Rainbow Warrior Protests Victoria Harbor’s Energy-Hogging Light Show

Press release - 2011-02-14
Tonight during the Symphony of Lights – the world’s largest electricity-hogging light show – and on Valentines’ Day, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is projecting the message of “Forget Nuclear, Love Energy Efficiency – It’s Destiny!’ onto the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Greenpeace is protesting the Hong Kong government’s over-estimation of local energy use and its adoption of nuclear expansion as a solution to curb climate change at the expense of public safety.

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior projects the message of "Forget Nuclear, Love Energy Efficiency!" onto the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The light projecting action is held on Valentine's Day, and is directed towards the Symphony of Lights, the world's largest electricity-hogging light and sound show. The projection urges the SAR government to immediately push for comprehensive energy efficiency and stop plans to expand nuclear energy as a solution to curb climate change.

Tonight during the Symphony of Lights – the world’s largest electricity-hogging light show – and on Valentines’ Day, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is projecting the message of “Forget Nuclear, Love Energy Efficiency – It’s Destiny!’ onto the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Greenpeace is protesting the Hong Kong government's over-estimation of local energy use and its adoption of nuclear expansion as a solution to curb climate change at the expense of public safety.

The projection urges the SAR government to immediately push for comprehensive energy efficiency to reduce Hong Kong's greenhouse gas emissions, and stop all plans to expand nuclear energy. The group believes that only energy efficiency and renewable energy are the real paths forward to sustainable development and a green economy.

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) predicted that Hong Kong's electricity consumption will jump by an enormous 30% in the next 10 years - even though it grew by only 6% in the last decade. As a result, the EPD recommended in a public consultation document last year that Hong Kong meet its 2020 electricity demand by investing in a new nuclear power plant to increase power generation by 10 billion watts. Greenpeace believes that this course of action will force Hong Kong citizens to bear not only an increased risk of radioactive accidents, but also the enormous cost of investment for expanding nuclear power. Despite the consultation paper's lack of adequate supporting research and facts, the public consultation period ended abruptly in December 2010.

Greenpeace campaigner Prentice Koo said that the EPD's main duty should be encouraging energy efficiency and saving energy. "Every day we can see with our own eyes the incredible waste of electricity throughout Hong Kong. For the sake of adorning its prosperity, such as by holding light shows which go on every night, the SAR is neglecting the sustainable path of energy efficiency and instead proposing a new nuclear power reactor - thus also helping electricity companies to increase their investments."

Large cities all over the world are supporting energy efficiency as the future direction of development. Only the SAR government continuously condones energy waste, while turning a blind eye to the exclusive preferential price enjoyed by electricity users - and now they've gone as far as to suggest expanding nuclear to satisfy extravagant energy demands.

The Rainbow Warrior is visiting Hong Kong not only to celebrate Greenpeace's 40 year anniversary, but also to share our core concept of "Positive Change through Action" with the public. Together with the Hong Kong public, we hope to push Hong Kong onto the path of clean energy and reject the false, polluted path of nuclear expansion.

Other contacts:

Greenpeace Campaigner Prentice Koo
Tel: +852 2854 8303
Email: w.koo [at] greenpeace.org

Greenpeace Communications Officer Josephine Ng
Tel: +852 2854 8332
Email: jng [at] greenpeace.org