Innovations & Technology Theatre

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

Day 1 : 11:20 – 12:10

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

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.

Daniel Chan

Head of Greater Bay Area

Daniel Chan is Head of Greater Bay Area at HSBC. He spearheads HSBC’s strategic development in GBA, a key focus of the Bank’s Asia growth strategy. He leads the overall business strategy development and implementation in GBA, across all business lines and functions to capture opportunities brought by GBA’s economic growth and policy enhancement measures. He is an HSBC veteran with over 30 years’ experience, holding senior leadership positions in HK, Singapore, Mainland China in recent 15 years.

Xiaoqian Jiang

Project Manager/Associate

Xiaoqian JIANG is the Low Carbon Planning Project Manager, based in WRI China Office. She is one of the core team members of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol City Accounting Project to develop the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC). In China, she mainly works on the area of subnational carbon emissions peak and carbon neutrality through projects such as capacity building and policy research. Her focused regions are the GBA and Sichuan province.

Stephen Lai

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, Hong Kong

Stephen Lai is Senior Vice President and Director of Operations overseeing AECOM’s operations in Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience in delivering major multidisciplinary urban development and infrastructure projects for the HKSAR government as client, covering areas of investigation management, design, construction management and contract administration.

Stephen’s diverse portfolio of Hong Kong projects include Central-Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link; various new town developments such as New Development Areas in Northern Metropolis, Kai Tak Development, Tseung Kwan O New Town Development; Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel, Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel, among many others.

With his vast experience in project delivery and operations, Stephen is also heading the Asia Internal ESG initiative of AECOM and leading the business development in GBA by leveraging our resources, capability and experience development in Hong Kong.

Dr Xiaoliang Yang

Country Manager China

Dr. Xiaoliang Yang joined the Global CCS Institute as China Country Manager in March 2022. In his current role, Xiaoliang leads the Institute’s effort to develop and execute policy, advocacy, & client engagement strategies to build political and financial support for CCUS development in China. Xiaoliang holds a PhD in Environmental Science from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a MPA from Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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