C40 Conference to Be Held Alongside Environmental Fair.

“Business Solutions to Climate Change” will be the theme of Eco Expo Asia 2010, which will take place 3-6 November at AsiaWorld-Expo.

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The theme and other highlights of the upcoming fair were introduced today at a business luncheon hosted by Expo organisers the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

Hong Kong-Guangdong Cooperation
The luncheon’s keynote speaker, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau, introduced the latest developments in Hong Kong-Guangdong cooperation in the area of environmental protection, and the opportunities they presented to the business sector. Earlier this month in Beijing, Chief Executive Donald Tsang and Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua signed the Framework Agreement on Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation. That agreement includes a number of important measures meant to implement a regional ecology and environmental protection regime, to create a high-quality living area in the Greater Pearl River Delta region.

“The business sector has a key role to play in the region’s pursuit of a green agenda as a solution provider. Eco Expo Asia provides an ideal platform for business-to-business and business-to-government dialogue on how their partnerships could be strengthened to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and, at the same time, harness the opportunities,” said Mr Yau.

C40 Workshop
HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau told the luncheon guests that a C40 Workshop – “Low-Carbon Cities for High-Quality Living” – would be held concurrently with the fifth edition of Eco Expo Asia. The C40 Climate Leadership Group encompasses some of the world’s leading cities committed to tackling climate change.

The two events, said Mr Chau, would “bring together government officials and environmental experts from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world to share their insights on low carbon living. Those insights bring with them enormous business opportunities – particularly on the Chinese mainland. “But more than business,” he added, “they offer solutions to the complex environmental issues that confront us all.”

This year’s event spotlights green building and electric vehicles. Exhibitors will focus on air quality, energy efficiency and energy, waste management and recycling and eco-friendly products. The Eco Asia Conference will once again be held alongside the fair.

Last year, 200 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions – up more than 60 per cent over the previous year – attended the fourth edition of Eco Expo Asia. Ten national and regional pavilions were featured.

The environmental fair also attracted some 10,000 trade visitors from 105 countries and regions, including more than 140 officials from the Chinese mainland.

Fair Website:http://www.ecoexpoasia.com

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

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

About the HKTDC
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 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com

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