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Eco Expo Asia Opens with US as Partner Country
Record Number of Exhibitors Taking Part in Environmental Fair

  Officiating at today’s opening ceremony for Eco Expo Asia are (left to right): Song Xiao Zhi, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Environmental Protection; the Honourable Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment; and Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC
  Speaking at today’s opening ceremony, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said Eco Expo underline’s Hong Kong’s role as an international marketplace for innovative environmental technology
  Fair highlights include the eco-friendly Vehicle zone, which features a range of electric vehicles, including a taxi, a bus, a delivery van and motorcycles
3 November 2010 – The fifth edition of Eco Expo Asia opened today in Hong Kong with more than 260 exhibitors, a 33 per cent increase over last year, and in an exhibition space expanded by 70 per cent.  

Held under the theme “Business Solutions to Climate Change,” the AsiaWorld-Expo event was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Government. 

The expo, which takes place concurrently with the C40 Hong Kong Workshop on Low Carbon Cities for High Quality Living, will be open to trade visitors until the final day, 6 November, when members of the public will also be welcomed.

A World of Green Technology
The fair offers products and technology from 19 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from the Netherlands and the Philippines. Group pavilions represent Macau as well as several major cities and provinces on the Chinese mainland, including Foshan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, Shenzhen and Kunming. France and the United Kingdom and, for the first time, Japan and the United States, also feature group pavilions.

Local participation is strong, with the Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and Green Council organising exhibits featuring environmental companies. New zones at this year’s fair include a Green Building zone and Home-grown Technology zone. 

Pacific Bridge Initiative
The US is the partner country of this year’s expo, and with 31 exhibitors the US delegation is the largest. Their strong participation reflects the greater cooperation realised through the new Pacific Bridge Initiative (PBI), which helps American companies tap into the Asian market through the Hong Kong business platform. 

As environmental technology is one of the most promising industries for US companies, the expo provides a backdrop for the first stage of the PBI. Delegates from the US and Hong Kong will attend a cocktail reception at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this evening to celebrate the launch of the initiative. 

Seminars and Forums

On the first three days of the expo, the Eco Asia Conference will include the Eco-US Seminar, the Eco-UK Seminar, Nordic Panel Discussion and Sino-French Seminar on Sustainable Development, and sessions on Waste Management & Recycling as well as Green Transportation. Tomorrow, the Green Building Conference 2010 will be held and, on 5 November, the Hong Kong Association of Energy Service Companies will host a seminar on low-carbon activities in Hong Kong. 

Another highlight of the 2010 expo is the Eco-friendly Vehicle zone, which features such electric vehicles as a taxi, bus, delivery van and motorcycles, as well as hybrid vehicles and the Segway personal transporter. 

Public Day Programme
On the fair’s public day, test drives and rides will be organised for the new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. Test rides will also be offered on electric buses created by Great Dragon International, a subsidiary of Dah Chong Hong. Those interested in participating can register at expo website. The final day of the expo will also feature four public forums and the CLP Green Studio: Eco-care Mobile Studio hosted by Hong Kong’s China Light and Power.

Holding concurrently in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with Eco Expo Asia are the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair (3-5 Nov), the HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair (3-5 Nov) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair (4-6 Nov).

Fair Website
Eco Expo Asia: http://www.ecoexpoasia.com/
Pacific Bridge Initiative: www.hktdc.com/pacificbridge
Hong Kong Optical Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkoptical
Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair
Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair 

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