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A Visit to EcoBricks Factory: Transforming Plastic Waste Into Green Concrete

On 29 November, members enjoyed an exclusive visit to the factory of local start-up EcoBricks where Founder and CEO Shervin Sharghy explained his company’s role in and contribution to developing a circular economy in Hong Kong for the handling of urban plastic waste. Members also learnt about the process of transforming plastic waste into concrete bricks through a breakthrough technology that is capable of up-cycling all seven types of recyclable plastics, as well as mixed and composite plastics that are otherwise difficult to recycle.

2022/11/29
Mark Slade, Chairman of the Shipping & Transport Committee, and moderator of this seminar, presenting a souvenir to the speaker Martin Tony Chen, DNV Area Business Development Director (Hong Kong and Taiwan).

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: Meeting the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits of the Blue Economy and Maritime Decarbonisation

On 24 November, Martin Tony Chen, DNV Area Business Development Director (Hong Kong and Taiwan), spoke on importance of the blue economy in combatting climate change, and the maritime industry’s efforts to identify viable energy alternatives to meet decarbonisation goals. He also provided an overview of the various green initiatives by the public and private sectors in Hong Kong, as well as the corresponding milestones achieved to date.

The seminar is organised under the umbrella of the annual Hong Kong Maritime Week is the sixth in a series of seminars organised by the Chamber under the theme of "Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050".

2022/11/24

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: How to Bridge ESG Gaps in Hong Kong's Real Estate Sector?

Although there is growing acceptance in the property sector on the importance of a ESG strategy in achieving sustainability, a major gap still exists between ESG goals and their implementation. At a seminar on 21 November, Colliers’ Hannah Jeong shared advice on reconciling such differences through such means as creating a set of ESG values. She was then joined by her colleague Andrew Lau, as well as Alex Bent from Undivided Ventures and Ellie Tang from Fidelity International, in a panel discussion on ways for landlords and tenants to work together in achieving carbon neutrality by enhancing building energy efficiency, purchasing carbon offsets, promoting the use of green leases, and building effective corporate governance to meet climate resilience objectives.

The seminar was presided over by Prof. Eric Ma, Chairman of the Chamber’s Real Estate and Infrastructure Committee.

This is the fifth in a series of seminars on ‘Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050’, which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
 

2022/11/21

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: Corporate Best Practices to Achieve Net Zero

Climate and sustainability experts from Arup, Dr Tony Lam and Dr Homan Wong, spoke about the challenges of corporate decarbonisation at a Chamber seminar on 18 October. They suggested adopting science-based methods to mitigate climate-induced risks, as well as promote sustainability in a corporate setting as the world races to reach net zero by 2050. Their presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Gill Meller from MTR, Suzanne Cheung from Swire Coca-Cola HK, and Dennis Wong from HKT, who shared industry-specific challenges in driving climate-resilient best practices.

The seminar was presided over by Dr Cary Chan, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Green Building Council, and the panel session was moderated by Dr Bruce Chong, East Asia Climate Change, Urban Sustainability & Smart City Director from Arup.

This is the fourth in a series of seminars on ‘Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050’, which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

2022/10/18

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: Is Hydrogen the New Oil?

To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the transport sector is actively exploring alternative fuels as it charts a path towards sustainable mobility. At a seminar on 13 October, Mr Adam Leishman from Bravo Transport and Mr Jack Lam from Arup discussed the decarbonisation roadmap to a net-zero carbon transportation future through hydrogen. They also touched on the technical and legal challenges in popularizing hydrogen energy in Hong Kong, including the lack of hydrogen power stations and high green hydrogen prices. Professor Minhua Shao from HKUST Energy Institute shared the latest developments in building a more durable and cost-effective hydrogen fuel cell that could make hydrogen transport more commercially viable.

This is the third in a series of seminars on ‘Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050’, which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

2022/10/13

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: Measuring and Reducing Supply Chains’ Carbon Footprint

A seminar was organised on 24 August when Johnny Hui and Conan Lee from SGS spoke on the increasing need for companies to track emissions across their entire supply chain. In addition to an overview of the key international standards on carbon emission and common challenges in quantifying the carbon footprint of supply chains, they also shared details on a proprietary platform to help businesses manage their emission data in accordance with the requisite reporting requirements.

This is the second in a series of seminars on 'Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050', which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

2022/08/24

Hong Kong’s Connected Future Series: PropTech and Urban Regeneration

The application of proptech in urban regeneration is gaining momentum as the property industry relies increasingly on technology to complete projects in a safe, eco-friendly and efficient manner.

At a webinar on 14 April, Alan Yau, Head of Real Estate at KPMG; Andrew Young, Associate Director (Innovation) at Sino Group; Tiffany Lau, Head of Urban Ecosystems at JLL; Elizabeth Ball, SVP North Asia at Essensys; and Bowie Ma, Director of Innovation and New Products at theDesk, spoke on the popularisation of proptech in urban regeneration and community building projects, as well as associated business opportunities.

2022/04/14

Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050: Getting To Action in The Business Sector

Hong Kong aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To this end, closer collaboration between the public and private sectors is needed.

At a webinar on 13 April, Daniel Tang, Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Cross-Boundary & International) from the Environmental Protection Department; Mark Watson, Head of Sustainable Development at John Swire and Sons; Mike Kilburn, Independent Sustainability Adviser; and Chaoni Huang, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Capital Markets at BNP Paribas, exchanged views and ideas to promote a working partnership between the government and businesses to meet Hong Kong’s zero-carbon objective.

The panel covered a wide range of topics, including decarbonisation in energy production, buildings, supply chain, as well as financing and building capacity.

This is the first in a series of seminars on 'Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050', which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

2022/04/13

Not Just for Art Lovers: NFT Art and the Future of ESG

Jack Lau and Derek Collins – respectively the advisor at Articoin and Dean of Arts at the University of Hong Kong – spoke at a webinar at 16 March where they discussed the concept behind NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and the latest trends with these digital artworks -- and other representations of assets – that are commonly built upon blockchain technology.

In particular, the speakers touched on how NFT-based digital art can help promote social causes and help businesses meet sustainable goals through the use of smart contracts. They also discussed the prospects of a new market for trading NFTs underpinned by features such as carbon credit purchases.

2022/03/16
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