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 released a public opinion survey on 1 December entitled “LESS TALK, MORE ACTION”. The survey shows that one in four people are considering emigration in response to the public health threats of Hong Kong’s air pollution, up from one in five in December 2008, when a similar survey was conducted.
In order to evaluate the risk of exposure of the road users, including pedestrians, drivers and commuters, to air pollutants on the streets, the Mobile Real-time Air Monitoring Platform (MAP) was deployed to study the street-level air pollution of the 18 districts in Hong Kong.
In June 2007, the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government initiated an 18‐month study to review Hong Kong’s Air Quality Objectives and develop a long‐term air quality management strategy. The scope of the study includes a review of the current state of air quality in Hong Kong.