The Hong Kong Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE) has endorsed the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport with a number of recommendations.

The recommendations were related to the third runway being planned at the airport.

ACE chairman Paul Lam said that the council had requested the director of environmental protection (DEP) to consider imposing conditions in the environmental permit for the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), so that it would take into account concerns regarding marine and terrestrial ecology.

"We will do everything we can to mitigate its impact on the environment through the measures stipulated in the EIA report."

Issues such as fisheries, water quality, landscape and visual, waste management, environmental monitoring and audit on air and noise emission will also be addressed.

ACE has also asked the AAHK to seek the council’s comments on the marine park proposal, the marine ecology conservation plan and the fisheries management plan apart from marine traffic routes and management plan for high-speed ferries of the SkyPier. ACE will need to submit the relevant plans to DEP for approval before starting the project.

Speaking on the recommendations, AAHK acting chief executive officer C K Ng said: "This is a key milestone in the development of the 3RS project. It is also an important step for maintaining Hong Kong’s overall competitiveness, by allowing our airport to meet its long-term aviation demand while generating local employment.

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"While pursuing economic development, we will do everything we can to mitigate its impact on the environment through the measures stipulated in the EIA report, aiming to achieve a balance between economic development and conservation."

The authority plans to complete the project by 2023.