Date
23 August 2017
Hong Kong's lifestyle is being blamed for a record biocapacity deficit, the largest in Asia. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong's lifestyle is being blamed for a record biocapacity deficit, the largest in Asia. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong has largest resource deficit in Asia

Hong Kong consumes more than 540 times its available per-capita biocapacity, leaving it with the largest deficit in Asia, Ming Pao Daiy reported Tuesday, citing a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

The study said Hong Kong’s ecological footprint, which is determined by adding up all land and sea areas needed to provide the natural resources necessary for human consumption, is at a historical high, with average consumption at 5.4 global hectares.

Hong Kong’s lifestyle is causing a strain on its resources, with food, fuel, transport and clothing make up 61 percent of consumption, the report said.

If everyone on the planet consumed resources at the same rate as Hong Kong, it would take 3.1 earths to fulfil their needs, WWF said.

Hong Kong’s consumption has risen dramatically over the years, spurred by rising economic growth and high incomes that encourage over-consumption, it said.

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