Date: 24 Apr 2012

Title: PPT --- Choosing the Right Electricity Fuel Mix for Hong Kong in an Age of Climate Change


Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies WLB205, Shaw Campus, HKBU

Speaker: Dr C W TSO
Dr Tso has over 30 years working experience in the power and energy industries. He has been involved in the design, construction and project management of large generation and transmission infrastructure projects including natural gas facilities and renewable energy installations. He retired from Hongkong Electric in 2009 as General Manager (Projects), and is now with the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong as Adjunct Professor and Program Leader of BEng Course in Energy Science and Engineering.

Dr Tso holds a BSc Degree in Engineering, MSc Degree in Thermal Power and a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration. He is a Chartered Engineer, Council Member of HKIE and Past Chairman of IMEchE Hong Kong Branch and ASME Hong Kong Section.

According to the UN's IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2007, there is sufficient scientific evidence to show greenhouses gases (GHG) emitted by mankind are rapidly warming the Earth, causing changes in the global climate. It is believed that climate change is responsible for extreme events occurring in various parts of the world, such as droughts, floods, landslides, hurricanes, snowstorms, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2008 has pointed out that electricity generation is the largest source of global CO2 emissions by sector. As electricity generation accounts for 67% of Hong Kong's total GHG emissions in 2008, the fuel mix for electricity generation plays an important role in determining Hong Kong's carbon footprint.

To tackle Hong Kong's carbon emissions, the Government proposed in a 2010 consultation document to increase the proportion of nuclear power to 50%, natural gas to 40% and RE to 3-4%, but reduce coal to 6-7% by 2020. Dr Tso will talk about Hong Kong’s current energy policy, electricity market structure and the use of fuel/energy for electricity generation, and present his views on the impact of changing fuel-mix for electricity generation on existing electricity supply infrastructures, emissions performance and tariff.

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