ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

Towards Net Zero Carbon: The Future of Commercial Spaces

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 10:10 - 11:20

Location: Sustainable Resources Theatre

Decarbonisation

Overview

This session will examine how commercial built spaces contribute to achieving carbon neutrality in Hong Kong by 2050. Covering the entire building life cycle – from award-winning sustainable designs, latest developments in green construction materials, to the transformation, retrofitting and operation of existing building portfolios – exemplar cases will showcase holistic tactics for building towards net zero.

10:10-10:15 Introduction by Moderator

10:15-10:25 Ir Dr Vincent Cheng, Arup Fellow, Director of Climate and Sustainability, Arup: “A Regenerative & Biodiverse Net Zero Workplace”

10:25-10:35 Kevin O’Brien, Chief Executive, Gammon Construction Limited: “Enabling a Zero Carbon Construction Legacy by 2050”

10:35-10:45 Andy Yeung, Director & Head of Technical Services, Hongkong Land: “Reinvesting in Buildings for a Greener Tomorrow”

10:45-10:55 Pubudu Abayasiri, Director, Digital Services, CLP Holdings Limited: “Net-Zero Buildings: Smart Energy Management Through Innovation

10:55-11:20 Panel discussion

Learnings

  • What are the latest trends in the sustainable design of commercial built spaces to achieve decarbonisation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in the use of sustainable construction materials?
  • How should we transform and retrofit existing building portfolios to operate sustainably?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights and apply knowledge in building projects to support the achievement of Hong Kong’s carbon neutrality target by 2050.
  • Raise awareness on the role of green buildings in driving Hong Kong towards net-zero carbon, from master planning, smart and sustainable designs, use of green materials, green construction methods to sustainable operations.
  • Understand the practices and concerted efforts of various industry players and their contributions to expedite the decarbonisation journey of Hong Kong.
  • Seek further knowledge enhancement in the area of net-zero carbon buildings through attending professional trainings and/or joining professional bodies such as the HKGBC.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Grace Kwok

Chairman and Executive Director / Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Grace Kwok

Chairman and Executive Director / Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Grace is a seasoned sustainability professional with more than 20 years’ experiences in sustainable design and green building projects in Hong Kong, China and across Asia-Pacific. With an environmental engineering background, Grace is a keen advocate of regenerative sustainability for the built environment. She is currently a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, Director of Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals and Founding Vice President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association.  Outside Hong Kong, she led AEC Group to become WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Net Zero Collaborator, and shares best practices through her roles in the LEED Technical Advisory Group, BRE ESG Advisors Club, IWBI Health Equity Advisory, and GRESB Real Estate Standards Committee. Driven by a vision to shape a sustainable future for all, Grace works with building and other sectors through ESG and Green Finance advisory to build climate resilience and accelerate net-zero transition.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To accelerate our own net zero transition, we have been striving to achieve our goal of net zero carbon business operation by 2030. I hope to see a clearer decarbonization roadmap for different sectors and how cross-sectoral collaboration could be facilitated to achieve the carbon neutrality goal.

Ir Dr Vincent Cheng

Arup Fellow, Director of Climate and Sustainability

Arup

Ir Dr Vincent Cheng

Arup Fellow, Director of Climate and Sustainability

Arup

Dr Vincent Cheng is a Fellow and Director of Climate and Sustainability Services at Arup in East Asia. He leads a group of design engineers and specialists working on some of the most sustainable projects across the region and advising clients on their transition to zero carbon.

Dr Cheng actively shares his expertise to the industry through involvement in professional institutions and government committees, including Hong Kong Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and Environment Bureau’s Energy Advisory Committee.

His visions in green buildings, masterplanning and policy advocacy have been encapsulated in his book Building Sustainability in East Asia – Policy, Design and People. His life-long dedication in sustainability has earned him the Sustainability Leader of the Year in Hong Kong Sustainability Award 2018/19.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I am committed to drive changes towards a more sustainable built environment with the industry and stakeholders, by practising ‘sustainable development is everything’, we can instigate positive change among the industry, the economy and people’s lives – making sustainability happen.

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.

Andy Yeung

Director & Head of Technical Services

Hongkong Land (Property Management) Limited

Andy Yeung

Director & Head of Technical Services

Hongkong Land (Property Management) Limited

Mr Andy Yeung is Director and Head of Technical Services of Hong Kong Land Limited. He is responsible for Technical Services Management and Green Building Management for the company.

Mr Yeung graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and later on obtained a Master Degree in environmental management.

Mr Yeung is a Chartered Engineer possessing more than 30-years technical services, energy management, sustainability management, and green building management experiences through his work in a number of key property companies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I would like to see all stakeholders in the Real Estate Industry working together with a common goal of reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings as we collectively move towards a net zero future for Hong Kong.

Pubudu Abayasiri

Director, Digital Services

CLP Holdings Limited

Pubudu Abayasiri

Director, Digital Services

CLP Holdings Limited

Pubs Abayasiri has worked in the technology and energy sector for over 20 years. During that time, he worked in consulting and held positions in various industries. Within CLP, Pubs leads the products team where the mission is to deliver the right digital innovations for CLP and its customers.

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