(Policy address) Carrie Lam needs to step up efforts on environment, WWF saysLocal | 11 Oct 2017 7:10 pm
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's maiden policy address outlined the government’s commitment to implementing blueprints to tackle climate change, biodiversity conservation, and to stop the illegal wildlife trade, but contained almost no new environmental initiatives, WWF-Hong Kong said today.
Gavin Edwards, the NGO's Director of Conservation, pointed out that with the recent commitment by the Hong Kong leader to United Nations president Peter Thomson to expand the network of marine protected areas in the city, they expected to see it on Lam’s policy agenda.
"Lost opportunities include a commitment to put deposits on plastic bottles to encourage recycling, and new incentives for the purchase of Electric Vehicles. The environment and sustainability is a priority issue for Hong Kongers, especially the younger generation. If Hong Kong is to become Asia’s leading sustainable city, then Chief Executive Lam needs to step up her leadership efforts on the environment.”