BREAKFAST BRIEFING: “Hong Kong Environment; what is the plan and how can European Experience and Business help?”
Host / Sponsor: EUBIP / ECC
Event Time: Tue 13-Nov-2012 9:00 AM
Venue: The Hong Kong Bankers Club, 43/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, was delighted to host a BREAKFAST BRIEFING: “Hong Kong Environment; what is the plan and how can European Experience and Business help?”on 13th November 2012, with Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the  Environment, Hong Kong SAR Government.

The audiences consisted of senior executives of the European National Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong, the EU Office, environmental focused enterprises, think tanks, power suppliers, and green solution businesses.

The breakfast briefing was inaugurated with welcoming remarks by Jens-Erik Olsen, Vice-Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, who introduced and warmly welcomed the guest speaker and thanked the audience for attending the event, as well as stressed the importance of developing strategies for sustainable development for companies operating in Hong Kong. Jens-Erik Olsen also informed the audience that an EU environmental council will be formed in the near future under the European Chamber of Commerce, as a testimony for the continuous support to developing a sustainable future as one of its key priorities.

In the breakfast briefing Christine Loh, called for greater collaboration between the European companies and the Hong Kong Government and work out the basis for collaboration, in order to solve the environmental concerns that are affecting Hong Kong.

Christine Loh highlighted a few elements of basis for collaboration:

1) Intellectual

  • Thought Leadership – new and innovative ideas are needed to develop a smart sustainable way of doing business.
  • Research – a well designed research will lead to a better development techniques and policies to combat the environment concerns.
  • Exchange – exchanging views and practices between the EU and HK will vastly improve the environmental protection techniques to help create a better quality of life.

2) Commercial

  • Advisory – advisory is much needed as more information can lead to better decision making
  • Technical – technological advancement in clean technologies and practises are necessary for improving the environment and creating a more sustainable environment.
  • Investment – sufficient investments are needed to develop new clean efficient technologies

3) Community

  • Engagement – reaching out and working with the community will have a more thorough understanding of public concerns as a whole.
  • Participation – collective participation from the community can increase the impact of voicing concerns to the government.
  • Sponsorship – philanthropic exchanges with charities and funds can enhance the level of cooperation and also raise public awareness of the environmental issues.

Christine Loh also underlined the major areas for focus in 2012-2017:

  • Air Quality – Research, Vehicles & Ships, Transport management, Urban redesign and Law reform
  • Waste – Research, Build new infrastructure, Food waste, Construction and Demolition waste, Waste Management
  • Energy – Research, Supply-side, Demand-side, Scheme of Control Agreement negotiations
  • Conservation – Research, Country & marine parks, Convention on Biological Diversity & Ting Kok+ and Co-design of plans

The end of the informative presentation led to a lively question and answer session between the audience and the guest speaker.

The event was concluded with closing remarks by Paul Brough, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, who warmly thanked Ms. Christine Loh for sharing her views with the audiences.

This event was funded the EU

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