Warning! Plastic waste is contaminating our food chain
Energy & Environment

Warning! Plastic waste is contaminating our food chain

Thanks to microplastics infiltrating the food chain, humans everywhere are now making plastic a regular part of their diet.

Reduce, reuse, reform: Hong Kong experts’ environmental policy picks this year
Energy & Environment

Reduce, reuse, reform: Hong Kong experts’ environmental policy picks this year

Experts in Hong Kong share their thoughts on sustainability efforts the government should prioritise in 2020. Photo: Matthias Süßen (matthias-suessen.de)Licence: license CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons

Plastic Buffet: Both China and the U.S. Have the Opportunity to Innovate on Plastic
Energy & Environment

Plastic Buffet: Both China and the U.S. Have the Opportunity to Innovate on Plastic

Changes in China’s single-use plastic policy gives hope to a future where the second-life market phases out virgin plastic use. Photo: mauriceangres

Municipal Solid Waste charging scheme alone cannot save HK from its waste dumping woes
Energy & Environment

Municipal Solid Waste charging scheme alone cannot save HK from its waste dumping woes

Smart lampposts and a tipping system are two suggested methods of preventing residents from breaching the Municipal Solid Waste charging scheme. Photo: A land to…

Plastic bag levy scheme “wrong way” to handle waste reduction
Energy & Environment

Plastic bag levy scheme “wrong way” to handle waste reduction

Raising prices on plastic bags may not be the answer to solving HK’s single-use plastic woes. Photo: Hong Kong Street Garbage by Wilson Hui.

Hong Kong’s carbon emissions reduction plan needs “stronger action” on commercial vehicles
Energy & Environment

Hong Kong’s carbon emissions reduction plan needs “stronger action” on commercial vehicles

More rigorous action is needed on top of the HK$2 billion electric vehicle parking scheme to address Hong Kong’s carbon emission issue.

Local solution solves the global problem of marine plastic garbage
Energy & Environment

Local solution solves the global problem of marine plastic garbage

HK students create ClearBot, a device that may be a solution to cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Photo: Are You Future Ready? by Dr…

Environmental issues reach flashing red stage; coordinated action is needed now
Energy & Environment

Environmental issues reach flashing red stage; coordinated action is needed now

Collaboration between consumers, government, and industries is key to acting on climate change. Take krill, for example. Photo: Penguins taken by Hong Kong photographer Lina…

Big efforts are small steps towards a zero-plastic HK
Energy & Environment

Big efforts are small steps towards a zero-plastic HK

Hong Kong environmental groups drive initiatives to ditch plastic use. Photo: Cucumbers in plastic (Coles supermarket) by Anna Gregory from Flickr Creative Commons

Circular Economy Part III: Make recycling part of life
Energy & Environment

Circular Economy Part III: Make recycling part of life

In Mikko Tanner’s home in Helsinki, there are different bins for paper, cardboard, plastics, metal, cans, food waste and mixed waste. When the bins are…

Circular Economy Part I: Planning ahead
Energy & Environment

Circular Economy Part I: Planning ahead

Harbour Times reporter Elise Mak travelled to Finland to explore how the country is adopting the concept of a circular economy and the lessons it…

Space, cost of living a challenge for HK sustainability efforts
Energy & Environment

Space, cost of living a challenge for HK sustainability efforts

Sustainability experts say the high cost of living in Hong Kong hinders its citizens from thinking more about environmental issues, but they add that legislation…

HK: NO2 Country for Clean Air – Our polluted city
Energy & Environment

HK: NO2 Country for Clean Air – Our polluted city

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have found that not only are Hong Kong’s NO2 emissions are not declining as planned –…

Grey-Green? The GBA has a long way to go (but policymakers are trying)
Energy & Environment

Grey-Green? The GBA has a long way to go (but policymakers are trying)

The environment chief in Hong Kong met with his counterpart in Guangdong this month to improve environmental protection in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Both…

We mean business in climate action
Energy & Environment

We mean business in climate action

  By Simon Ng Several weeks ago, Typhoon Mangkhut whirled past Hong Kong and left a lasting impression to the city and its people. Typhoon…

Thou shalt pay! For Garbage! Waste charging scheme finally comes to Hong Kong, almost
Energy & Environment

Thou shalt pay! For Garbage! Waste charging scheme finally comes to Hong Kong, almost

On Wednesday, the Hong Kong government tabled a bill to LegCo for a mandatory waste charging scheme – 14 years after the idea was first…

Electrical appliance recycling: Making perfect the enemy of better
Energy & Environment

Electrical appliance recycling: Making perfect the enemy of better

The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment has been in place for two weeks. While there are concerns arising from the scheme,…

You Break It (up), you buy it: HK Convention seeks to drive safe ship recycling
Energy & Environment

You Break It (up), you buy it: HK Convention seeks to drive safe ship recycling

Around 90 percent of the goods we buy arrive in Hong Kong via ship. While ships play a vital role in world trade, they pose…

Eliminating plastic waste
Energy & Environment

Eliminating plastic waste

In early June, a dead pilot whale in southern Thailand was found packed with 80 plastic bags inside its body. This sad news once again…

Ola! Mexicans unite to save Hong Kong and global seas
Energy & Environment

Ola! Mexicans unite to save Hong Kong and global seas

On Saturday, 26 May 2018, a diverse group of people participated in the “Conservation Day @ The Beach” at Pui O, Lantau island, Hong Kong. This…

Fostering innovation in the heart of China’s Greater Bay Area
Energy & Environment

Fostering innovation in the heart of China’s Greater Bay Area

From left to right: Tony Verb, Founder, GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors, Siqi Zheng, Faculty Director, MIT China Future City Lab (MIT-CFC) and Professor Roland Chin,…

Leveraging Business Opportunities in GBA Sustainability for Hong Kong
Energy & Environment

Leveraging Business Opportunities in GBA Sustainability for Hong Kong

Maya de Souza is the Assistant Director for Policy Research at Business Environment Council, an independent organisation established by the business sector to promote environmental…

HK should hurry onboard to build sustainability in GBA
Energy & Environment

HK should hurry onboard to build sustainability in GBA

The Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative has been a constant topic for discussion on a wide variety of subjects – and almost all of them…

The Greener Greater Bay Area: Leveraging Economic Opportunities
Energy & Environment

The Greener Greater Bay Area: Leveraging Economic Opportunities

Maya de Souza is the Assistant Director for Policy Research at Business Environment Council, an independent organisation established by the business sector to promote environmental…

GBA: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap out of style in Greater Bay Area
Energy & Environment

GBA: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap out of style in Greater Bay Area

A long-time advocate of sustainability, Thomas Tang shared with Harbour Times what regional cooperation means to sustainability and how businesses in the Greater Bay Area…

HKUST hires power player to project influence
Energy & Environment

HKUST hires power player to project influence

From outspoken legislator to scrappy think tank startup boss, Christine Loh built a career on speaking her mind. Her think tank matured into a major…

5P Wave could see Hong Kong finance go beyond green finance and ESG to the next level

Paula DiPerna is a visiting fellow at Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong-based environmental think tank.    On a recent Sunday along Victoria Harbour, smog and…

Recycling park opened to treat waste electrics
Energy & Environment

Recycling park opened to treat waste electrics

‘Waste electrical and electronic equipment’ (WEEE), of which Hong Kong produces 70,000 tonnes annually, can now be recycled and treated as the recycling facility WEEE.PARK…

China should lead in creating new sustainable international development model

Ed Note: While Harbour Times normally only looks at Hong Kong policy, our author here anticipates Hong Kong officials participating in mainland governance bodies will…

New tax break of electric cars gets less-than-electric response

Hong Kong will give new tax breaks of up to HK$250,000 for car owners who switch to an electric vehicle. The Special Administrative Region’s government…