Household carbon emission has been recognized as one of the most important contributor to climate change with a significant impact on both the local and global environment. Hong Kong government has provided HK$450 million funding for retrofitting existing buildings in order to reduce household carbon emissions. However, progress has been palpably slow and only 20% of the targeted buildings have been retrofitted so far. One reason for this slow progress in Hong Kong is the lack of effective policy tools for reducing household carbon emissions.
The project Willingness of residents to pay and motivations for reducing household carbon emission at community level in the compact city of Hong Kong
, by Xiaoling Zhang, addresses this issue. This research will contribute to the development of effective policy tools, helping mitigating climate change problems in Hong Kong and beyond.
The specific research objectives are:
- to identify and compare current and past government interventions worldwide to reducing household carbon emissions, their effects under different conditions and evaluate their potential for adaptation in Hong Kong;
- to investigate the household’s willingness to pay for reducing carbon emissions at the community level; and
- to provide effective policy tools for reducing household carbon emission in Hong Kong.
The project has received funding through the Hong Kong Government ECF (ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION FUND) grant.
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