Environment tech fair to kick off in Seoul

By Kim Yon-se
  • Published : Jun 9, 2014 - 21:03
  • Updated : Jun 9, 2014 - 21:03
The Ministry of Environment said Monday that state-of-the-art products that utilize advanced green energy technologies are to be showcased in Seoul this week.

Korea is scheduled to host the 36th International Exhibition on Environmental Technology & Green Energy ― dubbed ENVEX 2014 ― at Coex in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, from June 10-13.

“We expect the fair for this year will provide a place where all the (newly) developed green energy technologies are introduced,” said the ministry in a statement. “ENVEX is the biggest green exhibition in the nation.”
Spectators gather at the 35th International Exhibition on Environmental Technology & Green Energy, held at Coex in southern Seoul last year. (Ministry of Environment)

The ministry said that innovative industrial technologies and new products will also be unveiled, sponsored by the Korea Environmental Preservation Association.

Those include technology for treating bad odors at sewage disposal plants, LBM (liquefied biomethane) production technology, a constructed-wetland development method, energy-saving technology, movable meteorological equipment, a CCTV-equipped pipeline inspection robot, an air sampler and various measuring devices.

For ENVEX 2014, invitations have been extended to foreign buyers from China, Vietnam, Brazil and other countries whose markets provide opportunities for domestic companies to expand.

The state goal is to achieve purchasing contracts worth 250 billion won ($246 million), through inviting 360 buyers from 32 countries. Outside of the exhibition period, the government plans to provide 1,000 foreign buyers visiting Korea each year with detailed information on the Korean technologies.

ENVEX has been certified as a top 10 Korea Brand Exhibition and is considered one of the largest exhibitions on the environment in Northeast Asia.

“As the scope of Korea’s environmental policies has become wider since 2012, a greater variety of content will be showcased,” said a ministry official.

Government officials and pundits share the view that sustainable consumption and production has emerged on the global environmental agenda in recent years as human factors have come to be seen as the driving force behind climate change.

They say the logic is simple: If resources are used efficiently, goods can be made with less material and energy without compromising the quality. The savings can be invested in other sectors. These good practices spread and in the long term a virtuous cycle is established.

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