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.
Air pollution is now regarded as one of the highest priorities in environmental protection in both developed and developing economies world-wide. The main driver of policy decision-making is the need to reduce the avoidable cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality from pollutant exposures.
This summary is an abridged version of a longer paper that reviews the health effects of air pollution in Hong Kong.