Shameless CLP continues coal-burning pollution

Feature Story - 2005-07-25
Today our activists exposed the “Five Environmental Sins” committed by China Light and Power (CLP), and protested outside the Legislative Council (Legco) together with their members, Emily Lau, Kwong Chi Kin, Li Wah Ming and Leung Kwok Hung, during the meeting of the Panel on Economic Services on the financial plan for Hongkong Electric Company and CLP for the financial year 2004-2008, which is supposedly approved by the Executive Council.

Greenpeace activists exposed the “Five Environmental Sins” committed by China Light and Power, and protested outside the Legislative Council (Legco) together with their members, Emily Lau, Kwong Chi Kin, Li Wah Ming and Leung Kwok Hung, during the meeting of the Panel on Economic Services on the financial plan for Hongkong Electric Company and CLP for the financial year 2004-2008, which is supposedly approved by the Executive Council.

The four Legco members put the labels of the "Five Environmental Sins" respectively onto the "Demon of CLP", including "Excessively beyond Standard", "Unlimited Coal Burning", "Severely Polluted", "Producing Crazy Heat Wave", and "Dramatically Increasing Electricity Tariff". A sealed bottle of coal ash generated by CLP power plants was brought to the Council Chamber, reminding the Legco members that they should not turn a blind eye on CLP's sinful act leading to environmental destruction.

According to the report submitted to the Legco Panel on Economic Services by the SAR Administration, CLP estimates that the level of consumption on natural gas will continuously decrease. Moreover, "more coal-fired generation units, which are less efficient and more polluting, will be used for future power generation". This inevitably will cause serious air pollution, increase emission of carbon dioxide, and therefore cannot achieve the target set by the Environmental Protection Department that by 2010 the emission of exhaust fume has to be reduced.

The coal burning addiction is wrecking the climate and the direct cause of air pollution. CLP is burning coal and natural gas. The burning of these fossil fuels is one of the reasons why the atmosphere cannot be protected. CLP has no determinations in protecting our atmosphere, which is contrary to its brag on bearing the "corporate social responsibility".

In April 2002, the Guangdong Provincial government reached a consensus with the SAR Administration that each party shall endeavour to reduce the emission of air pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, Respirable Suspended Particulates as well as volatile organic compounds in the region. However, the SAR Administration now cannot oblige the consensus, of which CLP are to be blamed.

CLP shall not look on unconcerned in order to meet the target by 2010. Instead, CLP must speed up the implementation of "Demand Side Management Scheme" to promote energy efficiency and conservation. More importantly, with CLP's advantages in Guangdong Province together with the potentials of wind power in the Guangdong-Hong Kong waters, CLP must invest in the large-scale wind power station within 4 years so as to phase out the polluted coal burning power stations.

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