- Published: 05 August 2009 05 August 2009
In Hong Kong, Wind Prospect and CLP have welcomed the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report on the proposed offshore wind farm project.
This approval represents an important milestone in realising the prospect of renewable energy for Hong Kong. It marks a conclusion to the efforts that Wind Prospect and CLP have put into the environmental assessment. It also signifies that building a commercial-scale offshore wind farm of up to 200MW in the southeastern waters of Hong Kong will be environmentally acceptable. This offshore wind farm will support the Hong Kong Government’s 1–2% renewable energy (RE) target and will help to respond to calls from the community for RE. CLP and Wind Prospect have organised project briefings and visits to the project site for interested groups over the past four years in order to listen to their views. A 30-day public consultation on the project’s EIA study ended in early July. Out of about 100 responses CLP received from the public via the dedicated project website, 67% expressed support for the proposed project and believed that it would be a good start for Hong Kong. Wind Prospect began the feasibility study in 2005 and CLP joined as a partner in 2006.