Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, have experienced rapid increases in population and resource consumption. This Interactive Qualifying Project completed a consumption analysis of these cities and suggested methods to reduce consumption and improve sustainability. Civic Exchange sponsored the project to promote more ecologically responsible policy dialogue in Hong Kong. Consumption data for Hong Kong and Guangzhou was gathered and compared using archival research and interviews and compiled into a consumption analysis focused on urban biomass, water, energy, materials and food.
We would like to thank our liaison Ms. Christine Loh for sponsoring our project and guiding us through it. Thanks also go to everyone at Civic Exchange for allowing us to take over the office on a daily basis. Ms. Esther Lam from Civic Exchange was especially helpful in any task we asked of her. We would like to acknowledge Professor Creighton Peet and Professor Yi Hua Ma for their advice and countless useful comments on this report. We would also like to thank Professor Albert Koenig from The Hong Kong University, Mr. Eric Walker, Research Director from Friends of the Earth, Mr. Y. C. Sui, Senior Statistician at the Census and Statistics Bureau, Ms. Amy Cheung, the Senior Town Planner, The Planning Department, Mr. Damien Ku, Assistant Director of the Water Supplies Department, Mr. Chik-Chuen Lay, Assistant Director of the Conservation Branch of the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Mr. Stephen Brown for taking the time to talk with us and giving us invaluable information for this report.
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