Europe gears up for Green Week

A beautiful Belgian park has been transformed to play host to an exhibition of some of the environmental inventions and gadgets which could shape our future, as the European Commission prepares for its annual Green Week.

The Parc du Cinquantenaire

The Parc du Cinquantenaire

The Parc du Cinquantenaire, better known for its military and aviation museums, will be home for a different kind of technology for the next two weeks.

The Green Week Expo is open to the public and aims to highlight the technological innovation that is taking place in the field of environmental protection.

It opened on Sunday, June 3, to coincide with Brussels' regional celebration of all things green, the Fête de l'Environnement.

''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," said Stavros Dimas, the EC's Environment Commissioner.

"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.

The exhibition aims to demonstrate how European companies are at the cutting edge of developing clean technologies while giving the public a chance to find out how the environmental industries are working behind the scenes.

The highlight of Green Week itself, a four day conference which brings together policy makers and key industry figures, begins next Tuesday, June 12 in Brussels.

Sam Bond



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