Hong Kong Pollution is a serious threat to the biggest financial center in Asia
As one of the world’s leading international financial centers, Hong Kong is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. It attracts millions of tourists each year, and remains an attractive location for business and sightseeing.
How residents are dealing with Hong Kong Pollution:
Yet, in recent years, Hong Kong Pollution is the reason why things have taken a turn for the worse. According to a survey conducted by ECA International, the world’s leading knowledge and solutions provider for international HR professionals, favorable living conditions make Hong Kong one of the best places in Asia for expatriates, but poor air quality is eroding its competitiveness. Ranked 23rd in the world and 5th in Asia, the survey shows that Hong Kong affords expatriates a relatively high standard of living. Excellent infrastructure and facilities, coupled with its cosmopolitan make-up, justify Hong Kong’s ranking above most other locations in Asia and the world. Furthermore, an improvement in personal security and a reduction in the number of natural disasters in recent years has seen Hong Kong move back up the ranking this year.
However, living standards for foreigners in Hong Kong are still a long way off those afforded to foreigners in Singapore, which retains the top spot for Asians to live. “The biggest difference is Hong Kong’s air quality, which continues to deteriorate,” comments Lee Quane, General Manager, ECA International Hong Kong. “Elevated levels of air pollution and the associated health risks have been well-documented and commented on by expatriates in Hong Kong. While certain criteria of our research have recorded improvements recently, air pollution remains the major cause for the difference in ranking between Hong Kong and Singapore. Importantly, although Hong Kong has moved back up our ranking this year, it still remains lower than it was five years ago and has been overtaken by Tokyo.”
Scientific data concur with Mr. Quane’s opinion about Hong Kong Pollution. In 2009, air pollution reached dangerous levels in one of every eight days, and scientific models show that cost to Hong Kong’s health is growing all the time. An ongoing university study around the roads of Hong Kong has shown higher levels of pollution than those reported by the government, blamed on the factories of Southern China as well as the roads and see transports that carry goods to the rest of the world.
The government insists that it is taking actions to mitigate Pollution in Hong Kong, such as working with business to clean up Hong Kong old factories across the border in China and also introducing the same vehicle emission standards as in developed countries, but it finds itself contending with local attitudes in this notoriously wasteful society.