Winning Clean Air for Hong Kong: Political Obstacles to Change
An Evening Panel Discussion with CARLSON CHAN, Hong Kong Government, ALEXIS LAU, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, JEANNE NG, CLP Group, JOANNE OOI, Clean Air Network, NICHOLAS SALLNOW-SMITH, The Link Management
Air pollution is Hong Kong's most serious public health crisis. Research shows that it kills on average, three people every day. While about 80% of the air pollution affecting Hong Kong arises from sources in the Pearl River Delta, research shows that 53% of the time the pollution comes directly from local sources. While power plants emit the largest quantity of emissions, those from vehicles and ships also have major public health impacts. Hong Kong's roadside pollution presents a daily health threat. Thus, many solutions are within Hong Kong's own control. Panelists will discuss the structural obstacles to air quality improvement and concrete steps Hong Kong can take to combat this problem.
Carlson Chan, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection, is responsible for air policy and cross-boundary and international cooperation on environmental matters. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong.
Professor Alexis Lau, Associate Professor, Division of Environment, University of Science and Technology who specializes in regional and urban air pollution. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Dr. Jeanne Ng, Environmental Affairs Director, CLP Group, is responsible for the development of corporate environmental policy and strategy across the CLP Group. Ng graduated from the University of Toronto and received her Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong.
Joanne Ooi, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Air Network, was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Filligent. Ooi graduated from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Nicholas Sallnow-Smith, Chairman, The Link Management Ltd., was previously Chief Executive of Hongkong Land Holdings Limited. Sallnow-Smith was educated at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Leicester.
Co-hosted by Clean Air Network