The 2010 Shanghai World Expo organizer is encouraging all visitors to bring
tableware and eco-friendly bags to the Expo site to reduce waste.
organizer yesterday issued guidelines with the United Nations Environment
Program, calling on Expo visitors, participants and shop owners in the site to
make the Expo a green event.
The guidelines urge people to take public
transportation to the Expo site, sort their rubbish and throw it away in
relevant trash cans.
The organizer will reward visitors who obey the
guidelines, said Dai Jianmin, director of the operation department of the Bureau
of Shanghai World Expo Coordination. For example, if a visitor takes a beverage
can to the recycling station, the organizer will hand out a small gift, he
Expo visitors will be encouraged to buy "carbon credits" to offset
the carbon dioxide their vehicles release traveling to and from the site. Carbon
credits vouchers can be purchased to offset the amount of carbon dioxide that is
released from an individual's use of transportation, electricity and other
products he or she consumes. The money will be used to plant trees, which absorb
carbon dioxide, or in other ways to compensate for the emissions our daily lives
The organizer will cooperate with a carbon exchange Website or
create its own exchange, said Dai.
Websites such as the Chicago Carbon
Exchange and the European Climate Exchange allow users to trade "carbon
credits," said Guo Ru, an professor of environmental studies at Shanghai Tongji
The guidelines ask participants to use less water and
minimize pollution during their exhibitions. In addition, the restaurants and
hotels in the site will not be allowed to provide customers with disposable
The guidelines are available in both English and Chinese on
the Expo Website (www.expo2010.cn) and that of the UNEP
The organization will evaluate Shanghai's environmental
condition before and after the 2010 event, said Wang Zhijiang, special
coordinator of the organization. It will be the first time such a study of the
environmental impact of an Expo has been carried out.
A group of UN
experts will visit the city in August and next November. They will publicize
their results in May, 2011.