Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 24/07/09

Government proposals on air quality to extend life by one month [1]

The government’s proposals to tighten the AQOs by 10% to 64% and control emissions could extend average life expectancy in Hong Kong by one month and avoid 4,200 hospital admissions. The emission control measures are also expected to save HK$1.2 billion a year in health and energy costs, at the cost of $600 million to the community, with power tariffs predicted to increase by 20% and bus fares by 15%. There is no timetable for the proposals. Green groups have criticized the proposals for not being detailed enough, whilst transport operators say it would push up costs and fares.


  1. Tougher steps on air quality rolled out – Goals on pollution, ideas to meet them SCMP, 25/07/09