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Calling for the installation of AQHI displays in public sports grounds

We Petition

Secretary for Home Affairs, Director of Environmental Protection,

Proposition

Hong Kong government to install accurate and easy to understand digital displays of AQHI levels in public spaces used for sports and exercise such as sports grounds, free outdoor pitches, courts, jogging tracks, fitness trails and cycling tracks.

Currently, there is an inadequacy of the display of information regarding air pollution level. Installing digital displays would allow individuals to keep track of the status of air quality and avoid potential adverse side effects.

 

Goal

Public displays of AQHI would allow individuals to monitor the level of air pollution in their immediate area.

Whilst the public displays can’t clean up the air in Hong Kong, they could help individuals better prepare for deteriorating air quality for example carrying a face mask or avoiding the area all together.

In our modern society, many individuals track AQHI through apps, smart watches and the internet but for a large percentage of the population this isn’t possible and applications are also not specific to an area – just the district. Raising awareness of the deteriorating air quality in Hong Kong is also likely to encourage citizens to lessen their individual impact and make switches to their everyday life.

 

Public displays would:

  • Educate the public about air pollution and make AQHI become a household term – its categories would become widely recognised.
  • To bring awareness to Hong Kong’s pollution emergency and reduce potential short term/long term health effects.

 

Add ons

  • QR code that leads scanners to AQHI monitoring app which provides more detailed information about current readings as well as comparing local reading to other areas.
  • Opportunities for more clean air app developers
  • Offers advice on how to manage exposure to allergens and poor air quality
  • Advice on how to reduce individual contribution to diminishing air quality – avoiding private transport, taking trams rather than busses etc.

 

Full details about AQHI on the website of Environmental Protection Department:
https://www.aqhi.gov.hk/en.html

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Install AQHI displays in public sports grounds

Public displays of AQHI would allow individuals to monitor the level of air pollution in their immediate area.
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Calling for the Withdrawal of Government's Proposal to Increase PM2.5's Allowable Exceedance

According to HKU’s Hedley Index, over 10,000 premature deaths were caused by air pollution in Hong Kong in the past 5 years. The Hong Kong Air Quality Objectives (AQO) are far too loose compared to the World Health Organization’s Air Quality Guidelines (WHOAQGs), meaning they are insufficient in safeguarding public health. Still, the government proposes to greatly increase the number of allowable exceedances for air pollutant, PM2.5, from 9 times to 35 times a year.

The reason behind the exceedance proposal is that the government estimated the level of PM2.5 would exceed the proposed AQO for 33 times in 2025. The proposal clearly places technical feasibility first and ignores the importance of public health. As research in 2011 done by the University of Hong Kong has shown that population in Hong Kong would be exposed to an additional 24% health risk every year if the government were allowed to increase the number of exceedances. More importantly, the proposal to increase the number of allowable exceedance for air pollutants does not fulfill Air Pollution Control Ordinance’s major objective, which is to “abate, prohibit and control pollution of the atmosphere”.

Besides, the government shows low willingness to combat air pollution by not proposing to tighten the AQOs for the two pollutants, PM10 and ozone, even though the concentration levels of the two pollutants are expected to increase in the future.

We urge the government to:
1. Withdraw the proposal to increase PM2.5’s number of allowable exceedances to 35 times
2. Tighten the AQOs for PM10 and ozone
3. Tighten the AQOs to WHOAQGs as soon as possible

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Petition Against the Government Proposal to Increase PM2.5's Allowable Exceedance to 35 Times

More allowable exceedance for air pollutants would mean more pollution episodes and an extra 24% annual health risk, don't let that happen.
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Petition to urge Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam to hold Transport and Housing Bureau accountable for improving roadside air pollution

Albeit with an approximate 30% of reduction of key air pollution over the past few years, Hong Kong’s public health is not sufficiently protected.

Due to high level of roadside air pollution, a large percentage of the population are constantly exposed to substantial health risks, with a direct impact on our health and in some cases our lives, with an economic impact as well.

Over the last 20 years, roadside air pollution has stayed as high as two times the WHO’s standard. Relying on Environment policies alone to reduce emission from vehicle is not enough to bring the roadside air pollution down to safe level, by year 2020. The HKSAR government must implement transport demand management solutions to improve roadside air quality and hence Transport and Housing Bureau should be held accountable.

In order to safeguard public health, CAN urges the Chief Executive to deliver the below in her first Policy Address –

1) establish air pollution reduction target for Transport and Housing Bureau;

2) delegate Food and Health Bureau to lower the health risks of non-communicable diseases posed by air pollution;

3) delegate Environment Bureau to immediately tighten HK’s Air Quality Objectives to WHO AQGs.

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Petition to establish air pollution reduction target

Implement transport demand management solutions to lower health risks
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Petition to curb vehicle growth

Roadside air pollution has remained unsafe over the last 20 years and stayed as high as two times the WHO’s standard.

In the past decades, the number of registered vehicles has increased drastically from 530,000 to 820,000. This seriously worsens traffic congestion thus roadside pollution. Furthermore, the prolonged journey time also increases the commuters’ exposure to roadside air pollution.

We need your immediate support to urge government to implement policies to curb vehicle numbers.

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Petition to curb vehicle growth

Reduce vehicle numbers to help improve air quality and safeguard public health.
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Petition for Real Low Emission Zones & Review Regularly

Effectiveness of existing Low Emission Zones (LEZ) is questionable.

The existing LEZ only included a few street blocks in Causeway Bay, Central and Mongkok. We dubbed as “low emission streets”. LEZ solely regulates buses, but franchised buses only account for 40% of total traffic accounts in busy areas, whilst the remaining 60% consists of other vehicles. That means it cannot achieve real emissions reduction.

In order to accommodate the LEZ , government shifts bus routes and uses older bus models in area out of the LEZ. Neglecting equally polluted areas such as Tsim Sha Tsui.

We petition to﹕

  • Expand the current geographical scope;
  • Prohibit other high emission vehicles from entering low emission zones;
  • Enhance the effectiveness of low emission zones by combining pedestrian zones, for example, combining Des Voeux Road Central pedestrian zone with tram zones.

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Petition for Low Emission Zone instead of Low Emission Street

Existing Low Emission Zone area not only is too small geographically, it also only regulate buses.
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Petition to Tighten Air Quality Objectives (AQO) to WHO standard now

Hong Kong’s current Air Quality Objectives are set far below the World Health Organisation Air Quality Guildelines

Failure to comply to such standard raises citizens’ mortality rate by 2.5-15%. Expensive medical bills and lost of productivity causes Hong Kong $39 billion per year. To protect public health and the environment, we petition to:

we petition to

  • Specify “to protect public health as the first priority” as one of the air quality objectives in Section 7A of the Air Pollution Control Ordinance;
  • Tighten the AQO to the WHO standard, especially the AQO of sulphur dioxide for 24 hours average, which is currently 5 times higher than the WHO AQGs;
  • Set up a regular advisory committee, with participants from civil society, academic and industry fields, to review AQO and its related policy

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Air Pollution Crisis

Hong Kong’s current Air Quality Objectives are set far below the World Health Organisation Air Quality Guildelines
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Petition to install onshore power supply at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

CAN is very disappointed that the authorities has decided to shelve the installation of onshore power supply for Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Ocean going ships are Hong Kong’s biggest pollution source. On shore power system avoids the burning of fuels on ships berthing cruises. Its social benefits is estimated to bring 5.23 hundred millions per year and avoid 42 premature deaths.

To protect public health, we urge the government to:

  • keep its promise on A Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong and set up on shore power system at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal immediately

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Petition to install onshore power supply at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

To Director of Environmental Protection Department
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