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Sixth Eco Expo Asia Opens with Mainland Focus
Free Electric Vehicle Rides, Eco-Asia Conference Among Fair Highlights

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  Officiating at today’s opening ceremony for Eco Expo Asia are: Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau (fifth from left); HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam (fourth from left); and Messe Frankfurt GmbH Extended Board of Management member Stephan Buurma (fifth from right)
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Speaking at today’s opening ceremony for Eco Expo Asia, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said the fair helps promote the green economy

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HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam said Eco Expo Asia brings government, exhibitors and the public together to explore green ideas

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Designed by the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Vocational Training Council, the fair’s Bamboo Promenade entrance conveys a message of sustainable development

26 October 2011 – The Chinese mainland’s booming environmental protection market is a major focus of Eco Expo Asia, the International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection, which opened today and runs until 29 October at AsiaWorld-Expo.

The State Council’s recent 12th Five-Year Plan includes an emphasis on energy-saving and environmental protection, alternative energy, new materials, and alternative-fuel cars. The opportunities promised by the massive environmental investment on the mainland, and throughout Asia, have attracted more than 260 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions to the fair. More than 140 buying missions representing over 3,700 buyers are participating in the expo, including the Hitachi Zosen Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting Co, Ltd. 

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the sixth edition of Eco Expo Asia features a “Green Tech for a Low-carbon Economy” theme. 

Six Zones
Environmental protection innovations are showcased in six thematic zones: Energy Efficiency & Energy; Waste Management & Recycling; Eco-friendly Products; Green Building Solutions & Services; Green Transportation; and Testing, Inspection & Certification.

Eco-Asia Conference
Other highlights include the three-day Bank of China (Hong Kong) Eco Asia Conference, which focuses on key industry topics. These include eco opportunities and challenges in the mainland’s 12th Five-year Plan, green-tech transfer and business opportunities, waste management and recycling, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as green building. The mainland’s Jia Xia Ping, Deputy Director, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China, and Malcom Jackson, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer, US Environmental Protection Agency, deliver keynote speeches at the conference.

New this year, exchange forums, designed to make it easier for buyers to meet suppliers, focus on waste management and recycling (27 October) and green building (28 October). A special forum, “New Trends on Eco Testing, Inspection and Certification Services” (28 October), features speakers from SGS Hong Kong, the British Standards Institution and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification. Setting up a group pavilion for the first time, the Water Pollution Control Committee of China Environmental Protection Industry Association is organising a meeting (27 October) on practical water pollution controls on the mainland.

Test Rides on Public Day
The expo’s last day, open to the public, features test rides of the Tesla Roadster, a high-performance electric sports car. Seats are limited; please register at www.ecoexpoasia.com. Open forums focusing on new energy, the green office and global warming are also being held.

Bamboo Promenade
The special Bamboo Promenade entrance, sponsored by the HSBC and the Airport Authority Hong Kong, was designed by the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Vocational Training Council, with the support of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. The bamboo will be planted at the Hong Kong International Airport after the fair.

Sports Source Asia and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair, 27-29 October, take place alongside Eco Expo Asia. In addition, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) runs 27-30 October, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. A free bus service will shuttle fairgoers between the two sites throughout the fairs.

Fair Websites
Eco Expo Asia:  www.ecoexpoasia.com 
Building and Hardware Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkbdh
Sports Source Asia: www.sportssource-asia.com
Lighting Fair: www.hktdc.com/hklightingfair

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

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 service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com 

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