Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to Partner with Scotland for Low Carbon Knowledge Transfer
New Partnership Aimed at Helping to Tackle Hong Kong’s Three Biggest Environmental Issues and Create a Low Carbon Technology Hub
(Hong Kong, 27 June 2013) - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scottish Development International (SDI), Scotland’s international trade and investment body, to provide a framework for cooperation and knowledge transfer in the low carbon sector.
The agreement will help Hong Kong tackle its three biggest environmental issues: air quality, building construction and waste management. Scotland is considered a global authority on low carbon technology, and the partnership will support the Hong Kong Government’s aim of developing a low carbon technology hub.
Through the agreement, Hong Kong will host Scottish low carbon companies and provide facilities for their research and development at Hong Kong Science Park.
Key areas in which future cooperation is anticipated include:
- Biofuels and bioenergy
- Clean transport initiatives
- Low carbon finance, education, policy and market structure
- Smart sustainable cities and islands
- Waste management
- Low carbon sustainable building construction
- Renewable energy
- Air quality
The MoU signing was witnessed by Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Ms. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government and Nicholas Brooke, Chairman of HKSTPC.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Brooke said: “I am confident that the signing of this MOU will drive closer collaboration between HKSTPC and Scottish companies, particularly in the area of green technology development. We hope it will encourage and accelerate research and development partnerships and exchanges between both locations. We warmly welcome Scottish low carbon companies to make Hong Kong Science Park their home in Asia.”
Mr. E Anthony Tan, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTPC, added: “Hong Kong Science Park’s Phase 3 is currently being developed and is scheduled to complete in stages from early 2014 to 2016. Employing an array of green features, this latest phase of the Park will become a living laboratory to showcase green technologies and sustainability practice. Phase 3 aims to be carbon neutral in the long run and will be the perfect base for low carbon companies.”
Mr. Yousaf welcomed the MoU on behalf of Scotland, commenting: “Scotland has the skills, the know-how and the leading-edge low carbon technology to help tackle the world’s environmental challenges, and this agreement will further strengthen our reputation as a global leader in this field. I am delighted to witness the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding which will open the door to further international collaboration on sustainable development and research.”
Ms. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, welcomed the collaboration and said: “The joint efforts of HKSTPC and the Scottish companies in facilitating the development of low carbon sector go in line with the Government's endeavour in building a greener, healthier and more liveable city. I look forward to the collaboration to help foster a quality and sustainable environment.”
Ms. Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of SDI, added: “This agreement sends a clear message that Scotland is one of the world’s leading authorities on low carbon energy developments. As a nation, Scotland has significant expertise in this field thanks to our world-class universities and dynamic renewable energy industry and we are proud to be in a position to be able to share some of our best practice in areas such as biofuels, climate-friendly transportation and climate-resilient resource management with other nations.”