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|| 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).
Achieve net zero (net zero greenhouse gas emissions) power generation by 2050.
|2. energy saving and green building|| 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.
Achieve a reduction by half of the above target by 2035.
|3. green transportation|| Achieve zero carbon emissions from vehicles by 2050.
Stop the new registration of fossil fuel and hybrid private cars by 2035.
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|| Ensure sufficient facilities for waste to energy conversion by 2035.
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).