EARLY BIRD PASS UNTIL 4 SEPT

Levelling the Field: Pathways to Green Financing for SMEs

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 13:05 - 13:55

Location: Sustainable Resources Theatre

Redefining Value

Overview

As around the globe, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong are looking to step up their contributions to the city’s green transition. However, a lack of financing has remained a key barrier for these players seeking to enhance their sustainability performance and capabilities. Adding to this are a lack of awareness and investor-readiness for green financial opportunities, information asymmetry between SMEs and financial institutions, as well as a limited range of sustainable financing products adapted to the needs of SMEs.

Learnings

  • Green finance opportunities have primarily served companies with ready access to ESG data and consultants, and with sufficient resources to track and measure activity. How can we level the field, and make it easier for SMEs to take advantage of this new source of capital?
  • How can we strengthen industry guidance, training and collaboration, as well as promote policy dialogue to enhance the design and implementation of strategies on SMEs’ access to sustainable finance?
  • What challenges have to be overcome? What are the immediate priorities?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities for SMEs in Hong Kong to embrace green finance.
  • Understand the importance of SMEs in the conversation about sustainability and their needs for support in going green across value chains.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA(Aust) FRM

Board Governor and Honorary Secretary

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA(Aust) FRM

Board Governor and Honorary Secretary

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Serena is the Board Governor and Honorary Secretary at Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong). She advocates decarbonization, sustainable finance and ESG talent incubation in Hong Kong. Serena is also Head of ESG Funding Asia for Home Credit and oversees debt financing across Asia Pacific including ESG-linked and sustainability loans.

Thomas Elliott

Managing Director, Head of Client Coverage, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Thomas Elliott

Managing Director, Head of Client Coverage, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Tom leads the Client Coverage team for Hong Kong Commercial Banking, responsible for senior corporate client coverage, structured lending and event financing transactions, sustainable finance, and lending and portfolio management. Having joined HSBC in 2007, Tom has worked across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas, with past roles spanning leveraged finance, large corporate coverage of the infrastructure sector, and leading structured lending credit approvals for HSBC’s Global Banking and Commercial Banking clients across Asia region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

As momentum continues to reach new levels, I hope to see even more Hong Kong companies articulating Sustainability plans and objectives, as we all collectively strive towards net-zero.

Roy Lim

CEO and Founder

Tung Hing Automation

Roy Lim

CEO and Founder

Tung Hing Automation

Roy Lim is the founder of Tung Hing Automation and Robocore Technology. His companies create Robotics and AI solutions for tens of thousands of customers globally. The products include pressure-controlled polishing machine, medical rehabilitation robots, free-forming metal pressing robots, autonomous mobile robot solutions and other robotics solutions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

No wastage in Industrial automation, no down time with machines

Dennis Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Dennis Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Mr Dennis Wu is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AEC Group (Stock Code: 8320.HK) mainly focusing on Green and Healthy Buildings, Environmental Consultancy and Sustainability Advisory. He is also the Founder and CEO of AEC Capital Group focusing on sustainable finance, real estate and investment management.

Mr Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance industry. He worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Department – Financial Institution Group of Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2000. Then, he worked for CITIC Capital for 17 years since 2003. During his career in CITIC Capital, Mr Wu was appointed as Executive Director for Finance Department, Principle Investment Department, and Culture and Tourism Department respectively.

Currently, Mr Wu is the Founding President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association. He is also a Co-Chair of Green and Sustainable Private Equity Working Group under Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), and a Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association (HKPEFA).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

With the passion for embracing Hong Kong’s sustainability, I always have the hope to witness Hong Kong stepping to the net-zero carbon generation with green-tech, climate-tech and carbon-tech supports.

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