Re ECF Project: 2014-48

Project Title: Willingness of residents to pay and motivations for reducing household carbon emission at community level in the compact city of Hong Kong

Applicant: Dr Xiaoling ZHANG, City University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $450,000 (ECF & WWGF: 50/50)

Duration: 1/6/2015 to 31/05/2017

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope:
The project aims:

  1. to identify and compare current and past government interventions worldwide to reducing household carbon emissions, their effects under different conditions and evaluate their potential for adaptation in Hong Kong;
  2. to investigate the household's willingness to pay for reducing carbon emissions at the community level based on the identified potential overseas policy measures; and
  3. to provide effective policy tools for reducing household carbon emission in Hong Kong.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The project team performed extensive literature review to examine the current and past government interventions worldwide to reducing household carbon emissions. A journal paper on global energy efficient polices for reducing household carbon emissions was published. A press conference on “Carbon Emission Reduction Study on Hong Kong Households’ Willingness to Pay” was held at the City University of Hong Kong on 26 October 2016 to release the questionnaire survey results to the public. A workshop was conducted to discuss on the comments and concerns and to discuss the potential policy implications from both the perspectives of academy and practitioners based on the summary of current and past government interventions to reducing household carbon emissions. Three journal articles were published in the ‘Journal of Cleaner Production’ and in the ‘Energy Policy’. Three conference papers (conferences held in Nanjing, Fuzhou and Xiamen) were submitted.