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Accelerating the Net-Zero Transition: Strategic Action for China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 10:50 - 11:30

Location: Sustainable Resources Theatre

Decarbonisation

Overview

As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China has a crucial role to play in decarbonization and energy transition. In September 2020, President Xi Jinping pledged to achieve carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. National plans and strategic actions are critical in accelerating this net-zero transition.

Learnings

  • Transitioning to cleaner sources of electricity
  • Roadmap to achieve 2030/2060
  • China’s national carbon market and GBA’s role
  • Green finance to facilitate the transition

Post Event Actions

  • Examine your organization’s position towards net-zero
  • Establish your own company’s targets for carbon emissions peak and carbon neutrality
  • Green finance in supporting your organization’s transition

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

Ivy Lau

Head of Sustainable Finance

Mizuho Securities Asia Limited

Ivy Lau

Head of Sustainable Finance

Mizuho Securities Asia Limited

Ivy is the Head of Sustainable Finance at Mizuho Securities Asia Limited.  Based in Hong Kong, she leads and drives the overall ESG initiatives and efforts in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on capital markets and banking products.  She engages actively with government authorities, regulators, financial institutions and corporates, and advises on their ESG frameworks, as well as decarbonisation strategies and sustainability roadmaps.

Prior to joining Mizuho, Ivy was the General Manager of the East Asia region at Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an international not-for-profit organisation, which is a pioneer in the ESG development globally.  During her 5-year tenure, she drove CBI’s business development and policy advisory efforts and helped establish CBI’s China office.  Ivy led on forging strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in green and sustainable finance in Greater China, Japan and South Korea.

Dr Kevin Lo

Associate Director

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Kevin Lo

Associate Director

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Kevin Lo is Assistant Professor of Geography and Associate Director of David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) at HKBU. Kevin is a human geographer with expertise in environmental governance. He has won several competitive grants from the Research Grants Council and has published in many leading journals.

Mike Thomas

Managing Director

The Lantau Group

Mike Thomas

Managing Director

The Lantau Group

Mike Thomas is a founding partner and managing director at The Lantau Group, an economic consultancy focusing on the energy sector in the Asia Pacific region. Mike advises energy sector stakeholders on matters involving commercial transactions, regulation and market design, strategy, and economic evidence in commercial, competition, and regulatory disputes.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Through careful attention to the details, find ways to make better decisions to reach sustainability objectives faster and at lower cost and more equitably for everyone.