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January 2019

Unlocking capital for sustainability 2019

John Jacob II, The St. Regis Singapore

29 Tanglin Rd,
Singapore 247911

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Unlocking capital for sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment that brings together high-level decision makers in finance, business, government and civic society to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development projects.

In 2019, this event will be held on 22 January , in the run up to the Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, organized by the UN Environment Asia Pacific Regional Office and the Singapore Government from 23 to 25 January 2019 in Singapore.

This will provide further opportunities for high level policymakers in the region to engage with business and finance leaders on advancing sustainable finance.

Guest of Honour

Minister Masagos Zulkifli

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Speakers

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

Surya Bagchi

Global Head, Project & Export Finance, Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered

Michael Boardman

Group CFO, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Dave Chen

Principal and Chairman, Equilibrium

Joris Dierckx

Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas

Tim Hill

Research Director, Eco-Business

Juliette Macresy

Head of Greater China and South East Asia, Vigeo Eiris

Caroline McLaughlin

Director, Partnerships, AVPN

Neo Gim Huay

Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group and Managing Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group, Temasek Holdings

Brian Reilly

CEO & Founder, Revolv

Steven Stone

Chief, Environment's Resources & Markets Branch (R&M), UN Environment

Barney Swan

Managing Director, 2041 ClimateForce

Kevin Tan

Founder, Tri Sector Associates

Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Dechen Tsering

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment

Steve Tunstall

CEO and Co-Founder, Inzsure. com, General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association

H.E. Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Hosts and moderators

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Fang Eu-Lin

Partner, PwC Singapore

Dominic Goodman

Singapore Partner, Arabesque

Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Steven Stone

Chief, Resources & Markets Branch (R&M)

Agenda

9:00 am

Welcome address

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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9:10 am

Keynote address by Guest-of-Honour

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Minister Masagos Zulkifli

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

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9:30 am

Keynote address

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Steven Stone

Chief, Environment's Resources & Markets Branch (R&M), UN Environment

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10:00 am

Fireside chat: How sustainability reporting can help grow sustainable finance in Asia

In many key Asian markets, investors are increasingly demanding quality sustainability information and better integration into accounting standards. Research demonstrates that when Boards are involved in the development of reports that take a long-term focus, they are cognisant of a wider range of risks and opportunities and set good business strategies.

What role does sustainability reporting play in creating a financial system that supports sustainable investments? How are Asian Boards responding to this trend?

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Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

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Fang Eu-Lin

Partner, PwC Singapore

10:45 am

Opening plenary: Can finance save the world?

Financing sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and requires ambition, innovation, and commitment, underpinned by effective collaboration.

This dialogue will bring all the three major stakeholders – finance, government and entrepreneurs – to discuss how capital can be unlocked for sustainable development projects.

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H.E. Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

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Neo Gim Huay

Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group and Managing Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group, Temasek Holdings

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Surya Bagchi

Global Head, Project & Export Finance, Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

12:00 pm

Special address: Sustainable development and the Antarctic

Barney Swan is a young adventurer who traversed 1,000 kilometers over 65 days to the South Pole in December 2017, surviving using NASA designed solar ice melters, lithium batteries, and biofuel made from waste. The carbon positive journey marked the launch of the ClimateForce challenge, a target driven mission to ‘clean-up’ 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025.

Barney Swan, who leads the initiative, will share his experience in bringing actionable solutions, adventure, and passion into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Barney Swan

Managing Director, 2041 ClimateForce

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12:30 pm

Lunch and networking

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12:30 pm

Special presentation on EB’s latest report Power Trip: Asean’s journey to a low-carbon economy

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Research Director, Eco-Business

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2:00 pm

Afternoon plenary: Insights into Asia’s regulatory landscape for sustainable finance

Sustainable finance might be gaining attention in Asia, but sustainable investments remain a drop in the ocean relative to overall investment activity. Are regulators in Asian countries creating the right environment for sustainable finance? What are the regulatory gaps that need to be addressed?

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Joris Dierckx

Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas

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Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

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Steven Stone

Chief, Resources & Markets Branch (R&M)

3:30 pm

Coffee break

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3:45 pm

Afternoon Fireside chat: Sustainability and financial risk

Long regarded as the domain of non-financial reporting, sustainability concerns are now increasingly viewed as tangible, financial risks that companies must consider and address.

As Asia continues to enjoy unbridled growth, the region is also encountering serious challenges such as tackling climate change, pollution, social inequality and resource management. How can governments, businesses, finance and insurance respond to this new era where ESG issues increasingly pose financial risks?

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Steve Tunstall

CEO and Co-Founder, Inzsure. com, General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association

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Dominic Goodman

Singapore Partner, Arabesque

4:15 pm

Closing plenary: Innovative finance for sustainable solutions

It is absolutely critical that low-carbon solutions in Asia are supported and scaled to enable the region to achieve sustainable development. Yet, investor funds are just not being matched to bankable projects and where there is activity, it is painfully slow.

How can we respond to this key challenge, and what are the emerging sources of finance that can accelerate the pace of investment in the region?

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Caroline McLaughlin

Director, Partnerships, AVPN

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Brian Reilly

CEO & Founder, Revolv

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Kevin Tan

Founder, Tri Sector Associates

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Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

5:00 pm

Closing remarks

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Dechen Tsering

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment

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5:15 pm

Drinks and networking: Unlocking capital’s speed dating for financiers and projects

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6:15 pm

End of programme

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