2022 Research Report
Decarbonising Hong Kong’s Roads: Pathway Towards a Net-Zero Road Transport System
By Lulu Xue, Su Song, Wenyi Xi, Xiaoqian Jiang, Lawrence Iu, Simran Sawhney
5 October 2022
Decarbonising the transport sector is critical to combatting climate change, but it also poses particular challenges for a economically prosperous and densely populated port city.
The breakthrough of power battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology and continuous cost reductions have brought new opportunities for emission reductions in road transport. Hong Kong now has a wealth of technological tools at its disposal to support a net-zero vehicular transition.
Despite the rigorous changes and major efforts required, full decarbonisation requires an action-oriented long-term plan, and will require momentous changes—commensurate with those already underway in Mainland China and globally.
This report provides a feasibility analysis on Hong Kong’s decarbonisation of road transport and offers recommendations for the government, private sector, and civil society. The message is clear: we can only achieve net-zero in the transportation sector if government and society take collective action immediately.
Attended by over 3,300 delegates, involving 205 showcase exhibitors, Rethink HK 2022 has enabled HK2050isNow to be a partner of the Energy & Mobility Summit, as well as meeting liked-minded sustainability practitioners, who are eager to drive transformations. Lawrence Iu, Civic Exchange’s Executive Director, launched the report “Decarbonising Hong Kong’s Roads: Pathway Towards a Net-Zero Road Transport System” on day 1 (5 Oct 2022), offering a common ground for business leaders to plan their transition using both tech-based and efficiency-based solutions.