Lifestyle: Hong Kong’s eco-expo invites green innovators
This year, Hong Kong is all set to play host to green technologies.
Eco Expo Asia, the trading platform for green businesses in Asia, will gather industry experts and leading-edge products and solutions at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong from October 26 to 29. The annual show will be organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, in association with the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.
Wong Kam-sing, secretary, HKSAR government, said that Eco Expo Asia is 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.
Wong highlighted the recent accomplishments of Hong Kong in environmental protection. Last July, 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 said.
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.
“Hong Kong has identified four key focuses for its environmental protection policies, comprising cleaner air supply, energy efficiency, green transportation and waste-to-energy conversion. Related measures will be taken to address the major pollution issues and transform Hong Kong into a low-carbon, low-waste and energy-efficient city.”
Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director of HKTDC, noted that this year’s theme ‘Green Solutions for a Changing Climate,’ echoed the mission of the government’s environmental protection policies.
Prof Daniel M Cheng, chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and president of the Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association, pointed out that the first Eco Expo Asia, which featured 128 exhibitors, drew close to 5,000 buyers. The fair has grown considerably and, in 2015, attracted 320 exhibitors and more than 12,000 buyers.