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The First CityTree in Asia has been unveiled in Hong Kong

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 11, 2016 in Architecture , Lifestyle , Products
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Members of JOS, Hopewell Real Estate Agency Limited and Microsoft Hong Kong with CEO of Green City Solutions Denes Honus (centre)

Members of JOS, Hopewell Real Estate Agency Limited and Microsoft Hong Kong with CEO of Green City Solutions Denes Honus (centre)

Asia’s first CityTree has just been unveiled outside Hopewell Centre in the busy area of Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The smart air purifying system was developed by German-based company Green City Solutions and utilises a special moss that effectively eats pollutants from the air without creating hazardous bi-products. This unique combination of biotechnology and IoT has already been installed in cities throughout Europe, and the free-standing structure outside Hopewell Centre is the first in Asia.

The freestanding unit will capture environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and particulate matter to keep the public informed on the latest air pollution levels in the immediate surroundings

The freestanding unit will capture environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and particulate matter to keep the public informed on the latest air pollution levels in the immediate surroundings

Green City Solutions participated in the Infiniti Accelerator programme in 2015 with the CityTree, and have gone on to partner with Hopewell Real Estate Agency Limited, JOS and Microsoft Hong Kong to see the dream become a reality.

At Friday’s press conference, CEO of Green City Solution Denes Honus said, “We commercialised more than ten years of academic research about the plant, specifically these special moss cultures. It already had the ability to eat up air pollution, but this ability was improved in the laboratory environment to get even more value out of it.”

Thanks to collaboration with Hopewell Real Estate Limited, JOS and Microsoft Hong Kong, Green City Solutions has seen the first CityTree installed in Asia in Hong Kong

Thanks to collaboration with Hopewell Real Estate Limited, JOS and Microsoft Hong Kong, Green City Solutions has seen the first CityTree installed in Asia in Hong Kong

Although the district of Wan Chai would require multiple units to start effectively lowering the overall rate of air pollution, the installation of the CityTree is certainly a step in the right direction for a city and region so desperately in need of improving breathability for its citizens.

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