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A packed lineup of speakers and panel discussions highlight the Eco Asia Conference

A strong fringe programme debuts new thought-provoking forums
 
The 12th edition of Eco Expo Asia will take place from 26 to 29 October 2017 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the expo serves as a prominent trading platform for environmentally-conscious businesses in Asia. This year’s expo will feature 335 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.
 
The Eco Asia Conference will once again invite notable specialists and academics to lead a wide range of captivating sessions that aim to cover the most pertinent environmental protection issues in Asia. This is the first time that Eco Expo Asia has invited the Water Supplies Department, Drainage Services Department, Business Environment Council and the Hong Kong Green Building Council to be the co-organisers of the Eco Asia Conference. Below are some of the expected highlights:
 
Government Related Session (26 Oct, 14:00 – 16:15)
Keynote Speech
The Hon Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government
 
The Chinese Mainland’s Latest Green Policies
Mr Ren Xianguang, Deputy Director-General, Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China

Ms Wang Kaiyu, Deputy Director-General, Department of Science, Technology and Standards, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China

Waste Management and Recycling (27 Oct, 11:00 – 13:15)
Development in Waste Collection towards the Zero Waste Economy
Jewel specialises in supporting waste collection companies around the world. The company shares its expertise in logistics to deliver more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions.
Ir Pantelis Noë, Director, Jewel, The Netherlands
 
Green Buildings (28 Oct, 11:00 – 13:20)
Timber Hybrid Systems - A Game Changer in Sustainable Building Construction
With the challenges for the global construction industry being greater than ever before, Mr Rainer Strauch will deliver a talk on how new timber technologies are creating a sustainable approach for new buildings.
Mr Rainer Strauch, Construction Engineer, Cree GmbH, Austria
 
A strong fringe programme debuts new thought-provoking forums
In addition to the acclaimed industry conference, a fringe programme of forums, seminars and workshops will allow exhibitors and visitors the chance to make the most of their time at Eco Expo Asia.
 
Green Transportation Forum
As electric vehicles are only going to become a bigger part of our daily lives, the Green Transportation Forum will cover the development of electric vehicles, charging facilities and how these new technologies will become integrated into public transport infrastructure.
 
Green Transportation Forum
Green Transportation Zone, Hall 3
Date: 27 - 28 Oct
Time: Sessions start at 11:30 on 27 Oct and 14:00 on 28 Oct
 
Startup Forum
Debuting at the expo this year is the Startup Zone which will see a number of startups showcase their green technologies and solutions to visitors. The Startup Forum allows the invited representatives of five startups to deliver a series of talks introducing their innovative approaches to very Asia-centered issues. Topics under the spotlight include how to establish green communities in urban spaces, smart thermostats and how to utilise air conditioners as air purification machines.
 
Startup Forum
Business Exchange, Hall 3
Date: 27 Oct
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
 
Government Departments' Forum
For the first time at Eco Expo Asia, a Government Departments‘ Forum will be held as an opportunity to learn more about various environmentally-minded government projects. Topics to be covered include Hong Kong’s largest solar installation at Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works, retro-commissioning across the territory and energy management strategies in the Water Supplies Department.
 
Government Departments‘ Forum
Business Exchange, Hall 3
Date: 28 Oct
Time: 11:15 - 12:30
 
Test Drive / Test Ride
Participants are welcome to try out a range of electric vehicles including the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid/IONIQ, the DFSK Electric Light Goods Vehicle EC35 and the emco NOVA Sharing e-scooter (except on 29 Oct).
 
Test Drive / Test Ride
East Lobby
Date: 27 – 29 Oct
Time: 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
 
Public Day activities
The final day of the fair, Sunday 29 October, is open to the general public for free. The Green Mart will feature a number of companies selling products from organic foods and snacks to natural skincare and beauty items. Visitors to the Green Workshops will have the chance to DIY useful new things made from reused and upcycled materials including dehumidifying bags for household use. Not to miss is the Public Day Forum which will feature talks on environmental topics including climate change and polar expeditions.
 
Public Day Forum: Debunking Climate Myths
Mr Sham Fu-cheung, Chief Experimental Officer, Hong Kong Observatory
Date: 29 Oct
Time: 14:00 - 14:30
 
Public Day Forum: Dr Rebecca Lee on Polar Lessons
Dr Rebecca Lee, Founder and Director of Polar Museum Foundation
Date: 29 Oct
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
 
Eco Expo Asia aims to serve as an all-inclusive platform that offers greener solutions, as well as enabling companies, government officials and individuals to connect. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org, or visit www.ecoexpoasia.com.
 
Callum Wiggins
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
Tel: +852 2238 9941
callum.wiggins@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com
www.messefrankfurt.com.hk

Carmen Wong
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Tel: +852 2240 4606
carmen.yy.wong@hktdc.org
www.hktdc.com
www.ecoexpoasia.com
 
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,300 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €647 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
For more information, please visit our website at:
www.messefrankfurt.com | www.congressfrankfurt.de | www.festhalle.de
 
About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and services providers. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on google Google+ twitter Twitter @hktdc LinkedIn LinkedIn