|The 11th Edition of Eco Expo Asia set for October
International Exchange on Green Business; Raising Public Awareness of, and Participation in Environmental Protection
21 March 2016 - Celebrating its 11th edition this year, Eco Expo Asia, the preeminent trading platform for green businesses, will gather industry experts and leading-edge products and solutions at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong from 26 to 29 October 2016. The annual show is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised with the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.
A networking luncheon for the show was held on 17 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which welcomed representatives from the international government and business sectors. These guests shared insights into the emerging green market in different countries.
Four key focuses for Hong Kong environmental protection policies
Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, delivered the keynote luncheon speech. Mr Wong praised Eco Expo Asia as an exceptional platform for promoting environment protection in Hong Kong as well as for representatives from different countries to exchange their views and set common objectives.
Mr Wong highlighted the achievements Hong Kong had made in environmental protection in recent years. For example, in July 2015, the government introduced a new regulation which requires all ocean-going vessels to switch to low-sulphur marine fuel for berthing in the port of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the first Asian city to implement such a measure, and it has improved the air quality around the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals and surrounding berths significantly.
He added that the government will also set up an inter-departmental committee on climate change to formulate more progressive policies towards meeting emission reduction targets.
Mr Wong elaborated: “Hong Kong has identified four key focuses for its environmental protection policies, including cleaner air supply, building energy efficiency, green transportation and waste-to-energy conversion. Related measures will be taken to address the major pollution issues of Hong Kong and to transform the city into a low-carbon, low-waste and energy-efficient one.”
Green solutions to seize market opportunities
Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, noted that the theme of this year’s Eco Expo Asia, “Green Solutions for a Changing Climate”, echoed the mission of the government’s environmental protection policies.
He not only pinpointed that business viability and environmental awareness are equally significant in promoting green technology in Asia, but also stressed the importance of having the local community’s support. He said: “The community’s involvement is an essential part of promoting sustainable development and environmental protection measures. As with previous years, we will extend the invitation to participate from trade professionals to the general public on the last day, free of charge.”
Ir Prof Daniel M Cheng, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and President of the Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association, pointed out that, since the inaugural Eco Expo Asia, which featured 128 exhibitors and drew close to 5,000 buyers, the fair has grown considerably and attracted 320 exhibitors and more than 12,000 buyers in 2015.
Prof Cheng further explained that many major environmental protection projects have been launched in Hong Kong over the past 10 years, including the establishment of sludge treatment facilities, the EcoPark WEEE Recycling Centre and integrated waste management facilities. Apart from these large-scale projects, the Environmental Industries Council also encouraged small- and medium-sized enterprises to bring innovative ideas into the environmental protection space, and to capitalise on market opportunities. He said: “Climate change is not necessarily a challenge that is impossible to handle. We need to understand its impact and be flexible in our strategies in order to seize various market opportunities.”
World-class expo promoting international cooperation
Wilfred Mohr, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, also complimented Eco Expo Asia for being an excellent platform for green businesses. For the past two years, the Netherlands Consulate General has organised a national booth at the expo. It not only facilitated exchange between companies from the Netherlands and Hong Kong, but it also promoted cooperation with the Chinese mainland. The Netherlands Consulate General will again organise a Dutch pavilion formed by companies from the waste management sector to exhibit at the Eco Expo Asia 2016.
Also speaking at the luncheon, Jason Cao, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, thanked all the guests for their support for Eco Expo Asia. He encouraged the cooperation of more organisations from around the world that are interested in promoting their green business in Hong Kong and throughout Asia to capture valuable opportunities available in the Asian markets.
|From left: Jason Cao, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government; Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC; and Ir Prof Daniel M Cheng, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and President of the Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association attend the networking luncheon of Eco Expo Asia|
|Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government, elaborates on the four key focuses of the government’s environmental policies and related measures|
|Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC, announces “Green Solutions for a Changing Climate” as the new theme of Eco Expo Asia 2016|
|Jason Cao, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, extends his thanks to the guests for their support for Eco Expo Asia and welcomes the involvement from international players|
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|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+ Twitter @hktdc LinkedIn
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
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* preliminary numbers (2015)