(Hong Kong, 30 May 2022) The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) launched its brand new Green Hall today. The government has set out the vision of "Zero-carbon Emissions, Liveable City, Sustainable Development", as Hong Kong transitions to a low-carbon economy and strives to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. Drawing direct inspiration from the goal to achieve carbon neutrality, Green Hall aims to become a Super-Connector platform for green technologies (GreenTech) in Hong Kong, where stakeholders gather and exchange ideas, expertise and experience about the latest innovations and best practices. Green Hall serves to facilitate collaboration across Government, industry, academic and research sectors, and foster the adoption of more GreenTech by industry and the public, in earnest efforts to help Hong Kong achieve carbon neutrality.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, and Dr Lawrence Cheung, Acting Executive Director of HKPC, officiated at the opening ceremony with Guest of Honour Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Located in the HKPC Building at Kowloon Tong, Green Hall hosts a range of innovative GreenTech research and development (R&D) and applications by HKPC, its Automotive Platforms and Application Systems R&D Centre (APAS), numerous partners and exhibitors. The GreenTech on display has a wide scope of applications, covering different aspects of daily lives to provide people greener choices when they make decisions about clothing, food, housing and transportation. Green Hall welcomes industry players to build network and have dialogue about the latest GreenTech trends, and welcomes the public to come and explore the unlimited potentials of GreenTech. For example, for Clothing-related GreenTech, there is the Green Machine, an advanced technology that support the separation, recycling and reuse of blended fabrics. For Food-related GreenTech, there is the Food TranSmarter, which provides a simple, clean and hygienic solution for collecting and shipping food waste. For Housing-related GreenTech, there is the Smokeless Joss Paper, which can greatly reduce smoke and air pollution. And for Transportation-related GreenTech, Green Hall displays electric vehicles and the related charging applications.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said, “HKPC pledges to strive for achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, and hopes Green Hall will inspire industry stakeholders to translate more innovative GreenTech ideas into practical use to benefit the community, foster industry-wide adoption of GreenTech, familiarise the public with the city’s best homegrown GreenTech achievements that have extensive applications in their daily lives such as clothing, food, housing and transportation choices. Our goal is to support and promote the invention and adoption of more cutting-edge GreenTech to create a green, low-carbon future for Hong Kong.”
Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said, “Climate change is an urgent global issue. To this end, the Government announced Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050 last year, setting out four major decarbonisation strategies, namely net-zero electricity generation, energy saving and green buildings, green transport and waste reduction. To achieve the carbon neutrality vision, the support of the community is essential for addressing challenges such as cost of decarbonisation, technology breakthrough and demand for talent. I am delighted to witness the opening of HKPC’s Green Hall which will help Hong Kong tackle the challenges while transitioning to a low-carbon and green economy. The initiatives launched by the HKPC will support Hong Kong to decarbonise, reduce air pollutants and minimise waste, and ultimately move towards the goal of carbon neutrality before 2050.”
A licensing agreement signing ceremony for the “Food Waste Total Recycling System” (“the System”), jointly developed by HKPC and AEL (International Holdings) Limited (“AEL”), was held during the opening ceremony. Supported by the Public Sector Trial Scheme under the Innovation and Technology Fund of the Innovation and Technology Commission, the System is advantageous to the environment as it greatly simplifies food waste collection. All kinds of food waste can be sorted and pretreated at source into slurry for easy transportation and conversion into renewable energy, animal feeds, etc. The licensing agreement will enable AEL to further upgrade and develop the System and expand its adoption from Hong Kong to the Mainland market, opening a new chapter for this local GreenTech R&D to further flourish and popularise.
GreenTech holds infinite potential. HKPC will further our efforts in promoting R&D and the incubation of new GreenTech through the provision of industry support and advanced technologies for creating green values and spawning business opportunities. We welcome industry friends to come to Green Hall for visits, ideas exchange and consultations, as well as the public to have an up-close look at Hong Kong’s brightest GreenTech.
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