Christine Loh reported Hong Kong’s environmental policy over a decade on Chinadialogue. He states that “On a per capita basis, Hong Kong residents use more resources and create more pollution in 2007 than they did in 1997.”
Hong Kong’s environmental policy over the past decade has seen some advancement, but there has also been limited progress on some issues – and even stagnation in many areas. So why have policies succeeded or failed?
Successes included the completion of stage one of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS). This has improved marine water quality and reduced polluting emissions from diesel vehicles; the relocation of the airport from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok has significantly reduced the number of people affected by noise pollution; and there has also been a large increase in the quantities of solid waste recycled. New Sites of Special Scientific Interest, which include a new country park and a new marine park, have all been designated….[Full Text]