The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 10) released the 2015 greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's total GHG emissions in 2015 amounted to 41.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, representing a decrease of about 7.5 per cent compared with that in 2014. Our per capita GHG emission and carbon intensity were about 5.7 tonnes and 0.017 kg CO2-e per HK Dollar GDP, representing a drop of about 8.4 per cent and 9.7 per cent respectively compared with that of 2014. Electricity generation remained the major source of emissions, amounting to 27.7 million tonnes or 66.5 per cent of the total. Other major emission sources were the transport sector (18.0 per cent) and waste management (5.9 per cent).
The major reason for the GHG emission reduction is that more natural gas and less coal was burnt for electricity generation in 2015 in order to comply with the tightened emission caps for power plants set under the Technical Memorandum. The co-benefit is that less GHG was emitted as a result.
The per capita emission and carbon intensity are the lowest since 2004 and 1990 respectively. The Government attaches great importance to the work on combating climate change, and have adopted a series of measures to reduce our GHG emissions throughout the years. The Government will continue to optimise fuel mix, promote wider use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and conservation, promote low carbon transport, and adopt waste to energy to reduce GHG emission and other suitable measures in order to meet the carbon emission target of 2030.
Details of the 2015 GHG inventory can be found on the EPD website: https://www.climateready.gov.hk/page.php?id=23
Ends/ July 10, 2017 (Monday)
Issued at HKT 17:00