With unprecedented global and regional momentum on green recovery, the society at large has a strong expectation of the HKSAR Government’s new Clean Air Plan. Since the launch of the Clean Air Plan (“CAP 2013”), by the Environment Bureau in 2013, it has provided a vision and strategic framework for the society to progress towards the goal of clean air. With varying degrees of success to control multiple air pollutants and initiate systemic changes, new and fundamental problems have also emerged since the launch of the CAP 2013. Key questions being asked are, what is still inadequate to achieve clean air, and how should we define the success of the next phase of initiatives to clean the air of Hong Kong?
Clean Air Network drafted the Citizen Clean Air Plan with the purpose to illustrate our perspectives and findings on the pressing questions. Citizen Clean Air Plan is supported by the CHEST Delegation Hong Kong and Macau Limited, Hong Kong Lung Foundation, Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Respirology and Allergy, Hong Kong Thoracic Society and The Hong Kong Medical Association.
There are two parts of the Citizen Clean Air Plan.
The first part will review how the HKSAR Government has tackled air pollution since the launch of the CAP 2013, to determine where progress has been made, and where it has not. The findings in the first part will help us to identify the gaps where we need to pay stronger attention to, in order to achieve bigger impacts.
The second part will set out the aspiration and conditions to define the success of the next phase of initiatives towards cleaning the air.
We have mapped two routes to make further achievements on cleaning the air.
Firstly, we urge the HKSAR Government to establish ambitious clean air goals which are comparable to global cities and complying with the most stringent standard of the World Health Organization’s Air Quality Guidelines, to contribute to a truly liveable super region with cleaner air and lower carbon, and to migrate to an exposure-based air pollution management paradigm, that will more effectively protect public health.
Secondly, we also call for the civil society, including the professionals, the academics, the public and private sectors, to work hand in hand, and address specific issues that affect the community on a daily basis but are currently out of reach by the Government policy.
Dr. SO KY, Loletta, Honorary Secretary of Hong Kong Lung Foundation shared some studies showing that air pollution is closely related to respiratory diseases. Even during SARS or COVID 19, studies found out that air pollution relates to the infection rate and the seriousness of the symptoms.
Dr. CHAN Yee Shing, Alvin, Council Member of The Hong Kong Medical Association echoed the Citizen Clean Air Plan that the government needs cross bureau and department cooperation to tackle air pollution and to enhance public health.
Representatives from the supporting institutions and CAN were signing the Citizen Clean Air Pledge.
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