The Fifth Annual Business and Industry Environment Conference will be held from September 11-13. Organised by the Centre of Environment Technology (CET), it will coincide with the official opening of the $50 million Jockey Club Environmental Building. Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang will open the building and the conference on September 11. Under the theme, 'Eco-efficiency for Business', local and international speakers will focus on the practical relationships between business and the environment. Experts will discuss ways of encouraging businesses to become more competitive, innovative and environmentally responsible. The conference is aimed at chief executive officers, technical directors, environmental managers and professionals, plant managers and engineers, environmental academics, legislative councillors and government representatives. During the first session, 'Local Initiatives for the Environment', there will be a series of technical presentations concentrating on Hong Kong, China and the region. Experts will describe practices and successes in the application of environmental concepts to business concerns. Speakers will address waste minimisation, assessment of supplier performance, waste management and recycling in China, and examples of eco-efficiency among a particular company's multiple locations in the Asia-Pacific. The September 12 session will look at the impact business activities have on the environment. During 'Environmental Actions with Global Linkage', speakers from the private and government sectors will demonstrate how local actions and global impacts are related. On the same day, the 'Present Pathways, Future Objectives' seminar will concentrate on the way environmental initiatives are gathering momentum among business groups, buyers, vendors and multi-national corporations. On the final day, the ISO 14000 Environmental Standards Series will come under the spotlight. The session will outline an experiment in implementing the draft standard and the response plan from Taiwanese and Canadian industries. The cost for four sessions is $1,200, or $300 per session. For details, phone 27843900.