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Manufacturing for green tech can bring more investment in GBA: Martin Atkins

“If the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area focuses on manufacturing for green technology, it could be an important part of the jigsaw to bring in investment,” Professor Martin Atkins, CEO of Green Lizard Technologies, told GDToday at the ongoing Greater Bay Area Science Forum in Guangzhou’s Nansha District.

The forum shed light on the latest trends in fields such as AI, Bio-tech and carbon neutrality, which allowed Atkins to explore the GBA, China’s most economically dynamic area. Atkins said he has been very inspired by the breadth and pace of technologies researched in the GBA and considers it a hub for international collaboration.

Atkins worked for BP on developing novel clean technologies and renewable energies in China’s Dalian City and won a national award in recognition of his contribution to promoting tech cooperation between China and the UK. He is now the CEO of an SME that provides green and sustainable solutions to industrial problems.

Atkins said a lot of their technologies are not commercial today or commercial with only one or two manufacturers. He is very keen to bring some of their technologies into the GBA because manufacturing, for him, is the part that is missing.

“It’s not one unit and not one technology. It’s getting everything together in one place to showcase carbon dioxide and hydrogen to methanol, and then to fuels to chemicals. I can’t see a better place than the GBA to demonstrate that, and I believe that the supply chain of these products could be developed a lot faster here,” said Atkins.

As the European Council recently gave final approval to the world’s first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), there is a lot of concern that putting a price on carbon emissions will cause the industry to slow down. Atkins holds a different perspective, saying, “If CO2 has a price of 100 USD per ton, for example, you can pay just a little bit more and make something really valuable from the CO2.”

“It would impact many products coming from China, because they need to ratify the purification technology and the technology that makes recycled plastic components. But that’s something that we can add to the local producers of chemicals and polymers and packaging materials in the region, so I don’t think it will stifle international cooperation,” he said.

Reported by Jasmine

Video by Axin

Poster by Lulu

Edited by Wing, James

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