustainable built environment, governing transitions toward low-carbon transport systems, unlocking green and sustainable finance potential for a low-carbon transition, and steering innovations in climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.”

A total of 55 recommendations were made in eight key areas, including target; lifestyles; education, training and research; built environment; energy; transport; city planning and management; and finance.

During the public interaction phase from June 14 to September 20, 2019, a total of 65 engagement events were held and nearly 4,500 people participated.

The University of Hong Kong’s Social Sciences Research Centre was commissioned as the Independent Analysis & Reporting Agency to analyse the more than 71,000 views collection forms and over 600 written submissions received.

Click here for the report.

By Bureau