Hong Kong’s magnificent cityscape is world famous but visitors are often surprised to learn that most of the territory is green. In fact, about three quarters of Hong Kong is countryside, with urban areas making up less than 25 per cent. Nearly 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s total land area of 1 100 square kilometres is protected for conservation and recreation.
Hong Kong’s countryside, just a short distance from the city, is unique in its ease of access, and features a stunning variety of scenery and landscapes. Hong Kong has in place a well thought out plan to be one of the greenest cities in China. Having identified environmental industries as one of six growth areas where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages, the Government injected $500 million (US$65 million) in 2011 to boost the Environment and Conservation Fund.
We have the experience, the talent and the determination to nurture green industry. This includes promoting green innovation and technology.
Improving air quality is also high on the Government’s agenda. Hong Kong has taken concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has proposed to set a target to reduce the territory’s carbon intensity by between 50 per cent and 60 per cent by 2020, using 2005 as the base level.