A growing list of country and city governments are formally declaring the existence of a ‘climate emergency.’ This helps them to coordinate the effective measures for climate action and make plans necessary for a safe, low carbon future. The IPCC, the UN’s main scientific body on climate change, says plainly, “Pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems.”
Carbon Care Asia’s 2019 conference comes at a time when Hong Kong is preparing its long-term decarbonisation plan. Recognising that this urgent task necessarily involves efforts from all sectors of society, the conference will feature speakers from business, the financial and IT sectors and civil society on ways to contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation.
Tackling the climate emergency is non-negotiable, but approaches must be found that are economically and socially feasible. Thinking beyond current systems and constraints, the CarbonCare® Conference will explore ways to shape the transition to a zero-carbon future that brings fresh economic opportunities and a more just society.
Date and Time: 10 December 2019 (Tuesday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Registration and coffee: From 8:30 am
Venue: Owners Box, 2/F & 3/F, Members Stand 1, Happy Valley Racecourse, HK
Language: The conference will be conducted in English. All afternoon workshops will be facilitated in English and Cantonese.
Registration deadline: 3 December 2019 (Tuesday)
Seats are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to confirmation by the organisers. This conference carries 5 hours of CPD points (3.5 hours for morning conference; 1.5 hours for afternoon workshop). Certificates of attendance will be available upon request.
Wide-ranging inputs and varied perspectives from business and community leaders
Insightful discussions and critical debates on both immediate practical issues and a look to the future
Unrivaled networking opportunities with top professionals in public and private sectors
Get inspired by leading thinkers on sustainability, green investment and civic actions
Opening (09:00 – 09:20)
Session One (09:20 – 11:00)
Community Response to Climate Emergency
Moderator: Ir Albert Lai, CEO, Carbon Care Asia
Panel discussion with Q&A
Session Two (11:30 – 13:00)
Business Response to Climate Emergency
Moderator: Mr Johnnie Yung
“How AI can contribute to protecting the Earth” by Ms Ada Ng, Director, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropies, Microsoft Hong Kong
Panel discussion with Q&A
Lunch (13:00 – 14:00)
CCA announcement of new products in green finance (14:00 – 14:15)
Keynote Speech (14:15 – 14:25)
"Climate change and business accountability" by Hon Kenneth Leung, Legislative Councillor
CarbonCare® Label 2019 Award Ceremony (14:25 – 15:00)
Networking Break (15:00 – 15:30)
Parallel Workshops- facilitated in English and Cantonese (15:30 – 16:45)
Workshop One: Sustainability reporting: how to catch up with rising standards in HK and Singapore
Workshop Two: Business solutions to Climate Risks: Sectoral policies, TCFD, CRA and beyond
Workshop Three: Staying ahead in carbon management: science-based targets and internal carbon pricing
The Hon Kenneth Leung
Leigislative Councillor, HKSAR
Mr Kenneth Leung is a member of the Legislative Council representing the accountancy functional constituency. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Panel on Financial Affairs, Public Accounts Committee and Committee on Rules of Procedure. He currently sits on the Environmental Affairs Panel, Economic Development Panel, Financial Affairs Panel and Security Panel.
Having been a tax practitioner for over 25 years and as one of the world’s top tax advisers, Mr Leung's primary policy focus are on taxation, public finance and financial services laws. He has a keen interest in Hong Kong's sustainable development and has written widely on topics including climate change, renewable energy, plastic pollution and biodiversity.
Mr Leung holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a professional accountant and a solicitor.
Mr Christoph Ganswindt
Executive Director, Information Technology and Sustainability
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mr. Christoph Ganswindt joined The Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2013 leading the Information Technology Division. With the transfer of Sustainability function, Christoph assumed a new title as Executive Director, Information Technology and Sustainability from 2014.
Christoph leads the IT team to provide innovative technology solutions that contribute to Club strategic objectives and missions by delivering quality IT services, maintaining secure and reliable IT systems, and establishing sound IT governance. He also leads the Sustainability team to bring environmental best practices to the Club and to collaborate with departments in improving the management of the Club’s hoofprint.
Prior to joining the Club, Christoph was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Telekom Deutschland, one of the world's leading telecommunications and information technology companies, active in about 50 countries worldwide. He is a seasoned CIO and has held a number of CIO positions with large corporations including Lufthansa, O2, Deutsche Telekom and PT Satelindo where he was based in Jakarta.
Mr Chong Chan Yau, MBE
CEO, Carbon Care Innolab
Director, Carbon Care Asia
Mr Chong Chan Yau has experience in international development, poverty reduction and humanitarian work. He is a leader in the field of equal opportunities, disability and inclusive education. Mr Chong has worked in government, academia as well as NGOs and business. He served in the Hong Kong Government as an administrative officer, worked as Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development. Mr Chong is active in promoting civil society in Hong Kong. He is Vice-Chairman of The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and President of the Hong Kong Blind Union. He has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Subcommittee of the Council for Sustainable Development, which is an advisory committee to the Hong Kong SAR Government on sustainability issues.
Speakers & Moderators (in order of appearance)
Mr John Sayer
Director, Carbon Care Asia
Research Director, CarbonCare InnoLab
Mr John Sayer has a background in sustainability issues and human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. As Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong, he helped shape and implement the first Oxfam International advocacy campaign on climate change (2008-2009). He has served on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative in the UK, helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chain policies. He has also served on the advisory body of the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. He is currently a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Reporting Initiative, the sustainability reporting standards organization.
Since joining Carbon Care Asia as a Director in 2014, John has worked on green finance standards, climate change education, and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate reporting. As Research Director of Carbon Care InnoLab, he is directing the ‘Paris Watch’ project which is assessing Hong Kong’s climate action performance against the ambition levels of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Ms Mayling Chan
International Programme Director, Oxfam Hong Kong
Ms Mayling Chan is currently the International Programme Director of Oxfam HK. Before re-joining Oxfam, she was the former CEO of Friends of the Earth (HK); East Asia Representative of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; and former Programme Director (HK, Mainland China, International) of Oxfam Hong Kong. Mayling was previously a Lecturer at City University of Hong Kong on Development Planning and Analysis.
Mr Ringo Mak
Programme Advisor, CarbonCare InnoLab
Mr Ringo Mak is the Programme Advisor of CarbonCare InnoLab, an independent community NGO whose mission is to encourage innovation that is both relevant to local needs and which contributes to tackle global climate challenges. This includes climate justice, carbon reduction, resource conservation and action that will assist adaptation and resilience building.
Ringo is also the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org., and Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd., a social innovation company that focuses on supporting social startups.
Ringo is currently the Chairman of Climate & Environment Committee of the Outstanding Young Persons Association (TOYPA), Hon Treasurer of Golden Age Foundation; Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong (2013-2019), Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute, Director of Leap Community and Zunosaki Ltd. He advises on a number of social enterprises such as Urban Spring, Food Grace, etc.
Ringo was awarded the Outstanding Young Person in 1984, and became Chairman of TOYPA in 2009, and Chairman of TOYPA TRUST from 2013-2019. He obtained his Master degree in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, and is fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Chartered Society of Designers in the UK. Before turning himself a social entrepreneur, he took up top management roles in the industrial sector for over 25 years and has received numerous international awards in industrial design and packaging.
Mr Fred Macias
Member of Extinction Rebellion Hong Kong
Mr Fred Macias is a member of the leaderless and global Extinction Rebellion. Documenting himself on environmental and social issues for over four years has led him to drastic changes such as becoming vegetarian, donating a third of his income to charities and more recently pledging not to fly any more. He is now advocating for systemic change by working with Extinction Rebellion and the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance.
Fred used to work as a software architect before journeying 100,000 km overland across three continents. During this period, he has witnessed both the unique opportunities and intense struggles that life on Earth is facing. Currently, he is teaching languages with the idea that access to education leads to positive transformation.
Mr James Marlow (panelist)
Member of Extinction Rebellion Hong Kong
Mr James Marlow is a member of the leaderless and global Extinction Rebellion. Through making the change towards a plant-based diet and making reductions in plastic usage, James discovered that there was a huge issue not just in Hong Kong but across the world, which is the lack of understanding of the issues our planet is facing and what we can do about it.
To combat this, James initially set up ‘Waste Free Hong Kong’, an organisation to combat plastic pollution and promote sustainable living practices. After two years, the organisation has developed and rebranded as ‘Green Hour’, aiming to tackle sustainability issues by engaging the community.
James is cautiously optimistic about the future, but firmly believes that unless there are drastic governmental changes now we will see drastic environmental changes globally.
Ir Albert Lai
CEO, Carbon Care Asia
Ir Albert Lai, the CEO of CCA, has been involved with green solutions and environmental organizations throughout his career. He was the founding chairman of the Professional Commons and the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development. He is a Director and past Chair of the Conservancy Association, the first non-government environmental group established in Hong Kong in 1968. He led the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and was also co-leader of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007) and Copenhagen (2009) and led the HK NGO delegation to the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December 2015. Ir Lai was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) responsible for the development of international sustainability reporting guidelines.
Ms Ronie Mak
Managing Director, RS Group
Ms Ronie Mak leads and manages the strategy, operations and development of RS Group’s activities in Hong Kong and globally. RS Group is a mid-sized HK-based family office committed to creating a paradigm shift in people’s values and priorities so that economic growth will support, instead of jeopardize, human development and environmental sustainability. Ronie also led the incubation of the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) under RS Group (http://sustainablefinance.hk/), a community platform focusing on private investors to drive demand and promote sustainable finance in HK. Ronie is a firm believer that one should, and can, “invest in the future one wants to create”.
Ronie is an investment banker by training with over 15 years of banking and finance experience. Prior to joining RS Group in 2014, she spent 8 years at HSBC across various roles (CEO office, Strategy, in-house M&A). During this period, she also acted as the Secretary of the Hong Kong Association of Banks in 2012. Other prior roles included corporate finance positions within KPMG, UPS and HSBC. Ronie was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney with merit and a double degree in finance and marketing, Bachelor of Commerce.
Mr Gabriel Wilson-Otto
Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Mr Gabriel Wilson-Otto joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2019 as Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific. In this role, Gabriel represents and leads BNPP AM’s stewardship activities in Asia Pacific, including researching key corporate governance issues, undertaking direct and collaborative corporate engagement, and working with policymakers on key issues relating to sustainable finance and investment. BNPP AM has assets under management of EUR 421 billion (as at 31 March 2019) and close to 900 staff in Asia Pacific located across 10 markets.
Gabriel joined from Goldman Sachs, Asia, where he was Executive Director, Head of GS SUSTAIN Asia. During his 12 years at Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for leading a team to identify long term investment opportunities in high quality companies, author research reports on key ESG issues, evaluate the performance of companies under a proprietary ESG scoring framework and focused on improving the performance of major corporations in the region by incorporating ESG factors into fundamental company valuations.
Gabriel holds a double Bachelor’s degree from The University of Melbourne, majoring in Commerce (Finance and Economics) and Information Systems and is a CFA charterholder.
Ms Alexandra Tracy
President, Hoi Ping Ventures
Ms Alexandra Boakes Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on sustainable investment and green finance in Asian emerging markets.
Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and then ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business. Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President - Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong.
From 2013 to 2019, Alexandra was a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is also the Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK and a member of the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Alexandra was 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. She 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 an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the NDCI.org climate commitment community.
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.
Ms Ada Ng
Director, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropies, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited
As Director, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropies, Ada’s key objective is to realize Microsoft’s global mission – to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more – in a diversified and inclusive way locally. Ada owns, drives and promotes Microsoft Philanthropies initiatives, including but not limited to Technology for Good Program for NGOs, YouthSpark & GirlSpark Programs for local youths, Future Ready Program for underserved’s future readiness in job market, so as to build social impact and advocate diversity & inclusion in Hong Kong Community. She also engages and nurtures Microsoft’s relationships with key external elites in line with Microsoft’s business and philanthropic strategies.
Before joining Microsoft, Ada had been working in CLP Power, AIA International and Samsung Electronics. With more than 10 years in CSR roles, Ada has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement including working with Government, academia and NGOs. She is also a part-time instructor at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, CUHK.
Ada attained her Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from the University of Hong Kong and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Adelaide.
Mr Johnnie Yung
Mr Johnnie Yung was recently Head of Portfolio Strategists for the Asia ex-Japan region for State Street Global Advisors. He was responsible for developing portfolio recommendations and presenting SSGA equity investment strategies and solutions, with a particular focus on indexing, smart beta, and ESG.
Prior to joining SSGA, Johnnie was Head of Beta Strategies Portfolio Management for Asia ex-Japan region at BlackRock, where he led a team of portfolio managers for managing all global passive equity funds in the region. Previously, Johnnie was a Senior Director at Royal Bank of Scotland Plc; and was a Vice President for DBS Bank covering various capital markets initiatives including product structuring, risk controls and executing M&A opportunities in China. Previously in Canada, Johnnie was the Portfolio Manager at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board where he managed both quantitative active funds and index funds. He also worked at Manulife Financial as Associate Actuary responsible for developing fixed income analytics as well as asset & liability management. He had also worked as money market portfolio manager at Crown Life.
Johnnie holds a MMath from University of Waterloo and a BComm (Hons) from University of Manitoba. Johnnie has been accredited a Fellow of the Society of Actuary and a Fellow of Canadian Institute of Actuary. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.
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