Policy Recommendations for the HKSAR Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address

We believe climate change is the most important issue Hong Kong faces – See Attachment 1.  We therefore recommend the upcoming policy address prioritise action to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen climate resilience in Hong Kong.   Moreover, as one of the world financial centres, Hong Kong can play a role in mobilizing the finance needed…

Rat attack: new Hong Kong task force launches campaign to ‘beautify’ the city, taking aim at rodent infestation and more than 600 hygiene black spots

SCMP: Hong Kong is launching a months-long campaign aiming to “beautify” the city, targeting hundreds of hygiene black spots, forming overnight anti-rodent teams and deploying artificial intelligence to identify dangerous signboards. The scheme is part of the “Hong Kong New Cityscape” clean-up campaign and is in line with Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu’s election promises,…

CEx recommendations for new administration

Recommendations for the incoming administration on sustainable development policy

First and foremost, Civic Exchange would like to offer our congratulations on Mr. John Lee’s inauguration as  HKSAR Chief Executive. We hope that he will see Civic Exchange, Hong Kong’s oldest independent think tank for the environment, as a partner and a supporter as he works with civil society to build a strong and renewed…

A broader shift in social and cultural attitudes towards ‘recycling’ is required in HK

Orange News: The advent of the COVID pandemic has resulted in the once distant notion of ‘work from home’ becoming the new norm. Thereof encourages many to question fundamental assumptions underpinning the concept of the ‘office’. For instance, whether the purpose of offices, which has remained unchallenged for decades, is still compatible with the needs…

Civic Exchange Recommends the HKSAR for the 2022-23 Budget

2021 was Hong Kong’s warmest year on record. Climate change is starting to impact biodiversity and increase the frequency of extreme weather events. All further net GHG emissions mean rising cost in human suffering and financial losses. Given the urgency, a prime objective of the budget should be to accelerate decarbonisation in  Hong Kong and…

Most Hongkongers would pay to have their rubbish taken away, but trust in city’s recycling needs rebuilding, survey finds

SCMP: Nearly 70 per cent of Hongkongers believe a delayed mandatory waste-charging scheme should be implemented, a survey by a local think tank has found. The survey comes as a Legislative Council meeting to discuss the scheme, which was originally scheduled for next Tuesday, was delayed until early June, according to Frankie Yick Chi-ming, who…