Business opportunities for Canadian technologies as Hong Kong steps up environmental protection

    OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Secretary for the Environment of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, Mr Edward Yau,
today (Tuesday) continues his visit to Ottawa to promote Hong Kong's green
policy and green business opportunities to Canadian business.
    Mr Yau called on the President of Canadian Green Building Council, Mr
Thomas Mueller, to share experiences on environmental protection. As a
national non-profit organization, the Council works to accelerate the
mainstream adoption of green building principles, policies, practices,
standards and tools through the engagement and enablement of public and
private building industry leaders.
    Secretary Yau also spoke at a roundtable luncheon jointly hosted by the
Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation and the Hong Kong-Canada Business
Association (Ottawa Section). He told the participants that Hong Kong offered
great business opportunities to Canadian companies specialising in waste and
waste water treatment technologies as the territory had planned to build CAD$5
billion worth of environmental infrastructural facilities in the next five
years. These include harbour area treatment, integrated waste management and
organic waste treatment facilities, and sewerage works.
    As the gateway to Mainland China, Mr Yau said Hong Kong presented massive
business opportunities to Canadian commercial and business sectors, given the
Mainland's economic revitalization package of CAD$34 billion, which would be
devoted to energy efficiency, emission reduction and ecological conservation.
"Another reason is that one third of the Clean Development Mechanism projects
are in China with a total worth of CAD$130 million per annum."
    "Hong Kong can thus act as the trans-Pacific link between Canada and the
Mainland, "he added.
    While visiting Plasco Energy Group, a private Canadian waste conversion
and energy generation company based in Ottawa, the senior management of the
Group briefed the Secretary on technologies to convert municipal waste into
green power and other valuable products.
    Mr Yau concluded his visit to Canada by calling on the Chinese Ambassador
to Canada, Mr Lan Lijun. He will leave for Washington DC tomorrow (Wednesday)
to continue his visit to the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Siu, Assistant Director (Public
Relations), Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Canada), (416) 924-5544, Cell:
(416) 456-8623,

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