(Xinhua/Li Wen)

Macau to aim for peak carbon emissions by 2030 – CE

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng indicated today (Thursday) that the Macau SAR will strive to reach peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, in conjunction with the country’s environmental development strategies.

“We will scrupulously promote measures relating to peak carbon dioxide emissions and carbon neutralization, and, taking into account the reality of Macau, we will implement the program on a programmed basis, harnessing clean energy and striving to reach the peak of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030,” Ho said during his speech at the 12th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF) opening ceremony.

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020, China would reach its carbon emissions peak before 2030 and become “carbon neutral” before 2060.

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng

CO2 accounted for more than 90 per cent of the total emissions and represented most of the local greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2020, while N2O and CH4 accounted for less than 10 per cent, the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) indicated in its environmental report for last year.

The pandemic led to a notable decrease of 34.5 per cent year-on-year of GHG in 2020 from the 1.3 million tonnes reported in 2019, but with increases reported emissions from the civil construction and organic solvents sectors.

Macau CO2 emissions evolution since 2011 in kilotonnes

The main sources of GHG and CO2 emissions were the local production of electricity, land transport and trade, consumption domestic and services, the DSPA noted, with waste deposited in landfills responsible for most CH4 emissions and wastewater treatment the main source of N2O emissions.

In his speech, Ho also indicated local authorities will work to advance with an Urban Master Plan and promote “in a more precise, ecological and safe manner”, the construction of urban infrastructure and the development of urban infrastructure and improvement of environmental structures, which will allow for a “balance between urban development and environmental protection” and establish a “Green Macau”.