Re ECF Project: 2014-84

Project Title: Shipping Dialogue 2: Working towards a ship emission control area in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region

Applicant: Mr. Simon NG of the Civic Exchange

Total Approved Grant: $349,257 or 70% of the total actual expenditure, whichever will be less.

Duration: 1/12/2014 to 31/8/2015 Conference period from 25 to 26 June 2015

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

This project aims to showcase the progress Hong Kong has made in ship emissions control over the last few years, and to plot the next effective steps in further reducing air pollutant emissions contributed by ship and port activities in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD), which are harmful to human health.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:

  • Highlights from the audience:
    • A consistent standard across the region is needed to promote public health and create a level playing field to avoid unnecessary port competition.
      • Latest emission inventory in the PRD has proven ocean-going vessels as the culprit and the major emission source.
      • Ports at different growth rates hinder the implementation of regional ECAs.
    • Inheriting the previous commitment and leadership, the HKSAR Government should offer more financial and regulatory support for developing different technologies.
      • While on-shore power facilities are under development in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Hong Kong has to consider its next step as soon as possible after temporarily shelving the plan.
      • LNG is becoming the most promising and popular alternative fuel for meeting the global NOX requirements. However, it is not price competitive enough in Mainland China as most cargoes are low-value.
      • Low-sulphur fuels may adopt the International Organisation for Standardisation framework to standardise compatibility of fuel.
      • Responsibilities between government departments over different technologies need to be further clarified.