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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices

Business is key in our transition to a circular economy. Companies large and small benefit from a business model that minimises waste and keeps materials and products in circulation in a high value state and for as long as possible.

Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices is designed to highlight the circular economy transformation as one that will drive sustainable and resilient economic growth, help industry achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, and meet the needs of future generations.

11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome: Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices

Speakers

Kevin O’Brien

Chairman, Business Environment Council

Chief Executive, Gammon Construction Limited

Kevin O’Brien

Chairman, Business Environment Council

Chief Executive, Gammon Construction Limited

Kevin O’Brien is the Chief Executive of Gammon Construction. He has over 30 years’ extensive management experience in the construction and engineering industry covering both the private and public sectors.  He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors. He is the Chairman of the Business Environment Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Less talk, more action. Business leaders making the right choices for the future.

11:10 – 11:25

Innovation for a Sustainable and Circular World

Speakers

Jonathan Chiu

Hong Kong President

Schneider Electric

Jonathan Chiu

Hong Kong President

Schneider Electric

Jonathan Chiu is President of Schneider Electric (Hong Kong) Limited. Appointed to this role in February 2019, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s overall strategy, operations and business transformation. Jonathan joined Schneider Electric in 1996 and has accumulated more than two decades of experience in various managerial positions. He has been a key driving force in Schneider Electric’s business growth and in consolidating the company’s market leadership in the Greater China region.

Prior to his current role, Jonathan was the Vice President of Partner and Channel covering Low-voltage Power Products and Digital Energy Business of Schneider Electric Hong Kong. He also led the Secure Power Division which drives the businesses of IT channel and mission-critical data centers in Hong Kong. Previously, Jonathan also served as the General Manager of APC by Schneider Electric, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team of APC Greater China. Jonathan’s experience across the breadth of businesses and his in-depth understanding of digital technologies form Schneider Electric’s mission to be a digital partner in sustainability and efficiency for customers. He is also passionate about empowering businesses to digitally transform throughout the life cycle with innovative strategies and trusted technology.

Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Business Administration from City University of Hong Kong and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program.

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11:25 – 11:35

The Circular Economy Imperative

Speakers

Nicola Evans

Executive Lead – Communications and Marketing

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Nicola Evans

Executive Lead – Communications and Marketing

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Nicola Evans is the executive lead for communications at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global and independent charity that develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. Those who are part of the problem can and must be part of the solution, and Nicola’s team shines a light on the people, businesses and innovators who are leading the acceleration to a circular economy to help inspire others to join the journey.

11:35 – 12:25

Going Circular: Driving Business Model Transformation

The transition from a linear to a circular business model is one of the biggest transformations that organisations are experiencing today. We are presented with a golden opportunity to move away from traditional economic paradigms based on growth and profitability, and towards a new model which aims to secure businesses’ own existence by recognising that resources are not indefinite, and demands new value propositions, channels, products and services that reduce resource dependency and waste, keep resources in circulation for as long as possible, and regenerate natural systems.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? How does a circular economy transition align with our city’s net-zero ambitions?
  • How can businesses enhance collaboration and make use of data and advanced technologies to improve transparency around resources and financial flows, address customer needs, and communicate the transition as an integral part of their core strategies?
  • What roles does senior management play in ensuring that employees and the next generation of business leaders have the right competencies for adopting a circular mindset to deliver on strategies and commitments?

Post-Event Actions

  • Recognise that the circular economy transition will be a collaborative project, requiring organisations to rethink the holistic impact of a resource along entire lifecycles as well as partnerships upstream, downstream and across sectors.
  • Recognise that the transformation to a circular business model involves not only living up to external demands to take care of the planet, but also provides a unique opportunity to optimise and secure the future of businesses.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

Mr. Merlin Lao is Head of Policy & Research at BEC. He leads the team to share develop clear policy positions on pressing climate and environmental topics in Hong Kong, through undertaking research on latest domestic and international trends, engaging with the Hong Kong SAR Government and connecting insights of the local business sector.

Ir Norman Cheng

Chairman

Hong Kong Waste Management Association

Ir Norman Cheng

Chairman

Hong Kong Waste Management Association

Mr. CHENG is currently the Business Development and Performance Director of Veolia Hong Kong, responsible for the strategic development of water, solid waste, and energy management activities in the region.

Mr. CHENG is committed to serving the society, and is an active member in many professional institutions. He is currently serving as the Chairman of Hong Kong Waste Management Association (HKWMA).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Turning waste into resources, and reduce the impact of waste on carbon emission

Suzanne Cheung

Head of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Swire Coca-Cola HK

Suzanne Cheung

Head of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Swire Coca-Cola HK

Suzanne Cheung is the Head of Sustainability and directs the Public Affairs and Communications Department of Swire Coca-Cola HK. She develops and executes sustainability and communications strategies and actions in HK market based on the Swire Coca-Cola 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, covering ‘Planet’, ‘Product’ and ‘People’, which includes sustainable packaging advancement.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More innovation in sustainable packaging through reduction of materials, redesign for recyclability, circular economy and a producer responsibility scheme that enable cost-effective consumer packaging recycling.

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner is General Manager – Sustainability, Hang Lung Properties Ltd., where he is responsible for formulating the Group-wide sustainability strategy and driving its execution. He has more than two decades of experience in cleantech, infrastructure and sustainability in Asia and North America, and is proficient in Mandarin.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To make significant progress against defined sustainability goals both professionally and personally.

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12:25 – 13:15

Circular Buildings: Pursuing Circularity in Construction and the Built Environment

The real estate industry is one of the biggest consumers of virgin resources and emitters of solid waste streams globally. Shifts in occupant expectations, technology use and investor requirements are giving rise to the need for a circularity mindset – with the aim of keeping businesses relevant as well as supporting their license to operate in the face of fast-changing social and environmental considerations.

Learnings

  • What does the circular economy mean for the built environment?
  • How should built environment assets and services be designed, financed, constructed, operated, maintained and repurposed in line with circular economy principles and frameworks?
  • What are the needs for quantitative data on financial benefits to mainstream circular economy practices in the industry? How should industry stakeholders collaborate to drive innovation, build capacity, leverage funding opportunities, and develop research and case studies?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the value of circular solutions for building projects, such as increased resiliency to the prices of raw materials, reducing carbon emissions, waste and costs, higher asset valuation, maintenance of natural ecosystem services, and a positive brand image.
  • Rethink investment opportunities in the built environment for designing and constructing buildings based on circular principles.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Nicholas Ho

Chairman

hpa (Ho & Partners Architects)

Nicholas Ho

Chairman

hpa (Ho & Partners Architects)

Nicholas Ho is Chairman of hpa, a leading architectural practice. Ho is the Hong Kong China’s representative to APEC Business Advisory Council, director of Beam Society Limited, member of CIC Committee on Environment, council member of Hong Kong Institute of Architects & Chair of its Board of Local Affairs.

Ar Tony Ip

Chairperson of Materials Aspects / Director

BEAM Society Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Ar Tony Ip

Chairperson of Materials Aspects / Director

BEAM Society Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Tony Ip is a community-centric, sustainable design architect and urban designer. He has 20 years of interior design, architectural, urban design and engineering experience. His passion and contributions to green architecture have been highly recognized by receiving Australia China Alumni Award for Arts and Creative Industries 2018, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2016, EcoStar Award 2014 and HKIA Young Architect Award 2010.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Green architecture is not optional but essential.

Sam Nunn

Regional Head of Sustainability

Hilti (Asia) Ltd.

Sam Nunn

Regional Head of Sustainability

Hilti (Asia) Ltd.

Sam Nunn is responsible for the execution of Hilti’s global sustainability strategy across north Asia. Key focus areas include delivery on regional Sustainability ambitions in Hilti’s focus areas of Environment, People, and Society, and development of value-adding sustainability services for construction customers across the region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see the conversation about circular design and whole-life carbon assessment becoming mainstream in HK. These are step-changers for a truly sustainable construction industry!

Tammy Tse

Associate (Climate and Sustainability)

Arup

Tammy Tse

Associate (Climate and Sustainability)

Arup

Tammy is an Associate of Arup, with a focus on formulating sustainability strategy and implementation plans on carbon, resources efficiency, climate resilience and circular economy from city, district to community level. She is the Skills Leader of Circular Economy of East Asia leading Arup’s expertise in the region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see the concepts of circular economy more widespread and more application of circular economy approaches in the built environment sectors.

Priscilla Wong

General Manager – Building Services

Chinachem Agencies Limited

Priscilla Wong

General Manager – Building Services

Chinachem Agencies Limited

Priscilla is a Chartered E&M Engineer with extensive experience in project management and sustainable built environment. She is also an ESG Steering Committee Member of the Chinachem Group.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Substantial step from all stakeholders towards carbon neutrality in built environment.

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14:10 – 14:55

Circular Offices: Championing Circularity in Workplaces of the Future

By designing out waste and pollution and keeping resources in use, businesses can start to embrace circularity in the very place that defines them – the office. Hear from leaders in the space on how circular economy practices are incorporated in the whole lifespan of an office – from the fixtures and fittings of the building, to office design, furnishings and consumables, daily operation and eventual deconstruction.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • How does having a circular office strategy futureproof your business?
  • What are some ways for business to achieve their circularity aspirations in the office, from workplace design, to service and maintenance contracts, procurement practices and waste management for office consumables? What challenges and barriers exist, and how can they be overcome?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink how your office can embrace circularity by sourcing more sustainably, harness technology for space, energy, resource and waste management.
  • Understand that the way businesses are designed and organised bring benefits beyond meeting circularity goals, such as workforce appeal and retention.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Prof. Carlos Lo

Professor and Head, Department of Government and Public Administration; Director of Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) at CUHK Business School

CUHK

Prof. Carlos Lo

Professor and Head, Department of Government and Public Administration; Director of Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) at CUHK Business School

CUHK

Prof. Lo is currently the Head of Department of Government and Public Administration and the Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is dedicated to promoting CSR as a progressive business model that permits corporations and SMEs to achieve business sustainability through the launch and compilation of the Business Sustainability Indices covering SMEs in HK and the listed companies in Hong Kong, Greater Bay Area and Greater China.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I wish to see more corporations taking systematic and innovative approaches to deliver benefits to the society, contribute to building a more inclusive and climate-resilient Hong Kong.

Pamela Hinton

General Manager

Sustainable Office Solutions

Pamela Hinton

General Manager

Sustainable Office Solutions

With over 19 years’ experience as a multi-disciplinary designer, Pamela Hinton has worked on a vast array of award winning, global projects. Inspired by a desire to boost innovation and drive positive change, she joined SOS in 2021. As General Manager for SOS, she supports organisations on their path to decarbonisation.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Integration of circular practices, procurement of high quality furniture and sustainable waste management in all corporate real estate projects.

Laurent Meunier

Cofounder, CTO and COO

Spare-it

Laurent Meunier

Cofounder, CTO and COO

Spare-it

Laurent is a software engineer and a green-tech entrepreneur based on Boston, USA. Laurent co-founded Spare-it, a SaaS platform for Workplace Sustainability, leveraging live data from the office to engage employees in taking actions to reduce their impact.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope Hong Kong will continue to invest on waste reduction, both through governmental incentives and private projects. New waste reduction technologies can deliver their full potential if properly funded and promoted.

Caitlin Shem

Regional Environmental Sustainability Lead

JLL

Caitlin Shem

Regional Environmental Sustainability Lead

JLL

Caitlin Shem, Regional Sustainability Lead, has over 8 years’ experience in the sustainability sector throughout Asia Pacific. She specialises in the development and implementation of decarbonisation targets and strategies for operational carbon. Caitlin will leverage her international expertise collaborating on projects at a grassroots to corporate level in Asia and Australia for commercial real estate and industrial assets to drive measurable outcomes for occupiers.

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14:55 – 15:45

Circular Fashion: Our Future in Sustainable Style

Every year millions of tonnes of clothes are produced, worn and discarded. According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, clothing production has doubled in the past 15 years, while clothing utilisation has decreased by 36%. As the industry grapples with minimising its much debated environmental impact, fashion brands and industry stakeholders are seeing a move towards conscious consumption and the need to embed circular thinking across all aspects of production and operations.

Learnings

  • How can the fashion industry best work with consumers, suppliers and all those in its value chain to enhance investment, innovation, transparency and traceability, and scale wise and renewable usage of resources, clothing utilisation and recycling rates?
  • How can we develop a more considered model that designs out waste and pollution, and focuses on the longevity and life cycle of our apparel and footwear items?
  • How does Hong Kong and Asia come into play?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink the role technology play in accelerating ambitions towards a circular fashion industry.
  • Consider how redesigning our fashion industry with a circular approach represent untapped economic opportunities, in addition to being the right thing to do for environmental and ethical reasons.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Joyce Tsoi is the Director of Collective Action Programs at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition based in Hong Kong. She manages all SAC’s Collective Action programs and activities, support members and ecosystem partners to prioritize actions, accelerate sustainable environmental and social impacts and transform our industry into one that gives more than it takes- to the people and the planet.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Call for Collective Action: We must continue to strive our carbon neutrality goal by significantly reduce carbon emissions to keep warming within planetary boundaries.

 

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President – Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President – Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy has over 18 years of experience in offering total supply chain solutions to international brands and retailers for global consumer markets, with most of her time focusing on the Apparel and Footwear industry. She has a deep understanding of market trends and industry challenges and is able to come up with practical solutions to support the industry moving forward positively.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To have a solid plan in impactful infrastructure to support a low carbon economy, incubate new local start-ups to fuel the change and scalable school-based sustainability education.

Kim Hellström

Green Investment Project Manager

H&M Group

Kim Hellström

Green Investment Project Manager

H&M Group

Kim has been setting the long-term climate strategy for H&M Group. He has a passion for transparency and communication, working against corporate greenwashing.

Kim is committed to work with people’s mindset and ambitions to steer decision making. Recently he moved to our production organization to set up our green investment organization and finance our suppliers transition away from fossil fuel.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Hong Kong and the region around it really have the opportunity to show leadership through massive investments in renewables such as solar and wind and my hope would be that leadership is shown.

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Mr Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He also teaches supply chain operations in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several international consumer goods and retail companies. He was granted a number of awards, including the Medal of Honor in 2020 by the HKSAR Government for his research work during the pandemic, one of the best of Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders by Inside Retail Hong Kong in 2019. Edwin holds multiple IPs which won global invention awards.

Cintia Nunes

Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes

Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes is the Director of The Mills Fabrica and focuses on leading the team to become the go-to platform for sustainability, impact and innovation in the techstyle (technology x lifestyle) and agrifood tech space via Fabrica’s investment portfolio, incubation programme, spaces and Fabrica’s environmental and social impact accountability.

Prior to joining Fabrica, Cintia worked in strategy, insights and marketing at a FMCG MNC where she focused on consumer behavioral assessment and formalizing business strategies for more than 10 brands. She then pivoted to a Series A apparel startup where she helped drive brand awareness, customer acquisition, retail and customer experience. Subsequently, she joined one of the social impact led platform where she helped to pivot their business model and soon became one of the prominent ecosystem system builders in Hong Kong through advocacy, bridging of resources and strategic partnerships.

With strong passion in driving social impact and systemic change, she is a strong advocate in cross-sector collaborations. She holds a BSc Economics degree from the University College London.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More cross-sector collaborations and partnerships for greater synergy to realize systemic, sustainability goals.

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15:45 – 16:30

A Paradigm Shift: The Role of Policy and Multi-Stakeholder Solutions in Our Circular Economy Transition

A shift to a circular economy model offers huge opportunities for private sector players to deliver on climate commitments and ESG objectives, as well as tap into new sources of growth and long-term value creation. However, an economy-wide circular transition calls for the agenda to move beyond individual industries – and to capitalise on multi-stakeholder groups and public-private collaboration to help set the right direction and leverage the playing field for all.

Learnings

  • Knowledge, experience, policy changes and new financing schemes are much needed to help businesses in Hong Kong understand and fully capitalise on the opportunities presented by the implementation of a circular economy.
  • What role does the public sector play in facilitating the circular economy transition, such as infrastructure and enabling policy (regulations and other incentives), education and training?
  • What role do multi-stakeholder groups play in bridging gaps and enhancing public-private dialogue to scale solutions?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play and challenges faced in capturing the circular economy opportunity.
  • Rethink the role of multi-stakeholder groups and public-private collaborations play in setting the right direction and scaling solutions for circular economy adoption.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

Mr. Merlin Lao is Head of Policy & Research at BEC. He leads the team to share develop clear policy positions on pressing climate and environmental topics in Hong Kong, through undertaking research on latest domestic and international trends, engaging with the Hong Kong SAR Government and connecting insights of the local business sector.

Ir Prof Daniel M. Cheng BBS, MH, JP

Managing Director

Dunwell Technology (Holdings) Ltd.

Ir Prof Daniel M. Cheng BBS, MH, JP

Managing Director

Dunwell Technology (Holdings) Ltd.

Ir Professor Daniel M. Cheng BBS. MH, JP is the Managing Director of Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Ltd., he is the Honorary President of Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the President of Hong Kong Environmental Industries Association, Board member of Business Environment Council and Deputy Chairman of Hong Kong Green Strategy Alliance. Prof Cheng is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and also Registered Professional Engineer. For HKSAR Government, he is also serving as Member of The Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, Member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation, Member of Advisory Committee on Recycling Fund. Member of the Steering Committee on the Promotion of Electric Vehicles.

Prof Cheng was the member of Advisory Committee on Water Supplies (Yr 2016 – 2020), the Council Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Yr 2013 – 2017), the member of Hong Kong Productivity Council (Yr 2009–2015) and Vocational Training Council (Yr 2011–2015), he was also the Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries (Yr 2015– 2017) and Past Chairman of Hong Kong Waste Management Association (Yr 2000–2001).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

We would like to bring up the awareness and actionable tasks for the public and business sectors to join hands for the sustainability of Hong Kong and GBA.

Maya de Souza

Circular Economy Director

BITC – UK

Maya de Souza

Circular Economy Director

BITC – UK

Maya de Souza is BITC’s Circular Economy Director, leading the organisation’s programme in this issue area, working with member companies on collaborative projects as well as on capacity building and influencing public policy. Prior to this, Maya was Head of Resource Efficiency & Waste Prevention Policy team at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in the UK government for several years leading on developing a new cross-sectoral policy programme, building resource efficiency into the Net Zero strategy, spearheading textiles and ecodesign/labelling policy, and representing the UK at various international forums. She has over 14 years of experience in environmental policy in government and headed the Policy & Research Team at the Business Environment Council, Hong Kong for 3 ½ years.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I’d like to see Hong Kong continue to lead the way in high density energy efficient development which ensures a natural environment accessible to all, but now with more attention to reducing embodied carbon. I’d also like to see continuing work in reducing pollution from vehicles and shipping – HK has an exemplar record on public transport and was a first over on marine pollution. The next step is to take the lead in developing consumption and production patterns which lighten HK’s carbon and ecological footprint making full use of circular economy solutions and working with supply chains to do so.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

At Swire Mark is responsible for the Group’s ESG disclosure and TCFD reporting as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Climate, and Waste. He sits on the Board and Executive Committees of a number of NGO’s including Business Environment Council, Drink Without Waste and HeroesToo.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

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

16:30 – 17:15

Circular Hospitality: Accelerating the Road to Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic had no doubt made an unprecedented impact on the hospitality industry. As the world emerges from the pandemic era, the need for hospitality leaders to reassess operations and set new goals and strategies to reduce waste and resource consumption in line with changing consumer expectations will be key in its pathway to recovery and industry sustainability.

Learnings

  • The business case for setting circularity goals for the hospitality industry
  • In adopting a circular mindset, how are industry players rethinking the way they create, consume, recycle and reuse? How are cross-sectoral collaborations being pursued to repurpose waste, reduce costs, improve resource efficiency and drive innovation towards circularity goals?
  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? What are some pilot projects, solutions and initiatives that are being implemented? What have been the biggest challenges in terms of industry and employee engagement, and how can they be overcome?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how you can introduce a more circular mindset to your business, and gain buy-in internally and externally.
  • Rethink how your company and industry can minimise waste at every step by designing, producing and distributing products and services in ways that optimise circular economy approaches.

Speakers

MODERATOR

TC Li

Communications Manager / Head of Thought Leadership

Foundation for Shared Impact / GREEN Hospitality

TC Li

Communications Manager / Head of Thought Leadership

Foundation for Shared Impact / GREEN Hospitality

An experienced editor and thought leadership content developer in a wide range of sustainability issues. I am constantly inspired by the resiliency of Mother Nature, and I am passionate about the synergy of human intelligence and nature-based solutions that contribute to human flourishing. I believe compassion, broad collaboration, and generous sharing of knowledge and resources are key to driving systems change.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

The sense of urgency and innovative solutions exist in Hong Kong when it comes to improving various UN SDG. To accelerate change, we need more broad, cross-sector collaboration and increased transparency and accountability across the government, the public, civil society, academia, the private sector etc.

Peggy Chan

Chef-Founder, Food Systems Consultant – Grassroots Initiatives

Executive Director – Zero Foodprint Asia

Peggy Chan

Chef-Founder, Food Systems Consultant – Grassroots Initiatives

Executive Director – Zero Foodprint Asia

In 2012, Peggy opened Grassroots Pantry (GP) in Hong Kong with a mission to raise awareness of the inequities in our food system and to share knowledge on the benefits of whole food plant-based cuisine. Through conducting Zero Foodprint’s life-cycle assessment, GP became carbon neutral in 2018 and its first sustainability report was recognized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ESCAP as a best practice case study on sustainable sourcing and responsible management.

Over the years Peggy has emerged as one of the region’s most authoritative voices on organic sourcing and systems thinking design. In 2020, Peggy developed Grassroots Initiatives Consultancy to assist foodservice professionals in their transition towards best practices that meet both human and planetary health goals. Last year, she launched Zero Foodprint Asia to rapidly mobilize research, education and funding from the food and hospitality sector for agricultural climate solutions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Less talking, less greenwashing. Real action, real changes.

Melanie Kwok

Assistant General Manager – Sustainability

Sino Group

Melanie Kwok

Assistant General Manager – Sustainability

Sino Group

Melanie is the Assistant General Manager (Sustainability) of Sino Group, she oversees a range of sustainability projects related to ESG Stakeholder, Stakeholder Engagement and Heritage Conservation. Being a specialist in the realm of Sustainable Development, Melanie has also gained extensive experiences in Sustainable Tourism and Stakeholder Engagement.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management from the Imperial College London, a Master Degree of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Postgraduate Degree in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. She is also a certified Sustainable Tourism Professional by Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Joining hands with our stakeholders in creating better lifescapes.

Piyush Srivastava

Managing Director

Pernod Ricard Hong Kong and Macau

Piyush Srivastava

Managing Director

Pernod Ricard Hong Kong and Macau

Piyush Srivastava has over 20 years of experience in the consumer goods field in Asia and held numerous leadership roles in Pepsi and Pernod Ricard. He is deeply passionate about sustainability and spearheaded the partnership between Pernod Ricard and Eco Spirits with the aim to significantly reduce carbon footprint and accelerate the circular movement within the wine and spirits industry in Hong Kong and Singapore.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I would personally like to see a vibrant F&B industry in Hong Kong that embraces ways to reduce their waste. For example, bars can reduce the number of glass bottles used by exploring bulk, refillable supply of liquor. I’d also like to see a Hong Kong that adapts more circularity in waste management.

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17:15 – 18:00

Circular Packaging: Rethinking Solutions to Our Plastics Crisis

Most packaging is designed to be used and discarded in a linear process that results in enormous waste and pollution, particularly where plastics are concerned. As consumer attention on their environmental impact heightens, companies are driven to rethink their role in our economy’s transition to a more circular model, the entire lifecycle of products, and the momentum for innovations and investment in responsible packaging.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • What are some tools and techniques that businesses can use to better understand product packaging and plastics within their supply chains, and to retain value in their systems through responsible product design that eliminates waste and reuses and recycles materials rather than disposing of them?
  • How can we develop efficient, effective and inclusive systems for collection, reuse and recycling to complement packaging redesigned for circularity? What opportunities and cost and scale challenges exist?

Post-Event Actions

  • Explore opportunities to integrate circularity initiatives into your operations and to collaborate with partners within your sector and community to implement viable solutions at scale.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr. Benjamin Steuer

Assistant Professor

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Benjamin Steuer

Assistant Professor

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Benjamin’s research is centred on the Circular Economy and waste recycling in China and Hong Kong. With about 10 years in the field, he worked in domains of Chinese household waste recycling, informal waste management, e-waste and waste plastics. Outside of academia Benjamin provided consulting services to the GIZ Germany and Presans France.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Government support for CE business models beyond recycling; general plastic packaging container tax; EPR system for all recyclable waste fractions; taxation of resources, not of labour

Doris Lee

Packaging Material Analyst, Sustainability

Doris Lee

Packaging Material Analyst, Sustainability

Doris Lee is a Packaging Material Analyst. She specializes in Sustainable Packaging and is focusing on innovation, life cycle analyst and delivering compelling product across multiple retail and e-commerce channels. Doris holds an MSc of Environmental Management from The University of Hong Kong and is a Sustainable Packaging trainer.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Education for Sustainability (EfS) – to develop students, schools and communities with the values and the motivation to take action for sustainability.

Venkatesh Sheregar

Group Packaging R&D Lead

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited

Venkatesh Sheregar

Group Packaging R&D Lead

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited

Venkatesh is a Packaging Professional and a Sustainability enthusiast with more than 15 years of experience in Foods, Beverages, Personal Care and Cosmetics Industry. As a passionate packaging R&D leader he has helped business transform and grow in changing consumer and environmental trends with help of Innovation, Design and Sustainable solutions. He holds more than 40 patents in packaging Inventions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

A region evolving business with more circular economy solutions and more empowerment to help business, entrepreneurs to invest and adopt in sustainability solutions.

Susanna Wong

Director of Planning & Operations / CEO

Sun Hung Kai Properties / YATA Limited

Susanna Wong

Director of Planning & Operations / CEO

Sun Hung Kai Properties / YATA Limited

Susanna Wong is the CEO of YATA and the Director of Planning & Operations of the Non-property Businesses of Sun Hung Kai Properties. Prior to joining SHKP, Susanna had worked in strategic management consulting for over 13 years. She has been participating in Business Environment Council for 7 years and currently chairing the Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group. Susanna is also a Board member of BEC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Waste reduction is probably the most burning sustainability issue for HK. Plastics representing more than 20% of solid waste, I would like to see step change in awareness and usage behavior of HK citizens in dealing with plastics

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Schneider Electric

Thursday 06 October 2022

Mainstreaming Sustainability for SMEs
(Cantonese with English interpretation)

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Hong Kong’s SME sector is 340,000 companies strong. Opportunities for SMEs in sustainability are many and offer tangible business value – from building supply chain resilience and meeting changing customer and investor expectations, to winning new business.

Hosted in Cantonese with English interpretation, Mainstreaming Sustainability for SMEs is designed to showcase sustainability as a huge growth opportunity for SMEs in Hong Kong, and address why and how adopting sustainable business models is crucial to driving long-term success as well as creating value for the communities in which they serve.

10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Mainstreaming Sustainability in SMEs

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