Shameless CLP continues coal-burning pollution

Press release - 2005-07-25
Today our 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.

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.

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 emission of exhaust fume by CLP, especially carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, is proved to be overwhelming among the two power companies in Hong Kong. CLP is Hong Kong's largest power company. Its power station in Castle Peak is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the world. Gloria Chang, Greenpeace Campaigner on Climate Change and Renewable Energy said, "CLP is the climate criminal for its emission of a major greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, and other air pollutants. The coal burning addiction is wrecking the climate and the direct cause of air pollution."

Chang continued to criticize, "CLP is burning coal and natural gas. The burning of these fossil fuels is one of the reasons why the atmosphere cannot be protected." She continued, "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.

Chang explained that 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.

Other contacts:

Gloria Chang, Climate Change and Renewable Energy Campaigner +852-28548323

VVPR info:

http://images.greenpeace.org.cn/20050725_legco/

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