MIECF to look into low-carbon economy

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Issue 958, Page 3
Word count: 694
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Macau will be once again in the international spotlight this April, as experts, scholars, businessmen and exhibitors around the world will make their way to the territory and discuss pathways to a low-carbon economy during the 2010 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF).

Aiming to continue to develop Macau as the environmental industry exchange platform between China and the international market, and also to promote environmental protection, the SAR government will be the host of MIECF for the third consecutive year, to be held between April 8 and 10 at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

The two host coordinators, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and Macao Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA), gave a press conference yesterday to announce details of the annual major event in the SAR.

The theme for the 2010 MIECF will be “Macao – The Green Gateway, Green Knowledge, Green Technology, Green Finance”.

Through the exhibitions, forums, green economy business summit, business matching sessions, technical visits and exchange activities, the three-day event aims to promote the “green spirit” and local and international co-operation, by means of sharing of latest environmental technology and solutions.

According to the organisers, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, senior officials in environmental and related fields from China and abroad and also international experts will deliver keynote speeches in the opening ceremony at 10am on April 8.

The exhibition area this year has been increased by more than 10 percent to 13,775 square metres. The organisers said that responses from potential exhibitors have been “favourable” and to date the booths have been fully booked by over 200 enterprises and organisations.

In addition, a Macao Pavilion, Pan-Pearl River Delta exhibition, European Union Pavilion, Macau environmental protection and energy saving industry exhibition, Low-Carbon Living Pavilion and a mainland China and international environmental protection enterprises exhibition will be found in the event.

The Macao Pavilion will use 100 percent recyclable or recoverable construction materials and offer a “unique design concept”, the organisers said.

A “hemispherical dome”, showing a blue sky and a wisdom tree, will be built at the centre of the Pavilion in response to the MIECF’s concept of environmental protection.

On the last day of the event on April 10, the exhibition will be opened to the public from 10am to 5pm.

Representatives from the US, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, Shanghai, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, among others, will also set up booths to showcase their respective advanced environmental protection protects, equipment, technology and markets.

Products and services to be displayed include green buildings and smart cities, integrated waste management systems, renewable energy, photovoltaic and solar energy, low-carbon technologies, electric motorcycles, decontamination equipment as well as LED energy-saving lamps.

The organisers hope that this year’s MIECF “will not only continue to promote Macau as the platform for cooperation in environmental protection industry between China and the international market, but will also introduce new environmental technologies to Macau, so as to promote the industry’s development and radiate the relevant technology to the neighbouring regions, while deepening at the same time the cooperation in environmental protection industry between Macau, mainland China and the Portuguese speaking countries”.

Moreover, two forums – “Low-Carbon Building and Eco-City” and “Clean Technology and Circular Economy” – will be held from 9.30am to 12.30pm on April 9. The former one will look at green issues such as urban ecology, low-carbon transportation and green intelligent building, while the latter one will discuss co-operation among international industrial enterprises in the promotion of green economy, especially the interaction between China and the European Union.

From 3pm to 6pm on the same day, the “Low-Carbon Economy Forum” will explore the relationship between climate change and low-carbon economy and the role of petroleum and chemical industry in developing low-carbon economies.

According to DSPA director Cheong Sio Kei in his speech, the role of Macau as a “green platform” is being reinforced and affirmed gradually, adding creating a low-carbon city is the goal of Macau.

“We believe that the forums will provide the industry an extensive and integrated technical exchange platform, and also lead people to think about how to solve environmental problems together and establish a sustainable eco-city,” he said.

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