Greenpeace turns Golden Bauhinia to Energy Efficient Bulb

Press release - 2007-05-28
On the eve of the International Conference on Climate Change in Hong Kong, Greenpeace decorates the Golden Bauhinia, the city’s landmark, into a fluorescent light bulb to celebrate its 10th birthday. This is also to alarm the SAR authority of her failure to tackle climate change in front of all global climate experts. The Chief Executive Donald Tsang should nod to phasing out incandescent light bulb as the first step against the problem in delivering his closing speech for the Conference.


Greenpeace's Climate and Energy Campaigner Frances Yeung says, "The Government should reflect on its role in saving the climate even in times of Hong Kong's handover celebration. Cosmopolitans such as London, New York and Toronto have already established greenhouse gases reduction targets. Hong Kong cannot miss the climate battle and risk its reputation as Asia's World City."

Carbon dioxide, the major type of greenhouse gas emissions in Hong Kong, has surged up 10% in 2005 than the 1990 level. This clearly shows that the SAR government is neglecting its responsibility to the climate. Climate experts including Prof. Qin Dahe, Co-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group I and former Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration, will spark off strategic discussions on climate change.

Greenpeace has written to Donald Tsang demanding him to commit to effective measures against climate change during his closing speech at the conference, including phasing out incandescent light bulbs. Letters are also sent to conference attendants asking for their concerns to the SAR's responsibility to combat climate change.