Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 25/7/09

Government’s pollution proposals supported by business groups [1]

The General Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries have supported the government’s proposed plans for tackling air pollution, even if the population has to bear the cost. The plans, however, have been criticized. Citing the Hedley Index, Clean Air Network argued that there would still be 950 premature deaths per year after implementation of the measures, as compared with the estimated 1,100 based on emission figures for 2007. Hong Kong University’s Department of Community medicine has also stated that the new AQO for sulphur dioxide could be worse than the current one.


  1. Business groups back air quality plan, despite activists’ criticism, SCMP, 25/07/09