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APEC Workshop on Energy and Green Transport Benefits of Electric Vehicles begins (with photos)

     The Under Secretary for the Environment, Dr Kitty Poon, officiated at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Workshop on Energy and Green Transport Benefits of Electric Vehicles (EVs) at Hong Kong Science Park today (October 24).

     The two-day workshop, which was co-organised by the Mainland and Hong Kong, was well attended by speakers and delegates from various economies.

     Addressing the opening session of the workshop, Dr Poon said, "The holding of this EV workshop clearly underlines the strategic importance that Hong Kong attaches to promoting the wider adoption of EVs, which helps to improve roadside air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of a green economy."

     She also highlighted the measures implemented to promote the use of EVs in Hong Kong, as well as the initiatives announced by the Chief Executive in his Policy Address to reduce roadside air pollution.

     "The promotion and development of EVs requires concerted efforts and collaboration by members of the international community. This APEC workshop provides a valuable opportunity for member economies to collectively review and discuss all subjects relevant to the adoption of EVs, from policy and strategy formulation to technology development and experience sharing," Dr Poon said.

     Dr Poon today also officiated at an EV exhibition held side by side with the workshop at Hong Kong Science Park.  

     The EV exhibition is jointly organised by the Environment Bureau and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. Fifteen organisations including EV dealers and manufacturers, charging service providers, power companies and government departments are participating in the exhibition. Various EV models available in Hong Kong and those coming on stream, as well as different EV charging technologies, are being displayed.  

     The exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 6pm today and from 9am to 2pm tomorrow (October 25). Admission is free.

Ends/Monday, October 24, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:15


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