Lifestyle

Hilton Worldwide has launched a carbon offset program across Southeast Asia which will measure carbon generated at all events at 11 of its properties in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand at no additional cost to customers.
Taiwan mobile phone maker HTC and UK network operator O2 have announced that the new, as yet unmade, version of HTC’s handset, will be sold without a battery charger in a bid to cut down waste. In a report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper O2 estimates that of the 30 million new phones sold annually in the UK, 70 percent of their buyers already have a compatible charger for the handset. The "flagship" HTC phone – expected to be unveiled shortly is expected to be a five-inch version of HTC's existing high-profile One X smartphone.
China’s State Council announced yesterday that it plans to promote a “National Low-Carbon Day” beginning next year in a bid to cut carbon emissions in the world’s second largest economy.
Tests by the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources show that water-saving products made by domestic companies have made significant strides in quality.
China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning subsidies of up to USD2.22 billion for energy-saving desktop computers and air-conditioners.
Hong Kong pedestrian traffic
September 10, 2012
The Hong Kong Government had just announced plans to outfit various outdoor areas with lifts. Whether it was political convenience or largess, the Chief Executive, Leung Chin-Ying, has promised a hefty outlay of HK$100 million (USD12.8 million) on planning and HK$1 billion (USD128 million) each year for constructing some 230 new outdoor lifts across the city. This is quite a commitment from the newly incumbent Chief, who has had a string of bad press and is facing a volatile public, two months into his term.
Singapore's Punggol Eco-Town
Singapore’s first public housing blocks built to be environmentally sustainable have become the testing ground for future projects according to a CNN report yesterday.
Starbucks refinery
A team of researchers at the City University of Hong Kong, backed by funding from Starbucks, are working on a new "biorefinery" that would turn food waste into something useful.
Pacific Disaster Center app
August 21, 2012
As CleanBiz Asia reported last week, the bodies of evidence that southeast Asian nations are facing ever-rising risks of natural disaster are again mounting.  Maplecroft's second Natural Hazards Risk Atlas and the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012 highlight the risks that Asian cities and coastal areas are facing from events such as flooding, earthquakes and tropical cyclones.
Hong Kong skyline at night
August 09, 2012
Hong Kong is the most livable city on Earth! Really? Well, that’s the conclusion drawn by Filippo Lovato, the winner of an Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) competition that challenged participants to find innovative ways of defining what it meant to be the world’s “best city.” After a carefree honeymoon period when we relished our new status — (take that Melbourne and Vienna!) — a suffocating dose of smog choked us back to reality.