Jointly organized by Messe Frankfurt and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 14th Eco Expo Asia was held in Hong Kong from October 30 to November 2 at Asia World-Expo. Over 10,600 visitors from 93 countries and regions attended the event with 51% of attendees coming from outside of Hong Kong, according to a press release. Asia’s leading industry event for environmental protection displayed the region’s strong and unwavering appetite for environmental technologies and products.
Under the theme “Less Carbon, Less Waste • Green Innovation,” the 2019 expo showcased innovative green solutions developed by over 300 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions to promote environmental protection, waste reduction and energy efficiency. The official launch of the Greater Bay Area Environmental Industry Alliance placed great importance on the sustainable development of a green low-carbon economy in Hong Kong and Mainland China, while the Greater Bay Area zone gathered near 100 exhibitors from all nine municipalities, as well as Hong Kong and Macao, to present the latest environmental technologies and a comprehensive range of green products.
More highlighted zones at the expo included the test driving of a 100% electric truck at the Green Transportation zone, and the Startup zone, which featured 18 startups who attracted potential buyers and investors with their inspiring green technologies. International exhibitors from Austria, Canada, Europe and Switzerland also participated at the expo to connect with local and overseas visitors, especially those from within the Greater Bay Area. Despite the recent public incidents in Hong Kong, exhibitors reflected that visitor flow and quality were better than expected, with a significant number of visitors coming from outside of Hong Kong and the opportunity to reach a variety of target clients, from government officials to property developers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs.
Eco Asia Conference discussed cross-industry environmental innovation
Throughout the three-day Eco Asia Conference, industry experts presented new innovative ways for governments and corporations to address pressing environmental concerns while achieving sustainability goals and boosting business opportunities in the environmental sector. Many speakers emphasized the role of green technologies in the development of circular economies that applies to different industries.
Ir Cary Chan, executive director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, said that the conference was an ideal platform showcasing how innovative technologies and government policies can work together to promote environmental protection: “By combining support from professionals, governments and investors, a great driving force can be formed. People may have been slow in showing concern for the environmental industry in Asia, but now the demand for environmental protection has finally exploded, and this demand will only increase more and more in the coming years.”
The next Eco Expo Asia will be held from October 28 ‒ 31, 2020 at AsiaWorld-Expo.