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New air quality costings needed: Loh

New air quality costings needed: Loh

The Under Secretary for the Environment Christine Loh.
The Under Secretary for the Environment, Christine Loh, says the government needs to update its research on the health costs of Hong Kong’s at times appalling air pollution.

The government’s current estimate of economic losses due to illness and disease caused by poor air quality is HK$1.7 billion dollars a year.

That compares with a figure of nearly HK$40 billion for last year, calculated by the Hedley Environmental Index, run by the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health.

Ms Loh told a subcommittee of the Legislative Council’s Environmental Affairs Panel that a true cost-benefit analysis of cleaning up Hong Kong’s air is needed to help make decisions on how to do it and pay for it.

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