The EMSD has been collaborating with the academia and the trade, and leverages the E&M InnoPortal to promote and drive the research and development and application of E&M innovative technologies. On 6 August 2019, the Environment Bureau (ENB) and the EMSD jointly organised the first green-themed I&T Day, showcasing the innovation and technology (I&T) achievements in energy conservation and renewable energy of more than 30 local and Mainland exhibitors. Experts from Hong Kong and the Mainland as well as representatives from our client departments were invited to present on four topics, namely, Green Transformation, Tomorrow Low-carbon City, Sustainable Innovative Drivers and Big Data for Smart Environment. The event attracted over 700 participants from government departments, public organisations, I&T and E&M trades, as well as universities and research institutions in Hong Kong and other cities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA), with a view to promoting the application of new green technologies and introducing advanced energy-saving I&T solutions to various stakeholders and client departments in order to drive low-carbon transformation.
In his welcome speech, the Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Wong Kam-sing, said that the ENB has set out energy-saving and carbon reduction targets for Hong Kong in the Energy Saving Plan for Hong Kong’s Built Environment 2015~2025+ and Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2030+ respectively, and smart applications of I&T would help mitigate climate change. The Government will play a leading role and work with the community to promote energy-saving initiatives and renewable energy development.
Following the signing of memoranda of co-operation (MoC) with five local universities and seven research institutions this June, the EMSD also signed the same with the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology and the Guangdong Productivity Centre respectively on the Green I&T Day to extend I&T collaboration to the GBA for the first time and foster I&T exchange between Guangdong and Hong Kong. Moreover, we signed an MoC with the Guangdong Academy of Sciences in mid-August to develop more I&T solutions in a bid to support the application of innovative technologies by client departments for the enhancement of service quality and efficiency.