No Complacency

There is a growing realization that the world must take much more ambitious and urgent action towards decarbonization to avoid potentially irreversible consequences of climate change.



We must embark on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions to limit the temperature rise within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The October 2018 IPCC report Global Warming of 1.5°C highlights that global annual emissions need to be reduced to about half from the current levels by 2030 in order to limit global warming to 1.5˚C.

This goal will only be achieved if net emissions are reduced to zero by around 2050.

Hong Kong is committed to take action under the Paris Agreement. In 2017, Hong Kong released the Climate Action Plan 2030+ and committed to peak carbon emissions by 2020 and to reduce them by 26-36% from 2005 levels by 2030.

But we must agree a pathway to net-zero emissions for HK.


Climate mitigation and adaptation efforts will bring opportunities for Hong Kong to promote innovation, develop new industries, and reinvent itself to be more sustainable and inclusive as we transition our economy to one that is much cleaner.

We have identified key sectors for deep dives, sectors where we must drive action and change to decarbonize our city. An Energy Policy Solution Model developed by World Resources Institute has allowed us to model and analyze emissions scenarios for Hong Kong and indicated the sectors to expand our research and partnerships. These include energy, building efficiency, mobility, nature-based solutions, waste management and low-carbon lifestyle.


We engage in modeling, policy research, action and public engagement on how Hong Kong can become carbon neutral and help combat our global climate crisis while providing a better life for its citizens.

Our latest news can be read below:

Climate change: what Maui wildfires and Beijing floods can teach Hong Kong
SCMP: The deluge of record-breaking rainfall that submerged Beijing’s streets and the blazing wildfires that tore through the Hawaiian island of Maui might seem unrelated, but there exists an unexpected connection between these seemingly distant events. Despite their apparent differences,...
#Climate Urgency, #Natural Based Solution
By Ivy Yeung
29th August 2023
Hong Kong must heed global warming signs and push climate efforts harder
SCMP: On July 6, the world recorded its hottest day, in a week that saw records broken three times, raising concerns about climate change. Scientists say these extreme temperatures should not be seen as isolated incidents but as part of...
#Climate Urgency, #Energy, #Mobility
By Ivy Yeung
27th July 2023
HKEX proposal for mandatory climate disclosures gets nod from businesses, but not without concerns over timeline, scope
SCMP: Representatives of Hong Kong’s business sector agree with the stock exchange’s plan to make climate-related disclosures mandatory and aligned with international standards – but not without concerns. The business community agrees that the move will help the city maintain...
#Climate Urgency, #Consumption & Lifestyle, #Green Economy, #Green Finance
By Ivy Yeung
18th July 2023

Your Carbon Footprint

Just as walking on sand leaves a footprint, burning fuel for human activity leaves greenhouse gases in the air, creating a carbon footprint. Everything we have, use, and consume, from food to clothes to transportation, are intimately linked to Hong Kong’s overall emissions figure.

According to the WWF, if everyone on Earth led the same lifestyle as that of Hong Kong people, 4.2 Earths would be required to fulfil our resource needs!

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