Beijing’s Hong Kong chief says environment bureau’s work ‘recognised’
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Beijing’s Hong Kong chief says environment bureau’s work ‘recognised’

Beijing’s Hong Kong commissioner “appreciated” the work of the city’s environmental protection bureau during a meeting with its boss in the capital, reminding him that many of its tasks are “people matters”.

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office released a photo of a meeting held on Thursday afternoon between Director Xia Baolong and Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan.

The meeting came a month and a half after the Hong Kong government shelved a controversial waste charging bill after 20 years of discussions and delays.

Earlier in the day, Xia met with Justice Minister Paul Lam Ting-kwok.

Hours after Thursday’s exchange, the Hong Kong government said: “Director Xia said many of the tasks of the Environment and Ecology Bureau are matters that concern the people, and he fully appreciated the work of the bureau.”

Tse briefed Xia on the office’s progress in achieving carbon neutrality goals, green transformation opportunities, environmental protection, natural environment protection, low-carbon energy, agricultural and fisheries development, environmental hygiene and food safety, according to the government.

Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu (left) and Secretary of Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan in Beijing. Photo: News Material

Hong Kong can seize opportunities to complement its advantages with other cities in the Greater Bay Area to jointly develop green energy and relevant industries, Xii said. The Bay Area refers to Beijing’s plan to connect Hong Kong, Macao and nine other cities in southern China into an economic powerhouse.

Tse attended the second High-Level Conference of the Forum on Global Action for Co-Development in Beijing.

He also met with Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu to discuss work on various ecological and environmental issues.

He later visited the National Energy Administration and met with Deputy Director Ren Jingdong to exchange views on promoting energy cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and supporting the city’s transition to low-carbon energy.