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Carbon emissions Keep Rising 28 June 2016 by John A. Herbert

The GHG equivalent carbon emission for 2013 is 44,400 kilotonnes

up from 43,200 kilotonnes in 2012. (link). with the bulk used by Electricity, accounting for 68.29% and then Transport accounting for 16.9%. John A. Herbert, a local energy expert said "It's clear that Government and end users, that's you and me, need to focus on reducing electricity consumption".

rising ghg emissions in HK
Electricity accounting for nearly 70% of Hong Kong carbon emissions 2013 data

Herbert said "We already know that Air Conditioning is largest electricity end-use in Hong Kong, predicting emissions for 2015 will be higher, that needs to be the focus". Emissions resulting from waste, industry, and farming all combined only accounted for 9.52% in 2013.

An interesting, and often overlooked point to note about the data, the Govt. scheme to permit potable water use for comfort cooling using cooling towers since 2000, and it was predicted to save approx. 950 kilotonne per year, so despite that annual windfall, overall carbon emissions continue to rise.

"It's our job to cut energy costs for our customers, that what we do" Herbert said. And that energy reduction also cuts emissions too, after a Kelcroft energy audit building owners are often shocked by the scale and scope of cost savings on the table.

Implementing the potential from energy audits would provide a signficant and recurrant, energy, costs and GHG emission reductions.

About the Author

John Herbert is a veteran chief engineer with more than 30 years international engineering experience, educated in the United Kingdom, he has worked in the United Kingdom and then across Asia for more than two decades engaged by international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), a BEAM Professional, and stationed in Hong Kong.

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