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Post COP27 Hong Kong Forum

January 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


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 will focus 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. – 12:10p.m. (Registration starts at 9:10a.m.)
  • Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
  • Format: In-Person
  • Language: English
  • Fee: Free of charge but registration is required


Tentative Programme:

Time  Session  
09:30 – 09:35 Opening Remarks

Mr Kevin O’Brien, Chairman, Business Environment Council

09:35 – 09:45 Presentation 1: COP takeaway – Climate Science  

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

09:45 – 09:55 Presentation 2: COP takeaway – Climate negotiations  

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

09:55 – 10:25 Panel 1: Pressure for decarbonisation shifting to Non-State Actors

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 – 10:40 Q&A
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 11:20 Presentation 3: COP takeaway – Young talent perspective

Ms Karina Chow, Assistant Manager, Civic Exchange

11:20 – 11:50 Panel 2: Transition plan – How can we deliver the change we need?

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 – 12:05 Q&A
12:05 – 12:10 Closing Remarks

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

Click here to register. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email during the first week of January 2023.


January 12
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Business Environment Council
the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Institute for the Environment (IENV)
HKUST’s Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR)
Civic Exchange


BEC Auditorium
G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong Hong Kong + Google Map