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2018 Beach Water Quality Report published today (8 April 2019)

The water quality of all 41 gazetted beaches in Hong Kong has achieved the required standard for bathing waters for nine consecutive years since 2010. As reported in the 2018 Beach Water Quality Report, this achievement is brought about through years of efforts to implement pollution abatement measures.  The report can be viewed at the EPD website.

2017 Reports on Marine and River Water Quality in Hong Kong Published

The reports provide an overview of the state of Hong Kong's marine waters and rivers in 2017.  For details on marine water quality please see the 2017 marine report. For details on water quality of rivers please see the 2017 river report.

Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018

The Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018 has been introduced into the Legislative Council on November 14.  The Bill proposes to implement municipal solid waste charging based on the "polluter-pays" principle.   Details can be referred to the press release and the MSW charging website.

Public Consultation on the Legislative Proposal on Regulation of Mercury, Mercury Compounds and Mercury-Added Products

The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force in China on 16 August 2017, and also applies to HKSAR. In order to effectively fulfil the requirements under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, ENB and EPD propose to introduce a new piece of legislation to control Mercury, Mercury Compounds and Mercury-Added Products. Members of the public may visit EPD’s relevant webpage for the proposed scope and approach of the new legislation as detailed in the Consultation Document.

Implementation of the WPRS

EPD issued a press release on 27 July to further remind members of the public and the trade that the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) will be implemented on 1 August 2018.  Please click here for the full text of the press release.  A set of frequently asked questions and answers has been set out in the Annex.


Regional Air Quality Monitoring results for 2017

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network  released a report on the 2017 monitoring results on 20 June 2018.

EPD to control short-chain chlorinated paraffins and tributyltin compounds starting from 1 July 2018

To strengthen protection of the general public and the environment against the potential health and pollution problems due to exposure to short-chain chlorinated paraffins and tributyltin compounds, these two chemicals have been listed in Schedule 2 to the Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance (Cap. 595) and will take effect from 1 July 2018.  Please refer to EPD's relevant webpage* for details of these newly listed hazardous chemicals.  The permits for the manufacture, export, import and use of short-chain chlorinated paraffins and tributyltin compounds can now be applied.

2016 Hong Kong Air Pollutant Emission Inventory

The Environmental Protection Department published the 2016 Hong Kong Air Pollutant Emission Inventory Report on 24 April 2018 which analyzed the quantity of local air pollutant emissions and their major emission sources, and would help formulate air quality management strategy in Hong Kong.

Low Carbon Living Calculator

The Environment Bureau has launched the Low Carbon Living Calculator.  The Calculator helps the public assess and learn how to reduce their carbon emissions in respect of clothing, food, living and travel, thereby promoting behavioural change towards low-carbon living.

Clean Air Plan (2013 - 2017 Progress Report)

The Environment Bureau launched the Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong (2013 - 2017 Progress Report) on June 26, 2017, which gives an account on its implementation and achievements. For details of the Progress Report, please click here.

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