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February 12th, 2009:

Eco Expo Asia Receives Strong Support From The Hong Kong Environment Bureau

Eco Expo Asia 2009 – Published Feb. 12, 2009

Following its success in 2008, Eco Expo Asia, Hong Kong’s only trade fair that is dedicated to products, services and solutions for environmental protection returns with a new co-organiser, the Hong Kong Environment Bureau. Last year’s event attracted over 6,000 visitors from around the world, an increase of 20% as compared with 2007. The fourth edition of the fair will run from 28 – 31 October 2009 at AsiaWorld-Expo, with strong support from both local and international government associations emphasizing the need for a professional environmental protection business platform in the South China region.

With Hong Kong’s great advantage in being in close proximity to the Chinese mainland, a growing number of companies in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region are looking to Hong Kong as a platform to obtain service support including green technology and services. The two areas have reached a consensus on jointly transforming the PRD region into a green and quality living area under the principle of promoting environmental protection and sustainable development.

The Hong Kong Environment Bureau plans to work closely with PRD region government authorities to reduce emissions, develop wider use of renewable energies, enhance conservation and greening as well as increase publicity and education. They will also further promote environmental technology transfer by inviting the Chinese mainland government to form provincial and city pavilions at Eco Expo Asia 2009.

What’s more, the Chinese Central government has recently announced a US$500 billion (RMB 4 trillion) stimulus package to boost domestic consumption and growth amid the challenging global economic situation. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Minister in China has also pledged to raise another US$140 billion (RMB 1 trillion) over the next three years, dedicated solely to support renewable energy and pollution treatment within the region, making Chinese mainland one of the key markets for the environmental protection industry for both commercial and consumer perspectives.

2009 show to highlight four major sectors of the environmental protection industry

Eco Expo Asia will continue to be divided into four zones that will allow both exhibitors and visitors to better focus on what they are looking for. The highlights are:

  • Air Quality – features products and services like air pollution & gas emission control; air purification, filtration and deodorisation technology and equipment; desulphurisation and dust control technology and equipment; and gas, smoke & chemical monitoring and treatment equipment
  • Energy Efficiency & Energy – focuses on energy efficient applications; and energy saving devices and products
  • Waste & Recycling – showcases technology treatment, incineration & recycling systems of different kinds of waste and transport, collection & sorting of waste
  • Eco-friendly Product – exhibits biodegradable and recycled products and packaging; eco-friendly materials for construction and fitting; and green decorative materials

In addition, the Eco Asia Conference will once again run concurrently at the 2009 fair. The conference will also focus on these four major highlights, further augmenting the importance of these four categories. Organised by HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt, both events will be held from 28 – 31 October 2009, with 31 October opened to public.

Top Airlines Want Aviation Emissions In Climate Pact

Reuters By David Fogarty, Climate Change Correspondent, Asia – 12 Feb 2009 04:20:23 GMT SINGAPORE, Feb 12 (Reuters)

Four leading airlines called on Thursday for aviation emissions to be included in a broader climate pact, after growing criticism from green groups that the sector was not doing enough to fight global warming. The move is the first step by the world’s airlines, which account for around two percent of global pollution, to steer the debate on an emissions pact towards a deal they are happy with, rather than having one imposed on them.

Air France/KLM , British Airways , Cathay Pacific <0293.HK>, Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL] and airport operator BAA issued the call in Hong Kong and outlined a series of principles a new global deal for aviation must adhere to. Conservation groups such as WWF say aviation has not been doing enough to tackle the sector’s growing share of greenhouse gas pollution and must pay for its emissions like many other industries.

Emissions from international aviation comprise about two percent of mankind’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from burning fossil fuels and deforestation and are expected to keep rising as economies and populations grow. Green groups and governments say airlines should be part of emissions trading schemes as a start.

“This is the first time a group of airlines has got together to call for aviation to be included in a climate change treaty,” Dominic Purvis of Cathay Pacific told Reuters.

“We’re contributing to climate change and we need to play our part,” said Purvis, the airline’s general manager for environmental affairs.

Nations meet at the end of the year in the Danish capital Copenhagen to try to agree on a broader climate pact that replaces the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations’ main weapon to fight global warming. Kyoto’s first phase ends in 2012.

The idea is to find a way for developing nations to sign up to emissions curbs and to include aviation and shipping, which together make up 5 percent of mankind’s CO2 emissions, a fifth of which come from U.S. emissions of 6 billion tonnes a year.


The United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has been working for more than a decade to develop a global scheme to tackle aviation emissions.

Purvis said the four airlines would discuss existing proposals to curb emissions and feed the group’s ideas to ICAO and other airlines to try to settle on a fair and environmentally sound approach for inclusion at Copenhagen. “The best thing is to have something effective and easy to apply and cost-effective rather than to wait for someone else to come up with it and potentially take a course of action not necessarily appropriate for aviation,” he said.

The four airlines and BAA are meeting in Hong Kong and in their communique laid out principles for a global approach that included balancing social and economic benefits of flying with the industry’s responsibility to cut global emissions. The airlines also said a new global climate deal for aviation must preserve competitiveness and avoid market distortions. Many airlines say only a global approach is fair and criticise the European Union’s decision to include aviation in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme from 2012. Airlines will have to pay for their emissions over the entire route, not just within EU airspace, a rule many Asian airlines flying long-haul routes to Europe say is unfair. (Editing by Clarence Fernandez)