Post-COP27 Hong Kong Forum
9:30am - 12:30pm
BEC Auditorium

The global business community articulated an important mindset shift throughout the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“COP27”) in Sharm el-Sheikh of Egypt, from making pledges to deploying concrete action to decarbonise their business.

Co-hosted by Business Environment Council (BEC), Civic Exchange (CEx), and HKUST Institute for the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability (HKUST-IENV/ENVR), this event aims to provide a forum for Hong Kong’s COP27 participants to share their observations with the Hong Kong business community and other key stakeholders. Specifically, this forum focussed on the latest development of the ISSB disclosure standard and transition pathway. Both topics have been discussed widely throughout COP27.

Event Details

Date: 12 January 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Format: In-Person
Language: English


Time Session

Opening Remarks [REPLAY]

Mr Kevin O’Brien, Chairman, Business Environment Council  


Presentation 1: COP takeaway – Climate Science [REPLAY]

Prof Alexis Lau, Head, Division of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST


Presentation 2: COP takeaway – Climate negotiations [REPLAY]

Mr Walter van Hattum, First Counsellor / Head of Trade Section, European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao


Panel 1: Pressure for decarbonisation shifting to Non-State Actors [REPLAY]

  • Mr Robert Gibson, Fellow, Civic Exchange (Moderator)
  • Mr Walter van Hattum, First Counsellor / Head of Trade Section, European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao
  • Ms Kit Law, Principal Manager – Strategic Planning, CLP
  • Mr Dennis Wan, Regional Lead (Corporate Engagement), CDP (TBC)
10:25 Q & A [REPLAY]
10:40 Coffee break  

Presentation 3: COP takeaway – Young talent perspective [REPLAY]

Ms Karina Chow, Assistant Manager, Civic Exchange


Panel 2: Transition plan – How can we deliver the change we need? [REPLAY]

  • Mr Merlin Lao, Head – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council (Moderator)
  • Dr Calvin Kwan, Head of Sustainability & Risk Governance, Link REIT
  • Ms Ivy Lau, Head of Sustainable Finance, Mizuho Securities Asia Limited
  • Ms Benedicte Nolens, Head of BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre, Bank for International Settlements (TBC)
11:50 Q & A [REPLAY]

Closing Remarks [REPLAY]

Ms Susanna Wong, Chair, Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group, Business Environment Council



9:30am - 12:30pm
BEC Auditorium
G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Business Environment Council, Civic Exchange, Institute for the Environment, Division of Environment and Sustainability
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