China News Service, Hong Kong, February 7th. The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Chen Maobo, published a blog on the 7th, stating that in order to cope with the challenges posed by global climate change, Hong Kong will also strive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and Hong Kong will be more To construct and promote the development of green industries and create new business and job opportunities. The SAR government is considering the recommendations of the Sustainable Development Commission’s public participation report on long-term carbon reduction strategies last year and will publish long-term strategies in the middle of this year.
Chen Maobo said that in recent years, extreme weather has repeatedly occurred around the world, affecting the lives and even life safety of people everywhere, and also affecting business operations.
Last year, the "Budget" invested more than 10 billion yuan (Hong Kong dollars, the same below) on environmental protection, and relevant measures are gradually being implemented.
In order to promote the universal use of electric vehicles in Hong Kong, last year’s budget allocated 2 billion yuan to subsidize the installation of charging infrastructure in the parking lots of qualified private residential buildings in a pilot scheme.
Since the launch of the plan, more than 120 housing estates have applied for a total of 36,000 parking spaces, which is equivalent to about 10% of the relevant parking spaces in Hong Kong.
Chen Maobo said that an inter-departmental working group has been established for the trial of electric ferry in Victoria Harbour. Last year’s budget set aside 350 million yuan to fund the construction and operation of new ships and supporting equipment. It is expected that an open tender will be launched for the construction of the ferry this year.
Chen Maobo pointed out that achieving carbon neutrality also requires the use of innovative technology to promote it.
In this regard, last year's "Budget" allocated 200 million yuan to establish a "low-carbon green research fund" to strengthen the promotion of in-depth carbon reduction and environmental protection technology research and development and application, and create green jobs.
Chen Maobo said that in response to climate change, society as a whole needs to deepen its understanding of the environment and climate, and promote sustainable life and economic development through systemic changes.
This will not only affect individual products and services, but will also affect the industrial chain and industrial cluster structure, thus creating new business opportunities and employment opportunities.