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Eco Expo Asia continues to support the Greater Bay Area’s growing green industry with digital 2020 edition

02 dicembre 2020

The 2020 edition of Eco Expo Asia took on a digital format in light of this year’s circumstances, with 105 online exhibitors joining the fair on Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE (ASWO). In keeping with previous editions of the fair – with a 2020 twist – the online version provided a place for industry-exchange among professionals, government officials and companies in the eco tech sector. A total of 2,582 buyers participated in business matching and online sourcing at the digital show.

From 16 – 27 November, exhibitors and buyers from a diverse range of sectors including renewable energy, electric transport, recycling, green finance, green buildings and waste management, gathered online to participate in Eco Expo Asia’s virtual fair. In addition to the many eco-friendly products, solutions and professional services on offer, participants had the opportunity to engage in the Eco Asia Conference, explore a virtual booth set up by the Environment Bureau and facilitate business interactions through the Click2Match business matching service.

After the conclusion of the online trade fair, Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) commented: “We are delighted that we were able to provide Eco Expo Asia for the industry in a digital format this year given a physical event wasn’t possible. In times of rapid change, industry communication is key for businesses to stay up-to-date, connected and effective. This is why the online platform was so warmly welcomed by the industry, as a means to network and engage in much-needed business interactions.”

She continued: “Whilst the pandemic has brought about many challenges and difficulties globally, one positive trend that can be taken away from the unprecedented situation, is the spotlight it has shone on environmental issues. Now, more than ever, people are aware of the adverse effects of pre-Covid-19 lifestyles, as societies aim to steer towards a more sustainable and healthier future. Throughout the Eco Asia Conference, industry experts picked up on this trending topic, which was also echoed among fair participants across varying sectors.”

“With that said, we are confident that the environmental protection industry will only continue to thrive in the coming years, as innovative solutions and products become even more sought after by consumers, corporations and governments, working towards a mutually shared goal. And as it has done for the past 15 years, Eco Expo Asia will support and encourage the progressive development of the industry,” Ms Cheung concluded.

 

Latest Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area government initiatives solidify potential in the region

Through a series of online sessions, government representatives from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong outlined their latest policies and sustainability goals as part of the highly-informative Eco Asia Conference. The Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government announced a new green energy target to enhance energy performance by 6% within five years, along with a HKD 2 billion (USD 258 million) scheme to subsidise electric vehicle charging infrastructure and citywide campaigns to increase the collection of waste paper, plastic and food storage recyclables, among others. Together with government officials from Guangdong and Macau who shared their latest progress of environmental protection work in the Greater Bay Area, all three regions discussed how the industry could find opportunities amid the pandemic crisis.

To add, the HKSAR Government has recently pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, whilst Mainland China is aiming to reach net zero carbon by 2060. Such clear targets set out by regional governments reconfirm the beneficial location of the fair, as a means to access the developing Hong Kong and wider Greater Bay Area green technology markets.

Besides presentations from government officials, industry experts from a diverse range of sectors offered their insights including speakers from the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile Apparel, New Life Plastics Limited and Veolia Asia among others. Furthermore, the implementation of SDGs in businesses was explored by organisations including UNESCO Hong Kong Association, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency and CLP Group to address the challenges and also many opportunities created by climate change.

Register to access recordings of presentations from industry experts and about the latest Greater Bay Area government policies here: https://asw.hktdc.com/en/intelligence-hub?q=eco-tech

Eco Expo Asia 2020 joined Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE, taking place from 16 – 27 November. Next year’s edition will be held from 27 – 30 October 2021 at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

The fair is jointly 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 Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org, or visit https://asw.hktdc.com

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