Post COP26 – Combatting climate change in Hong Kong and beyond

Following the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), there is increasing recognition that the world must take more ambitious and immediate actions towards decarbonisation and adaptation to prevent the irreversible damage of climate change.

Hong Kong has a role to play. To achieve its carbon neutrality target by 2050, the government has formulated the Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2050.

How can the built environment play its part to mitigate and adapt to climate change? As a community of city stakeholders, what strategies and measures can we take to help turn pledges, commitments, and promises into action?

This report offers insights into how practitioners of the built environment can contribute to the collective 2050 goal of achieving net-zero emissions, capitalising on the outcomes of COP26 and giving priority to the most vulnerable people and communities.

From decarbonisation and adaptation of the built environment and clean energy to low- and zero-carbon transport systems and nature-based solutions, it presents a series of reflections and recommended actions for Hong Kong.

The publication is published by Arup, in collaboration with Civic Exchange, Institution of Civil Engineers Hong Kong Association, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Green Building Council.

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