Biz leaders, gov't officials discuss carbon neutrality at climate expo
SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) -- Top executives of major South Korean and global tech and energy companies, including Google Inc. and RWE A.G., gathered Thursday to discuss ways and their roles to advance carbon neutrality goals, a business association said.
The business leaders' roundtable took place during the World Climate Industry Expo (WCE), running from Thursday through Saturday in the southeastern port city of Busan, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), a co-host of the roundtable, said in a release.
Some 50 business leaders and government officials attended the event, including Yolyn Ang, Google's vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, and Jens Orfelt, an executive vice president at RWE Renewables, the KCCI said.
Top executives of Samsung, SK, Hyundai Motor, LG and POSCO were also among the participants, along with Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon.
"With environmental regulations and trade barriers that are getting tougher, particularly in advanced countries, achieving carbon neutrality has become not just a choice but an essential task for survival," Han said in a speech.
"The government plans to fully mobilize available policy tools to support companies in carrying out their carbon neutrality goals and continuing to grow through climate industry," he said.
The participants shared exemplary sustainability cases of major global companies and municipal governments in foreign countries carrying out their carbon neutrality missions and discussed ways to promote collaboration among companies, the KCCI said.
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