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Can Government help make events greener?


Hong Kong hosts many large-scale events throughout the year. The waste produced, however, is considerable. While the Hong Kong Government has enforced some measures to reduce the waste, can overseas experience offer insight into encouraging or even forcing major events to go greener?

What infrastructure is needed when the extreme sea level becomes the new normal?


The extreme sea level with a 50-year return period hit Hong Kong twice in less than 10 years. This phenomenon signifies Hong Kong’s necessity for early preparation to combat climate change. The spirit of ‘living with water’ in Netherlands enhances resilience to floods and improves the citizen’s living environment simultaneously. Would it bring Hong Kong new insights?

Less policy push, higher e-vehicle sales


Benefiting from the local government’s policy towards private cars, electric cars have rapidly risen in popularity in recent years. The French Government earlier announced a plan to abolish the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by the year 2040, as an example of global shifts in environmental attitudes. In stark comparison, the Hong Kong Government lately decided not to fully exempt the first registration tax for private-use electric cars. Will this attempt hit the local electric vehicle market badly?

Better use of power surplus can lower electricity bills


In Hong Kong, electricity consumption reaches its peak in summer. To cope with the massive demand, power companies have installed sufficient amount of power generators to maintain stable electricity supply. However, some of the generating capacity are unused during off seasons, which could mean higher bills for users. Is it possible to reduce the excess capacity without sacrificing the reliability of electricity supply?

Putting stormwater to better use


Hong Kong’s rainy season is well underway. Rather than letting it flow into the sea, stormwater harvesting can provide water for a variety of non-potable uses. How is Hong Kong faring and what are other places doing to harvest stormwater? 

Handling stray cattle in the urban fringes


Urbanisation of Hong Kong has transformed not only the city, but also the natural habitats of animals. Many cattle and buffalo ploughing in paddy fields in the past are now left in the urban fringes, struggling to adapt to the new environment, and sometimes even getting killed in traffic accidents. There may be no perfect way to protect stray cattle from human activities, but are there any ways for city dwellers to live in harmony with these stray cattle?

Releasing animals: Giving them a new life or the ‘death penalty’?


As a religious practice, some people will release animals into the wild at Buddha's Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival. However, this kind of practice has long been criticised by environmental organisations as potentially life-threatening for animals and even damaging the ecosystem. How does the religious sector respond to these critics? Is it feasible for the Government to regulate animal release via legislation? Are there any win-win solutions?

Polluter pays principle is part of the answer of reducing electronic waste


Selling of certain electrical appliances in Hong Kong will mean paying a recycling fee, according to the Government’s latest scheme. However, goods purchased overseas can be exempted. As online shopping is surging in popularity, will this arrangement become a potential loophole of the policy? Overseas practice in collecting similar surcharges may shed light on this potential problem.

Circular economy: Making reuse happen


To reduce the loss of valuable materials that end up in landfills, there are calls to include remanufacturing of products in the early design stages. Some countries and manufacturers have already put circular economy into practice, what can Hong Kong learn from it?