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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

CE praises eco-achievers

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hailed the winning companies and organisations of the 2020 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) via a video at the event’s presentation ceremony held today.    Winners of the 2020 Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards and corporations certified as Hong Kong Green Organisations in 2020 were also recognised for their green management practices and their contributions to environmental protection.    Congratulating the companies and organisations, Mrs Lam said she appreciated their dedication in promoting environmental protection despite the economic downturn under the COVID-19 pandemic.   She also called on more companies and organisations to participate in the HKAEE and the Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC), and work with the Government to promote low-carbon transformation practices in all sectors while heading towards carbon neutrality.   Officiating at the ceremony, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said the Government has just announced Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, covering net-zero electricity generation, energy saving and green buildings, green transport, and waste reduction, the four major decarbonisation strategies that need community participation and green innovation.   Pointing out that the extreme climate in recent years reflects the pressing need to combat global warming, Mr Wong said Hong Kong will proactively complement the country’s development while contributing to its global carbon reduction goal.   The presentation ceremony was held in a hybrid mode, on-site at the Convention & Exhibition Centre and online.   In 2020, a total of 47 organisations won the HKAEE gold, silver or bronze awards, and 159 received certificates of merit.   The HKAEE and the HKGOC are jointly organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee and the Environmental Protection Department, along with other organisations and chambers of commerce.   The 2021 edition of HKAEE is now open for applications while the HKGOC accepts applications all year round.   Visit the dedicated website or call 2788 5903 for further information.
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