Shopping Malls of Squander
Back on September 26th last year we released the results of a study on how much energy six big shopping malls in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay were wasting. Not only was their air conditioning set too high, but their lighting systems were also kept switched on until late at night. Furthermore, electrical goods stores were keeping their products switched on overnight. A big contrast to the efforts at power saving made by families and small businesses.
Paid to Waste
On November 25, we hung a large banner above the Christmas lights strung up at the Harbour City Shopping Arcade in Tsim Sha Tsui. The banner read: “Shopping malls get 40% discount on their electricity bills, while ordinary citizens need to pay more.” Basically the more energy big commercial sector customers buy, the bigger their discounts, encouraging them to use more electricity.
CLP Sneaky Tariff Hike
On December 11th, China Light and Power said it will add 5.9% to power bills from the beginning of 2013. We responded by hanging a giant banner from the CLP building in Hung Hom, protesting that they were just using the environment as an excuse to squeeze more money from their customers.
“As Hong Kong's principal carbon polluters, the two power companies should urgently implement an energy reform. They should also introduce a fairer pricing system so that ordinary citizens do not shoulder the costs the power companies should foot themselves.” - Prentice Koo, Greenpeace Senior Campaigner.