27th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) In a bid to promote low-carbon travel, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has implemented several green initiatives over the past year. One significant development is the arrival of the MTR’s first electric bus last week, which is currently undergoing a series of tests and awaiting relevant approvals before its expected launch in the first quarter of next year. Simultaneously, the MTR is also conducting research and testing on using hydrogen fuel to power its light rail vehicles, supporting the wider adoption of innovative green transportation technologies in Hong Kong.
With a public transportation usage rate of 49.6% in Hong Kong, the MTR’s energy consumption accounts for only approximately 8.8% of the overall public transportation sector. Looking ahead, the MTR aims to introduce environmentally friendly design and low-carbon elements in all new station and residential property development projects. Six new stations, namely Tung Chung East Station, Tung Chung West Station, Tuen Ma Line’s Kwu Tung Station, Siu Ho Wan Station, Tuen Mun South Station, and A16 Station, will be built with reference to green building standards and practices.
Furthermore, the MTR has installed various types of solar power generation systems in its stations, depots, and shopping malls. The Pat Heung Depot alone has incorporated over 2,100 flexible solar panels, making it the largest single-building solar soft panel system project in Hong Kong. The MTR’s shopping malls, including Luk Yeung Galleria and Heng Fa Chuen, are also set to complete the installation of solar panels within this year. The MTR will continue to explore the feasibility of installing solar power generation systems in other stations, depots, and shopping malls.