Once again the annual trade show for green products, services and innovations, Eco Expo Asia, is approaching – and Ecozine is proud to be a key media partner for the 6th year running!
Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and co-organised by Hong Kong's Environment Bureau, the expo dubs itself a "gateway to the growing green market in Asia". Last year, the event saw a record-breaking 320 exhibitors and over 12,000 trade visitors from 97 countries and regions. This year, they aim to attract even more, including the industry's decision-makers and government officials from Asia and beyond.
This year's expo, to be held October 26th through 29th, will open with the new theme "Green Solutions for a Changing Climate". The aim? To showcase innovative green solutions to governments and industries, to help them achieve their sustainability goals.
The government has been supporting this event since the very beginning of the show, viewing it as an opportunity to promote Hong Kong as a hub and nurture the entire green industry in Asia. Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong's Secretary for the Environment, said it well: "We see Eco Expo Asia as an effective platform for Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and other regions to cooperate and work towards achieving the common goal of promoting environmental protection."
The "Theme Day" concept is an integral part of the show. Each day of the fair (full schedule here) will feature a hot-button industry topic that is complemented by conferences, seminars and workshops:
· 26 Oct: Global Innovations for Climate Change
· 27 Oct: Waste Management
· 28 Oct: Sustainable Energies and Buildings
· 29 Oct: Green Living
While the expo offers a great opportunity to discover smaller startups and new concepts, it's also well anchored by established companies showcasing their latest green innovations – such as Baguio from Hong Kong, Donasonic from the UK and Envac from Sweden, among others, demonstrating their expertise in waste management.
The globally-recognised fair also marks the debut of a new Finland Pavilion and the return of the Canada, the Chinese mainland, Japan and Switzerland pavilions. The Canada Pavilion, led by Government of Ontario and Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong, will again gather a group of green-tech companies to unveil their innovations this year.
This year's expo comes at a crucial time, and is expected to be particularly well-attended, with plenty of attention on solutions for reducing climate footprints in particular. In the wake of the recent Paris Climate Agreement, many countries in Asia, including Hong Kong, are rolling out measures to cope with climate change, and taking necessary actions reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Meanwhile the Chinese mainland, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter, has pledged to drastically reduce carbon emissions and increase its clean energy ratio in its current Five-Year Plan. China's investment in non-fossil fuels and low-carbon technologies is estimated to exceed US$ 6.26 trillion by 2030.
Hong Kong also aims to tackle its waste problems and ever-increasing energy consumption. Apart from dedicating a US $129 million recycling fund to cut waste, Hong Kong is also determined to reduce energy intensity by 40% by 2025 in the city's first Energy Saving Plan. Some of the measures include implementing higher green building standards.
All of this can only mean exciting times ahead for the many exhibitors at Eco Expo Asia 2016, who will be vying for government attention and potential contracts, as well as for exposure to industries where greener solutions are in increasingly high demand. Stay tuned for updates, and above all, mark your calendar – we'd love to see you there!
The Expo will run from 26 – 29 October 2016 at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo. Drop by Ecozine's booth for a complimentary copy of our current print issue!