REPLAY RETHINK HK 2021 - ON DEMAND

Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Day 1 – Tuesday 05 Oct 2021

09:45 – 10:00

Opening Welcome

10:00 – 10:20

Opening Address: Decarbonising Hong Kong for 2050

Hong Kong is gearing up for carbon neutrality before 2050.  The ambitious target brings opportunities and challenges.  All of us need to support the decarbonisation transition towards zero carbon electricity, energy saving, green mobility and waste reduction.

Speakers

Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP

Secretary for the Environment

HKSAR Government

Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP

Secretary for the Environment

HKSAR Government

Mr Wong Kam-sing was born in 1963 and graduated from the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong.  He received further education on sustainable built environment in the postgraduate program from the University of British Columbia in Canada.  He assumed the post of the Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government on 1 July 2012.

As an architect by profession, Mr Wong has been promoting sustainable built environment since 1990s.  His designs and researches on sustainable built environment have won him various local, regional and international awards.  He served as the founder Chairman of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council and the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council, and has contributed to the promotion and research of the standards and guidelines for sustainable built environment applicable to the high-density urban environment of Hong Kong.

During his tenure as the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong has launched and updated a number of policy blueprints covering air quality, waste management, energy saving, climate actions and biodiversity.

10:25 – 11:15

Hong Kong and Our Decarbonisation Pathway

Hong Kong has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050, but can it deliver? What’s our best path forward? Are there obstacles in the way? Can we turn transition risks into opportunities?  See what the city’s top listco’s are doing to fast track decarbonisation.

Learnings

  • How are corporates addressing climate risks that are already baked-in? How do corporates go about setting carbon targets?
  • Challenges faced e.g. lack of policy support and financing, available tech for capture and offsets, consumer pushback, fast-evolving climate science and uncertainty
  • Changing power mix, increasing building efficiency, and rethinking mobility & waste have the highest emission reduction potential for Hong Kong
  • Key opportunities to further fast track decarbonisation and bring forward carbon neutrality to 2050

Post-Event Actions

  • Assess your organization’s GHG emissions and try to improve your organization’s energy efficiency and mobility footprint
  • Understand that carbon neutrality or net zero is not achievable without carbon offsets globally, and requires the development of carbon trading markets and innovation in carbon capture tech. Hong Kong as a finance hub can help drive this.
  • Realise that regardless of whether we achieve carbon neutrality or net zero, we will have to up adaptation for baked-in impacts

Speakers

MODERATOR

Debra Tan

Director & Head

China Water Risk

Debra Tan

Director & Head

China Water Risk

Tan heads CWR, a non-profit that aims to “mainstream” water and climate risks into financial decision-making and corporate strategies. She built CWR from an idea into a leader in the global water risk conversation, be it waternomics or valuation methodologies. Tan spends her spare time exploring Himalayan glaciers in Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Ensuring water for all in a changing climate.

Lawson Lau

Executive Director

Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited

Lawson Lau

Executive Director

Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited

Mr. Lawson Lau is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited. Prior to founding Cornerstone Technologies, Lawson spent over 19 years in the construction industry, primarily on product management and business development.

Lawson runs all facets of the business and oversees Cornerstone Technologies’ innovation efforts in EV (Electric Vehicle) charging, sustainable energy and IT solutions starting from 2016.

Jim Taylor

Senior Director – Planning & Development

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Jim Taylor

Senior Director – Planning & Development

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Jim is Senior Director – Planning & Development at CLP Power Hong Kong, where he is responsible for supporting the company’s future long term strategic development and regulatory regime.  He has extensive senior management experience of electricity, gas and environmental issues with leading companies in both regulated and deregulated energy markets in the UK and Australia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

2021 is CLP’s 120th year.  We aim to use our experience and expertise to work with government and other key stakeholders this year to develop a practical roadmap to help Hong Kong reach carbon neutrality before 2050.

Dr Mark Watson

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Dr Mark Watson

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

As Group Head of Sustainability at John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd, Mark is responsible for setting overall Group strategy on sustainability issues, covering material environmental risks such as climate change, water, energy and waste, social issues as well as overseeing external ESG investor ratings and performance, and green finance initiatives.

Supported by

China Water Risk

Booth NGO Lounge

A think tank creating a world where water & climate risks are embedded in business & finance to enable better decisions.

Hong Kong 2050 is Now

Booth MP11

Hong Kong 2050 is Now is a Hong Kong-based platform for education, collaboration, and action on the climate crisis. We seek to inspire ambitious target setting, induce behaviour change, and mobilise collective action towards a carbon-neutral Hong Kong.

We believe tackling the climate crisis does not need to compromise quality of life. The decarbonisation of our city is not only technically feasible, but also offers “multiple wins,” including significant economic and environmental benefits. We believe a decarbonised city is people-centric, more liveable, healthier, and economically successful. That is what we envision for Hong Kong.

To achieve these benefits and reach net-zero emissions at reasonable cost, action must be taken as soon as possible.

Sponsored by

Cornerstone Technologies Holdings Limited

Booth A60

In the midst of the modern world with various environmental challenges, building a carbon-free planet needs everyone’s participation. Cornerstone Technologies continuously strives for easily accessible sustainable innovations. Through our EV charging, Cornerstone Energy as well as Cornerstone IT, we help fast track you toward a cleaner future.

Solutions Showcase:

  • GreenTech
  • Sustainable Products
  • Sustainability Services

Legal Name: Cornerstone EV Charging Service Limited

11:30 – 11:45

Sustainable Transformation in the Automotive Industry

Ecological and social responsibility is embedded throughout the BMW Group strategy. Hear how BMW are accelerating technological innovations to drive environmentally friendly transformation, create cooperation with partners and suppliers to tackle the entire value chain and develop the “greenest” and most desirable premium products and experiences.

Learnings

  • Technological innovation in Automotive
  • Optimizing the Value Chain
  • Creating Sustainable Products
  • Thinking beyond CO2 – towards a circular economy

Speakers

Martijn Oremus

Managing Director

BMW Group Hong Kong

Martijn Oremus

Managing Director

BMW Group Hong Kong

Chairman, European Automotive Council

Martijn is an international business leader with broad interdisciplinary experience in premium automotive and luxury goods business. Since the beginning of 2019 Martijn has been based in Hong Kong where in his role as Managing Director for the BMW Group Importer Office he is responsible for the BMW and MINI business in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

11:45 – 12:35

Preparing for Mandated Climate Risk Disclosure (TCFD)

Climate disclosures in the financial sector can sometimes feel like chasing a moving target. Regulators in APAC understand the need for increased disclosure and are implementing new regulations and mandating disclosure in line with TCFD. This session will discuss emerging requirements and expectations around the scope and quality of climate disclosures in the region.

Learnings

  • Understand how TCFD climate disclosure can add value to your organization
  • Learn about the investors’ perspective on the importance of climate disclosure
  • Hear the latest good practice examples of climate disclosure from Asia Pacific
  • Get information on how your organization can take the next step in your climate disclosure journey

Post-Event Actions

  • Ask whether your company prepared and disclosed on its climate change strategy
  • Look at your own personal investments to see whether your portfolio contains climate resilient companies
  • Ask questions of companies your work with – customer and suppliers – how resilient they are to the effects of climate change

Speakers

MODERATOR

Piers Touzel

Managing Partner – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Environmental Resources Management

Piers Touzel

Managing Partner – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Environmental Resources Management

Piers is ERM’s Managing Partner for China/Hong Kong/Taiwan. He works with industrial and financial sector clients to identify, quantify, manage and disclose sustainability risks.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To educate others about the realities of climate change and the steps that can be taken to reduce emissions.

Mark Harper

Group Sustainable Development Manager

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Mark Harper

Group Sustainable Development Manager

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 2021:

Rollout of the Group’s Net Zero Carbon emissions and zero to landfill commitments. Finalising the Group’s climate risk assessment process and analysis.

Nadira Lamrad

Director – Sustainability and ESG Advisory

Business Environment Council

Nadira Lamrad

Director – Sustainability and ESG Advisory

Business Environment Council

Dr Lamrad leads the sustainability and ESG advisory team at BEC, advising corporate clients on how to develop and communicate sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance. She monitors and analyses the latest market and regulatory developments to advise clients on potential ESG risks and opportunities. Dr Lamrad has worked with a number of large, small and medium enterprises, providing guidance and advisory services regarding their sustainability strategies, benchmarking, policy development and reporting. In her academic capacity, Dr Lamrad’s expertise covers global governance, private regulation, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Dr Lamrad investigated the role of business in sustainable development and introduced innovative models for understanding how corporate responsibility is operationalised in different jurisdictions. For the past decade, Dr Lamrad has applied her wide-ranging expertise to cultivate thought leadership around corporate sustainability, develop and execute sustainability strategies, and assess and improve overall performance.

Zoe Lau

Vice President

BlackRock

Zoe Lau

Vice President

BlackRock

Zoe Lau is a Vice President at BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship (BIS) team in APAC. She is responsible for engaging with listed companies in BlackRock’s portfolio on corporate governance and sustainability issues. She also contributes to BlackRock’s interactions with regulators and industry organizations on relevant policy matters in the region.

Supported by

Business Environment Council

Booth C32

Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) is an independent, charitable membership organisation, established by the business sector in Hong Kong.

Since its establishment in 1992, BEC has been at the forefront of promoting environmental excellence by advocating the uptake of clean technologies and practices which reduce waste, conserve resources, prevent pollution and improve corporate environmental and social responsibility.

BEC offers sustainable solutions and professional services covering advisory, research, assessment, training and award programmes for government, business and the community, thus enabling environmental protection and contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Sponsored by

Environmental Resources Management

Booth C65

At ERM, sustainability is our business. We are the largest global sustainability consultancy, partnering with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative sustainability solutions and unlocking commercial opportunities. We have been in Hong Kong since 1987 and our diverse team supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Setting ambitious science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as part of a unified private sector response to the global risks of climate change. Validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, this makes us an early adopter among the professional services sector.

2. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions across our operations by 2025.

3. Reporting to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard through our annual Sustainability Report.

4. Meeting the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, and through it a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles and the Sustainable Oceans Principles.

5. Respecting human rights and a world free of slavery. We recognize our responsibility to support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We report annually in compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

6. Signatory to the Race at Work Charter driven by Business in the Community.

Solutions Showcase:

  • ESG Reporting / Consultancy
  • Professional Services
  • Sustainability Services

Legal Name: ERM-Hong Kong Limited

12:40 – 13:30

Hong Kong Green and Sustainable Finance – Now and Beyond

Carbon neutrality goals across the world present the biggest green and sustainable finance opportunities. As the door step to China and an international finance center, how has Hong Kong performed in recent years to position itself as the green and sustainable Finance hub? Where are the opportunities? What are some tools we can use to scale up?

Learnings

  • Key green and sustainable finance development in Hong Kong – Regulatory/policy landscape over the past two years and what to expect coming up
  • Opportunities as the bridge between China and Hong Kong – Issuers/corporates and financing perspectives
  • Green and sustainable finance outlook

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand key green and sustainable developments in Hong Kong
  • Evaluate how organisations can leverage green and sustainable financing opportunities
  • Develop the capacity to navigate and position your organisations in face of upcoming regulatory changes

Speakers

MODERATOR

Tracy Wong Harris

Vice President and Deputy Secretary General

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Tracy Wong Harris

Vice President and Deputy Secretary General

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Tracy Wong Harris is the Head of Sustainable Finance for Greater China and North Asia at Standard Chartered Bank, focusing on the Bank’s sustainable finance strategy, by developing new products and solutions, further incorporating ESG considerations into banking decisions, and identifying sustainable finance opportunities for clients. Tracy is also the Vice President and Deputy Secretary General of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA).

Kenneth Hui

Head (Market Development), External Department

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Kenneth Hui

Head (Market Development), External Department

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Kenneth Hui is the Head of Market Development Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), in charge of the HKMA’s efforts to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international financial centre. Prior to joining the HKMA, Ken was a senior manager at the Investment Products Division of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), specialising in regulatory policies on retail funds and innovative retail investment products. During his time at the SFC, Ken was seconded to the Secretariat of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, where he was responsible for global OTC derivatives reforms.

Christine Ip

CEO – Greater China

UOB

Christine Ip

CEO – Greater China

UOB

Christine Ip is CEO – Greater China of UOB and a non-executive director of UOB China. Ip has more than 30 years of experience in both consumer and corporate banking and has significant experience in the mainland China and overseas markets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Hong Kong and a MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

With sustainability being integral to the competitive agility of every organisation, Christine Ip strives to ensure the 17 Sustainability Development Goals are firmly embedded in corporate strategy for the more sustainable environmental, social and governance outcomes.

Edoardo Francesco Sabatino

Sustainable Finance APAC

Intesa Sanpaolo

Edoardo Francesco Sabatino

Sustainable Finance APAC

Intesa Sanpaolo

Edoardo Francesco Sabatino is an intrapreneur and manages Sustainable Finance deals of Intesa Sanpaolo, IMI Corporate & Investment Banking division in APAC. On the institutional side, he is a Member of the HKGCC – Environment & Sustainability Committee. Furthermore, he is pursuing a joint Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

I’m keen to boost Circular Economy practices in APAC, discover new business opportunities related to sustainability and work toward a better will for our planet, oceans and communities.

Supported by

Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

For the past 159 years, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce has grown together with Hong Kong and the business community. Our mission is to promote, represent and safeguard the interests of the business community in Hong Kong, and at the same time provide support, networks, training and business services to help the business community grow.

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Founded in September 2018, Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) creates a platform that offers channels and opportunities to facilitate the development of green finance and sustainable investments in Hong Kong and beyond. It aims to mobilize both public and private sectors resources and talents in developing green and sustainable finance policies, to promote green and sustainable finance business and product innovation within financial institutions.

Sponsored by

As a leading bank in Asia, UOB is committed to contributing to the region’s long‑term economic, social and environmental well‑being. We keep customers at the centre and provide sustainable financing to help them advance their businesses responsibly. We also nurture professionals and uphold corporate social responsibility with focuses on art, children and education.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

  1. Drive growth sustainably
  2. Keep customers at centre
  3. Develop professionals of principle
  4. Uphold corporate responsibility

Solutions Showcase:

  • Finance & Investments

Legal Name: United Overseas Bank Limited

13:30 – 13:40

Sustainability and Foreign Direct Investment

Hong Kong is renowned as a centre for raising capital, and a hot topic around the world is sustainability. The demand for being sustainable is on the rise, not only in the investor community but also amongst your customers. Indeed, today companies are accountable to a wide range of stakeholders including investors, customers, employees and nongovernmental organisations that want to evaluate and assess a company’s impact on the world.

Learnings

Hong Kong’s sustainability development

Why Hong Kong?

  • A strong pipeline of funding with active investors such as VCs, PEs, and vibrant IPO market
  • Government incentives
  • Growing awareness

Opportunities from GBA

Speakers

Charles Ng

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion

Invest Hong Kong

Charles Ng

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion

Invest Hong Kong

Mr. Charles Ng heads the Sector Specialists Group helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. The nine Sector Speclialist Teams grouped under three Clusters namely: Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Fintech, Financial & Professional Services and Lifestyle & Creative Industries offer a one stop service to help startups, scale ups, small medium enterprises and multinational corporations tap into the opportunities Hong Kong, the Guangdong, Hong Kong Macau Greater Bay Area, the Mainland and Asia have to offer to grow their business.

14:30 – 14:50

EU Policies for Sustainable Trade

The EU aims to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050, by decoupling economic growth from the use of resources and making sure nobody is left behind. Partnership with our trading partners and industry is crucial for this. How?

Learnings

  • How can the European Green Deal and EU’s trade policy make a difference – and is it enough? Ways to ensure climate action and trade policy in Europe makes a global impact.
  • What and which values should be part of a sustainability agenda?
  • Sustainable Corporate Governance: a business model in its own right?
  • Areas to engage with decision makers and create partnerships

Post-Event Actions

  • Support an ambitious sustainability agenda for the upcoming WTO Ministerial
  • Discuss and assess EU standards and policies and see how they fit locally and internationally
  • Partner up with local industry to explore sustainable business opportunities, and advocate for change

Speakers

Walter van Hattum

Head of Economic and Trade Section

European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Walter van Hattum

Head of Economic and Trade Section

European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao

My career combines commercial with sustainability policies. I worked for the ILO in Nigeria; the Dutch MFA and for the EU on nuclear fusion, humanitarian aid and health policies. Recent postings include Indonesia and the Philippines, where I served as head of the trade section of the EU Delegation, following which I was responsible for leveraging EU’s trade (preferences) for improving labour, human rights and environmental standards. In January 2021, I was appointed head of the trade section of the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

  • Supporting the green transformation
  • Green/sustainable finance/trade and values/partnerships
  • Be mindful of own behaviour

14:50 – 15:40

Integrating Innovations to Accelerate Sustainable Development in Hong Kong

Speakers

MODERATOR

Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)

Sino Group

Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)

Sino Group

Ir Andrew Young has over 38 years of executive experience, including Chief Commercial Officer of HKSTP and Director of Partnership Development for PolyU. He is now an Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group with responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies and investment opportunities in technology ventures.

Linda Bradley

Trade & Invest Commissioner Hong Kong for Sweden

Business Sweden

Linda Bradley

Trade & Invest Commissioner Hong Kong for Sweden

Business Sweden

Linda Bradley, MSc Industrial Engineering, is Sweden’s Trade and Invest Commissioner to Hong Kong as of this year. Sweden’s business promotion focus areas are Smart city development, Smart Energy and Sustainable consumption/food. Linda is Chairperson at Nordic Innovation House in Hong Kong, helping innovative companies to tap into the market.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Sweden aims to be the first fossil-free welfare nation in the world.

This aim shows that Sweden’s strategy is not just about reducing emissions, but is also about doing so in a way that also enhances well-being. By showing that it is possible, we can inspire more countries to follow the same path.

Dr Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor

School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor

School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2015. His data-driven research is focused on guiding the sustainable design of future transformative emerging technologies. Dr. Chopra’s transdisciplinary collaborations with industrial partners enable actionable research toward sustainability and resilience of critical sectors, including energy, transportation, finance, textile, and food systems.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Designing and applying systems level modeling approaches for prospective sustainability assessment to inform decision-making.

Kent Jan

Director & Head of Corporate Development

Hongkong Land Limited

Kent Jan

Director & Head of Corporate Development

Hongkong Land Limited

Kent embraces change and challenges. He leads Hongkong Land on innovation activities, focusing on adding value to customers and the business by exploring and implementing new ideas and technologies. Prior to his current role, he held senior positions in corporate finance, business development, financial control and risk management in various industries including real estate, hospitality, banking and infrastructure sectors.

Shervin Sharghy

Founder

EcoBricks Limited

Shervin Sharghy

Founder

EcoBricks Limited

A former investment banker turned impact entrepreneur, Shervin has dedicated himself to developing a financially viable and scalable solution to the global plastic waste crisis and reducing the environmental damage and carbon footprint of the construction industry.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Increasing plastic waste recycling rates, creating a true circular economy solution and reducing embodied carbon in construction.

Sponsored by

Sino Group

Headline Sponsor for the Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Sustainability is central to what we do at Sino Group as we seek to create value for stakeholders and make business a driver of sustainability for a better future. Taking a holistic approach, we integrate sustainability into every aspect of our operations – from architectural planning to environmentally friendly provisions, from green property management to green innovations, from taking care of our colleagues to serving the community – to ‘create better lifescapes’.

Legal Name: Sino Administration Serviced Limited

 

16:00 – 16:50

Corporate Governance – The Pathway to a Successful Sustainability Strategy

While much of the popular and media focus on ESG today is around the big environmental and social stories, corporate and investment insiders consistently say that the “G” is the foundation of ESG. What does this mean in practical terms? How are the boards of leading companies thinking through climate change and other major sustainability risks—and what new mechanisms are they using?

Learnings

  • What are institutional investors looking for from companies in terms of high-quality and financially meaningful ESG reporting? Do investors convey a coherent and consistent message to companies?
  • Looking forward, should executive compensation be linked to specific climate risk targets?
  • The pressures on Asian companies in all these areas are increasing rapidly. Crafting a sound strategic response is critical to corporate value, the natural environment and society over the long term. Should we wait for governments to set the agenda and direction?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink how high-quality and financially meaningful ESG reporting will evolve for your company, industry and investors in the coming years
  • Assess the governance mechanisms your company is implementing or planning to implement to mitigate climate change and other major sustainability risks
  • Consider and identify key stakeholders who will be crucial in your company’s development of a sustainability strategy for corporate value, the natural environment and society in the longer term

Speakers

MODERATOR

Jamie Allen

Secretary General

Asian Corporate Governance Association

Jamie Allen

Secretary General

Asian Corporate Governance Association

Jamie Allen is the founding Secretary General of the Asian Corporate Governance Association, an independent membership association carrying out original research, advocacy and education on corporate governance in Asia since 1999.

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 2021:

My sustainability goal is to really embed ESG thinking within MTR so that it just becomes the way that we do business.

Yoo-Kyung Park

APAC Head of Responsible Investment & Governance

APG Asset Management

Yoo-Kyung Park

APAC Head of Responsible Investment & Governance

APG Asset Management

Yoo-Kyung Park is Asia-Pacific head of the Global Responsible Investment and Governance Team at APG Asset Management Asia, an asset manager for Dutch pension funds, based in Hong Kong. Her main role is to oversee portfolios and implement Responsible Investment Policies on behalf of APG clients. Asset classes under her responsibility include: listed equities, listed real estate, infrastructure, and private/strategic real estate investments. She covers the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and Australia, and actively engages with portfolio companies, market regulators/exchanges, and other institutional investors on corporate governance, environmental and social issues. Prior to APG, she was a securities analyst at international investment banks such as Barings Securities and KEB Salomon Smith Barney. She has covered a range of industry sectors including power/gas utilities, consumer, transportation, and heavy industries such as steel, chemicals and refining.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To help companies make brave decisions to shut down coal fired power facilities.

Wendy Yung

Founder

Practising Governance

Wendy Yung

Founder

Practising Governance

Wendy is an advocate for good corporate governance. She is a co-opted member of Audit and Risk Committee of Hospital Authority, and was previously Executive Director of Hysan Development. First trained as a solicitor, Wendy is a CPA and governance practitioner in HK. She is a law graduate, Oxford University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To contribute towards further enhancing the “G” (governance) factor.

16:55 – 17:35

Climate Risk Adaptation in Action

Climate risks are the top global risks in terms of both likelihood and impact for the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Risks Report. What can organisations do to assess, manage and take concrete actions to address physical risks from climate change?

Learnings

  • Climate change risks’ impact on infrastructure and supply chains across different sectors
  • Corporate strategies in climate risk assessment – the process and collaborations needed to develop an adaptation plan
  • Opportunities for addressing physical risks from climate change in business strategy and the benefits of de-risking

Post-Event Actions

  • Assess whether your organisation has in place the measures and plans to adapt to and address future climate risks and extreme weather patterns
  • Understand how to leverage the latest climate science and predictive analytics tools for concrete actions for climate-resilient infrastructure
  • Explore city-level public-private sector collaboration to adapt to climate risks for urban infrastructure

Speakers

MODERATOR

Stacey Chow

Director and Asia Lead for Business & Society

Brunswick Group

Stacey Chow

Director and Asia Lead for Business & Society

Brunswick Group

Stacey leads Brunswick Group’s Business & Society practice in Asia, and advises clients on sustainability, ESG and social purpose strategies, stakeholder engagement, and thought leadership positioning for senior executives.  She previously worked at the World Economic Forum and World Bank, and has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships.  She was a 2012-2015 Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Helping companies reach sustainability goals through global partnerships and technological innovation.

Dr Entela Benz

Chief Executive Officer

Intensel – Climate Risk Solutions

Dr Entela Benz

Chief Executive Officer

Intensel – Climate Risk Solutions

Entela is the CEO and Co-founder of Intensel Limited, an AI-powered climate science for predicting climate related risks. She serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Finance, HKUST Business School, and has delivered several ESG training for companies. Entela hold various board level advisory positions. She graduated with a PhD in Financial Engineering from SFI, Switzerland, MPhil in International Economics from HEI, Geneva, Switzerland and Certificate of Finance from Oxford University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Make physical climate risk analytics accessible to business and people.

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner is General Manager – Sustainability, Hang Lung Properties Ltd., where he is responsible for formulating the Group-wide sustainability strategy and driving its execution. He has more than two decades of experience in cleantech, infrastructure and sustainability in Asia and North America, and is proficient in Mandarin.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To make significant progress against defined sustainability goals both professionally and personally.

Liu Ye

Catastrophe Risk Manager

SCOR

Liu Ye

Catastrophe Risk Manager

SCOR

Liu Ye is an enthusiast in natural catastrophe risk management. She leads part of the modeling team in Scor P&C Asia-Pacific and has broad experience over the region. She believes in the role of insurance, science and technology in facilitating climate change adaptation and building a resilient and sustainable society.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Help combat climate change and its impacts.

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Day 2 – Wednesday 06 Oct 2021

10:10 – 10:25

Opening Welcome: Sustainability Roadmap and Hong Kong’s Move Towards Net-Zero Carbon

Speakers

Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)

Sino Group

Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)

Sino Group

Ir Andrew Young has over 38 years of executive experience, including Chief Commercial Officer of HKSTP and Director of Partnership Development for PolyU. He is now an Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group with responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies and investment opportunities in technology ventures.

10:25 – 10:50

Sustainability Leadership in a Decade of Action

By live video

In this fireside chat, Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan will interview Jeff Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer of Levi Strauss & Co on how to drive even more impact in sustainability at this critical junction in the sustainable development movement.

Learnings

  • What has changed in corporate leadership over the past few years
  • How can companies be even more impactful to drive the transition to sustainable development and ensure their own long-term success
  • What are the most pressing challenges today in the sustainability agenda

Post-Event Actions

  • Reflect upon how we can drive more progress at pace inside our organizations
  • Identify new collaborations and advocacy positions to enable more systemic change

Speakers

MODERATOR

Chris Coulter

CEO

GlobeScan

Chris Coulter

CEO

GlobeScan

Chris works with leadership organizations to help them better understand and respond to shifting stakeholder expectations, build trust with key constituencies and exert greater influence in shaping the future. Chris has two decades of experience in providing evidence-based counsel in the areas of reputation, purpose and sustainability. He is passionate about building trusted and recognized leadership for GlobeScan’s clients.

Jeffrey Hogue

Chief Sustainability Officer

Levi Strauss & Co.

Jeffrey Hogue

Chief Sustainability Officer

Levi Strauss & Co.

Jeffrey Hogue is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Levi Strauss & Co., where he leads the sustainability and circular economy efforts for the 168-year-old company, working to create positive environmental and social impact across global operations.

Supported by

GlobeScan

GlobeScan is a strategy and research organisation that advises on sustainability issues for corporations, NGOs, and governmental organisations. We offer specialist research, advisory and engagement services and partner with clients to meet strategic sustainability objectives.

10:50 – 11:30

Towards Sustainable, Inclusive Growth: What Do the Markets Look Like?

The silver lining of the pandemic is the rare opportunity to press reset on our economies, supply chains and companies, to consider what “building back better” would really look like in Asia. We all want sustainable and inclusive, but how would the economics work? What does this mean for companies operating today, but pining for the future to arrive sooner?

Learnings

  • Transparency, trade and technology as the cornerstones of the sustainable inclusive economy: how do we get there from today, and what can companies do today to accelerate the arrival of the future we all want.
  • Hong Kong: How do we create our future as the sustainable capital market and trading hub for all of Asia, while addressing our homegrown sustainability and inclusion challenges?
  • The future sustainable enterprise in Hong Kong: The future is clear but not here yet. What can we do today to build bridges forward?

Post-Event Actions

  • Think about using market based measures to incentive change inside organizations
  • Think about organizational transformation and the role of learning and development within that
  • Understand the role of Hong Kong as an intermediary between China’s sustainability journey and the rest of developing Asia

Speakers

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar leads the development of knowledge and applications which support the Fung Group’s strategic response to disruption driven by technology, the rise of sustainability, geopolitical risk and the changing nature of consumption. Current explorations include trade finance, sustainable finance and the global supply chain’s evolution after Covid-19.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Drive sustainability into finance and supply chains.

11:50 – 12:10

Going Beyond the Scope for a Sustainable Future

With only 10 years to achieve the Paris Agreement and limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, corporates’ mindsets must be set on doing more to accelerate their sustainability efforts and make the Net-Zero a reality for a more resilient and carbon-neutral business.

Learnings

Corporates’ sustainability effort shall go beyond the scope of:

  • Decarbonizing own operations in their end-to-end value chain
  • Diversity for building an inclusive world
  • Global impact with local initiatives

Post-Event Actions

  • Learn how to accelerate corporates efforts to go beyond on all ESG fronts
  • Understand how corporates need to engage with their suppliers and partners to make a change in the whole ecosystem
  • Explore the actions that Schneider Electric has taken in the area of Sustainability that earned it the title of Most Sustainable Corporation in the world in 2021

Speakers

Olivier Blum

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer

Schneider Electric

Olivier Blum

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer

Schneider Electric

Olivier graduated from Grenoble Business School in France (GEM,France).

He began his career at Schneider Electric in 1993 and held various positions in the France Commercial organization, from Sales Engineer to Vice-Director Country Sales.

In 2001, he was appointed as Secretary of the Executive Committee and Global Company Program Vice President.

In 2003, he moved to China as Final Low Voltage Activity Director and was nominated in 2006 as the Head of Strategy and Marketing Director for China.

In 2008, he was appointed Managing Director & Country President of Schneider Electric, India.

At the end of 2012, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Retail Division. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Executive Committee. On June 2019, he was awarded the Chief Human Resources Officer of the year, in the 24th Annual Director of Human Resources Award which was organized by Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro and Fyte.

Olivier is Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Member of  the  Executive Committee starting April 1st 2020. He joined at the same time the board of AVEVA Group PLC (Global leader in Industrial Software) as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration Committee.

12:10 – 13:00

Sustainable Development – The New Ambition Powering Hong Kong’s Conglomerates

Conglomerates are full of complexity with large, diverse businesses spread across different industries and countries. Each business experiences its own unique set of challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. How are Hong Kong’s conglomerates addressing the most pressing social and environmental risks today, taking on leadership roles to drive systemic change throughout their multi-industry companies, and facing these issues head on while maintaining value creation?

Learnings

  • How to identify, understand and manage the myriad ESG risks across multi-industry companies
  • How to move from risk to opportunity – from risk to resilience
  • The internal governance – policies, mechanisms, oversight and support – that is essential to take a leadership position on key sustainable development issues
  • How to systemic drive change throughout a large, complex organization
  • How to leverage innovation and collaboration to inspire ambition levels

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insight on how some of the world’s most complex organizations are navigating sustainability across different industries and countries
  • Understand the characteristics of strong governance to help raise levels of ambition for sustainable development
  • Explore how to turn risks into leadership opportunities to make meaningful impact at the scale that’s needed to address today’s most pressing issues

Speakers

MODERATOR

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director, Sustainability & Climate

BSR

Eileen Gallagher

Associate Director, Sustainability & Climate

BSR

Eileen Gallagher leads BSR’s climate change practice in Asia, working closely with companies to mitigate climate risk, build resilience across the value chain, and accelerate a net zero economy.

Before joining BSR, Eileen was vice president at Edelman, where she implemented strategic sustainability plans for companies to optimize resources, source responsibly, and build community engagement programs. While at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Eileen advanced policy solutions on climate change, sustainable development, and urban resiliency.

Eileen holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

Jonathan Mark Lloyd

Group Corporate Secretary

Jardine Matheson Limited

Jonathan Mark Lloyd

Group Corporate Secretary

Jardine Matheson Limited

Jonathan joined Jardines in HK in January 2018 and has taken a leading role in the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy over the past two years. He spent many years as a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the UK, Europe and Asia, before joining Tesco in 2005, where his role included leading engagement with investors on ESG matters and working closely with the group’s sustainability team.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To embed an effective approach to measurement and reporting of sustainability progress across our Group companies, and drive high levels of colleague engagement in our sustainability agenda.

Ellie Tang

Head of Sustainability

New World Development Company Limited

Ellie Tang

Head of Sustainability

New World Development Company Limited

Ellie Tang is currently Head of Sustainability at New World Development Company Limited and K11 Concepts Limited, where she founded the function and drives the “New World Sustainability Vision 2030” across the Group’s businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China, leads sustainable financing initiatives, and founded Nature Discovery Park at K11 MUSEA.

Dr Mark Watson

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Dr Mark Watson

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

As Group Head of Sustainability at John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd, Mark is responsible for setting overall Group strategy on sustainability issues, covering material environmental risks such as climate change, water, energy and waste, social issues as well as overseeing external ESG investor ratings and performance, and green finance initiatives.

13:00 – 13:50

Powerful Partnerships for a Circular Economy: The Story of Plastic Reborn

To promote waste reduction and local plastics circular solutions, Watsons HK and P&G HK launched Plastic Reborn, a 3-year, territory-wide plastic container recycling program in February. Plastic Reborn is partnering with The Loops Hong Kong, a local recycling company, and New Life Plastics, a local recycling facility located in Eco Park.

Learnings

  • Major barriers and how to spark a habitual change amongst consumers
  • Circular economy model establishment in Hong Kong: Developing a tailored model in Hong Kong based on the current resources, and integrating local small and big recycling companies and resources from society
  • Key learnings from Plastic Reborn
  • Three year roadmap and the next steps

Post-Event Actions

  • Explore business opportunities generated by the circular economy
  • Identify your consumers/company’s barriers in reducing waste, and explore how your company can spark a habitual change
  • Explore city-level cross-sector collaboration to support the development of closed-loop circular economy to eliminate solid waste

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr William Yu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

World Green Organisation

Dr William Yu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

World Green Organisation

Dr. William Yu is the Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation. He is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He earned an Executive MBA degree from the U.S. and had gained valuable regional management experience by working at US multinationals and a financial institution. He has been the Adjunct Professor of several universities and the Faculty of Hong Kong Green Building Council.

Dr. Yu serves as ESBN Task Force Member, The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations. He serves in the Sustainable Development Council on HK Decarbonization Strategy under the Environment Bureau, HKSAR Government. Dr. Yu belongs to Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee, and a Member of the Appeal Board Panel, Town Planning Board.

Renee Chan

Customer Director

Watsons Hong Kong

Renee Chan

Customer Director

Watsons Hong Kong

Renee Chan, Customer Director of Watsons Hong Kong, is a seasoned marketer with over 15 years of experience in turning data insights into O+O customer experience campaign to grow loyalty via online and offline platforms. She refreshes social purpose of Watsons – “Look Good, Do Good. Feel Great.” to engage customers in fostering sustainable lifestyle.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Watsons commits in sustainability development in “Look Good. Do Good. Feel Great.” and will strengthen two core goals to its 2030 Group Sustainability Roadmap – better waste management and more responsible Own Brand products.

Yvette Fan

Managing Director and Vice President

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Yvette Fan

Managing Director and Vice President

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Yvette has more than 17 years of experience in leadership role on strategy and portfolio management across P&G China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Aside from being an advocate for corporate’s force for good, she is also the key sponsor and ally to P&G’s citizenship initiatives.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To develop circular solutions with partners and the society to reduce plastic waste to landfill in Hong Kong through P&G’s 3-year Plastic Reborn program.

Nigel Mattravers

Joint Venture Representative

New Life Plastics

Nigel Mattravers

Joint Venture Representative

New Life Plastics

Nigel is a chartered civil engineer and waste manager with more than 40 years’ international experience including both engineering and finance. He has particular expertise in the waste and resource management sector and is part of the team developing the New Life Plastics project using state-of-the-art technology to help manage part of HK’s plastic waste problem.

Jorch Wong

Founder

The Loops Hong Kong

Jorch Wong

Founder

The Loops Hong Kong

Entrepreneur with a creative solution in the recycling and circular economy industry, founded The Loops Hong Kong, providing professional recycling service among commercial and residential client.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Build a better loop for recycling in Hong Kong.

Sponsored by

P&G

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ariel®,  Braun®,  Crest®, Gillette®,  Head & Shoulders®,  Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Rejoice®, SK-II®, VS Sassoon® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands from the Headquarter.

For local P&G information, visit us at http://www.pghongkong.com.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

To help build awareness, participation & confidence in the HK circular economy so that HK can reduce the plastic waste to landfill and increase plastics recycling

Legal Name: Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Limited

14:30 – 14:50

The Business of Biodiversity (Introduction)

By live video

We need to rapidly scale and speed up business action and policy ambition for a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable world. Biodiversity underpins the health of both the planet and people.

Learnings

  • Businesses depend on a healthy planet to provide a stable operating environment, customers and workforces, and the natural resources necessary for production – food, fiber, water, minerals, building materials and more. But nature is at a tipping point.
  • We need a fundamental re-wiring of our economic system to recognise and reward long-term performance on people and planet. From all stakeholders, incl. investors and governments.
  • Governments must implement ambitious policies that reflect a vision of the sustainable economy to which we aspire – this includes increasing the current ambition in the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which is THE opportunity to adopt a transformative agreement at a global level.
  • We need to ensure that the adequate financial resources are available.

Post-Event Actions

Steps for companies to understand what they can do to help reverse nature loss:

  • Assess: It is important that companies assess their impacts and dependencies on nature to ensure they are committing and acting on the most material ones.
  • Commit: Make meaningful, informed and public commitments through credible platforms and set measurable targets across priority locations for how much the company will contribute to restore ecosystems.
  • Act: Preventing impact from happening in the first place or eliminating the impact entirely is already a significant contribution. Actively working – in partnership with others – to restore ecosystems is one part of the solution, and investing in nature-based, inclusive and holistic solutions is another way to contribute. Ultimately, a transformation is required to become nature-positive across the value chain aiming to “give back more than you take”.
  • Advocate: Engage in activities to advocate for ambitious government policies that will scale and speed up further positive business action.

Speakers

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

Business for Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

Business for Nature

Eva leads Business for Nature coalition that drives nature-positive business action and policy ambition. Previously, Eva spent 15 years at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), leading work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making and disclosure, including the Natural Capital Protocol.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Amplify the voice of leading business to drive action and policy ambition to a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable world.

14:50 – 15:30

The Business of Biodiversity (Panel)

Biodiversity is everybody’s business. The source of everything we eat and drink, and most of what we wear and furnish our homes with. It is, like the climate, in extreme crisis. This panel will explore the drivers and opportunities for sustaining and restoring our biodiversity.

Learnings

  • Redefining the universal value of biodiversity
  • Identifying systemic failures that lead to biodiversity loss
  • Highlighting new frameworks for sustaining biodiversity 

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand your personal supply chain – explore the source, footprint and natural support systems of your food, clothing and furniture
  • Read the Dasgupta Report (or at least the executive summary) 
  • Make personal and business decisions that respect and support our continuing freedom to enjoy what biodiversity offers
  • Contribute to or be ready for, TNFD

Speakers

MODERATOR

Mike Kilburn

Independent Sustainability Adviser

Mike Kilburn

Independent Sustainability Adviser

Mike Kilburn has built and led cross-disciplinary teams to develop and implement groundbreaking and practical solutions to Hong Kong and the global aviation sector’s sustainability challenges around climate, biodiversity, air quality, and waste for more than 20 years.

Terence Fong

Partner

Environmental Resources Management

Terence Fong

Partner

Environmental Resources Management

Terence has >21 years’ experience in ecological research, environmental management and conservation and is highly familiar with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards, particularly PS6 and ‘Critical’ habitat evaluation. He has managed, designed and supervised numerous Projects, particularly renewables spanning across wider Asia Pacific region to meet client requirements.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Helping my clients to achieve no-net-loss and/ or net gain for biodiversity.

Chinali Patel

Consul – International Illicit Finance Policy Lead

British Consulate General Hong Kong

Chinali Patel

Consul – International Illicit Finance Policy Lead

British Consulate General Hong Kong

Chinali Patel is a UK diplomat at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong leading on illicit finance policy. Chinali maintains excellent relationships with key influencers, wider civil society and international partners to ensure a coordinated and responsive approach to issues which need addressing at international, regional and local level in addressing illicit finance.

Nancy Wang

Director, Sustainable Finance

ANZ

Nancy Wang

Director, Sustainable Finance

ANZ

Sustainable Finance specialist at ANZ originating, structuring and guiding for best practice transactions. We are actively engaging with corporates on the transition to a low carbon economy and bringing the diversity of financing formats available in loans, capital markets, and transaction banking to support an inclusive transition.

Sponsored by

Environmental Resources Management

Booth C65

At ERM, sustainability is our business. We are the largest global sustainability consultancy, partnering with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative sustainability solutions and unlocking commercial opportunities. We have been in Hong Kong since 1987 and our diverse team supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Setting ambitious science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as part of a unified private sector response to the global risks of climate change. Validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, this makes us an early adopter among the professional services sector.

2. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions across our operations by 2025.

3. Reporting to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard through our annual Sustainability Report.

4. Meeting the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, and through it a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles and the Sustainable Oceans Principles.

5. Respecting human rights and a world free of slavery. We recognize our responsibility to support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We report annually in compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

6. Signatory to the Race at Work Charter driven by Business in the Community.

Solutions Showcase:

  • ESG Reporting / Consultancy
  • Professional Services
  • Sustainability Services

Legal Name: ERM-Hong Kong Limited

The UK Department for International Trade in Hong Kong

Booth C37

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.

Solutions Showcase:

  • Government Agency

Legal Name: British Consulate in Hong Kong

15:30 – 15:45

The Power of Nature: Unlocking the Potential of Nature-Based Solutions to Tackle Climate Change (Introduction)

Nature-based solutions provide an untapped opportunity to store and reduce carbon while boosting economies and communities. We must invest in and scale up nature’s proven pathways to tackle climate change.

Learnings

  • Nature-based solutions can provide up to 37 percent of the emission reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2°C.
  • Using only cost-effective solutions, nature’s mitigation potential is estimated at 11.3 billion tons in 2030—the equivalent of stopping burning oil globally.
  • Many natural climate solutions offer additional benefits, such as water filtration, flood buffering, improved soil health, protection of habitat and enhanced climate resilience.
  • Mounting evidence suggests that there needn’t be a contradiction between protecting our ecosystems and meeting the growing demand for natural resources.
  • Case studies from Asia Pacific and how Hong Kong is a critical player in this space as a leading global city surrounded by nature

Post-Event Actions

Invest in nature-based solutions as the cost-effective innovative way to combat climate change while benefiting economies and communities.

Speakers

Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

William McGoldrick is the acting Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a USD $45 million program across 12 countries in support of TNC’s two foremost priorities: protecting lands, oceans and freshwater; and tackling climate change through science-based mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Supported by

The Nature Conservancy

Booth NGO Lounge

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. We work in Hong Kong to invest in nature-based solutions while empowering its urban population to address critical environmental challenges. Leveraging our data-backed science and global expertise, we aim to improve the local ecological, economic and social value of Hong Kong’s natural resources.

15:45 – 16:30

The Power of Nature: Unlocking the Potential of Nature-Based Solutions to Tackle Climate Change (Panel)

Companies are pledging to invest in nature-based solutions that protect and restore nature while stimulating green growth. Hear from our panelists how their industries are tackling this challenge.

Learnings

  • The rapidly evolving carbon marketplaces and the use of carbon offsets have the potential, in combination with other strategies, to meaningfully mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as provide valuable conservation co-benefits for people and nature.
  • Impact-focused tools such as conservation financial strategies and green bonds can be efficient and attractive solutions for investors and the private sector.
  • Strategic partnerships across sectors, regulations and critical research are also needed to attract companies and drive environmental conservation.

Post-Event Actions

  • The change we require is unprecedented in scale, and it needs to accelerate quickly.
  • Hong Kong has so much potential as a global financial hub and centre of innovation. We need all sectors to support business models, financial products, new technologies and innovation to drive change towards a sustainable future.
  • From learning about real-world examples from our panelists, think about how you can steer your company to contribute towards a low-carbon future while still stimulating economic growth.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

Will McGoldrick

Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific

The Nature Conservancy

William McGoldrick is the acting Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a USD $45 million program across 12 countries in support of TNC’s two foremost priorities: protecting lands, oceans and freshwater; and tackling climate change through science-based mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Robert Barker

Chief Sustainable Business Officer – CIB APAC

BNP Paribas

Robert Barker

Chief Sustainable Business Officer – CIB APAC

BNP Paribas

Rob Barker is Chief Sustainable Business Officer, CIB Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas. Building on 28 years in financial markets and 15 years at BNP Paribas, Rob leads the definition and approach for sustainable finance for the corporate and institutional banking franchise in the bank for Asia Pacific.

Lisa Genasci

CEO

ADM Capital Foundation

Lisa Genasci

CEO

ADM Capital Foundation

Lisa Genasci is the founder and CEO of ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF), an innovative philanthropic vehicle established to support critical research and impact-driven approaches to promoting environmental conservation in Asia. Lisa has also helped lead private credit manager ADM Capital’s ESG integration, heads the ADMC ESG Committee and sits as an observer to the ADMC Investment Advisory Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To push for change across some of our most intransigent environmental challenges: Our depleting oceans, the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health, the intersections among food, energy and water.

Michael Kokora

Partner

OBJECT TERRITORIES

Michael Kokora

Partner

OBJECT TERRITORIES

Michael Kokora is a partner at OBJECT TERRITORIES, a critical design practice based in Hong Kong and New York that works at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. We engage the built environment at scales ranging from strategic interventions to architectural projects and regional masterplans. We explore the spatial conditions between objects (buildings) and territories (landscapes) to develop intelligent forms with a commitment to public space and environmental activism. Michael is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and teaches in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Developing the potential for new ecologies and habitats in coastal, terrestrial, and urban conditions.

Supported by

The Nature Conservancy

Booth NGO Lounge

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. We work in Hong Kong to invest in nature-based solutions while empowering its urban population to address critical environmental challenges. Leveraging our data-backed science and global expertise, we aim to improve the local ecological, economic and social value of Hong Kong’s natural resources.

16:40 – 17:00

Everything Begins with a Game Changing Idea

Big ideas will help us reshape the world around us. We have an opportunity to re-imagine our future by re-thinking the way we live, eat, move & feel.

Brinc’s global accelerator programs help drive sustainable agendas in 100s of startups around the world in the areas of alternate proteins, clean energy, clean water & sanitation, sustainable cities and communities as well as for human health.

Learn and see from live case studies examples of disruptors / problem solvers / those who challenge conventional thinking to transform the way we operate, source, trade, collaborate and engage with the world around us.

Learnings

  • How to get started?
  • What are the key areas to work on?
  • The big ideas – How can you make a dent if you’re just a small part of a much larger fast moving world?

Post-Event Actions

  • Leverage our global access to the startup ecosystem to help organizations identify, connect and work with the right startup to drive innovation
  • Integrate new solutions by collaboratively defining a mandate, finding the right startups and facilitating results-driven pilots
  • Qualified access to early-stage startups for direct investment sourced through Brinc’s accelerator programs

Speakers

Manav Gupta

CEO

Brinc

Manav Gupta

CEO

Brinc

Manav is the Founder & CEO of Brinc. Brinc is a different breed of venture capital and accelerator firm. Core to Brinc’s business is their belief that some of the world’s biggest challenges can be solved by entrepreneurs, who Brinc likes to call GAME CHANGERS. More game changers will make a positive impact on the world if they are given the right backing. And that’s what Brinc is here for. To support and mentor founders and their teams from across the world and provide investment to help them grow. Brinc believes that technology focused start-ups, with the right backing and support can fundamentally change how we move, what we eat, how we feel and where we live for the better.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Making 1,000 climate conscious investments in the next 5 years.

17:00 – 17:45

Carbonless Asia Challenge – Hong Kong

To meet its carbon targets, industries in Asia need to decarbonize – fast. This session will introduce some Carbonless trailblazers, and preview the upcoming Carbonless Hong Kong Challenge.

Learnings

  • State of play re: decarbonization challenges and strategies emerging in Asia
  • Introduction to specific players’ decarbonization priorities and game plans
  • Carbonless Asia’s collaborative approach to accelerating decarbonization

Post-Event Actions

  • Measure internal corporate progress towards decarbonization vs. those shared on the panel
  • Explore new technologies, approaches and collaborative mechanisms
  • Contribute to forthcoming Carbonless Hong Kong Challenge

Speakers

MODERATOR

Rachel Fleishman

Head of Partnerships

Carbonless Asia

Rachel Fleishman

Head of Partnerships

Carbonless Asia

A veteran sustainability professional who has worked at the confluence of strategy, business development, advocacy and communications, Rachel focuses on bringing innovative technologies and business models to the urgent task of decarbonizing Asia.

Rachel holds a BA from Tufts University in Boston and an MBA from Kellogg in Chicago.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

My goal is to accelerate decarbonization in Asia by connecting critical value chain managers with technologies, materials, software and business models to radically reduce their carbon footprints.

Jessica Chan

Head of Sustainability

MTR Corporation Limited

Jessica Chan

Head of Sustainability

MTR Corporation Limited

Jessica is the Head of Sustainability of MTR Corporation responsible for developing sustainability-related policies and strategies and driving sustainability initiatives for the Corporation. She is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in environmental and corporate sustainability. Jessica is a member of several international and local sustainability-related committees including UITP’s Sustainable Development Committee and HKGCC’s Environment & Sustainability Committee.

Alexandra Tracy

President

Hoi Ping Ventures

Alexandra Tracy

President

Hoi Ping Ventures

Green Finance Advisor, Friends of the Earth (HK)

Advisor to the World Bank Climate Investment Funds

Former advisor to UN Green Climate Fund

Alexandra Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on green finance and sustainable investment in Asian emerging markets.  She is currently Private Sector Observer to the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, having for several years served as Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund.

Alexandra is a director of RIMM Sustainability Pte Ltd in Singapore and sits on a number of corporate and non profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non executive Chairman, and the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation.  She is also a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK, and an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre, Friends of the Earth Hong Kong and the NDCI.org climate commitment community.

From 2013 to 2019, Alexandra was a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  She acted as non executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.

Alexandra speaks and writes regularly on sustainable finance, development and infrastructure issues.  She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Mobilise private capital for green infrastructure.


Gemini Yang

Partner, Financial Risk Management

KPMG

Gemini Yang

Partner, Financial Risk Management

KPMG

Gemini is a Partner in Financial Risk Management team of KPMG Hong Kong. She has 15 years of experience at quantitative analysis and modelling development. Recently, Gemini has been assisting Hong Kong banks on compliance and implementation of their ESG, Climate Risk Management, Climate Risk Stress Testing, etc.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Support on KPMG’s continued focus on delivering growth in a sustainable way and providing climate solutions for member firms, clients and society.

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