HKETO Newsroom

October 8, 2020

HKETO Director joins webinar to promote cleantech opportunities in Hong Kong

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the “Virtual Window of Opportunity for Canadian CleanTech and Green Building Companies” webinar hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) office in Canada on October 8.  The webinar discussed and explored opportunities in the cleantech market of Hong Kong and nearby regions in Asia.

In delivering the opening remarks at the webinar, Ms Mo first shared with participants the latest development of the cleantech and green building sector in Hong Kong. “The environmental industry is widely recognised as a new growth sector in Hong Kong.  In 2018, the value added of Hong Kong’s environmental industry grew by 5.8% year-on-year to approximately CAD$1.7 billion (HK$9.9 billion),” Ms Mo said.

“Hong Kong’s environmental industry consists of mainly small and medium-sized enterprises, which largely focus on six business areas, including water conservation and pollution control; air and odour pollution control; energy conservation; waste treatment, disposal and recycling; noise control and mitigation, as well as environmental consulting services,” Ms Mo added.

Ms Mo also said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government is committed to developing Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation.  For instance, funding support is available under the Innovation and Technology Fund for environmental technology-related projects, and the relevant funding exceed CAD$60 million (HK$375 million) since its establishment.

Besides, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) development, an enormous market with a population of 69 million and a gross domestic product of more than US$1.5 trillion, is designed to become a clean energy and low-carbon region.  “One of the goals in the Outline Development Plan for the GBA promulgated by the Central Government is to explore ways to improve electricity transmission networks and gas pipelines from Guangdong to Hong Kong and Macao,” Ms Mo added.

With the abundant business opportunities presented by the GBA development and in Hong Kong, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian cleantech companies to make use of the Hong Kong platform and its favourable business environment to expand to the GBA and other regions in Asia.

Moderated by Hong Kong-Canada Business Association National Chair Mr Arthur Chan, the webinar was also joined by other speakers including representatives of Export Development Canada, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

October 8, 2020

香港經貿處處長參與網上研討會推介香港的環保潔淨科技商機

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於十月八日參與由香港貿易發展局(貿發局)加拿大辦事處舉辦的「加拿大環保潔淨科技及綠色建築商機」網上研討會,探討香港及鄰近亞洲地區的環保潔淨科技市場的龐大商機。

巫菀菁在網上研討會上致歡迎辭,她首先向與會者分享香港的環保潔淨科技及綠色建築業的最新發展。巫菀菁表示:「環保業廣泛被視為香港的新興行業。在二O一八年,香港的環保業按年增長百分之5.8,至總值約17億加元(99億港元)。」

巫菀菁補充說:「香港的環保業主要由中小型企業組成,涵蓋六大業務,包括節約用水及污染控制;空氣及臭氣污染控制;節約能源;廢物處理、棄置及回收;噪音管制及緩減;以及環境顧問服務。」

巫菀菁表示,香港特別行政區政府(香港特區政府)致力發展香港成為創新區域樞紐,例如創新及科技基金會向環保科技的項目提供資助。自該基金成立以來,撥出的資助金額已超過6,000萬加元(3億7500萬港元)。

此外,中央政府計劃把擁有6 900萬人口及本地生產總值超過1.5萬億美元的粵港澳大灣區,發展成為潔淨能源及低碳區域。巫菀菁說:「中央政府公布的《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》其中一項目標是研究完善廣東對香港和澳門的輸電網絡及天然氣輸送管道。」

粵港澳大灣區的發展及香港均充滿無限商機,巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大環保潔淨科技公司善用香港的平台和優良的營商環境,拓展業務至大灣區及亞洲其他地區。

網上研討會由港加商會全國主席陳文灝主持,其他講者包括加拿大出口發展局、加拿大駐香港及澳門領事館、香港貿發局及Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd的代表。