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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Rethinking Finance

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Hong Kong’s transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future will require the mobilization of large amounts of funding from public and private sectors.

Rethinking Finance will look into Hong Kong’s rapid expansion of sustainable finance deals, the growing practice of taking ESG into investment considerations, as well as how SMEs, asset owners and multinational corporations can access new breeds of green financing in the city’s efforts to capitalize on its strengths and accelerate its emergence as a green finance hub for the region.

11:00 – 11:15

Opening Welcome

11:15 – 12:05

Impact Investing: Catalysing Capital for Positive Impact

From climate change, renewable energy, education, to health and wellness, impact investing is emerging as a source of healthy financial returns as well as a means of making positive, measurable contributions to environmental and societal well-being. What is the state of play for impact investors, and how do we overcome obstacles and risks specific to Hong Kong and Asia?

Learnings

  • What is impact investing, and how does it differ from other investments? What is the state of play for sustainable and impact investing in Hong Kong and the region?
  • Where and how can we identify innovative investments that integrate impact and return? What are some key risks and challenges, and how to overcome them? Who are the funders?
  • What are some interesting thematics within impact investing that is gaining traction in Asia?
  • What are some useful resources to get started on impact investing?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play and changing attitudes towards sustainable investing in Hong Kong and Asia.
  • Hear recommendations on steps that you can take to contribute to sustainable development with your investment decisions.

12:20 – 13:10

A Technology-First Approach: Accelerating Our Green Finance Ambitions

Technology and sustainability are rapidly emerging as the driving forces reshaping our financial ecosystem. As green and sustainable finance gains increasing momentum, new technologies capable of analysing raw data to limit greenwashing and ensuring greater transparency and comparability of green credentials will be key to ensuring long-term and robust business transition.

Learnings

  • Technology is a crucial enabler for green finance, starting with the need to access high quality and comparable ESG data in considering sustainable investments.
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things (IoT) are offering innovative solutions for a more efficient, transparent and accessible system for scaling up sustainable finance.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on emerging opportunities to leverage digital technologies for financing sustainable development.
  • Understand that harnessing the potential of technology with the financing needs of sustainable development will require the collective ambition and innovation of businesses, financial institutions and policymakers.

13:10 – 14:00

Levelling the Field: Pathways to Green Financing for SMEs

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.

Rethinking Supply Chains

In Partnership with

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinize suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for more credible and timely data collection. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

Rethinking Supply Chains will share leading practices in the integration of sustainability into supply chains and procurement processes, expectations for enhanced traceability and control, supplier financing, and tools and quality data for setting and achieving science-based targets.

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Thursday 06 October 2022

Rethinking Built Spaces

In Partnership with

In Hong Kong, buildings and related activities account for about 90% of our electricity usage and 60% of our carbon emissions. In view of the city’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050, as set out by the Government in its Climate Action Plan 2050, the industry is now gearing up its decarbonisation capabilities in the whole building life cycle – from design, construction, operation to retrofitting.

Rethinking Built Spaces is designed to highlight the vision and experiences behind exemplar cases and award-winning projects in three building categories: Commercial, Neighbourhood & Residential, and Institutional. It will focus on the management of our carbon footprint – embodied, construction, and operational – covering design visions (passive/active), construction technologies, building materials, energy efficiency, renewable energy, operation and facilities management, and end-user engagement. Panel sessions will challenge the latest practices and provoke discussions on visionary input, with a view to further expediting the net-zero transition and a climate-resilient future for Hong Kong.  

10:00 – 10:10

Opening Welcome

10:10 – 11:20

Towards Net Zero Carbon: The Future of Commercial Spaces

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.

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.

11:20 – 12:35

Towards Net Zero Carbon: The Future of Neighbourhoods and Residential Spaces

Green Buildings is a major decarbonisation strategy of Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050. This session will feature success cases to demonstrate how master planning, smart designs and MiC (Modular Integrated Construction) of neighbourhoods and residential spaces help escalate Hong Kong’s sustainability to the next level.

Learnings

  • What are some key elements in the master planning of sustainable neighbourhood projects? What role does green finance play?
  • What are the challenges and solutions for integrating smart design in residential and neighbourhood projects?
  • How are trends in construction technology supporting decarbonisation efforts and enhancing efficiencies?

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.

12:35 – 13:35

Towards Net Zero Carbon: Sustainable Campuses and Public Buildings

As educational and public buildings in Hong Kong begin to leverage resources to do their part in addressing climate change, the importance of low-carbon and sustainable campuses and governmental facilities for the health and development of their communities has never been more prominent.

Learnings

  • How can we best integrate sustainability features in designing sustainable campuses and public buildings?
  • What are our key challenges, and how to overcome them?
  • What policies and technologies will be key to the development of smart and sustainable campuses and public buildings?

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.

Rethinking Waste

In Partnership with

Rethinking Waste aims to highlight the plethora of proven and developing innovations to reduce, redesign, recover and recycle, as well as why and how new investments and the circularity mindset are crucial to the scale-up of solutions, business acumen, and talent acquisition and retention.

How should public-private partnerships be capitalized to help solve Hong Kong’s escalating waste crisis and significant impacts on our land resources as well as the environment? What organisational and infrastructural challenges remain, and how should businesses engage suppliers and customers on their waste-reduction journey?

14:30 – 14:35

Opening Welcome

14:50 – 15:40

Circularity and Resource Management: Innovations and Collaborations for Effective Material Recovery

Rethinking waste in the context of resource use and management incentivises all stakeholders to engage with the subject with greater positivity and creativity well before resources are used; thereby facilitating our transition to a circular economy. Within a circular economy framework, products and materials that might have held no value using a linear framework are reintroduced back into a productive value chain, for the betterment of the environment, economy and community health.

Learnings

  • What role do waste and resource management play in transitioning the economy towards a more circular model? What barriers in Hong Kong exist, and how can we overcome them?
  • How can smart technology be deployed to better understand resource use and promote recovery and recycling?
  • How can businesses best work with the government and individuals to develop processes and markets for sustainable resource recovery and recycling?

Post-Event Actions

  • Consider the sustainability challenges and opportunities of the manifold waste and resource management landscape.
  • Rethink how you can engage and empower teams and external stakeholders to evaluate resource management processes and facilitate new circularity initiatives.

15:40 – 16:25

Murfing and Smurfing: Getting Recycling Right in Hong Kong

This is a critical time to support the recycling industry and empower operators to maximise the collection and processing of recyclable material, in light of the government’s goal of “Zero Landfills” by 2035. What role do small and large material recovery facilities play in realising the potential of informal collection and sorting recyclables? How can multi-stakeholder collaborations be optimised to collect and sustain clean and quality used PET bottles?

Learnings

  • What are SMRFs and MRFs? How do SMRFs contribute to achieving good quality recyclables?
  • What types of material recovery facilities are present in local neighbourhoods? What large and small recovery facilities do we need?
  • How can we best utilise the networks of property managers, frontline cleaners, collectors and recyclers to grow the volumes of recyclables at low cost?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink how your company can create space for SMRFs within or next to your properties.
  • Discover how to utilise existing networks of recycling companies, collectors and cleaners for bulk collection of recyclables.
  • Understand the importance of sorting recyclables at source to achieve efficient recovery, improve recycling rate and the value of the material recovered.

16:25 – 17:25

Net Zero and Waste: Aligning Waste Management Strategies and Our City’s Carbon Ambitions

As part of Hong Kong’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050, the government has set targets to develop adequate waste-to-energy facilities, move away from reliance on landfills for municipal waste disposal, promote waste reduction and recycling, implement waste charging and regulate disposable plastic tableware in phases, amongst other policies.

Learnings

  • What instrumental role does the waste and resource management sector play in combatting climate change and helping our city achieve its net-zero ambitions?
  • How can we drive innovation and improve the technologies and processes used in waste and resource management, as well as invest in research and training in mitigation strategies?
  • What opportunities and barriers exist for the sector to align strategies with wider decarbonisation policies and efforts by public and private sector stakeholders?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the state of play in Hong Kong and the region, and opportunities for the waste and resource management sector to contribute to a net-zero future for Hong Kong.
  • Consider how your company and industry can work with waste and resource professionals to capitalise on the opportunities presented by our decarbonisation ambitions.

17:25 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

All sessions are subject to change.