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CE starts Chengdu visit

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held bilateral meetings in Chengdu with the leaders of a number of provinces and a region.   The leaders were in the Sichuan capital to prepare for attending the 2021 Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Co-operation Chief Executive Joint Conference.   The meetings followed Mrs Lam’s hosting of the High-level Meeting & the Second Plenary Session of the Hong Kong/Sichuan Co-operation Conference with the Sichuan leaders this morning.   The Chief Executive first met Hainan Governor Feng Fei who she was pleased to meet again after the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in April.   Noting that Hainan is developing into a free trade port under the support of the central authorities, Mrs Lam said Hong Kong is willing to share its experience with the province in opening up and she wishes to seize the opportunities brought by the establishment of a free trade port in Hainan.   She thanked the province for agreeing to provide internship opportun

Delta air quality better

The air quality in the Pearl River Delta has continuously improved in recent years, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network reported.   The network released a report on its 2020 monitoring results today.   According to the report, the average annual concentration levels of pollutants decreased in the delta region compared with 2006. This includes an 86% drop in sulphur dioxide, a 49% reduction in respirable suspended particulates and a 43% decrease in nitrogen dioxide.   Compared with 2015, the average annual concentration levels of carbon monoxide and fine suspended particulates also fell 16% and 31%.   On the other hand, the average annual concentration level of ozone rose 27% when compared with 2006, indicating the need to further alleviate regional photochemical pollution.   Hong Kong and Guangdong have long been committed to reducing air pollutant emissions from key sources to improve regional air quality. The two governments are conducting a study on post-2020 regional emission reduction targets and concentration levels to formulate targets or levels in 2025 and 2030.   Additionally, the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will launch a three-year study on the characterisation of photochemical ozone pollution in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and its regional and super-regional transportation.   The study results will help people better understand the origins of ozone precursors, their formation mechanism and regional and super-regional transportation characteristics in the bay area.   The monitoring network, launched in 2005 and comprising 23 air monitoring stations in the three jurisdictions, monitors six major air pollutants.
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