In early December, Green Lotus organized the venue of a delegation that gathered ten Burmese personalities, in France and in Great Britain, at the occasion of the Pollutec fair, first European fair for environmental activities.
For ten days spent between Paris, Lyon and London, these highly ranked administrators, company directors and civil society personalities, concerned by the sustainable growth of their emerging country, had the opportunity to discuss with their European counterparts. We hope their talks allowed to create fructuous contacts!
Find the full report of this visit hereafter, and read below for the major steps of the visit: #Pollutec Delegation – Study trip on green businesses
(Version française du rapport détaillé de la visite accessible en cliquant ici: Récit semaine délégation Pollutec VF)
In Paris, discussions about energy policies, waste management, urban architecture …
- Renewable energies, keys to a sustainable energy development
Numerous discussions took place about the energy policy of France, especially on solar energy (visit of the Halle Pajol, positive-energy building), energy efficiency upgrading (talks with Sem Energies Posit’if, agency for the promotion of renewable energies), and the process regarding climate and energy of French territories, led by ARENE Ile-de-France.
- Numerous discussions about waste management : Paris and Yangon
The « waste pickers » management system in Yangon have been compared to the system in place in the Ile-de-France region during the visit of Ordif, regional observatory for waste in Ile-de-France.
- Supporting the transformation of the urban landscape in Myanmar
The visit of the architecture museum La Cité de l’architecture, and especially the discovery of the model apartment by the French architect Le Corbusier (great example of environmentally friendly infrastructure), introduced the topic of the transformation of the urban landscape in high development cities. The visit of the Confluence neighborhood in Lyon, raised the issue of negotiation with the inhabitants for the building of new areas.
- The issue of the management of water resources
The sanitation of the water in the Inle Lake, and the sewage treatment have been in the discussions after the meeting between the delegates and Grundfos, a Danish company specialized in hydraulic pumps, and the visit of the water treatment plant “new generation” of the city of Lyon, Aqualyon.
- Networking, key objective of the week
During gala evenings, the delegation had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and distinguished political figures committed in green economy in Myanmar. Thanks to Abitio, consulting agency about international mobility, Green Lotus and Suez Environnement, the delegates were able to meet Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environnement, His Excellency Ambassador of Myanmar in France, Han Thu, Pierre Serne, vice-president in charge of transports in the Ile-de-France region, EGIS and SAFEGE companies, MP and president of the France-Myanmar friendship group and of the Circular economy Institute, François-Michel Lambert, and members of the French environmental political party Europe-Ecologie-Les-Verts.
Key event of the week: Pollutec, international fair for professionals in environment and energy in Lyon
During three days, the delegation visited booth related to energy, waste management, sustainable urban development, and natural ressources management (meetings with EGIS, Biogaz, ADEME International, BlueSet, Armor…).
A conference entitled « Myanmar, a new Eldorado for green economy? » organized by Green Lotus and UKTI gathered several speakers: Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General of the Myanmar Chambers of Commerce Union, in charge of corporate social responsibility, explained the environmental stakes in Myanmar. SAFEGE, a Suez Environnement subsidiary, presented its water management in the city of Mandalay.
Two french-british receptions, organized by Green Lotus, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade & Investment allowed the delegation and British entrepreneurs to meet.
London, networking and building common projects
« Smart cities », « low-carbon infrastructure » and urban masterplan are some of the key topics discussed with British Expertise and the numerous British companies the delegation met during its stay in London (IMC Worldwide Limited, Mott MacDonald, Space Syntax Limited, Resurgence …). The BRE Innovation Park Watford was the occasion to study some of the most sustainable buildings in the world, and hundreds of low-carbon materials and technologies. The delegates and Green Lotus talked about the venue of a BRE representative in Myanmar to present and launch a BRE Innovation Park.
Discussion continues between the delegates and Green Lotus team regarding the lessons and new projects selected during this week!