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Interview | CLP Chen Shaoxiong focuses on sustainable development: Rejecting extensive development, Hong Kong will not limit electricity in the next ten years


The Legislative Council elections were held on the 19th of this month. This year, a number of senior executives from enterprises have been voted out in a rare place. Chen Shaoxiong, the president of CLP Power China, who participated in the election committee sector, is one of them. Different from other candidates

The Legislative Council election was held on the 19th of this month. This year, a number of senior corporate executives were rarely contested. Chen Shaoxiong, the president of CLP Power China, who played in the election committee sector, was one of them.

Different from other candidates' argument of "emphasizing development", Chen Shaoxiong believes that in addition to focusing on development, it is also necessary to take into account the ecological environment, focusing on sustainable development, and advocating the concept of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) , "Don't want to develop extensively, which will affect the future generations and grandchildren."

After joining CLP for more than 40 years, he has promoted a number of large-scale green infrastructure projects. Chen Shaoxiong hopes to use his own experience to communicate more with environmental protection groups in the future construction of "Lantau Tomorrow" and the northern metropolis to balance ecology and development.

He suggested that when the government bids for engineering projects, it can include greening, digitalization and innovative concepts as scoring standards to promote a green economy.

The Mainland aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Recently, many cities in the Mainland have implemented "power curtailment". Chen Shaoxiong said that Hong Kong's electricity supply is stable and there will be no "power curtailment" in the next 10 years.

Advocate project bidding requirements to add green elements

Chen Shaoxiong, who is an engineer himself, is more focused on sustainable development than he is blatantly looking for development. "I don’t want to be like the past model. Development for development will affect ecological conservation at the end. As President Xi Jinping said: Jinshan and Yinshan are not as green as green. Water and green hills."

He believes that the promotion of ESG is a matter for everyone. Individuals, companies, and governments can also do their part. The government should first lead by itself, implement ESG principles in all departments, and vigorously promote ESG education.

He pointed out that the government can provide incentives to enterprises, developers, and contractors to promote the development of a green economy. For example, when the government bids for projects, people feel that the price is low. It is recommended that green elements, digitalization and innovative concepts be added to the scoring standards.

Listen to the opinions of the group, balance development and conservation

The Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor government put forward a number of large-scale development blueprints for "Lantau Tomorrow" and the northern metropolitan area. Chen Shao-hung pointed out that development and conservation must be in conflict. The key is how to strike a balance. Environmental groups are not extraordinary. Many environmental groups also know how to balance. Development and environmental conservation.

He took CLP’s construction of an offshore liquefied natural gas receiving station as an example. Some environmental protection groups were worried that the construction process would pollute the ocean. At that time, CLP hired professional consultants to conduct a comprehensive study and established a fund for conservation work after determining that the project would not constitute an environmental problem. A committee was established to invite environmental groups to monitor whether there are any errors in the construction process. "Environmental groups are actually very happy. There are channels to monitor the environment and ecology."

Chen Shaoxiong said that if he is elected, he welcomes environmental groups to reflect his opinions, "I don't want to develop extensively, which will affect the well-being of children and grandchildren... Among the parliament and candidates, there is not a single voice for the time being." During the exchanges with other candidates, many people also agree with the concept of sustainable development. They believe that they will not fight alone in the parliament. Instead, they will form a force to balance the ecological environment and development, and resolve problems for the government.

Talking about the housing problem in Hong Kong, Chen Shaoxiong said that he lived in "attic cubicles" when he was a child. He understood the plight of subdivided households, advocated rent subsidies for subdivided households, and accelerated the promotion of transitional housing.

In terms of medium-term land supply, he believes that the government should speed up the development of brownfields and consider the development of the border areas of country parks with transportation, water and electricity facilities and low ecological value. Country Parks."

Chen Shaoxiong in Mainland China's electricity rationing: Make every effort to ensure that Hong Kong will not appear

In recent months, many areas in the Mainland have implemented "electric curtailment", and even Beijing, Shanghai and other places are not immune.

Chen Shaoxiong explained that in the early stage of the new crown pneumonia outbreak, a large number of factory operations were moved from Wuhan to Southeast Asia and other places. However, in the middle and later stages, the epidemic in Southeast Asia was more severe than the mainland. As a result, a large number of factories moved to the mainland, and the economy was even better than before the epidemic, but in a disguised form. Electricity supply cannot keep up with demand growth.

In addition, the rise in coal prices in the Mainland, and the strict control of energy consumption by the central government, requiring the total energy consumption of all provinces and cities to decrease year by year, have led to power curtailment.

As for Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, will it also need to curtail electricity?

Chen Shaoxiong pointed out that 50% of Hong Kong’s electricity comes from natural gas; 25% of nuclear power and 25% of coal and renewable energy. Currently, both natural gas and nuclear power supply have long-term contracts. Coal comes from Australia and the supply is stable. Basically, it will not appear in the next 10 years. The big question is, "There will be no power cuts today, and we will try our best to ensure that it will not happen in the future."

He said that the HEC and CLP plan to phase out coal-fired units in the next 10 to 20 years and replace them with renewable energy to achieve zero coal-fired power generation. Currently, the two power companies are actively studying different projects, including the construction of offshore offshore units. For wind farms, increase the use of nuclear power when necessary to achieve a diversified energy mix.

For the list of candidates from all sectors in the Legislative Council election,

please click here to refer to the "Hong Kong 01" election website.

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Source: hk1

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