Appendix

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Appendix 1: What’s so special about “Sure Wind” website?

'Sure Wind' is a platform for gathering massive public support for the uptake of wind energy in China to combat 'dangerous climate change' caused by burning fossil fuels like coal for energy. 'Sure Wind' aims to inspire the public to:

  • "Know" the benefits of wind energy to our environment and our future
  • "Support" wind energy and create a mandate for its development on a massive scale
  • "Act" through calling on the government and power companies to immediately switch investment from 'dirty' to 'clean' energy
  • "Choose" wind energy - the solution to combating global climate change.

Three highlights for "Sure Wind" website:

  1. Elites from politics, business, sports and cultural sector introduce to you the benefits of wind energy;
  2. Engaging and interactive: You are part of the movement to strive for a better future powered by clean energy! Action tips are provided on the website;
  3. Global vision and local action: Overview of the global trend of wind energy development, including the rapid progress in China. You would realize how HK can be actively involved in the process to save our world from climate crisis.

Appendix 2: Profiles of “Wind Ambassadors”

The Sure Wind project has already recruited 8 "Wind Ambassadors" who support wind energy. They are: (randomly ranked)

  1. Ms Lee Lai Shan, HK's first Gold Medal Winner in Windsurfing at 1996 Atlanta Games
  2. Mr. Chung Kin Man, the first HK citizen who climbed the highest mountains in 7 continents, including the Mount Everest, and he is also the founder of Hong Kong Mountaineering Training Center
  3. Mr. Hung Chung Yam, Chairman of the Hong Kong Elite Athletes Association, ex-Hong Kong cycling team member
  4. Mr. Leung Man To, culture and news commentator, TV host for HK Cable TV, RTHK and Phoenix TV
  5. Ms Cyd Ho, HKSAR District Council member, TV host for HK Cable TV
  6. Ms Audrey Eu, HKSAR Legislative Council member
  7. Mr. Shih Wing Ching, Managing Director of the Centaline Property Agency Limited, Chairman of Centaline Group
  8. Ms Choy So Yuk, HKSAR Legislative Council member, Chair of Environmental Affairs Panel of Legislative Council

Appendix 3: 10 reasons to choose Wind Energy

  1. It's free - Wind is abundant and inexhaustible.
  2. It's clean - Wind energy emits neither greenhouse gases (CO2 in particular) nor other pollutants such as Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) or Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx) or Respirable Suspended Particulates (RSP), it reduces climate change and other environmental pollution. (*know more the health impacts of air pollutants - hyper link to http://www.epd-asg.gov.hk/english/backgd/health.php)
  3. It's safe - Wind energy does not produce dangerous and hazardous waste. The technology is simple and well developed.
  4. It's reliable - Wind energy diversifies energy supply and eliminates reliance on imported fuel. HK and China have rich wind resources that can play a huge role in meeting the energy demand.
  5. It's popular - Various opinion surveys by Hong Kong SAR regularly show that more than 80% of respondents are in favour of wind energy.
  6. It has a low cost to society - Wind energy causes almost zero environmental and health damage. By contrast the alternatives such as coal-fired power generation come with a massive hidden price tag that affects all of society - from health care to acid rain, toxic clean up to climate change.
  7. It's affordable - According to the experiences from the developed world, the power tariff of wind energy has been reduced substantially and become as competitive as other conventional fuel sources like coal and oil.
  8. It has massive prospects - Wind energy industries attract new investment and create huge employment opportunities in manufacturing, R & D, operation and development. In 2004 alone, more than 8,000MW of new capacity of wind energy has been developed worldwide, leading to turbine business sector worth approximately Euro 8 billion.
  9. It's a growing global trend - Wind energy is one of the most effective power technologies that is ready today for global deployment on a scale that can help tackle the climate change threat, meet rising energy demand, and to safeguard security of energy supply. On average the wind industry is growing at a massive rate - as much as 20-30% per year for the last six years. In 2004 wind energy generating capacity worldwide grew by 20% according to the Global Wind Energy Council. The wind industry is the fastest growing area in the whole global energy sector.
  10. It's sustainable - Wind energy provides energy security and prevents conflict over natural resources as its fuel is freely and locally available and can never run out.

Appendix 4: 10 steps to be an active “Wind Ambassadors”

We need more people to say "yes" to wind energy! Apart from the 8 "Wind Ambassadors", we need you! Let's action, you can:

  1. Tell you friends! Circulate the www.surewind.org and invite your friends to be "Wind Ambassadors"
  2. Make your own wind turbine! Put it at your home and office, or give it to your friends as a special gift!
  3. Tell power companies! In particular, tell China Light & Power that you want to have a choice of wind energy
  4. Tell Hong Kong SAR government! Urge the government to set a clear timetable and policy to support wind energy development
  5. Join the funs and actions on www.surewind.org! Spread the games, e-cards to your friends with supporting messages to wind energy
  6. Join the funs on "Sure Wind" street carnivals! Take a picture with the large wind turbine and show up to support wind energy
  7. Feel the wind! Use paper fans and feel the natural breeze of wind energy!
  8. Make your life a little greener! The biggest way to save our environment and planet is to live a simple life
  9. Give us your new ideas! Got any new ideas to recruit more "Wind Ambassadors" and promote wind energy?
  10. Support pro-clean energy companies! Don't sustain the dirty power companies if they don't have concrete renewable energy commitment and investment plans.

** Action details, please visit www.surewind.org


Appendix 5: HK wind potentials

  1. The Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), HKSAR has released the report of "Study on the Potential Applications of Renewable Energy in Hong Kong" (below called "RE Study") in Dec 2002. (Read more & download: http://www.emsd.gov.hk/emsd/e_download/wnew/stage.pdf). The key findings of the study are:
    • Onshore wind resources:

      The estimated onshore wind resources in Hong Kong reach about 2,630GWh, in which the installed capacity is equivalent to about 1000MW and enough for 520,000 Hong Kong peoples' annual electricity consumption. In practice not all of this capacity can be practically reached, but with the right policies and support a massive contribution is possible from wind capacity even within Hong Kong itself.

    • Offshore wind resources:

      The estimated offshore wind resources reach about 8,058GWh, in which the installed capacity is equivalent to about 3000MW and enough for 1,560,000 Hong Kong peoples' annual electricity consumption. Again not all of this capacity is likely to be practically harnessed, but even if a fraction of it is delivered it can play a huge role in cleaning up Hong Kong's energy system.

    • Commercial viability:

      The "RE Study" shows that the onshore wind farm technology is the least costly among the identified renewable energy options (including offshore wind and solar energy) with a generation cost of about $0.2/kWh to $0.35/kWh. Overseas experience has suggested that large onshore wind farms can be cost competitive with, or even cheaper than conventional fossil fuel power generation technologies.

  2. Huge potentials of South China regional wind energy investments:

    With a 3300 km coastal line and thousands of islands, there is rich wind potential in Guangdong province. By 2004, the total installed capacity of wind energy in Guangdong is the top fourth in China, in which there are 177 wind turbines and total installed capacity reached 86390 kW. The wind farm in Nanao' Island is one of the largest wind farms in the whole nation in 1980s, which is also the second largest wind farm currently.

    • To set out the development of the wind power project in the Southern China Region with the Guangdong province could bring along several advantages. First, it can reduce the emission of the Carbon dioxide and air pollutants from the coal-fire power generating factories, thus increasing the amount of investment and employment opportunities.
    • Greenpeace and the European Wind Energy Association estimated that, up to 2015,  wind power can generate 2 billion kilowatts in Guangdong province. It is equal to 14% of the total electricity needed. According to the estimates from the report "Wind Force 12", in 2020, the annual wind power generated in China will be 170,000 billion watts, equal to 12% of the total electricity demand. Therefore, it creates a total of 440,000 jobs in the market, new investment of 150 billion Euro dollars and the reduction of emission of carbon dioxide by 325 million tonnes. Wind power generation is the latest trend, with 50 countries has already joined the force. More than 100,000 people are working in this industry.
    • Hong Kong is part of the Southern China region, therefore, the joint development of power in the region is helping Hong Kong to retain its competitive advantage, like financing, expertise training, well-established legal system and sound investment environment. In addition, as wind power will not emit carbon dioxide into the environment and it could prevent serious environmental disaster such as acid rain. As said before, power grid between Hong Kong and Guangdong Province is quite matured and the frequent co-operation between the two parties on electricity projects, the enterprises in both regions can join their hands with the governments on developing renewable energy projects.

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