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From Ambition to Action: Hong Kong’s Race Towards a Net-Zero Future

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 10:00 - 10:50

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Decarbonisation

Overview

Hong Kong has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050. The push for net zero is driving businesses to create and deliver on ambitious pledges to reduce their carbon footprint. What commitments, partnerships and innovations are needed to help us get there? How can corporates leading the charge inspire, collaborate and share technical expertise to help the city win its race to zero?

Learnings

  • In face of escalating climate risks, how should business models evolve for lasting value creation that benefits shareholders, internal and external stakeholders and the wider society?
  • What are our biggest barriers? How can businesses turn transition risks to opportunities?
  • How are leading companies’ commitment to carbon-reduction targets contributing to the achievement of Hong Kong’s 2050 net-zero target?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on leading companies’ carbon reduction approaches, technical experience and cross-industry solutions.
  • Rethink actions that your company and industry should focus on over the next five to ten years to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Understand why business leaders have a compelling and common interest to ensure the transformation of every aspect of their business to contribute to a net-zero economy by 2050.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh was the Undersecretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government and well-known for her policy work. Since leaving government, she is teaching and writing. She sits on numerous boards internationally, and is advisor to HKSTP, Teneo, and BASF. She is a published author of many academic and popular works.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

That interest in sustainability will blossom and more organisations in HK will embark on a positive path in 2022.

Gill Meller

Legal and Governance Director

MTR Corporation Limited

Gill Meller

Legal and Governance Director

MTR Corporation Limited

Gill Meller is MTR’s Legal & Governance Director. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Company’s environmental, social and governance strategy and also leads the Company’s legal, company secretarial, compliance, insurance and risk management functions and a central procurement and supply chain function.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

My sustainability goal is to operationalise and deliver on MTR’s new environmental and social KPIs.

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew leads the ESG Solutions Group for Global Banking at HSBC.  Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China.  During this time, he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects and business across industrial and services sectors including energy, manufacturing, transportation and infrastructure, with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products including to meet the often large and always specific needs of clients. In recent years Jonathan has also been responsible for the structuring and delivery of sustainable bonds, loans and other financial support for corporate and institutional clients as well as collaborating with colleagues across businesses in the creation of sustainable investment opportunities. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and also founding chair of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Delivering capital solutions to enable clients to transition and grow their business to be resilient and create real value for their stakeholders.

Richard Lancaster

Immediate Past Chairman

Business Environment Council

Richard Lancaster

Immediate Past Chairman

Business Environment Council

Richard Lancaster joined CLP in 1992 and in 2013 became CEO of the company, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific. He has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry and other industrial operations in Australia, UK and Hong Kong. Richard is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Business Environment Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I look forward to a net-zero future with increasing clean electrification and close collaboration between different sectors to make it a reality.

 

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