Brussels, 1 June 2007
From 3 to 15 June Green Week Expo will present the cutting edge of eco-friendly technology at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels. Linked to Green Week, the European Commission's annual conference and exhibition dedicated to the environment taking place from 12 to 15 June, the exhibition highlights technological innovation in environmental protection. Beginning on the day of the Brussels Region's annual ''Fête de l'Environnement'', 3 June, Green Week Expo is open to the public.
Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: ''Eco-technologies are vital to solving the major environmental, economic and social challenges the world is facing, such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity and unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Green Week Expo will be one of the largest exhibitions of eco-friendly technology in Brussels. It will spur innovation by providing technological leaders with a showcase for their products, while giving the public a fascinating look at the solutions of the future."
Green Week Expo brings under the same tent companies from a range of industries to demonstrate their technologies for addressing environmental challenges. Exhibitors include automotive, energy and packaging companies that will show recent technological developments on hybrid cars, energy efficiency and recycling processes.
A Formula One race car will be on display as part of a campaign to encourage people to make personal environmental pledges and to donate to charities working to protect the environment. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, which is organising Green Week and the Expo, will have a stand highlighting its Environmental Technologies Action Plan.
Several side events and workshops will take place during the exhibition, including a presentation on carbon capture and storage, a promising technology to prevent industrial carbon dioxide emissions from reaching the atmosphere, and a demonstration of how beverage cartons are recycled into paper.
Green Week Expo will be opened by Pia Bucella, Director in the Commission's
Directorate General for Environment, at 10:30 on Sunday 3 June. The exhibition
will be open on 3 June from 10:00 to 18:30, on 4-8 June from 11:00 to 18:30 and
on 11-15 June from 9:30 to 18:30.