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Extreme weather and global warming are threatening the world. It’s time to learn more about green lifestyle to save our world. ‘Go green’ now, reduce the use of energy and wastage disposal.
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《Nature and Man in One 2016》 Treasure Our Green City

2017-05-12

《Nature and Man in One 2016》 Treasure Our Green City

2017-05-12
We create plenty of waste and carbon emissions in our daily lives. The people of Hong Kong cannot turn a cold shoulder to the pressing issues of climate change and energy crisis.
Hong Kong has around 40,000 garbage bins and waste disposal has become very convenient for us. Our daily per capita municipal solid waste (MSW) generation has been on the rise year after year. We must shift the focus from waste handling to waste management, hence waste charging must be adopted. Waste charging has been implemented in Taipei and South Korea for years, with an aim to educate the citizens about the costs of waste disposal, so that everyone will start by waste reduction at the source.
Hong Kong generates 70,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste yearly. These contain toxic components which are harmful to the environment if not treated properly. After conducting a public consultation, the government has adopted the implementation of the Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers must share the responsibility for the collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of these products. Environmental groups advocate that the PRS should be extended to plastic bottles, to address the 5 million plastic bottles being discarded in Hong Kong every day.
The Organic Waste Treatment Facilities (OWTF) located in Siu Ho Wan is expected to be completed in 2017. The treatment plant has a daily capacity of 200 tonnes but Hong Kong generates 3,600 tonnes of food waste per day. Even with the construction of OWTF Phase 2, a large amount of food waste will be dumped in landfills, causing the stench. We should really tackle this with food waste reduction. As LegCo passed the “3 landfills expansions + 1 incinerator” plan, waste incineration will be revived in Hong Kong. This doesn’t solve the waste problem entirely, we must not contribute to the problem with excessive consumption.
Global efforts are made to address the pressing carbon emissions and global warming issues. Many countries signed the Paris Agreement at the Climate Change Conference in December 2015, hoping to hold global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius before the end of this century, and to “pursue efforts” to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. How could Hong Kong help in order to reach this target? What are the challenges we face in the development of renewable energy? How could we incorporate green architecture and create eco-friendly environment in our densely-populated city?

Producer: Annie Yau
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