Hong Kong has an increasingly growing problem, known as air pollution. The massive amount of emissions from internal combustion engines and industrial factories has negatively impacted Hong Kong. The city’s residents rely on the transportation system to get around. Their routes that they take everyday of their life could be called their lifeline.
Some of the existing public transportation options have realized the urgency of the smog problem in the city, and have switched their fuel systems to be less of a negative impact on the environment. Unfortunately the transition process has taken a long time to be completed for most of the commercial and private automobiles. As with everything, financial reasons have caused the holdup. Updating privately owned vehicles is a complex issue, but the public supported and government run buses should lead the way with setting the example for the rest of the city to follow.
The Environmental Protection Department and the Transportation Department have the money and the manpower to change, but have not recognized the air pollution problem. They should start by looking to other cities that have fixed their smog problem, and use their successful models. The city of London has experienced a dramatic improvement in their air quality after retrofitting their public buses with hybrid engines using more clean electric energy than dirty internal combustion energy. Hong Kong would see instant improvements in the air as people progressively used clean transportation.