Now the Mongolian British Chamber of Commerce, with support from the UK government, is organising a renewable energy and sustainable mining trade mission. The mission – taking place 2–9 June – coincides with the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator hosting the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment Day on 5 June.
‘British companies lead the world in many areas of renewable energy, and there are huge business opportunities in Mongolia,’ says one of the trade mission organisers, John Grogan, who is also chairman of the Mongolian British Chamber of Commerce.
‘The trade mission will give companies working in these fields the opportunity to showcase their technology and knowledge to an eager marketplace,’ continues Grogan. ‘SgurrEnergy, which is a Glasgow-based company, is already working on a wind farm at Salkhit in Mongolia, and there are plenty of opportunities for other companies involved with renewables to do business out there as well.’
The itinerary for the trip includes meeting with senior Mongolian government officials, including Environment Minister Sanjaasuren Oyun, as well as sector-specific meetings with businesses and educational institutes.
In recent years the Mongolian government has made efforts to prioritise renewable energy and tackle the effects of climate change on water resources, desertification and floods. The country’s first wind energy plant is about to open, and many traditional yurts now rely on solar power.
‘I am sure that as the global host of World Environment Day, Mongolia will demonstrate to the world that a transition to a green economy is possible, even within some of the most traditionally challenging industrial sectors, when leadership, vision, smart policies and political will are translated into action on the ground,’ says Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.
Companies seeking more information on the trade mission should contact John Grogan at the Mongolian British Chamber of Commerce, or call 01943 862092, by 18 April.