Air pollution has been a long-standing issue in Hong Kong and will remain one of our biggest sustainability challenges in the years to come. We all breathe, rich or poor, young or old, and Hong Kong people deserve clean and safe air. Unfortunately, poor air quality has been undermining people’s health, causing premature deaths, and imposing direct and indirect costs on society.
Civic Exchange is dedicated to research and engagement, with the goal of influencing government policy on air quality. Over the years, we have conducted numerous local and regional research studies on topics such as emissions inventories, health impact assessments, health risk communication, international practices, regional air quality management models, and emission reduction strategies. We also regularly engage with key stakeholders, such as the business sector and university partners, to exchange knowledge, advance policy discussions and plan further actions.
Civic Exchange and City University of Hong Kong used newly developed sensors to track individuals’ exposure to certain pollutants, as they moved between home and parts of the city.
This is a Policy Brief extracted from and drawing upon the findings in the Pearl River Delta Ship Emission Inventory Study – Final Report.
Since 2006, Hong Kong has taken the lead in Asia in researching the extent of air pollution from ships and its impact on human health.
Civic Exchange has published two research reports on I/M for road vehicle in 2013-14, informing and engaging stakeholders in relevant policy discussions. This report represents looks at the issue that has been raised in two of our previous reports, the number and competency of vehicle repair mechanics in Hong Kong.
This report aims to provide some insights into effective policy options for reducing people’s exposure to toxic air pollutants and protecting public health in Hong Kong’s dense urban setting.
This report looks at the latest developments in emission inspection programmes for commercial diesel vehicles, in other parts of the world and identifies the lessons Hong Kong can learn.
This paper seeks to stimulate discussion on establishing an emission control area across the Pearl River Delta, as well as the issues involved.
This report provides an overview of the role of inspection and maintenance in a comprehensive vehicular pollution control strategy, compares Hong Kong’s current inspection and maintenance programme with international best practices, and suggests ways to improve the current programme.
This paper aims to look into what actions the California Air Resources Board has taken to move towards a smog-free environment, with specific focus on the California Smog Check Program and the Standardized Testing and Reporting Smog Check Program.
This paper provides an overview of the current air quality management framework and practices in Guangdong.