Eco Expo Asia 2016 Closed with Record-breaking Exhibitor, Visitor Numbers
Eco Expo Asia 2016, held Oct. 26-29, closed amid great acclaim with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers.
The Expo was jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The four-day event attracted 325 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions, including 15 overseas and local pavilions and group participation.
The growth signifies stronger engagement by the green building, energy efficiency and green transportation sectors driven by the Expo’s emphasis on climate change solutions.
Additionally, a total of 88 delegations added to record visitor figures of 13,458, which grew by 8.7 percent from last year. These numbers reflected strong participation by markets including the Chinese mainland, the US, Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia.
With support from the Canadian government, the Canada Pavilion returned to the Expo for the second time.
Jodi Robinson, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Consulate General of Canada Trade Commissioner Service of the Government of Canada, said: “We chose Eco Expo Asia in Hong Kong because it is an important business hub where regional managers in Asia gather. We handpicked technologies that are fit for this market to exhibit here. Through the Expo’s networks, we met property developers and delegates from manufacturing industries in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland who showed keen interest in our Canadian technologies.”
With the Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland government striving to promote green transportation, the Expo upgraded its Green Transportation Experience Zone and launched the new Green Transportation Forum to better serve the increasing demand for the latest green transportation solutions and technologies.
Cliff Wu, general manager of Hong Kong EV Power Ltd, expressed that the Expo was an ideal platform for promoting EV charging solutions.
He commented: “Eco Expo Asia is the only environmental protection fair in Hong Kong with a strong focus on electric vehicles (EVs). Visitors from the Chinese mainland, Malaysia, Russia and Thailand came forth to learn more about how our EV charging network operates. Government officials, property management companies, potential car makers, green funding companies, and existing and potential EV users also showed interest in our smart ceiling EV charger.”
More than 20 events were held during the three-day Eco Asia Conference, in addition to a great variety of country- and industry-focused seminars and Public Day events.
The conference gathered government officials from Hong Kong and those from the central and provincial levels from the Chinese mainland, and trade associations, leading enterprises, as well as NGOs from across the globe to discuss issues revolving around waste management, air and water quality, energy efficiency and energy, as well as green buildings.
Ir Enoch T S Lam, JP, director of Water Supplies, the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, presented on the topic of “Climate Change – Water Security Development in Hong Kong”.
He said: “The conference is a platform where the participants have an opportunity to voice their opinions openly and ask presenters questions on various topics surrounding water resources management, environmental protection and carbon emissions. It generates new ideas and enhances the understanding of the participants and stakeholders in regard to the major topics of the exhibition.”
The next edition of Eco Expo Asia will be held Oct. 26-29 at Asia-World Expo.