Hong Kong's air quality has been improving steadily in recent years as a result of the implementation of a wide range of measures aimed at reducing emissions from vehicles, marine vessels and power plants. Concentrations of major air pollutants have dropped by about 30% at roadside and between 30% and 50% at ambient levels.
To meet the targets of the World Health Organization's Air Quality Guidelines, the Government reviews its Air Quality Objectives (AQOs) at least once every five years to determine the need for new and additional air quality improvement measures and to assess the scope for enhancing AQOs for the next five-year period.
The Government has completed a review of the prevailing AQOs at the end of 2018 and, in that connection, launched a 3-month public consultation on 12 July 2019 to solicit public's views on review findings and recommendations to tighten the AQOs.
The Chamber is delighted to have invited Mr Dave Ho, Assistant Director (Air Policy) of the Environmental Protection Department, to share the Government's review process, findings and recommendations. Participants will also have the opportunity of hearing from Mr Patrick Fung, CEO of Clean Air Network, who will be commenting on the Government's proposals.