only can environmental protection enhance our
citizens' quality of life, but it also helps improve
our business environment.
In last year's Policy Address, the Chief
Executive proposed to provide an incentive for
replacement of old diesel commercial vehicles with
new models. I
have budgeted $3.2 billion for this purpose.
The Chief Executive also proposed to lower
the first registration tax for environment-friendly
programme will be implemented on 1 April. As
from today, information on the vehicle models
covered by the programme can be found on the
websites of the Environmental Protection Department
and Transport Department.
reduce waste and implement the "Polluter Pays"
principle, the Environmental Protection Department
is considering the introduction of
producer-responsibility schemes for various
Department has completed its study on the charging
scheme for plastic shopping bags, and is shortly to
put forward specific proposals. It is expected that the relevant Bill will be
introduced into this Council within the year.