Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a phasing out coal timetable

Press release - 2006-03-26
Around 25 Greenpeace activists barged in the coal ash lagoon of the CLP located in Nim Wan, Lung Kwu Tan and hammered 106 crosses in the lagoon to symbolize CLP’s 106-year coal burning operation poisoning Hong Kong people’s health and air quality. Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a timetable to phase-out coal burning operation in order to reduce emission of air pollutants.

More than 25 Greenpeace activists barged in the coal ash lagoon of the CLP located in Nim Wan, Lung Kwu Tan and hammered 106 crosses in the lagoon to symbolise CLP’s 106-year coal burning operation poisoning Hong Kong people’s health and air quality. Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a timetable to phase-out coal burning operation in order to reduce emission of air pollutants.

More than 25 Greenpeace activists barged in the coal ash lagoon of the CLP located in Nim Wan, Lung Kwu Tan and hammered 106 crosses in the lagoon to symbolise CLP’s 106-year coal burning operation poisoning Hong Kong people’s health and air quality. Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a timetable to phase-out coal burning operation in order to reduce emission of air pollutants.

More than 25 Greenpeace activists barged in the coal ash lagoon of the CLP located in Nim Wan, Lung Kwu Tan and hammered 106 crosses in the lagoon to symbolise CLP’s 106-year coal burning operation poisoning Hong Kong people’s health and air quality. Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a timetable to phase-out coal burning operation in order to reduce emission of air pollutants.

More than 25 Greenpeace activists barged in the coal ash lagoon of the CLP located in Nim Wan, Lung Kwu Tan and hammered 106 crosses in the lagoon to symbolise CLP’s 106-year coal burning operation poisoning Hong Kong people’s health and air quality. Greenpeace calls on CLP to commit a timetable to phase-out coal burning operation in order to reduce emission of air pollutants.

"In 2005 CLP made 11.3 billion Hong Kong Dollars in profit, much of it from coal powered electricity generation.  The external cost* of its coal-related business across Asia-Pacific this year rises 4% up to 31.1 billion Hong Kong dollar.  The negative cost of the Castle Peak Power Station in front of us to the society is 13.5 billion Hong Kong dollar," said Chow Sze Chung, Air Pollution Campaigner of Greenpeace.

"46,100 tons of Sulphur Dioxide was emitted as a result of CLP's coal-burning in 2005. Sulphur Dioxide will cause diseases in respiratory system, such as asthma and bronchitis, and is also source of acid rain -- all these external costs will inevitably damage the environment and poison Hong Kong people's health", Chow added.

Over thirteen hundred citizens sign up the cyber action launched by Greenpeace and give their opinion to the Economic Development and Labour Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR regarding the second phase consultation of the Scheme of Control.

"CLP has been raking in dirty profit for over a hundred years with its real price of pollution paid by us all.  The lagoon is the evidence proving CLP is at the heart of the problem.  This 106-cross graveyard brings the strong message of our cyber action participants to CLP -- the time to phase out coal burning has come.  CLP should answer the call immediately," said Chow Sze Chung.

The face-lifting propaganda recently launched by CLP has been communicating confusing yet skeptical messages to the public.  "Natural gas is never an alternative to lessen air pollution if there is simultaneously no plan or timetable on reducing coal burning.  As long as the coal-fired units are running, CLP leaves the excessive emission unresolved," criticized Chow.

"If Hong Kong is CLP's home, not cash cow," Chow questioned, "CLP should honour it to the Hong Kong people and unveil their plan as well as strategy on energy development for the coming 10 and 15 years.  They should face the emission problem by a commitment to reduce reliance on coal burning." Chow continued.

CLP is nearing its annual general meeting.  This is a chance for them, in response to what the people calling for them to do, to announce a clear and concrete target with implementation timetable to phase out coal burning.

Notes:

* According to European Commission research, coal power has negative impacts on human health, global warming, amenity loss, building materials and ecosystems due to pollution released from power stations. The economic losses that this damage causes, or the additional cost of cleaning up the problems, is not paid by the company causing the pollution. These costs are normally referred to as ‘external’ costs.

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