EMSD Symposium 2018
To tie in with the development of Hong Kong into a smart city and to actively promote continuous innovation in the E&M industry, EMSD often holds various activities to foster sharing and exchanges. On 15 November this year, we organised the “Co-creating a Smart Future” Symposium at the Hong Kong Science Park, bringing together a number of overseas and local experts and academics to share their experiences and research results on related topics.
Delivering an opening address at the Symposium as an officiating guest, the Secretary for Development, Mr. Michael Wong, encouraged all participants, trade members and other stakeholders to introduce innovative technologies, develop technology solutions, as well as train young technicians on new technologies, so as to meet the challenges brought by the digital era and support the Government’s mega infrastructure projects in the future. Mr. Alfred Sit, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, in his welcoming remarks, called on all participants to strengthen co-operation to optimise city management and achieve a smarter way of living. He hoped that this Symposium would inspire innovative thinking and contribute to the development of smart cities. The Symposium explored ways to create a better green future through discussions about such issues as energy management, combating climate change, and fostering an environment for innovation.
To facilitate green building and low-carbon development, EMSD signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MOC) on Retro-commissioning of Buildings in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area at the Symposium with the Hong Kong Green Building Council, the Building Services Operation and Maintenance Executives Society, the Macao Institution of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the City Air-conditioning Energy Conservation and Control of Guangdong Project Technology Research Exploitation Center of the South China University of Technology, the Building Energy Conservation Research Center of Tsinghua University and the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences for promoting the development and application of retro-commissioning (RCx) of buildings in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, also attended the ceremony to witness the signing of the MOC. Through conducting regular “health checkups” of buildings’ energy performance, RCx is a solution for building owners to fine-tune their building systems and equipment with a view to achieving optimal operation efficiency and reducing operating costs.
The Symposium attracted more than 350 participants from the client departments, the trade and the public. In giving his closing address, Mr. Lam Sai-hung, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), summarised the issues discussed at the Symposium and called for close collaboration of all stakeholders in “co-creating a smart future” for Hong Kong.
To enhance technical exchanges, we conducted technical visits on the day following the Symposium. During the visits to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Treatment and Recycling Facility at WEEE‧PARK, the Operations Control Centre of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link – Shek Kong Stabling Sidings, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Main Bridge, participants learned more about the operation, effectiveness and development of the waste-to-resources and infrastructure facilities in Hong Kong.