The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, departed for Europe this morning (September 15) to visit Malmo in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark and Langesund in Norway. Mr Yau will take the opportunity to enhance co-operation between Hong Kong and European cities on sustainability and other environmental matters, and will promote Hong Kong Geopark.
On his arrival in Malmo tomorrow morning (September 16), Mr Yau will visit a renovated housing estate to learn more about the application of green technology in the renovation project and will meet with top management of green technology companies. He will then speak at a luncheon co-organised by the Royal Sweden Hong Kong Business Council, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
In the afternoon, Mr Yau will meet the Mayor of Malmo, Mr Ilmar Reepalu, and after the meeting the two sides will sign a Sustainability Charter on closer co-operation.
Afterwards, Mr Yau will proceed to Copenhagen, where he will call on the Permanent Secretary of State, Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, Mr Thomas Egebo, to exchange views on issues of mutual concern. He will also meet the Under-Secretary for the Trade Council of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Vibeke Rovsing Lauritzen, to introduce business opportunities in Hong Kong for Danish green industries. In the evening, he will speak at a dinner co-organised by the Denmark Hong Kong Trade Association, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Mr Yau will travel to Langesund on Saturday (September 17) for the 10th European Geoparks Conference. The conference is held annually to discuss issues related to geoconservation, geotourism and local development. Mr Yau will address the conference on Sunday (September 18) by introducing the geological heritage of Hong Kong to the participants. He will leave for Hong Kong on Monday (September 19).
Ends/Thursday, September 15, 2011
Issued at HKT 11:02