EARLY BIRD PASS UNTIL 4 SEPT

Preparing for the Next Threat: The Business Case for Investing in Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Redefining Value

Overview

The devastating consequences of climate change for society, the environment and economy have become impossible to deny. While businesses must continue to advance efforts to limit global warming and reduce emissions at speed and scale, there is also a need to focus on adapting to climatic changes, to ensure that we thrive through this transformation and build resilience to a more unpredictable world. Although corporate ambition is on the rise, most companies are still in the early stages of their journey on climate adaptation and resilience.

Learnings

  • Why are so few companies in Hong Kong strategically addressing the risks posed by the changing climate to their business models and industry? Why aren’t investors and stakeholders challenging companies more on how they plan to adapt and build resilience? Can these barriers be overcome?
  • How can we scale up private sector involvement in building climate resilience?
  • Why businesses should not only see climate adaptation and resilience via corporate risk management, but also through the lens of new markets and economic opportunities

Post Event Actions

  • Rethink the critical role that businesses can play in building climate-resilient operations and value chains, as well as leveraging their innovative capacity and reach to achieve the scale and pace required for systemic change.
  • Consider the motivations for business to invest in climate adaptation.
  • Understand that early movers will benefit most, and take action to identify knowledge gaps and engage stakeholders in directing resources and investment to strategies that protect people, profit, assets and supply chains.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Bruce Chong

Director - Climate, Urban Sustainability & Smart City

Arup

Bruce Chong

Director - Climate, Urban Sustainability & Smart City

Arup

Dr Bruce Chong is the Climate & Urban Sustainability Leader for Arup in the East Asia region. He works with clients to formulate strategies and implementation plans for climate resilience, carbon neutrality, smart city resource efficiencies and green infrastructure for city government and corporates in Hong Kong, greater China and East Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Zero Carbon – not only carbon neutrality & Resilient at all levels – from city, infrastructure, energy, water, food, transport, to individuals.

Giuliana Auinger

Partner & Vice President, Sustainability Business

Schneider Electric

Giuliana Auinger

Partner & Vice President, Sustainability Business

Schneider Electric

Giuliana Auinger is the Partner & Vice President of the Sustainability Business at Schneider Electric. She is responsible for managing the region’s Energy & Sustainability Services and Sustainability Consulting organization, with the mission to help large enterprises deliver climate mitigation actions and reduce carbon emissions using technological solutions.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Giuliana was a strategy consulting Partner at KPMG, practice leader at Axiom and management consultant at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and Booz & Company.

Giuliana has an MBA from the University of Hong Kong and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

A complete transformation to being a truly Sustainable city – accelerated transition to renewable energy, wholly circular economies, advanced conservation of energy and resources, pioneering approach to investment and economic policies….to name a few.

Dr Margaret Burnett

Programme Director

The University of Hong Kong

Dr Margaret Burnett

Programme Director

The University of Hong Kong

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 learning modules for students as well as organisations to raise awareness of sustainability issues and their relevance by helping both students and clients integrate sustainability into personal and core organizational decision-making processes. She is often a guest speaker, and partners with organizations to provide support to their in-house Sustainable Development initiatives, currently with an emphasis on climate change related factors.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

For leaders to put into action meaningful changes to their operations given that everyone can drive significant improvements through the cumulative effect of us all playing our part. As much as we all want nice stuff, it’s not much point if we don’t have a planet to put it on!

Matthew Day

Head of Zurich Resilience Solutions, Asia

Zurich Insurance (Hong Kong)

Matthew Day

Head of Zurich Resilience Solutions, Asia

Zurich Insurance (Hong Kong)

Matthew Day is Head of Zurich Resilience Solutions for Asia. Matthew leads a team of 30+ Risk Management professionals across the Asia Region. Matthew’s team has expertise in a wide range of risks from fire, construction, natural hazards, climate change plus many more. Matthew also comes from a risk engineering background.

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.

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