Author: Ip Tsz Yan Natalie, BBA (Law) IV; HKU

Date: 6/8/10

The industries should switch to cleaner fuels. Responsible businesses can consider voluntary fuel substitution to burn cleaner fuels.[1]

Short-term wins by using cleaner fuels should be explored in manufacturing across the border, particularly with Shenzhen and Dongguan in a nearer future so as to minimize air pollution on public health as soon as possible. [2]

Stricter regulations should be implemented to monitor and restrict the tank contents of cross-boundary vehicles. [1][3]

The price differential presents an incentive for cross-border commercial vehicles to fill up at mainland stations or buy from the illegal trade that supply fuels with very high sulphur content. These should be combatted. [1]

Regionally, besides better communication and sharing of air pollution monitoring data, efforts must be made to discourage the more polluting practices in the manufacturing and power industries in the Pearl River Delta. [4]

Until cleaner fuels become much more readily available in Guangdong, Hong Kong’s manufacturing in the province should focus on energy efficiency improvements and conservation. [5]

There must be enforced stringent environmental mandates on manufacturing. Given past experience, there appears to be little hope in voluntary measures beyond token feel good initiatives [5]

Gas is a clean fuel but coal is still a dominant source. Clean coal technology is crucial for the future. [1]

See Also

  1. Alternative air pollution management strategies (overview)
  2. Alternate fuel and energy source
  3. Control on power generation
  4. Controls on garages, vehicles and drivers
  5. Management of density and traffic flow
  6. Control on marine services, logistics industry and port emissions
  7. More accurate assessment of loss and monitoring activities
  8. Communication with the public and increase awareness
  9. Government bodies involved with the AQOs should act promptly


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ‘The air that we breathe’, CLSA, April 2005 – last accessed 11/8/10
  2. ‘Boomtown to gloomtown – The implications of inaction’, CLSA – Christine Loh, James Paterson, September 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  3. ‘Air Pollution: costs and paths to a solution’, Department of Community Medicine, HKU, Department of Community and Family Medicine, CUHK, Institute for the Environment, HKUST, Civic Exchange, June 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  4. ‘Review of Air Quality Objectives in Hong Kong’, submissions included from Civic Exchange, Department of Community and Family Medicine (CUHK), Department of Community Medicine (HKU), and Institute for the Environment (HKUST), 27 November 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  5. 5.0 5.1 ‘Owning up to Responsibility for Manufacturing Contributions to the Pearl River Delta’s Poor Air Quality’, Bill Barron, Simon NG Ka Wing and Ben LIN Chubin, March 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10