Hong Kong will ban high-polluting vehicles and offer subsidies to replace diesel-powered buses and trucks, after 15 years of clean-air measures failed to limit smog responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths a year.
New demands from Hong Kong’s opposition that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying resign may hinder government efforts to tackle everything from pollution to slowing economic growth to near-record property prices.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may address the city’s housing crunch when he gives his first policy address tomorrow, as he seeks to boost record- low popularity and move on from an opposition impeachment bid.
Hong Kong plans to offer HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) in subsidies to replace old diesel vehicles and limit their life-span to battle smog that’s responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths a year.
Shipping companies including A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S will extend a pact to use cleaner fuel while at berth in Hong Kong for a year after the city pledged to impose mandatory limits on all ocean-going vessels.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council approved a package that sets the pace for expanding the city’s democracy, overcoming concerns from opponents that the plan won’t move it down the path of universal suffrage.