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HONG KONG’S BEST ATTENDED AND MOST AMBITIOUS BUSINESS EVENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT #OnlyWayForward
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Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

Day 1 – Thursday 12 Sept AM

 

ReThink HK kicks-off with the Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address, live-streamed across the event. Government and private sector leaders will explore the current state of play in Hong Kong as well as discuss key issues that all organisations face in the race to net zero.

The opening programme will also address the challenges businesses are facing as Hong Kong transitions to mandatory disclosure and the complexities of measuring and reporting Scope 3 emissions.

09:20 – 09:50

Opening Ceremony

09:20 – 09:50

ReThink HK kicks-off with the Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address, live-streamed across the event. Government and private sector leaders will explore the current state of play in Hong Kong as well as discuss key issues that all organisations face in the race to net zero.

The opening programme will also address the challenges businesses are facing as Hong Kong transitions to mandatory disclosure and the complexities of measuring and reporting Scope 3 emissions.

Speakers

Chris Brown

Founder & CEO

Chris has 20 years of experience working on large-scale business events. Originally from the UK, Chris has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2015. Chris moved to Hong Kong to establish a North Asia office for a London-based trade expo organiser and launch a series of digital transformation events. The challenges of living sustainably and a developing concern around the exponential threats of the global climate emergency compelled Chris to “rethink” his own personal contribution to Hong Kong and how he could best make a positive impact on a city he now proudly calls home.

Chris conceived, designed and launched the ReThink HK event during the first part of 2019 – undeterred by the challenges faced by live events at that time, due to civil unrest, the new event concept for uniting the full business and sustainability ecosystem, championing positive action and shared responsibility received excellent support. The inaugural 2020 event was, unsurprisingly, delayed due to COVID but finally ran, in-person, at the K11 Quarry Bay with 450 attendees and all delegate fees were donated to local charities.

Chris’ experience in hosting content-led expo-style healthcare events in the UK, where partnerships and collaboration were crucial to scale and success, provided the foundation for Chris to widen the supporting-network of organisations and sponsors for ReThink HK. The event was moved to the HKCEC for the 2021 edition and resulted in Hong Kong’s best attended event dedicated to the business of sustainability, with over 2,200 attendees. Chris is proud to have maintained the event’s impact pledge; with all delegate fees contributing to impact projects with local Hong Kong charities.

Working alongside the Business Environment Council, Consulates and trade promotion offices, Chambers of Commerce, specialist industry associations, NGOs and action groups the collective ambition for ReThink HK is to accelerate change in Hong Kong – the event returns for its fourth edition this September at the HKCEC, will host over 6,000 attendees and aims to be at least carbon neutral.

All proceeds from delegate fees will be redirected to the newly incorporated Rethink Foundation, a not-for-profit focussed on helping registered NGOs build capacity and operate more sustainably.

Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Italian from the University of Plymouth (UK). Chris is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Social Sustainability Committee, sits on the Executive Committee and the Sustainability sub-committee of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

  • Greater action from businesses to contribute towards a more sustainable HK
  • Encourage other event organisers to commit to sustainable solutions
  • Demonstrate that businesses can be operated profitably and with purpose

Simon Ng

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Simon Ng is Chief Executive Officer of Business Environment Council (BEC). He works closely with BEC Board of Directors in setting and implementing organisation goals and strategies conducive to supporting BEC members and the wider business community in the transition towards net-zero economy and a sustainable Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Support more corporates in Hong Kong to embark on their net-zero journey.

09:50 – 10:00

Opening Address

09:50 – 10:00

Speakers

Mr Tse Chin-wan

Secretary for Environment and Ecology

Mr Tse joined the former Environmental Protection Agency in 1985 which was subsequently reorganised in 1986 to become the current Environmental Protection Department (EPD). Throughout the service with EPD, Mr Tse had taken up a wide range of duties at professional and senior managerial levels. He was appointed as a Deputy Director of Environmental Protection in 2013 and subsequently as the Under Secretary for the Environment in August 2017.

Mr Tse possesses a broad spectrum of experience in various areas of environmental protection, including law enforcement, computer modelling, environmental impact assessment and cross-boundary cooperation with the Mainland.  During his tenure as the Under Secretary for the Environment, he helped spearhead the formulation of policies on air quality, waste management, climate actions and conservation.

10:00 – 10:50

Sustainable Horizons: Hong Kong’s Progress on the Road to Net Zero

10:00 – 10:50

Facing climate change, pollution, and resource depletion, global efforts to enforce environmental regulations are driving businesses toward sustainability and compliance, while fostering social responsibility. Central to this movement is the shift towards net-zero emissions, a transformation that goes beyond meeting regulatory demands to fundamentally changing business operations for long-term sustainability.

This session will bring together esteemed leaders as we explore the impacts and opportunities of these changes. Offering insightful discussions and expert guidance, the conference aims to equip businesses with the tools to thrive in this changing landscape, highlighting the role of regulatory changes in driving a sustainable, resilient future for Hong Kong’s business sector.

Learnings

  • How are some of Hong Kong’s most complex organisations working to engage internal and external ecosystems to navigate climate action across multiple industries and geographies?
  • What systemic changes and partnerships are needed to help us execute climate commitments, and turn transition risks to opportunities?
  • How can we work together to tackle challenges, while maintaining growth ambitions and shareholder value creation?
  • How can leadership companies leverage innovation to inspire ambition and drive solutions to reduce our carbon footprint over the next five to ten years? What are our biggest barriers?
  • What impact are businesses feeling with new regulations being enforced?

Post-event Actions

  • Gain insights on leading organisations’ carbon reduction approaches and cross-industry solutions.
  • Rethink actions that your company and industry should focus on over the next ten years to turn risks into leadership opportunities, and make meaningful impact at the scale needed to address today’s most pressing climate challenges.
  • Understand why business leaders have a compelling and common interest to work along each other and ensure the transformation of every aspect of industry to contribute to a net-zero economy by 2050

Speakers

Dr Margaret Burnett

The University of Hong Kong

Programme Director

Currently the Programme Director for the Master of Social Science in Sustainability Leadership and Governance, in the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong. Margaret has developed this Master programme to enhance learning, grow deeper understanding, and enable professionals to implement sustainability initiatives across all roles. Empowering both students and clients to integrate sustainability into personal and core organizational decision-making processes as this is time critical and, the focus the programme. She is often a guest speaker, and partners with organizations to provide support to their in-house sustainability strategies, currently through the lens of climate change related factors, and mechanisms for greater stakeholder engagement.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

For leaders, at all levels, to put into action significant changes to their operating environment given the tools at their disposal, and a greater level of authentic collaboration that truly seeks human-centric solutions. Let’s be on the right side of the climate change battle!

Mark Harper

Swire Pacific

Group Head of Sustainability

Mr Mark Harper has worked for around 20 years in the field of corporate sustainability. As Group Head of Sustainability at Swire, Mr Harper is responsible for managing the Group Sustainable Development Office, and leading on the design, execution and performance monitoring of the global corporate sustainability strategy for the Swire Group. As well as, acting as the lead change agent in driving improved sustainability performance and best practices, with a view to further embedding sustainability into overall business strategy for Swire.

Prior to taking up the Group Head of Sustainability role, Mr Harper had worked at John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd. for over seven years, where he was responsible for managing the Group’s ESG disclosures as well as advising operating companies on their own ESG submissions. In addition to his work on ESG ratings, Mr Harper was also responsible for advising the Group on policy and strategy development, particularly in the areas of climate resilience, biodiversity and sustainable waste management. He also sits on the Board of Business Environment Council, the Executive Committee of the Drink Without Waste working group and is Chair of the ESG Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Mr Harper has extensive experience of ESG disclosure standards such as GRI and the Hong Kong Exchange ESG Reporting Guide, as well as conducting sector focused benchmarking studies, corporate environmental management, as well as organising hands-on corporate citizenship and CSR training programmes.

Before joining John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd., Mr Harper worked in a number of senior management roles at high profile NGOs including the Earthwatch Institute, Fauna & Flora International, China Water Risk, and Business Environment Council, where he was responsible for managing the organisations advisory services on ESG reporting and corporate sustainability strategy development.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024

  • Rollout of the Group’s Net Zero Carbon emissions and zero to landfill commitments.
  • Finalising the Group’s climate risk assessment process and analysis.

11:05 – 11:20

ISSB Interoprability on a Worldwide Scale

11:05 – 11:20

Speakers

Bing Leng

IFRS Foundation

ISSB Member

Bing Leng was appointed as a full-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in June 2022, effective 1 July 2022.

He joins the ISSB from the Chinese Ministry of Finance where he was responsible for sustainability reporting initiatives. He initiated and led the implementation of several reporting-related programmes, including the development of digital taxonomies to enable electronic reporting, the revised financial instrument accounting standards and plans focused on digitising electronic payment vouchers and invoices.

Mr Leng was a member of the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Taxonomy Consultative Group from 2019 to 2022 and a member of the Board of Directors of XBRL International from 2014 to 2020.

He is a Doctor of Management and has a Master of Accounting from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics in China.

11:25 – 12:15

Managing Climate Risk & Opportunities: Hong Kong’s Mandatory Disclosure

11:25 – 12:15

The mix of reporting standards is becoming increasingly complex as the number of options increases. With sustainability as a critical global issue, governments, organizations, and investors focus on sustainability regulatory standards and mandatory disclosure. This session aims to shed light on the significance of sustainability standards, the evolving regulatory landscape, and the implications of mandatory disclosure for businesses and investors as new climate-related disclosures are required in Hong Kong by 2025.

During this session, we will explore the current state of sustainability regulatory standards and their impact on various industries. We will delve into the key frameworks and guidelines, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), and Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), among others. By understanding these standards, delegates will gain insights into the expectations placed on organizations regarding sustainability performance measurement and reporting.

Throughout the session, we will hear from industry experts, and sustainability leaders who have first-hand experience navigating sustainability regulatory standards and their journey to mandatory disclosure. They will share their insights, best practices, and success stories, providing practical guidance to participants.

Learnings

  • What is the evolving landscape of regulations and standards related to mandatory disclosure?
  • What are the differences in the key regulatory frameworks and guidelines?
  • What action must business take to ensure they are on track for mandatory disclosures?

Post-event Actions

  • Gain insights into the expectations placed on organizations regarding sustainability performance measurement and reporting.

Speakers

Bing Leng

IFRS Foundation

ISSB Member

Bing Leng was appointed as a full-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in June 2022, effective 1 July 2022.

He joins the ISSB from the Chinese Ministry of Finance where he was responsible for sustainability reporting initiatives. He initiated and led the implementation of several reporting-related programmes, including the development of digital taxonomies to enable electronic reporting, the revised financial instrument accounting standards and plans focused on digitising electronic payment vouchers and invoices.

Mr Leng was a member of the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS Taxonomy Consultative Group from 2019 to 2022 and a member of the Board of Directors of XBRL International from 2014 to 2020.

He is a Doctor of Management and has a Master of Accounting from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics in China.

Hendrik Rosenthal

CLP Holdings Limited

Director – Group Sustainability

Hendrik is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. He supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region.

With more than 20 years of experience in sustainability and environmental management across the public, private and NGO sectors, Hendrik previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Hendrik currently sits on a number of committees on sustainability-related matters, including as Director of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Steering Committee member of the Climate Governance Institute Hong Kong Chapter, and an advisory panel member for the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), amongst others.

 

12:15 – 13:05

The Scope 3 Challenge

12:15 – 13:05

This session will explore the complexities of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, which occur in a company’s value chain. These emissions are often the largest share of a corporation’s carbon footprint and can be the most challenging to manage due to their indirect nature. The panel will explore strategies for businesses to effectively measure, report, and reduce these emissions, emphasizing the importance of collaboration with suppliers and customers to achieve meaningful reductions.

Learnings

  • What are the challenges associated with measuring Scope 3 emissions?
  • How can you engage with suppliers and customers to encourage and facilitate emission reductions?

Post-event Actions

  • Understanding what Scope 3 is and be able to create a baseline to create a framework for action.
  • Understand the innovative approaches and technologies to mitigate Scope 3 emissions.

Speakers

Aneesa Walji

Sustainable Solutions

Advisor

Aneesa Walji is an independent Sustainability Advisor and former United Nations (UN) staff member. She helps actors across sectors navigate the growing complexities of business for people, planet and profit. A trained lawyer, she brings 15 years of multidisciplinary experience across Asia, Africa and North America, as well as at the international policy level.

In the course of her career, she has covered issues ranging from harassment of women workers in Sri Lankan tea plantations to air pollution and stakeholder engagement in Bahrain. She led the formulation of strategy, guiding research and rollout of various workshops and pitches for the UN Development Programme’s initial efforts on responsible business conduct in the Arab States region. Recently, she presented to a group of banks on regulation and modern slavery risks in supply chains from an investment perspective.

Her varied experiences mean that Aneesa offers a holistic understanding of the various interconnected elements of sustainability. In addition to strategy and risk/opportunity management, she brings knowledge and expertise in due diligence, multi-stakeholder engagement and training, among other areas—all with a strong understanding of global trends and the evolving regulatory landscape.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Laws from New York University. Aneesa also holds several certifications, including from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Conversations for new ideas and approaches – e.g. Re-Think!

2. Encourage recognition of the interconnections between environmental and social dimensions.

3. Promote win-win approaches through public-private partnerships.

Yoonmee Jeong

OCBC Hong Kong

Head of Sustainability Office, Global Wholesale Banking

Yoonmee Jeong heads the Sustainability Office for the Global Wholesale Banking division of OCBC. The Office plays a key role in driving OCBC’s sustainability and decarbonisation strategy through leading the Net-Zero Project to assess the Bank’s financed emissions, offering practical and credible sustainable banking solutions to the Bank’s corporate and institutional clients, and developing strategies for transition financing and ESG risk management.
Since joining OCBC in 2019, Yoonmee has spearheaded the Bank’s sustainable finance activities, leading her team in innovative transactions across diverse sectors and markets. In 2023 alone, the Bank advised over 100 corporates on sustainable financing.
Prior to joining OCBC, Yoonmee worked in the Sustainable Finance team of BNP Paribas Global Markets in Hong Kong, coordinating the launch of a sustainable finance programme for Corporate and Institutional clients, and advising on several inaugural sustainability bond issuances in the region.
With nearly two decades of experience in financial institutions, Yoonmee has gained valuable expertise in sustainable finance and business development across diverse markets, including Seoul, Hong Kong, Paris, and Singapore. She holds a CFA charter and has earned an MBA from HEC Paris, along with a master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

Eddie Tse

Gammon Construction

Group Sustainability Manager

Eddie has more than 26 years experience in construction and environmental field and specializes in sediment and land contamination assessment and remediation, carbon/energy management, renewable energy projects and waste/asbestos management.

He is the vice chairman of Environment Committee, Hong Kong Construction Association and member of Climate Change Business Forum of the Business Environment Council. He was appointed as a construction advisor in development of Construction Industry Council Carbon Assessment Tool and Sustainable Finance Certification scheme.  He is also appointed by Hong Kong Green Building Council to be a co-opted member of the Sustainable Development Committee, Climate Change Framework for Built Environment Embodied Carbon Expert Group member and Green Product Market Taskforce member.  Eddie is a member of UK CARES Assured Steel Certification Sustainability Technical Committee.

Eddie graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and has a Master of Science (Major in Environmental Engineering) degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Eddie is a Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals, Certified Carbon Auditor (Cement/Steel/Concrete) under the CIC Green Product Certification Scheme, Certified Energy Manager/Carbon Audit Professional of US Association of Energy Engineer and a Qualified Project Assessor of BREEAM Infrastructure.  He is also a qualified assessor of CIC Sustainable Finance Certification Scheme and a Certified ESG Analyst CESGA® of The European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Caring nature and society while pursuing net zero goal

Day 1 – Thursday 12 Sept PM

 

The challenges faced in Hong Kong extend beyond the region and are global in nature. This programme, A Global Approach to Change aims to explore and understand strategies and approaches implemented both in Hong Kong and overseas that have successfully addressed key issues, with the intention of adapting and implementing them on a global scale for maximum impact. This program centres around three key topics: Green Fintech, Water and the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors.

Supported by

14:05 – 14:45

International Cooperation: Supporting Hong Kong’s Transition to Net Zero

14:05 – 14:45

International cooperation serves as an essential tool in combating the climate crisis, as it can help cultivate a global economy dedicated to addressing this challenge. Not only must we focus on synergistically aligning the work of the private and public sectors within Hong Kong, but also promoting international cooperation to achieve net-zero emissions goals. 

This fireside chat will explore the challenges Hong Kong faces in its transition to net-zero from a global perspective, focusing on the role of international cooperation in reducing rising greenhouse gas emissions. Our experts will share key insights into the necessity of countries pooling resources and expertise, whether in the context of green technology, sustainable policies, or global climate finance. The discussion will explore the power of joint climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, particularly in the context of Hong Kong. 

 Learnings

  • How can we prioritize international cooperation as a driver for Hong Kong’s transition to net-zero? 
  • What are the respective roles of cross-sectoral collaboration and international collaboration in forming climate mitigation and adaptation strategies? 
  • What are some case studies demonstrating how international cooperation has impacted the global achievement of net-zero emissions goals? 

Post-event Actions

  • Understand and explore Hong Kong’s role within the global economy as it strives to reach net-zero emissions goals. 
  • Gain insights into the functions of different forms of partnerships, both within and beyond Hong Kong, in fostering a collaborative atmosphere to build climate resilience. 

Speakers

Stacey Chow

Director and Asia Regional Lead for Business & Society

Stacey advises organizations on developing initiatives and strategies around sustainability, social impact, as well as environmental, social and governance issues, with a focus on issues management, corporate reputation, stakeholder engagement and global partnerships. Stacey has tri-sector experience in the government, international organization and corporate arenas, spanning a 20-year career across the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and has a background in international development, trade and investment promotion and sustainable infrastructure development.  She was selected as a 2012-2015 Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum and was selected as a “Woman to Watch” by The Women’s Foundation and 30% Club Hong Kong Chapter in 2023.   Stacey is a member of the Energy, Environment, Social, and Governance (E-ESG) Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, a member of the Environment and Sustainability Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and a committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Helping companies reach sustainability goals through global partnerships and technological innovation.

Siddharth Chatterjee

Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China

UN Resident Coordinator in China

Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee took office as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China and is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General. He presented his letter of credence to the President of China on 14 April 2021. With over 25 years of experience in the United Nations, he has served in many fragile and war-torn countries. A 3 times TEDx speaker, he is a regular opinion contributor for a range of international & mainstream Chinese media. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in the United States of America.

常启德担任联合国驻华协调员,是联合国秘书长的指定代表。常启德于2021年4月14日向中国国家主席习近平递交委任书。他拥有超过25年的联合国工作经验,在世界各地许多脆弱和饱受战争蹂躏的国家工作。他曾三次发表TEDx演讲,多次在国际媒体和主流中文媒体上发表文章。常启德拥有美国普林斯顿大学公共政策硕士学位。

14:50 – 15:40

Futureproofing Water in a Changing Climate Corporate Innovation & Adaptation

14:50 – 15:40

Water is the resource most vulnerable to climate change yet it’s the only resource we cannot survive without. Beyond quenching our thirst, we need water to grow food, generate power, mine and manufacture goods from fashion to electronics. It is an invaluable asset but with every degree of warming, threats to water security also increase. By 2050, 31% of global GDP worth US$70 trillion and 60% of the world’s population could be exposed to extremely high water stress for at least one month a year . Seas are also rising faster than we think redrawing coastlines & forcing migration unless we adapt. Given this, it is not surprising that leading corporates are innovating to adapt and thrive. Join us to find out how HK based corporates are driving global change to futureproof water revolutionising industries with water in mind, carrying out water stress tests, striving for water neutrality plus more.

Learnings

  • Why are companies taking action now to protect water? What exactly was the impetus?
  • What do they view as the biggest short and long term water and climate risks?
  • How are water and climate risks viewed & managed in the companies? Are they board level risks? Are they integrated into risk management?
  • What are these innovations & how do they come up with them? Where can other companies start?
  • What are the benefits of taking this protective action? How do they balance this against the investment ($, time, people +)?

Post-event Actions

  • Leave with an understanding of urgent water and climate risks and why they matter/ are material to companies
  • Be inspired and see that it’s possible for companies to innovate to protect water and that it is being done by Hong Kong companies
  • Leave with an understanding of the range of actions companies can take to protect water from operations to supply chains and setting ambitious corporate targets to future proofing portfolios

Speakers

Debra Tan

CWR

Director & Head

Tan heads CWR, a non-profit that aims to “mainstream” water and climate risks into financial decision-making and corporate strategies. Today, CWR’s work on the assessing and valuing risk exposure to rising freshwater scarcity to coastal threats, is highlighted as tools and useful resources under the IFRS’s CDSB Application Guidance for Water-Related Disclosures and feature in Palgrave MacMillan textbooks. Tan is also a contributing author to the latest IPCC 6th Assessment Report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Adapting to rising water risks in a new climate future

Stephanie Chan

DETERMINANT

Associate Director

Stephanie Chan leads DETERMINANT’s global brand, marketing, and business development & partnerships. She is a noteworthy practitioner in the sustainability space. Prior to this role, she led sustainability for Esquel Group; worked at Edelman where she consulted brands on their sustainability strategy and practices, and was shortlisted by PR Week Asia as top 5 Young Professional in Asia 2015. Stephanie also worked for the United Nations in New York.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Promoting water stewardship in the textile & apparel industry through the adoption of new technologies like waterless dyeing
  • Seeing a further reduction in single-use packaging

Dr. Frederick Lee

Centre for Water Technology and Policy, The University of Hong Kong

Executive Director

Dr. Frederick Lee holds a PhD degree in Urban Planning from MIT. He is Executive Director of the Centre for Water Technology and Policy at The University of Hong Kong. His primary research and advocacy concerns pertain to two major water sustainability nexus issues: water-energy-climate and water-ecology. He is currently conducting a research project that focuses on the application of smart technologies (IoT, AI) to enhancing water conservation behavior in households. Dr. Lee is also a Fellow at Civic Exchange.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

#1. Reduction of per capita water use in the domestic sector
#2. Improvements in water use efficiency in non-domestic sites

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15:40 – 16:30

Accelerating Decarbonisation in Hard to Abate Sectors

15:40 – 16:30

This session targets the critical challenge of cutting carbon emissions in industries where such efforts are more difficult. These sectors contribute approximately 20% of global emissions and face significant hurdles due to technological, economic, or practical constraints.

We will delve into the innovative approaches and cutting-edge technologies that hold the promise of transforming these sectors. From advancements in lower-carbon energy and feedstock like green hydrogen to novel carbon capture methods, the focus will be on viable solutions that can pave the way for substantial emissions reductions.

The discussion will extend to collaborative efforts and policy frameworks that support the decarbonisation journey. By bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and technology innovators, we aim to foster a dialogue that accelerates the pace of change. Join us as we explore the pathways and potential for achieving meaningful decarbonisation in the sectors where it is hardest yet most crucial.

Learnings

  • What are the key challenges to decarbonise the hard-to-abate sectors?
  • How are companies using innovation and technology to reach their sustainability goals in these sectors?
  • What collaborative efforts among industry leaders, policymakers, and technology innovators are essential?

Post-event Actions

  • Leave with an understanding of how the hard-to-abate sectors are a large part of our journey to net zero and the urgency behind their decarbonisation.
  • Be able to understand realistic pathways to achieve carbon neutrality in the hard-to-abate sectors.

Speakers

Shuyi Li

RMI

Principal

Shuyi Li is a Principal of RMI China Program, and head of Industry Decarbonization Initiative, where RMI works to accelerate decarbonizing China’s heavy industries, covering steel, cement, petrochemicals & chemicals, and aluminum. She led the development of the China heavy industry sectoral transition roadmap series, as RMI China’s flagship reports and one of the earliest in the field, in close partnership with leading industry associations/institutes and recognized by many. She also heads the work on industrial use case optimization for solutions like green hydrogen, massive recycling, CCUS, etc., and the initiative to establish near-zero industrial hubs where upstream energy/feedstock supply, midstream infrastructure, industrial offtakers, and their downstream users are brought together to help achieve tipping points, while leveraging finance and policy to enable the change. Before joining RMI, Shuyi has years of experience advising governments in industrial energy efficiency and low-carbon development. She also served as an expert fellow and mentor for EDF Climate Corps China Program, and was winner of the William K. Bowes, Jr. Award for Leadership. Currently, Shuyi is a mentor for Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), and external expert for a global leading company in energy management and automation.

Johnson Gui (桂志军)

Shanghai E-Carbon Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

Co-Founder and SVP

Co-founder and Senior Vice President at E-C DIGITAL、Chief Designer of the JimuLCA TooL, Johnson Gui is a member of the Expert Committee for the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Platforms in both the steel and battery industries. He also serves as Deputy Director of the China Industrial Internet Steel Dual-Carbon Innovation Laboratory and is a technical expert for the United Nations Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI).

Previously, he was an LCA expert at ArcelorMittal in France, a researcher at China Baowu Group, and a core team member at the Institute of Resource and Environmental Research. He has also worked with the World Steel Association and the North American Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

With over a decade of experience in carbon data quantification and LCA databases, Johnson Gui has been instrumental in developing numerous industry standards.

Valerie Kwan

Asia Investor Group on Climate Change

Director – Stewardship and Corporate Engagement

Valerie is the director overseeing Climate Action 100+, an investor-led initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. She co-leads the Asia workstream from within Climate Action 100+, and oversees the team’s co-ordination of corporate engagement activities for Asian focus companies. This includes convening sector roundtables to support corporate transition to net zero. Valerie is part of the strategic projects working group and convenes Asia Advisory Group discussions to build investor capacity on stewardship. Outside of CA100+, she is also involved in capacity building for investors in strengthening corporate engagement outcomes through considering various tools and approaches of engagement.
Prior to joining AIGCC, she worked for two sustainability advisory firms and advised clients’ sustainability and risk management strategies. She also conducted environmental and social due diligence for private equity clients. Her career started in public affairs with a Hong Kong-based consultancy. Valerie holds a MSSc in Business and Community from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

It would be great to see Hong Kong introduce medium term goals in renewable energy development to meet its net zero goals, and better response with stronger resilience and readiness for physical risks.

Li Li

BASF Venture Capital

Senior Investment Manager

Li Li, joined BASF Venture Capital as an senior investment manager in 2018. She is responsible for investment and portfolio management in ASIA region and based from Hong Kong. Li started her career with PwC China and provided transaction services to top investment institutes such as Warburg Pincus, TPG, Ping’an, Sequoia and MNC investors. She then started and managed corporate strategy and M&A department for Voith Group in China. Before joining BVC, Li used to work for SABIC Ventures for their Chinese investments. She graduated from Fudan University with an Economics major. Her domain of interest include digitalization, business model, and sustainability investment opportunities that makes a difference for BASF’s future!

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Better gabbage separation system (paper is currently not a separate category)
2. More sustainable power supply (how to be more independent?)
3. More sustainable water supply (how to be more independent?)

Supported by

16:30 – 17:20

Green Fintech: Driving the Transition in Greater China

16:30 – 17:20

As the world transitions to net-zero, companies need to manage the associated risks and adjust their business models. China is targeting achieving net-zero by 2060 and Hong Kong needs to be there by 2050. In order to achieve net-zero, companies need to identify the opportunities and risks related to the move to net-zero and need to factor transition considerations into their governance and risk management frameworks. Companies face numerous challenges including availability of trustworthy data, varying taxonomies across jurisdictions, build scenario analysis and complete complex reporting requirements. How can Green FinTech’s in Greater China assist in the transition to net-zero by accelerating the transition through the use of technology?

Learnings

  • What are the key challenges in the transition to Net Zero?
  • How can one describe the emergence and role of Green Fintech?
  • What are the key solutions whereby Green FinTechs can assist in the transition in Greater China?

Post-event Actions

  • Be able to identify\understand the problem statements related to the transition to Net-zero.
  • Understand which Green FinTech solutions are available in Greater China.
  • Understand the mapping off which Green FinTech solution best fit their own unique transition challenges.

Speakers

Sandeep Sethi

FinTech Association of HK

Sandeep is a seasoned financial services professional specialising in corporate banking and Corporate Treasury advisory in Asia-Pacific and is CEO of Sustainable Solutions (SS) Consulting Limited, a consultancy specialising in sustainable solutions for financial services firms and corporate treasuries. He is a certified expert in Sustainable finance, a winner of sustainable finance leadership award, a frequent speaker at business forums across APAC, and co-chairs the GreenTech and ESG Committee in the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. Sandeep is also International Resources Director and Contributing Editor for The Asian Banker and has written on a vast spectrum of topics including ESG, corporate treasury, fintech, banking and digital assets. In the past, Sandeep has held leadership roles across corporate banking, cash management and transaction banking operations in a top global bank. Sandeep was recognised as the ‘Best Relationship Manager’ by The Asset Magazine in 2020. Sandeep holds degrees in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, India.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I hope that HK :
– Establishes itself as a leading Global Greentech centre through the continued focus and efforts of the HK authorities as well as the various industry organisations
– HK grown Green fintechs establish themselves on a global scale and become a showcase for HK as a Green fintech centre

Alan Cheung

Hong Kong Applied Science And Technology Research Institute Company Limited

Chief Director of Artificial Intelligence and Trust Technologies

Dr Alan Cheung is the Chief Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Trust Technologies division at ASTRI. He leads the division in driving ASTRI’s initiatives, particularly in FinTech and Smart City, through Generative AI, multimedia data analytics, Federated Learning, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and privacy-enhancing applications. The division has won numerous local and overseas innovation awards. His collaboration partners comprise both the public and private sectors. They include government departments and regulators such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, as well as financial institutions and corporations. He has over 25 years of rich R&D and management experience and is also the owner of multiple US patents.

Julien Martin

Digital Climate Group Limited

CEO and Founder

Julien Martin has 25 years in financial services in sell side and infrastructure organizations of which 18 in Asia.

He is the CEO and founder of Digital Climate Group, a financial service company working on democratizing access to green finance products for issuers and investors leveraging blockchain, Web3 and AI.

Previously, Senior Managing Director for HKEX and CEO of the Bond Connect Company Limited, a joint venture established by China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) and HKEX. Leading the development of Fixed Income products (Cash, derivatives, and post trade), Data & ESG initiatives including regulatory disclosure, data monetization, ESG products development, index, rating and carbon, digital assets build up. Julien is the key architect that led to the launch of Bond Connect in July 2017, delivering policy breakthroughs and market efficiencies in pre-trade admission, trading, and settlement for the China interbank bond market.

A total of 17 years capital market experience in BNP Paribas group, in FICC trading sales, risk management and platform build up. Julien holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from ESSEC Business School, Paris.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • I wish for the creation of a real group of impact investors in HK
  • I wish for a greater fight against poverty in HK
  • I wish for our ocean to be clean and healthy with biodiversity

Neil Tan

FinTech Association of HK

Board Member

Neil Tan has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Business Development and Partnerships — across Banking (HSBC, Deutsche Bank), Management Consulting (Boston Consulting Group BCG) and Industry (Philips Electronics, Siemens).

Neil is the Managing Partner at Tsunami Advisors, an advisory and consulting firm dedicated to helping FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Asset, and Web3 firms expand, grow and scale in the Asia Pacific Region.

Prior to this, Neil served as the CEO of Neptune Digital, an award-winning blockchain start-up under the Cyberport Incubation Program (CIP). He was previously the Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific in the Digital Partnerships & Innovation Team at HSBC, where he focused on Banking-As-A-Service (BaaS) and Embedded Finance, including digital payments, lending, wealth and insurance.

Neil is the Former Chairman and current Board Member of the FinTech Association Hong Kong (FTAHK) and a Member of the Hong Kong Government Task Force on Promoting Web3 Development (Web3 Task Force). He is also a Steering Committee Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and a Conference Ambassador of the Hong Kong Tourism Bureau (HKTB).

LINKEDIN
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neiltan1/

FTAHK
https://ftahk.org/our-team

WEB3 TASK FORCE
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202306/30/P2023063000579.htm

HKTDC
https://www.asianfinancialforum.com/conference/aff/en/steering-committee

HKTB
https://www.mehongkong.com/hkca/ambassadors.html

Supported by

Day 2 – Friday 13 Sept AM

 

More than half of the world’s GDP depends heavily on functioning natural ecosystems. As climate change and human ecosystem destruction exacerbate the loss of nature, businesses become increasingly aware of the material risks from nature loss for their long-term success and resilience. At the same time, companies are discovering opportunities to incorporate nature and biodiversity into business strategies to ensure long-term viability of business models, stable supply chains, access to new markets and offerings, and improved relationships with stakeholders. This programme will explore these nature-based solutions, the blue economy as well as how nature related finance disclosures are essential to the biodiversity landscape.

In partnership with

09:20 – 09:45

Opening Welcome

09:20 – 09:45

09:45 – 09:55

Opening Keynote

09:45 – 09:55

10:05 – 10:10

Opening Welcome: Business & Nature

10:05 – 10:10

Speakers

Sophie le Clue

CEO

Sophie has worked for 30 years in the field of environmental protection and conservation, principally in the Asia Pacific region. She joined ADMCF a year after its founding in 2007, as director responsible for developing the Foundation’s environmental programme. Today, ADMCF focuses almost solely on environmental issues regionally, while maintaining some legacy children at risk projects. Its four strategic programmes include : Acting for Climate, Living Oceans, Water, Wildife Trade. In late 2021, Sophie stepped into ADMCF’s CEO role .

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope to see the new Administration embracing Hong Kong’s environmental challenges to ensure our well being and a healthy environment . This will require setting aspirational goals as well as policy enhancements and reform across a broad range of environmental issues.

Supported by

10:10 – 10:40

Making the Business Case for Safeguarding Nature

10:10 – 10:40

The Global Biodiversity Framework clearly recognizes the role of businesses and financial institutions in achieving all the targets of the framework and a growing community of these actors recognise they cannot sustainably grow their business, or achieve their climate goals, without protecting and restoring nature. This 30-minute fireside chat explores how businesses are responding to the Nature Positive Challenge and what assistance is at hand to help.

 

Speakers

Lisa Genasci

Managing Director, Sustainable Finance

Lisa is a Managing Director for ADM Capital Climate and Sustainability Advisor for the ADM Capital direct lending funds, an innovative philanthropic vehicle established to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to promoting environmental conservation in Asia. Lisa has also helped lead private credit manager ADM Capital’s ESG integration, heads the ADMC ESG Committee and sits as an observer to the ADMC Investment Advisory Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To push for change across some of our most intransigent environmental challenges: Our depleting oceans, the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health, the intersections among food, energy and water.

Supported by

10:30 – 10:40

Session Details Coming Soon

10:30 – 10:40

10:40 – 11:30

Nature Calls – Working with Business to Build Back Biodiversity

10:40 – 11:30

As Hong Kong develops and implements its Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for the next 10 years, this panel session addresses the business challenge of accounting for biodiversity and examines local opportunities for innovative public private partnerships.

Speakers

Andy Cornish

Cornerstone Strategies

Founder, Chief Strategist

Andy Cornish grew up in Hong Kong, and completed a Ph.D on reef fishes at The University of Hong Kong in 2000. He spent 16 years working for the world’s largest conservation organisation WWF, first as the Conservation Director for WWF-Hong Kong, and then as the leader for a global marine conservation program for WWF International.

He subsequently founded Cornerstone Strategies, a boutique consultancy that provides tailored strategic planning support to charities, foundations and corporations in Asia Pacific and beyond. Andy has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, people development, communications and building collaborations, and a firmly results-driven approach.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Nature conservation and restoration being mainstreamed into Hong Kong’s planning processes
  • Renewable energy becoming available to consumers in Hong Kong

Billy C.H. Hau

School of Biological Sciences, HKU

Principal Lecturer

Billy holds a PhD in forest ecology from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). With a focus on ecological restoration, particularly in degraded tropical East Asia, he is recognized as a terrestrial ecologist and conservationist. In 1998, BILLY founded the Native Tree Nursery of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) to promote the use of native plant species in forest restoration efforts. Additionally, he is the principal investigator of a 20 ha long-term forest monitoring plot in Hong Kong’s Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve which is part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) – Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) program. ForestGEO monitors and predicts forest responses to climate change on a global scale. His research currently focuses on carbon sequestration by native trees and forests in Hong Kong. He is also an expert in urban biodiversity and has been helping the public and private sector in promoting biodiversity in urban areas.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I wish to see:

  • Major commitment from the Hong Kong Government in reforesting the extensive degraded hillsides on Hong Kong.
  • A new Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan in Hong Kong which would halt major loss of wetland and other important habitats in Hong Kong.
  • The integration of nature-based solutions in policy making in Hong Kong.

Patrick Ho

Swire Properties

Head of Sustainable Development & TNFD Taskforce Member

Patrick is responsible for formulating and executing the Sustainable Development 2030 Strategy for Swire Properties’ global operations across Hong Kong, Chinese Mainland and U.S.A. portfolios. Through engaging stakeholders, setting science-based targets and developing action plans, he leads a team to manage the full spectrum of the Company’s environmental, social and economic impact and to integrate ESG considerations into every facet of the Company’s business.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Guided by the Sustainable Development 2030 Strategy, continue to pioneer sustainable business practices, adopt cutting-edge technologies and innovation, and actively share best practices with the business community.
  • Engage actively with all stakeholders in HK and the region to foster partnerships and develop collective solutions for the net-zero transitions.

Kate Martin

ADM Capital Foundation

Sustainable Finance Consultant

A structured finance professional with 30yrs of experience in commercial banking, Kate specialised in identifying financial risks and pricing and structuring hedging solutions to mitigate these risks for infrastructure projects and corporates. She also initiated and set up the derivatives sales and coverage desk for Financial Institution & Investor relationships in her last role at SMBC Capital Markets (Asia) Limited.

Certified in Green & Sustainable finance by the Chartered Banker Institute and having completed Sustainability Leadership at Imperial Business School, she is working as a sustainability consultant, helping companies in Asia to identify their material ESG business risks and opportunities and develop Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS).

Kate is currently undertaking a research paper on how Hong Kong can innovate financing for marine conservation for ADM Capital Foundation with the purpose of stimulating more conversation and focus in the public and private sectors on preserving our oceans .

Supported by

11:30 – 11:35

Rethinking the Blue Economy

11:30 – 11:35

Speakers

Alistair Monument

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong

Conservation Impact Director, Asia Pacific

Alistair Monument is WWF International’s Conservation Impact Director in Asia Pacific, supporting regional and national teams to build impactful strategies, partnerships and programmes that deliver real conservation outcomes. He manages the regional WWF conservation team and is responsible for many large-scale transboundary projects and partnerships with corporates and donors including USAID, SIDA, KFW, DFAT. He sits on the Board of Trustees for TRAFFIC International and other organisations engaging in climate, biodiversity, supply chains and consumption, and has over 30 years of experience in sustainability across 40 countries. Alistair was previously the Global Forest Practice Leader with WWF, Asia Pacific Director at Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and was the founding Director of Assurance Services International (ASI).

Supported by

11:35 – 12:25

Unlocking the Potential of a Sustainable Blue Economy

11:35 – 12:25

A sustainable blue economy is an approach to economic development that seeks to promote the long-term health and sustainable use of ocean resources. In this session, our aim is to explore the immense potential and critical importance of harnessing our oceans and marine resources in a sustainable and responsible manner. Join us as we delve into how businesses can align their practices with sustainability goals at every stage of the value chain, while showcasing innovative solutions that accelerate the transformative power of sustainable blue practices.

Learn from industry experts and thought leaders who will share their insights, experiences, and best practices, providing valuable guidance on adopting sustainable approaches within various sectors.

Learnings

  • What are the principles of the sustainable Blue Economy and how can we ensure the long-term health, resilience and sustainable use of the ocean resources?

Post-event Action

  • Gain insights into best practices when protecting our ocean and resources.
  • Rethink actions that your company engage in with the Blue Economy, and what they key focuses will be over the next 10 years.
  • Learn how multi-sector collaborations can contribute to the movement towards a Sustainable Blue Economy.

Speakers

Alistair Monument

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong

Conservation Impact Director, Asia Pacific

Alistair Monument is WWF International’s Conservation Impact Director in Asia Pacific, supporting regional and national teams to build impactful strategies, partnerships and programmes that deliver real conservation outcomes. He manages the regional WWF conservation team and is responsible for many large-scale transboundary projects and partnerships with corporates and donors including USAID, SIDA, KFW, DFAT. He sits on the Board of Trustees for TRAFFIC International and other organisations engaging in climate, biodiversity, supply chains and consumption, and has over 30 years of experience in sustainability across 40 countries. Alistair was previously the Global Forest Practice Leader with WWF, Asia Pacific Director at Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and was the founding Director of Assurance Services International (ASI).

Yimo Zhang

World Wide Fund for Nature

Priority Project Coordinator

Zhang Yimo is the Priority Project Coordinator of Sustainable Blue Economy, World Wide Fund for Nature Beijing Office. His portfolio covers sustainable fishery, sustainable blue economy policies, marine protected area and No Plastic in Nature initiative, etc.

Before, he conserved wetland and waterbirds in the Yangtze at multiple levels, from individual wetland restoration, sub-basin governance, and national policy advocacy. He is also the NGO focal point in China for Ramsar Convention, the inter-governmental treaty on wetland conservation.

During his 16-year in WWF, he coordinated and supervised WWF Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo 2010, facilitated the evaluation of a 5-year Yangtze programme and development of the strategy for its next phase, acted as the advisor to CEO of WWF-China, developed organizational strategy and roadmap, and managed the Flyway Network Programme. Thanks to the role variety, he had opportunities in working with different stakeholders from governmental departments and NGO fellows to corporate and academic institutes. Thus, he gained extensive experience in the operation of international NGO. He understand profoundly how NGOs can catalyze changes.

He possesses passion and love for nature. He holds the opinion that in the Anthropocene era, while it is still enjoyable to appreciate the beauty of nature in wildness, it is equally important that the governance and commercial investments relevant to nature should be improved, so that human beings can protect and utilize nature in a more sustainable and respectful way.

Supported by

12:25 – 13:15

Nature-Positive Development: Harnessing the Power of Nature for Sustainable Growth

12:25 – 13:15

Nature-positive development is an approach that recognizes the intrinsic value of nature and seeks to integrate it into economic activities and development plans. It aims to ensure that economic growth and human well-being are achieved in harmony with the conservation and restoration of ecosystems. This discussion session will explore the concept of nature-positive development, its principles, and its potential to drive sustainable and resilient growth. We will examine case studies and lessons learned from businesses that have successfully incorporated nature into their strategies, and discuss the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration for achieving nature-inclusive development goals.

Learnings

  • What are the economic advantages for businesses in implementing Nature Based Solutions?
  • What are the unique opportunities and challenges present in these regions and examine how experiences from other areas can shape and inform local Nature based Solutions strategies?
  • How Nature based Solutions can contribute to risk reduction, increased resilience, and improved operational efficiency for businesses?

Post-event Actions

  • Be able to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges present in these regions and examine how experiences from other areas can shape and inform local Nature Based Solutions strategies.
  • Exchange valuable insights from global initiatives and best practices in implementing Nature based Solutions and explore their applicability in the Greater Bay Area and Hong Kong

Speakers

Dr Winnie Law

Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer

Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the long established green green group in Hong Kong, The Conservancy Association, since 2005 and is currently the association’s Vice Chair. Dr Law served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment, Environment and Conservation Fund Committee, Board of Trustees of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund, and Assessment Panel of Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam.

Bosco Chan

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong

Director, Conservation

Dr. Bosco Chan has been leading biodiversity research and conservation projects in China and Cambodia over the last 20 years, running exciting projects such as saving the world’s rarest primate the Hainan Gibbon, conserving Hainan’s largest rainforest block, protecting Cambodia’s threatened deciduous dipterocarp forest, and discovering new species from unexplored forests. Dr. Chan has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and is a member of various IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups, contributing to the conservation of threatened species in Hong Kong and the broader region.

Paul Chan

Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects

President

Mr. Chan is a practicing landscape architect with academic backgrounds in architecture, project management, law, and landscape architecture. In former years of his career, he obtained a variety of experience through renowned architectural consultancies and construction companies. He was head of project management department of an international property developer. He then practiced landscape architecture and urban design at Earthasia Limited and became director of the company. He later joined the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) as the founding head of landscape architecture. In 2018 he joined Otherland Limited as a co-founder and director. Mr. Chan has taken up leadership on a wide range of landmark projects in Hong Kong and nearby regions covering landscape planning and design of the public realm, institutional, infrastructural, residential, and commercial projects.

Mr. Chan serves a number of professional, consultative bodies and NGOs. He is the current President of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA), member of the Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning), member of the Advisory Committee on the Northern Metropolis Sub-committee on Planning, Land and Conservation, member of the Land and Development Advisory Committee’s Building Sub-committee and Joint Sub-committee on Streamlining Development Control, member of the DEVB’s Urban Forestry Advisory Panel, member of the DEVB’s Common Spatial Data Advisory Committee, and an Executive Committee member of Playright Children’s Play Association. He is also the current Chairperson of the Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia Pacific Regions. On behalf of HKILA and ALC, Mr. Chan led and successfully completed the government funded projects Development of the landscape architectural profession in Hong Kong and its Positioning in the Region between 2013 and 2015 and Resilient City – Landscape Planning towards Climate Adaptation between 2018 and 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Adopt nature-positive and climate-positive design in developments.

2. Champion landscape for the wellbeing of people of all ages.

3. Drives awareness for a more resilient city under climate and nature emergencies.

Dr Robin Kennish

ERM

Director, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change

Dr Kennish has worked with ERMs Clients in the Asia Pacific region for the last 28 years on managing their sustainability risks and opportunities.  Robin’s focus is on helping Clients on their net zero journey and working with their teams to ensure that a robust ESG strategy is in place.  He is working with power companies, conglomerates and asset management firms on aligning their climate change disclosures with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure requirements.  Robin has recently worked with two HKEX listed companies on their Nature strategy which has included looking as risks and opportunities, value chain impacts as well as preparation of TNFD aligned disclosure for ESG reports.  Robin has a PhD in Marine Sciences and his Biodiversity and Nature experience has ranged from developing corporate level policies through to site level assessments and habitat creation plans..

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I am committed to working alongside my ERM team and our Clients in Hong Kong to get us on a path to a net-zero and nature positive world.

Supported by

Day 2 – Friday 13 Sept PM

 

“Mobilising Collective Action for Climate Emergency” is designed to act as a pivotal platform for driving a unified and effective response to the urgent challenge posed by the climate emergency. Recognising the dire need for immediate action, this programme brings together a diverse group of leaders, innovators, policymakers, and activists committed to fostering climate adaptation, resilience, and sustainable transition planning. Through an array of impactful keynote speeches, dynamic panel discussions, and interactive workshops, participants will navigate the multifaceted dimensions of climate science, assess the socio-economic repercussions of climate change, and formulate collaborative strategies for a resilient transition to a sustainable future.

This section aims to inspire a collaborative ethos, galvanize multi-stakeholder engagement, and instill a profound sense of urgency and collective responsibility in addressing the climate emergency. By showcasing effective models of climate adaptation and resilience, groundbreaking advancements in sustainable technology, and powerful narratives of community-led action, we seek to empower attendees with the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary for spearheading transition planning within their communities and industries. Embrace this opportunity to be part of a transformative movement for collaborative action towards climate emergency, where every participant contributes to shaping a resilient, sustainable, and equitable world for generations to come.

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