Gov’t to aim for peak carbon emissions before 2030 – Development plan

The Macau SAR Second Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development for the 2021-2025 period emphasizes that authorities will advance efforts to reach peak carbon emissions before the previous target in 2030.

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng indicated previously that the SAR would follow the country’s environmental goals, namely, to reach peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and become “carbon neutral” before 2060.

“We will complete the preparation of the Environmental Protection Planning of Macau (2021-2025), dedicate ourselves to reaching the peak of CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality, progressively use clean energy, multiply all efforts to reach the peak of emissions for CO2 before 2030 and draw up the corresponding action plan,” authorities say in the recently published plan.

As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions generated by means of transport,
all Macau heavy passenger vehicles with Euro 4 Standard will be scrapped within five years with the monitoring and control of air pollution to be reinforced through the elaboration of legal diplomas on the control of emissions.

The 5-year plan also proposes that the percentage of buses running on new energy will reach 90 per cent by 2025 when the percentage of buses operated with clean energy stood at only 8.0 per cent by 2020.

The Government also promised to draw up traffic plans and strategies to promote ecological transport and strengthen the construction of infrastructure, with electric vehicle charging stations to be set in all parking spaces in Government office buildings to be constructed in addition to applying the relevant requirements to the private buildings to be constructed.

“Charging stations will be installed in existing government office buildings that bring together conditions for this, and spaces will be appropriately reserved for the installation of equipment charging in public car parks,” it added.

As of November of this year, there were 2.241 private electric vehicles in Macau and 37 government EVs in use. There were also 4.536 hybrid vehicles and 187 moved by natural gas.