Hong Kong Hong Kong announces “Climate Action Plan 2050”

Four strategies to achieve carbon neutrality

On October 8, 2021, Hong Kong Government released the Climate Action Plan 2050. The Plan sets out the following long-term and medium-term objectives

  • Long-term goal: Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Mid-term target: halve carbon emissions by 2035 compared to 2005 levels (from 40 million tons in 2005 to 20 million tons).

The plan also outlines the following 4 carbon emission strategies to achieve the above goals.

Carbon Emission Strategies

Specific action plan

1. net zero power generation Ÿ   Eliminate coal-based power generation by 2035 and increase the share of renewable energy use to between 7.5% and 10% (with a target of 15% thereafter).

Ÿ   Achieve net zero (net zero greenhouse gas emissions) power generation by 2050.

2. energy saving and green building Ÿ   By 2050, reduce electricity use in commercial buildings by 30% to 40% from 2015 levels and reduce electricity use in residential buildings by 20% to 30% from 2015 levels.

Ÿ   Achieve a reduction by half of the above target by 2035.

3. green transportation Ÿ   Achieve zero carbon emissions from vehicles by 2050.

Ÿ   Stop the new registration of fossil fuel and hybrid private cars by 2035.

Ÿ   Within the next 3 years, test projects for hydrogen fuel cell buses and heavy-duty vehicles will be conducted.

4. waste reduction by all citizens Ÿ   Ensure sufficient facilities for waste to energy conversion by 2035.

Ÿ   After 2025, the use of disposable plastic tableware will be fully regulated in 2 phases.

The Hong Kong government plans to invest HK$240 billion (about 308.56 billion USD) to implement the above plan in the future.

 

The original text of the above plan is available at the following URL (in English).
 https://www.climateready.gov.hk/files/pdf/CAP2050_booklet_en.pdf