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.
Shanisse Goh –
Hong Kong must have a hard look at its continued dependence on the mainland for its water supply and what it costs. Singaporean water policy researcher Shanisse Goh offers lessons for the city to be self-reliant when it comes to water.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
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.
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.
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.