Unifying Visions: The Northern Metropolis, GBA and a Clean Energy Future

11:25 – 12:15

China has pledged to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. What progress has been made so far? Hear from experts on the role of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) in spurring China’s energy transition, and how development of the Northern Metropolis can be aligned in areas of digitalisation and green finance to drive the development of clean energy innovation.


  • How can Hong Kong fast-track integration with the GBA, and align the city’s energy transition with national ambitions? In what ways is the Northern Metropolis an opportunity for integrated planning and transformative adaptation?
  • How can Hong Kong’s innovation and technology sector serve challenges in the Northern Metropolis-GBA opportunity? What technologies are being developed? What are the barriers, and how can they be overcome?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the role of the Northern Metropolis as an innovation and technology corridor in developing a high-quality GBA, and the opportunities for businesses in the region.
  • Rethink how your company and industry can contribute to the acceleration of our own and national green-energy transition via regional collaboration and innovation.


Lawrence Iu

Civic Exchange

Executive Director

Lawrence Iu is Executive Director at Civic Exchange. As a professional environmental strategist, he has profound experience in crafting climate change models and impactful public policies. His current focuses are on policy action in Energy, Building Energy Efficiency and Mobility. He has successfully built a platform with public, corporate and government stakeholders to craft an inclusive transition plan with strong buy-in.

In his previous roles in a multinational corporation and a higher institution, Lawrence led environmental sustainability and occupational health & safety projects across Asia Pacific and coordinated emerging technology management, circular economy and green chemistry research.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Despite these difficult times, we must remain forward looking and anticipate the time of recovery. Even more so, we are now in a favourable position to make fundamental policy decisions to rethink our economic model, making it fit for a low carbon missions world, and to set course for a better, sustainable, and more liveable future for Hong Kong.