Christine Loh, Civic Exchange

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Christine Loh is the Under-Secretary for the Enviroment in the Hong Kong Government.

She was  previously chief executive officer and the co-founder of the independent, non-profit public policy think tank, Civic Exchange, which is based in Hong Kong. Loh had a 14-year career in the private commercial sector, where she was engaged in commodities trading and strategic planning, before having a highly successful career in politics for nearly a decade.

Loh is an adjunct professor in the Division of Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also a board member of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, senior policy advisor to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, board member of the Tällberg Foundation, board member of the East West Institute, and board member of Community Business.

Loh has been widely recognised for her achievements, including being given the Peter Brice Award for outstanding civic work in 2004, named 'Woman of the Year' by Hong Kong Business for 2006, and received an OBE in 2007. She was recognised as one of the 'Heroes of the Environment' by TIME in October 2007, named a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong Administrative Region Government in 2009, named 'Woman Who Makes A Difference' in 2009 by RBS Coutts/Financial Times' Women in Asia Awards.

Stories from Christine Loh, Civic Exchange

Gate of Heavenly Peace in the smog
April 25, 2012
China’s air quality is bad – everyone knows that. We should not, however, ignore the fact that China is moving ahead in air quality management very quickly, and we should not confuse achievement with what it still has to do. China is doing a lot of the right things although there is a long way to go. After all, it took the US some forty years to set standards and develop its sophisticated regulatory system. China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) has specific air pollutant reduction targets to fulfill. Bowing to public pressure, in March 2012 the Chinese government tightened air quality standards and published a phasing-in timetable nationwide.
HK Financial Secretary cash for shipping emissions reduction
February 22, 2012
On 1 February John Tsang, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, announced in his Budget a HKD260 million (USD33.3 million) subsidy in the form of reduced harbor and light fees over three years for ships that switch to 0.5 percent sulfur fuel or cleaner. This proposal will be debated by the Hong Kong Legislative Council in March and is expected to pass.
Electronic road pricing
December 28, 2011
The election season for 2012 has already started in Hong Kong. The hot issue is a three-way race for chief executive – the top political post – which is selected by an election committee of 1,200 members, whom are “elected” themselves by a relatively small eligible electorate of about 200,000 people. For anyone to get to the starting line, he or she must get 150 nominations from these 1,200 members. Right now, there are three camps vying to get enough nominations.
The Hong Kong Government's Spaghetti Junction
October 14, 2011
Spaghetti Junction is the best description of Hong Kong government policymaking and Chief Executive Donald Tsang's latest (and last) Policy Address is a classic example. At the start of his speech, the Chief Executive quoted his 2007 election manifesto: "I envisioned generating economic development through infrastructure development. At the same time, we must balance development needs with environmental protection and conservation to create a better living environment".
Hong Kong roadside air pollution
August 24, 2011
There is a mystery in Hong Kong: Why is roadside air quality so bad? The government has put in place various initiatives over the years to require new vehicles to comply with the latest standards, and to require the use of cleaner fuels.
Carbon footprint
June 26, 2011
Civic Exchange has been measuring the environmental footprint of our small operation. We have an office of just under 1,000 square foot and we have a number of staff and regular researchers who use the office.