About Blue Skies China

We are passionate about clean air, clean water and clean business!

Blue Skies China was launched in 2006 by energy finance journalist James Ockenden to cover the global story of our lives: China’s transformation to a low carbon capitalist economy.

The UN estimates the world needs to invest an US$2.4 trillion annually in clean tech and energy by 2035 to keep global warming below 1.5°C: as a manufacturing and technology base, and as a transforming economy itself, China is profiting from both ends of this investment.

Blue Skies China helps industrial and energy-intensive companies set and achieve social and environmental targets, with reporting on the latest technology, engineering and financial solutions. And we’re widely read by cleantech investors seeking the global actors who’re making billions from the “quiet storm” of China’s vast green revolution.

Urban Accelerator

In 2017, we added an activism string to our bow, to focus on a most pressing environmental and health issue: burgeoning tobacco use in Hong Kong and southern China, with all the associated public health, pollution, addiction and governance issues.

Through Urban Accelerator, we develop primary research and campaign for smoke-free investments and smoke-free streets! We also provide high quality journalism, breaking stories on tobacco control and holding corporates, government and individuals to account on these important issues.

Urban Accelerator has made a strong impact: we’ve produced original research into the impact of cigarettes on walkability; measured the smoking prevalence of now around 40,000 pedestrians; developed a system for reporting illegal smoking to the authorities; and successfully campaigned to have cigarette pollution considered in Hong Kong’s official emissions inventory.


About James Ockenden

Writer, journalist and sustainability consultant with a passion for clean technology and public health. 25 years covering energy finance and technology: former editor of Power Plant Technology, International Power Generation, Asian Electricity, Aircraft Economics, Energy Risk, Asia Risk, Benchmark; writer for South China Morning Post, Cathay Dragon’s Silkroad, APlus, Veolia’s “Planet“, Hong Kong Tatler; founder of Blue Skies China. MSocSc in Corporate Environmental Governance, University of Hong Kong; BA & MA degree in Natural Sciences (major in Materials Science & Metallurgy), Cambridge University.



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