Hong Kong and Shenzhen Forge Ahead on Environmental Protection, Setting a Green

In a significant stride towards a greener future, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the city of Shenzhen convened for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Working Group on Environmental Protection meeting on February 27, in Hong Kong. This pivotal gathering, steered by Mr Tse Chin-wan, Secretary for Environment and Ecology of HKSAR, and Ms Zhang Hua, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, marked a renewed commitment to environmental stewardship and cross-boundary collaboration.

A Year of Tangible Progress

The meeting was a testament to the fruitful cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen over the past year, particularly in areas of landfill management, water quality improvement, and the integration of new energy solutions for cross-boundary transportation. A standout achievement includes an 80% reduction in odour complaints from the North East New Territories Landfill, a direct result of meticulous management and rehabilitation efforts. Additionally, the initiative to pilot electric goods vehicles for cross-boundary transport signifies an ambitious step towards reducing carbon footprints and fostering sustainable urban logistics.

Water Quality and Beyond

Improvements in water quality were also at the forefront of the discussions, with successful phosphorus discharge reduction to the Ng Tung River and Shenzhen River, showcasing a commitment to ecological preservation. These efforts are part of a broader strategy to tackle pollution and enhance the environmental quality in both regions. The cooperation agreement signed by both parties further cements their dedication to a range of environmental issues, including pollution management, ecological conservation, and climate change mitigation.

The Road Ahead: A Green Vision for 2024

Looking forward, Mr Tse underscored the significance of 2024 as a pivotal year for achieving national environmental targets and advancing the green transformation within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The emphasis on cooperation with Shenzhen is poised to play a crucial role in this endeavor, aiming to make tangible improvements in environmental quality across the area. The collaboration is not just about meeting targets but also about setting a precedent for regional cooperation in environmental protection and sustainability.

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the partnership between Hong Kong and Shenzhen serves as a beacon of hope and a model for collaborative efforts towards a sustainable future. As these two regions continue to work hand in hand, their journey towards greener skies, mountains, and waters not only benefits their immediate environment but also sets a green standard for the Greater Bay Area and beyond.

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