China is becoming a major power in the exhibition industry, an industry that has expanded so rapidly that its development is accompanied by serious environmental problems. To overcome those problems and achieve sustainable development, the Canton Fair is exploring a green growth path and has set up standards for constructing ecologically friendly exhibitions.
In 2014, the Ministry of Commerce issued the Canton Fair Green Development Plan, a measure promoting a national strategy of ecological commitment and a promise to support a healthy exhibition industry in the nation.
Fair officials began implementing the plan in the spring of 2014. The campaign encourages environmental protection in setting up booths and pushing green stands to assure all booths are eco-friendly during the current, ongoing fall session of the fair. Other efforts focus on encouraging exhibitors to showcase their green products and to dismantle booths in an environmentally friendly way. The plan also bolsters guidance to provide thematic training and strengthens the review of custom-built booths. Officials hope to perfect a reward and punishment system and introduce an ecological management system.
All stakeholders have recognized the importance and benefits of building a green fair and advocating the establishment of a low-carbon and environmentally friendly fair. More and more exhibitors are taking an active role in building and dismantling their stands in a green way.
President Xi said at the G20 Summit that China remains firm in its commitment to promoting green development and pursuing better quality lifestyles for its citizens. In addition to ensuring that all exhibition booths are 100% green, the fair will follow its own environmental plan to explore efficient ways to build up a smart and ecologically responsible fair. Officials want to continue playing a demonstration role in promoting ecological concepts and guiding the Chinese exhibition industry to quicken green development, as well as pay high attention to ecological issues.
(By Wing Xie, Louis Berney)