• Eco Expo Asia opens this week with hydrogen fuel cell bus as key highlight

    6 December 2022

    As part of the show’s overall focus on “Green Innovations for Carbon Neutrality”, hydrogen technologies will be highlighted throughout Eco Expo Asia, including a hydrogen fuel cell bus on display to the public. The fair will take place from 14 – 17 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the last day (17 December) open to the public. In addition, online services will run until 24 December.

    Eco Expo Asia will once again provide a platform for a variety of industries, including smart technologies, energy saving and green buildings, net-zero energy generation, green finance and ESG, waste reduction, green transportation and more. Around 220 exhibitors from diverse countries and regions including Canada, Mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan are taking part this year. Pavilions from Japan and Canada plus an assortment of thematic zones will also be present.

    One area highlighted at this year’s edition is hydrogen power, of which several high-profile exhibitors will be present. Wisdom Motors (HK) Limited will display its double-decker electric and single-decker hydrogen fuel cell buses at the green transportation zone. The hydrogen bus is part of an initiative to replace the entire fleet operated in Hong Kong by Citybus and New World First Bus with zero-emission models.[1] These two bus operators are also planning to build the city’s first hydrogen refuelling station in West Kowloon early next year.[2]

    In the Japan pavilion, which is quadrupling in size this year, Toyota Tsusho HK, the trading arm of the Toyota Group, will showcase its clean and renewable power generation technology, including hydrogen power. The firm recently signed an agreement with the Egyptian government to study the feasibility of producing blue ammonia through carbon capture and storage in the country,[3] and has also been doing work in green hydrogen research in Kenya.[4] Other exhibitors showcasing their latest hydrogen technologies and solutions include CIMC Enric Holdings Limited and Hong Kong Association of Energy Service Companies Limited, among others.

    Eco Asia Conference explores innovations for carbon neutrality

    The conference will take place on the first three days of the fair (14 – 16 December), focusing on “Green Innovations for Carbon Neutrality”. Prominent business leaders and government officials will deliver keynote speeches and seminars on the most important topics around building a decarbonised and more sustainable world. Highlighted sessions this year include:

    • “Potential of Repair and Reuse in Achieving a Circular Business Model”, co-organised by the Business Environment Council
    • “Advancing Net Zero – Retrofit for Building Energy Efficiency”, co-organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council
    • “Government Session: Carbon Neutrality – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”
    • “Green & Sustainable Finance Session: Establishing Hong Kong as a Regional Carbon Trading Hub”
    • “The 3rd Hydrogen Economy Forum”,“Latest Development of Government Projects”

    The 3rd Hydrogen Economy Forum

    In addition to hydrogen technologies displayed at the fairground, Eco Expo Asia’s fringe programme will include “The 3rd Hydrogen Economy Forum”, held on day three of the fair. Important speakers from the hydrogen industry will discuss a range of topics related to the hydrogen economy including “carbon neutral certificates”, “waste-to-hydrogen”, “hydrogen transportation & storage systems” and more. The forum aims to support the ongoing push towards further adoption of hydrogen-based fuels across Asia.

    Public day activities

    The last day of the fair (17 December) will be open to the public, where they will be able to shop for a wide range of eco-friendly products at the Green Mart. A series of seminars and workshops will also be held on that day including “Climate Change – Its Causes and Effects”, “Reduce Disposable Plastic Tableware at Source”, “Sharing of the Latest Policies of the Environment and Ecology Bureau”, “Experience Coral Survey through Virtual Reality”, “Say ‘I Do’ to the Planet: Pearl Bracelet Workshop”,and more.

    Eco Expo Asia 2022 will be held in hall 1 across areas A and B in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair will be open to trade visitors on the first three days (14 – 16 December) from 10:00am – 7:00pm. The last day (17 December) will be open to the public from 10:00am – 5:00pm and online services will run until 24December. To attend Eco Expo Asia 2022 as a trade buyer please register online here, or contact
    [email protected]ong.messefrankfurt.com. To visit the fair on the public day please register online here.

    For details around the latest inbound travel requirements to Hong Kong, please visit the link below for the government’s latest announcement: www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400048.htm The fair is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and co-organised by the Environment and Ecology Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. For more information about the fair, please email [email protected] or [email protected], or visit www.ecoexpoasia.com.

    [1] “Ballard Power partners with Wisdom Motor Company to accelerate adoption of fuel cell commercial vehicles”,
    Ballard, 9 May 2022, https://qr.messefrankfurt.com/Kb653 (Retrieved 29 November 2022)

    [2] “Citybus, New World First Bus Stake owner Hans Energy build Hong Kong’s first hydrogen refuelling station”,
    SCMP, 13 October 2022, https://qr.messefrankfurt.com/6972a (Retrieved 24 November 2022)

    [3] “Toyota Tsusho eyes blue ammonia production in Egypt”, argus, 18 November 2022,
    https://qr.messefrankfurt.com/Tf246 (Retrieved 24 November 2022)

    [4] “How Japan, Kenya partnership is helping to combat climate change”, Business Daily Africa, 14 November 2022, https://qr.messefrankfurt.com/7f517 (Retrieved 24 November 2022)

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