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Old January 15th, 2006, 07:28 PM   #141
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Bus firms agree to clean up their act Environmental moves give HK a lead in use of zero-sulfur fuels
15 January 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong buses may lead Asia in the use of zero-sulfur fuels after franchised companies agreed to environmental improvements, the transport chief said yesterday.

By 2009, the three franchised bus companies will be using zero-sulfur diesel oil and their buses will be fitted with emission-reduction devices, Commissioner for Transport Alan Wong Chi-kong said. Only Japan has moved to the much cleaner fuel for its public transport system.

City buses will also be fitted with black boxes to monitor the driver's performance and improve road safety. All buses will have black boxes, which cost about $10,000 each, by next year.

The new conditions are to be added to the government's franchise agreements with Citybus, New Lantao Bus and Kowloon Motor Bus.

The three are seeking to extend their franchises for another 10 years, after their current ones expire in 2007, on June 30, March 31 and July 31, respectively.

Sulfur in diesel directly contributes to the formation of particulate matter of less than 10 microns in diameter in engine exhaust. These are linked to health problems, particularly respiratory conditions. Zero-sulfur fuels contain less than 10 parts per million of sulfur.

Also by 2009, buses owned by the three companies are to be retrofitted with continuous regenerating traps to further reduce particulate matter. The retrofitting will cost up to $100 million.

Mr Wong said Citybus and KMB had committed to deploying additional buses of Euro III or IV standard on busy roads such as Des Voeux Road Central, Queensway, Hennessy Road, Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay and Nathan Road to help reduce roadside emissions.

This could reduce each bus' emissions of particulate matter by up to 94 per cent, carbon monoxide by up to 65 per cent, and hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides by up to 54 per cent.

Mr Wong said it was possible that in three years, only low-emission buses would ply busy roads like those in Causeway Bay and Central.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 04:38 AM   #142
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Construction waste disposal charges start Friday
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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The levy of charges for the disposal of construction waste at government facilities will start from Friday (January 20), a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said today (January 18).

The charges for disposing of one tonne of construction waste at public fill reception facilities, sorting facilities and landfills are $27, $100 and $125 respectively.

Since the Construction Waste Disposal Charging Scheme came into operation on December 1, 2005, EPD had received, as at January 13, more than 10,000 account applications, the spokesman said.

Under the charging scheme, construction waste producers are required to open a billing account with the EPD in advance for disposing of construction waste. Anyone disposing of construction waste at public fill reception facilities, sorting facilities and landfills is required to hand in chits issued under a billing account upon delivery of waste to these facilities. Similarly, for the refuse transfer stations on outlying islands, valid chits are required for the disposal of construction waste.

Account holders are reminded to collect the chits from relevant offices of EPD or the Civil Engineering and Development Department as soon as possible.

As the scheme is devised in such a way that waste haulers are not responsible for the payment of the levy, there will be little incentive for fly tipping. Nonetheless, the spokesman said the EPD would spare no efforts in tackling fly tipping activities, and will step up enforcement action against the practice.

In December, the EPD conducted some 500 inspections and ambush operations at about 240 fly tipping blackspots throughout the territory.

He warned against the illegal disposal of construction waste, pointing out that those who commit such offences under the Waste Disposal Ordinance are liable to a maximum penalty of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment.

The spokesman said that under the charging scheme, a tripartite working group with representatives from waste haulers, construction trade and government departments had met more than 12 times since the end of 2004 to work out the implementation details. The working group has provided a very useful channel for close liaison among relevant stakeholders, and all three parties agreed that the working group should continue after the charging scheme comes into operation.

Dry runs involving the construction industry and the haulers have been carried out at the government disposal facilities since July last year in order to allow the trade to familiarise themselves with the operational details and to fine-tune the logistic arrangements.

To further remind the trade and the public, EPD has launched a series of promotional publicity including the broadcasting of Announcements of Public Interest on TV and radio since the last quarter of 2005.

From October to December last year, some 32 seminars were organised and more than 3,500 representatives from government departments and the concerned trades attended, he added.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:17 PM   #143
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SETW visits model estates in source separation of waste
Sunday, January 22, 2006
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The Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, is please to see City One Shatin residents recover used batteries and cartridge.


City One Shatin residents showing how they practise source separation of waste at home to the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, during her visit.


The Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, called on members of the public to take part in the “Recycle to Clean, Making New Year Green” campaign launched by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD).

She made the appeal today (January 22) when she visited model estates in source separation of waste and saw how residents of these estates reduced, recycled and reused waste during their annual clean-up before the Lunar New Year.

The EPD’s campaign aims at encouraging housing estates to strengthen their waste recovery activities by collecting recyclable or reusable materials, such as clothing, toys, computers, electrical and electronic appliances, furniture for resale to recyclers or donation to charitable organisations.

To facilitate the clean-up operations, EPD’s 13 refuse transfer stations (RTS) will be opened to the public for the collection of recyclable or reusable materials for the period from January 21 to 27. The relevant information is available at EPD’s website at www.epd.gov.hk. For enquiries, please call 2838 3111.

In today’s visit, Dr Liao, accompanied by EPD officers, started off from City One Shatin where she saw how the residents there practised the separation of waste at source during their clean-up and how they made use of waste separation facilities in the refuse room.

She proceeded to Grand View Garden in Wong Tai Sin, a home ownership housing scheme, to see how residents participated in recyclables collection programmes and then to Shun Lee Disciplined Services Quarters in Kwun Tong where she was briefed on the expansion of the scope of recyclables recovered.

Besides paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles that are currently collected by the 3-coloured waste separation bins, the types of recyclables recovered will be broadened to include other types of recyclables such as plastic bags and biscuit tins.

It is noted that all government quarters managed by the Government Property Agency would practise this expanded-type mode by the first quarter of 2006.

Dr Liao was briefed on how source separation of waste was practised on each floor of the building during her visit to Lei Yue Mun Estate, a public housing estate in Kwun Tong.

"I’m pleased to see the positive and increasing response from residents in separating the domestic waste at source,” Dr Liao said.

As of December last year, a total of 223 housing estates with 350,000 households had enrolled in the territory-wide programme on source separation of domestic waste.

Each housing estate participating in the programme is expected to achieve a 50 per cent increase in recovered quantities after the first year of implementation.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 02:38 AM   #144
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Getting rid of a killer in the air
Andrea Chiu
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

When Liberal Party chairman James Tien last month introduced a motion in the Legislative Council "endeavoring to improve air quality," he called for idling engines to be banned throughout Hong Kong along with other initiatives to combat air pollution.

Although lawmakers passed the motion, it may not mean drivers will have to switch off engines any time soon.

In 2000, the government rejected the Legislative Council's All-Party Clean Air Alliance's proposal to legislate a ban and has since maintained that a bylaw is unnecessary.

But Tien is fed up and argues the government's current initiatives to reduce car idling through education are not enough.

With Hong Kong's air quality under constant criticism from the public, media and even foreign business investors, Tien believes it is time for more political will. The proof, he says, is in the air.

"A few years ago, the government said we don't need a law, we just need public education and that will do the job," Tien said. "But it's not the case as last summer we still saw people leaving their cars running with the air conditioning on."

In his policy address last October, Chief Executive Donald Tsang vowed to take "vigorous measures to make sustained improvement to air quality."

Much of the focus was on reducing emissions from power companies and Hong Kong's cooperation with Guangdong, but he acknowledged the need to turn off idling engines.

"We will issue guidelines to all government drivers, requiring them to sw
itch off engines while waiting. We will appeal to private car drivers to exercise the same self-discipline," Tsang said in October.

But guidelines are not enforceable by law and while the administration acknowledges the effects of idle engines, it insists legislation is not needed.

"We consider the approach of advising drivers to switch off engines while waiting through education and publicity effective," Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao said in October when responding to a question raised by Tien in Legco.

Liao said from 2002-04, the Environmental Protection Department received 770 complaints and 77 percent of these did not attract further complainants.

This, combined with the Transport Department's letter warnings asking transport operators to comply with the no idling engine guidelines, is enough, but "the government will continue to appeal to drivers to exercise self- discipline on no idling engines through promotional and educational activities," Liao said.

Despite the secretary's boasting of a 77 percent success rate, the number of complaints against idling engines increased from 238 in 2002 to 308 last year. Liao also told Legco the EPD had carried out hundreds of man-hours in operations to advise drivers to turn off their engines while waiting.

"Based on the experience of the EPD staff, only a very small number of drivers disregarded the advice" Liao said. "Most of them would switch off the engine or drive away immediately."

But the department has no record of how many drivers were given advice or what percentage of idlers turned off their engines during these operations.

Despite the EPD's initiatives, a spokeswoman for the department said it has not actually conducted any study on the effects of idling engines.

The health department also has no data on air pollution's impact on Hong Kong health.

A conservative estimate is that there are 3,500 premature deaths related to air pollution in Hong Kong every year, said Anthony Hedley, chair professor at Hong Kong University's Department of Community Medicine. "It could be higher and we're probably talking about 35,000 hospital admissions each year," Hedley said.

These deaths are in the form of cardiopulmonary diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

If the government took more action, it could save many lives, according to a joint study by Hong Kong University and London University published in 2002.

The study found that after the government introduced regulations to cut sulfur emissions from fuel in 1990, deaths from heart and lung disease dropped by an average of 2 percent and 4.48 percent, respectively.

Hong Kong residents can live an average of 20 to 40 days longer because of the environmental measure, the study inferred.

A restriction on idling engines could have similar health benefits to the regulations on sulfur emissions from fuel since idle engines spew out more pollutants than traveling engines.

"The engine is designed for operating conditions to make it most efficient," said Ming Fang, adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He said engines are not designed to idle and so, when a car is switched on and waiting, more pollutants will leave the tailpipe.

There is no such thing as complete combustion of an engine, Fang said, but at least a traveling car achieves more complete combustion than one which is idling.

Tien would like to see an all-out ban on idle engines with the exception of taxis and minibuses. Unlike anti-idling by-laws in Canada where there are often exemptions based on high and low temperatures, Tien says exceptions would make for difficult enforcement.

Edwin Lau, assistant director of green group Friends of the Earth, however, is in favor of a more gradual ban.

"We can start with sensitive areas," he said. "Ban idling around areas such as nursery schools, elderly homes and hospitals. People there are more vulnerable to air pollution."

Lau does not think the government's current initiatives are sufficient to improve air quality.

The government needs to conduct a full study to prove its measures are effective in combating idle engines, he said.

Hong Kong people fail to switch off their engines due to a lack of awareness, Lau said. But legislation would mean less of a need for education as a HK$1,500 fine speaks louder than an information pamphlet.

"From our angle, education and encouragement are not as effective as a piece of legislation," he said. "We encourage education and awareness to go parallel with legislation for the best result."
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Old February 1st, 2006, 06:41 AM   #145
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Greens urge department to step up recycling of waste foam
1 February 2006
South China Morning Post

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has been urged to play a more active role in waste recycling, after a green group's study found tonnes of foam containers discarded at wet markets could have been recycled instead of being dumped in landfills.

The group called for 158 refuse collection points run by the department and about 80 vacant sites under flyovers to be turned into recovery centres for different types of waste.

But a spokesman for the department said it needed time to study recycling efforts at refuse collection points.

During the study, about 4.2 tonnes of foam boxes were collected by contractors at two refuse collection points in Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, and Yue Man Fong, Kwun Tong. The foam containers were usually thrown away every afternoon by pet fish traders and fresh vegetable vendors and hygiene officers were responsible for disposing of them.

"The boxes were scattered in the markets and they were usually crushed and mixed with organic waste at the refuse collection points before being taken to the landfills. But this practice would spoil and contaminate all the valuable foam waste," said Devin Cheng, project officer of the group.

For the study, department workers were asked to sort the foam boxes from other waste and save them for collection contractors who were paid from the proceeds of selling the foam.

Mr Cheng said that while the sorting caused extra work, the practice could save money because the number of waste pickups was cut by one truckload each week.

"During the study, we found that some mainlanders holding visitor permits visited the markets to collect the foam as it could be sold at a good price on the mainland," he said.

At present, recyclers offer about $1 for two large foam boxes. There are at least three foam recyclers in the city that can turn the waste into plastic raw material or other products.

The city disposes of 130 tonnes of foam a day, enough to fill 130 double-decker buses. Nearly all foam is dumped in landfills.

There are no formal channels of recovery as it is not deemed cost-effective to transport the bulky material for recycling.
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Hong Kong choking beneath worst smog this year

HONG KONG, Feb 7, 2006 (AFP) - Hong Kong was choking under a cloud of unseasonable smog Tuesday with air pollution at its highest level in five months, triggering a government health warning.

Citizens with heart or lung complaints were advised to stay off the streets of the southern Chinese territory as dangerous particulate levels reached 105 on the environmental protection department's air pollution index.

A reading higher than 100 is considered harmful to health and triggers an automatic health warning announced on radio and TV.

The government's Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said the higher-than-expected pollution levels had been caused by cool settled weather the night before trapping smog within Hong Kong's high-rise canyons.

The worst affected areas were the Causeway Bay shopping district, which reached 105, and the Central business district, which hit 102, in the morning.

Such conditions are more typical of autumn than winter.

The index went past the 200-mark in September 2004, a year for records when Hong Kong experienced 65 days of smog.

Pollution is a growing problem in Hong Kong, which is inundated by smog from the heavily industrialised Pearl River Delta Region of neighbouring southern China.

The government and environmentalists Friends of the Earth Hong Kong estimate that 80 percent of the pollutants recorded in Hong Kong drift in from China, mostly from vehicle exhausts and factory and power plant fumes.
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LCQ4 : Introduction of environmentally-friendly vehicles to reduce vehicular emissions
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
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Following is a question by the Hon Jeffrey Lam and an oral reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, in the Legislative Council meeting today (February 8) :

Question:

Regarding the introduction of environmentally-friendly vehicles to reduce vehicular emissions, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the results to-date of the operational tests conducted on the five electric-petroleum hybrid motor cars purchased by the Government last year; and how such vehicles compare to ordinary petroleum motor cars in terms of emissions, fuel consumption and repair and maintenance costs; and

(b) whether it will consider offering tax concessions to encourage the public to switch to environmentally-friendly vehicles?

Reply:

Madam President,

(a) In April 2005 the Government introduced five hybrid sedans for a two-year trial in various Government departments. The trial was to assess the maintenance requirements and operating efficiency of this type of vehicle when used in Government's vehicular fleet under local conditions. Results of the initial seven months of operation show that -

(i) The maintenance cost for hybrid sedans is similar to that for petrol-fueled sedans of the same class. However, due to the short duration of the trial, conclusion can be made only when the data are subject to detailed analysis upon the completion of the test;

(ii) The fuel consumption for hybrid sedans is about half of that for petrol-fueled sedans of the same class.

According to the information we gathered, the emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides of these five hybrid sedans are about 40% less than those of petrol sedans of the same class complying with the Euro IV standard. These two key pollutants are responsible for the photochemical smog affecting Hong Kong in recent years. In terms of green house gases, the emission of carbon dioxide is also halved.

(b) The Chief Executive has clearly pointed out in his 2005 Policy Address that the Government will consider using hybrid vehicles that have lower emissions on a wider scale, once more models become available on the market and are judged to be cost-effective, and will also encourage the community to do the same. We will closely monitor the market conditions with a view to formulating appropriate policy to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles.
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Health advice as air pollution levels soar in Hong Kong
2006-02-11 HKT 11:23


The Air Pollution Index in Central and Causeway Bay has soared to very high levels today with a smoggy haze clearly visible along the harbourfront. The A-P-I reading at roadside monitoring stations in Causeway Bay has reached 122; and 112 in Central. The Environmental Protection Department is advising those with heart and respiratory problems to avoid strenuous outdoor activities today; and to avoid areas of heavy traffic.
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渣打馬拉松 五千人傷兩命危
空氣污濁跑到斷氣

13/02/2006
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打破歷年紀錄,昨日有接近四萬名健兒,在空氣污染指數平均高達一百以上的環境下,參加了「第十屆渣打馬拉松」比賽,前所未有地令五千名參賽選手抽筋及擦傷手腳,更有二十二人感到不適送院,其中一名五十三歲男選手突然缺氧呼吸停頓,經送院急救後仍須倚賴儀器輔助呼吸,情況危殆,恐變成植物人。另一名三十三歲健兒亦腦缺氧及心臟停頓,幸經過急救後甦醒,但仍未脫離危險期。

第十屆渣打馬拉松比賽,昨日在本港空氣質素極差的情況下舉行。天文台測試本港各區的空氣污染指數,平均都在一百以上,馬拉松比賽沿途中的旺角,指數更高達一三三,由於今年為馬拉松比賽的十周年,故也特別多人參加,大會估計人數接近四萬,已打破歷屆紀錄。

比賽過程中,有不少健兒相繼跌傷及擦傷手腳,醫療輔助隊共處理四千八百二十五宗抽筋、二百三十二宗水泡傷口個案,比起上屆高出一倍,傷者中有二十二人要送院救治,兩人經救治後情況仍然危殆。

患哮喘仍堅持參賽
其中命危的曾錦賢(五十三歲)男跑手,與家人同住大埔區,他在酒店工作,為家中經濟支柱,兩子女正唸大學。家人稱,曾錦賢患有哮喘病,病情近年轉差,臨睡前有時會氣促,須靠噴霧治療才能入睡;雖然頑疾纏身,但他熱愛跑步,過去兩年均有參加渣打馬拉松長跑賽,都分別因為天氣冷及扭傷腳,不能跑完整個賽程,今年他偕友人一起報名參加,目標是要完成全程。

腦缺氧恐變植物人
昨日本港空氣質素很差,曾錦賢離家前,家人已勸他最好退出,但他堅持要參賽;早上九時許,他跑了約十三公里至青馬大橋橋面,突然暈倒並呼吸停頓,工作人員通知在場醫生和護士趕來,為他進行心肺復甦法急救,再由救護車送往瑪嘉烈醫院搶救。不過,由於他腦部缺氧,身體部分機能已受損,經急救後現仍靠儀器幫助呼吸。醫生擔心曾錦賢若一直昏迷,可能會變成植物人。曾的家人事後對主辦單位的安排極表不滿,批評曾錦賢出事後,主辦單位並沒有派代表到醫院探望和慰問。

另一名情況危殆的男跑手朱文治(三十三歲),參加半馬拉松賽事。昨晨十時許,朱跑到距離終點尚有一百公尺時突然暈倒,在場醫生和護士上前為他急救後送院,現在深切治療部留醫。朱的十多名親友和友事後趕抵醫院,在病房外等候和禱告,希望他大步檻過。據稱,朱嚴重虛脫,心跳一度停頓和腦部缺氧;朱的家人探望後稱,朱幸已甦醒,他以前參加長跑亦曾暈倒,目前不敢將事件通知其母,恐她受不住刺激。
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Hong Kong committed to combating air pollution
Monday, February 13, 2006
Government Press Release

In response to the very high Air Pollution Indices on Saturday and Sunday, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) reiterated today (February 13) that Hong Kong does not tolerate foul air.

The highest API on Sunday morning was 149 recorded at Causeway Bay. The EPD advised that people with existing heart or respiratory illnesses (such as coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, asthma, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive airways diseases) are advised to reduce physical exertion and outdoor activities.

"Over the weekend, the peak concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide were 5.3 times and 17.9 times respectively of their average levels over the year. While the calm weather caused the accumulation of pollutants, the solution must be to cut the emissions of air pollutants," an EPD spokesman said.

"Hong Kong has made good progress in reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides, respirable suspended particulates and volatile organic compounds in recent years. The 2004 emissions were reduced by 16%, 28% and 23% respectively compared with 1997," the spokesman said.

"Despite the progress made so far, it is unavoidable that we will still be seeing some days with high APIs. Members of the public especially the elderly and people with heart and respiratory diseases are advised to check the APIs and stick to the health advice," the spokesman added.

"With the implementation of a comprehensive programme to reduce vehicle emissions, emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxides from motor vehicles in the urban areas have been reduced by 80% and 40% respectively. The number of smoky vehicles on the road has also been reduced by about 80%. The number of days with the API exceeding 100 was 87 days in 2004 and 49 days in 2005," the spokesman said.

"However, much of our effort has been vitiated by the increase in emissions from the local power companies. The emission of sulphur dioxide in Hong Kong actually increased by 47% between 1997 and 2004. To achieve a sustained improvement in our air quality, power companies must substantially reduce their emissions," he said.

"At high levels, sulphur dioxide reduces lung function and increases morbidity and mortality rates. Reacting with other pollutants in the air, it forms very fine sulphur particles. Analyses have shown that up to 30% of the very fine particles in the air are sulphate. It is a major component of the smog over the region," the spokesman said.

Power generation emits 92% of the sulphur dioxide and half of the nitrogen oxides in Hong Kong. Between 1997 and 2004, the emission of sulphur dioxide by power generation increased by as much as 60%. Hence the EPD puts power plants under close surveillance. Plants of CLP were inspected six times in 2005.

"To explore means to reduce emissions effectively, the EPD had informed the two local power companies as early as July 2003 of the 2010 emission caps for the power sector. For the case of CLP, the Permanent Secretary for the Environment and other senior officers of the Environment Branch of the Bureau visited CLP on August 14, 2004 and met personally with the Managing Director of CLP Power, Mrs Betty Yuen, to listen to their emission reduction proposal," the spokesman said.

"Apart from making local efforts to reduce emissions, the HKSAR Government has been working with the Guangdong Authorities to reduce emissions of the entire Pearl River Delta (PRD) Region," he said.

On September 28, 2005, the Chief Executive and the Governor of Guangdong Province reiterated that the two sides would implement the PRD Regional Air Quality Management Plan (Management Plan) progressively with a view to achieving the agreed emissions reduction targets for air pollutants by 2010.

"Since November 30, 2005, the monitoring network jointly established under the Management Plan has been commissioned and the PRD Regional Air Quality Index is published on a daily basis. The enhanced control measures under the Management Plan have been well on schedule," the spokesman said.

In 2006, the major tasks under the Management Plan will include the following:

(a) On combating air pollution from the power generation industry, Phase I construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trunk pipeline in Guangdong Province will be completed in 2006 and a number of LNG power plants are expected to be commissioned in phases. This will substantially reduce the PRD's reliance on the more polluting fuel oil and coal. Moreover, existing oil-fired and coal-fired power plants in Guangdong Province will continue to install flue gas desulphurisation systems;

(b) On controlling emissions from motor vehicles, the Guangdong Provincial Government will strive to advance the implementation of National III motor vehicle emission standards (on a par with Euro III ones) in PRD cities while Hong Kong will implement Euro IV motor vehicle emission standards in line with the EU in 2006;

(c) The data collected by the Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network will be analysed by the environmental protection authorities of the two governments. A regional air quality monitoring report will be submitted on a half-year basis, providing the public with more information on the air quality in the PRD;

(d) The environmental protection authorities of the two governments will continue to strengthen technical exchanges and joint studies, especially on continuous emissions monitoring of stationary pollution sources and commissioning studies on regional air pollution on a need basis; and

(e) Details of the Emission Trading Pilot Scheme for Thermal Power Plants in the PRD Region being jointly developed by the two sides are expected to be finalised by mid-2006. Subject to agreement of the two governments, details will be presented to the power plants in Hong Kong and Guangdong in the third quarter of 2006 so that prospective participants can identify their trading partners and draw up emission trading agreements.
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Power firms criticised after poor weekend air quality
14 February 2006
South China Morning Post

The government yesterday took the power companies to task for last weekend's poor air quality, noting that the concentration of sulfur dioxide was 17.9 times the average level. The administration said 92 per cent of sulfur dioxide emissions in the city came from Hongkong Electric and CLP Power.

Sulfur dioxide reduces lung function and increases disease and death rates.

The Environmental Protection Department said the highest air pollution index reading on Sunday morning was 149 in Causeway Bay. It said it would not tolerate foul air, and detailed the measures it had taken to improve air quality.

However, much of the effort had been impaired by the increase in emissions from the local power companies, it said. "Power generation emits 92 per cent of the sulfur dioxide and half of the nitrogen oxide in Hong Kong. Between 1997 and 2004, the emission of sulfur dioxide by power generation increased by as much as 60 per cent."

The comments came as Guangdong Meteorological Bureau forecast that thick smog blanketing cities in the Peal River Delta would continue for the next few days and warned residents to avoid exercising outdoors.

The haze descended on the delta on Saturday and worsened on Sunday with high air pollution indexes and low visibility recorded in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jiangmen , Maoming , Yunfu and Chaozhou .

Guangzhou suffered the most severe pollution, with a reading of 161 on Sunday. A reading of more than 100 means air quality is rated "polluted".
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Honestly, I don't think HK's pollution problem isn't that bad compared to other Asian cities. I was Manila weeks back and I'll tell you it's polluted there!
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It's getting really bad. The smog blocks the harbour on a number of days, especially during the winter.
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is this a hong kong idea only or is this for the whole of china?
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is this a hong kong idea only or is this for the whole of china?
Almost all of Hong Kong's smog is blown across the border from China. In China, air pollution is a major problem along the east coast, where most of the factories are located (around Hong Kong and around Shanghai).
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are they doing anything about it?
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Within Hong Kong, there is a push to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Taxis have been switching to LPG while buses now adhere to Euro III/IV standards. The situation in China is radically different. While they are doing some things, there are just so many factories that it's unrealistic to expect they'll shut down soon.
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well... good for hong kong!
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