Hong Kong's newly sworn-in Chief Executive Carrie Lam wants to turn the territory into a green finance and infrastructure hub. But while doing so will be a big win for Hong Kong, there are many challenges standing in Lam's way, say experts.
The construction sector, responsible for 30 per cent of global emissions and energy use, has the tools it needs to cut carbon. But the lack of data and systems of deployment is hampering the decarbonisation drive.
Green building standards have created more awareness of the sustainability agenda in the industry, but on their own cannot decarbonise the built environment by 2050, says Transsolar’s managing director, Thomas Auer, tells Eco-Business.
Kim Yen White –
To solve land shortages, many Asian countries have encouraged "eco-burials" that involve the cremation process. But considering the environmental effects of cremation, the benefits may be short-term at best.
Bowen Gu –
One might not think that the end of year holiday period, with its bright lights and gift exchanges, can be a sustainable time. Bowen Gu, CSR Asia project manager, shares ways to make the festive season more sustainable, ethical and pleasant.
Peter Doherty –
How Asian cities are designed, constructed and powered will have a major influence on the global effort to reduce emissions and curb climate change, says Melbourne University laureate professor Peter Doherty.
In the latest issue of the Eco-Business Magazine, we bring you "15 on 15" - a series of interviews with 15 global and Asian leaders across government, business and civic society for a crystal-ball gazing exercise on the year ahead.