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.
This is the third in a series of papers on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Judicial Review. This paper explains the judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal, and summarises what the judgment relates to and highlights questions that remain open in the environmental impact assessment process.
Air pollution remains the most serious and persistent threat to public health in Hong Kong. This paper sets out seven principles for more effective control of air pollution. It also proposes seven measures that can swiftly and significantly reduce those emissions that threaten us most – roadside emissions.
This paper discusses the differences between the patterns of official emissions and concentrations measured at the roadside; and suggests accurate emissions estimates to feed into policy assessments and hence policy formulation to provide urgently needed improvements in street level air quality.
This paper provides a short introduction to the outcome of the judicial review regarding the environmental impact assessment of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. The case was heard on 22-24 February 2011, and the judgment was handed down on 18 April 2011.