New shipping emissions regulations welcomed by Park Island residents
Air pollution is an issue across Hong Kong, and is one reason why people move from parts of HK with heavy car traffic and the wall effect caused by large connected buildings, to cleaner locations like Ma Wan.
However, even though private motorvehicle traffic on Ma Wa is quite limited, all of us in HK have the further concern of pollution from ships in HK using so called (lower quality "bunker fuel"). Indeed, Cargo and passenger marine vessels are the biggest source of toxic sulphur dioxide in HK., and we can see some of these ships in the distance from our homes on Park Island. Improving the emissions standards of ships in HK waters was something called out by CY Leung in his most recent HK policy address.
The good news is that a new regulation was tabled in HK today, requiring all ocean going vessels to switch to cleaner fuel whilst in HK waters, with the law proposed to take effect on 1 July 2015. This can only be positive for both Park Islanders, and HKers in general. Lets see if we notice any improvement.