South China Morning Post: While it is important to factor in regional considerations when making policies, Hong Kong’s self-sufficiency is fundamental to its governance. Three recent examples show how more self-sufficiency will result in a more sustainable environment, both locally and regionally.
The new Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation requires ocean-going vessels to switch to clean marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% while at berth.
South China Morning Post: In his budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to extend a government incentive scheme to March 2018 that halves the port facilities and light dues charged on ocean-going vessels that switch to low-sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.
South China Morning Post: Over the years, many commentators have decried protest stunts in the Legislative Council, civil disobedience tactics and demonstrations as alarming signs of social decay – yet, when seen in their historical context, today’s confrontations are not unusual.
South China Morning Post: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s policy address drew a swift reaction from six environmental groups, which criticised him for blaming the serious shortage of housing supply in Hong Kong on the zoning of large areas of land for non-development use, such as country parks.
South China Morning Post: When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said last October that Hong Kong’s political system could not allow people earning below HK$14,000 a month to dominate the political process, he was not merely expressing a noxious personal opinion.
South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s rich biodiversity should be treasured; protecting it should be a broad community endeavour.
South China Morning Post: Some members of the public plan to file a judicial review against the Environmental Department’s decision to grant an environmental permit to the Airport Authority to build a third runway. Such a court challenge has apparently become routine, reflecting public doubts about the credibility of the environmental impact assessment process.