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September 2020

Unlocking Capital for Sustainability 2020

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[Update on 29 July 2020: The safety of our guests, speakers and employees is our priority. Due to the recent COVID-19 developments, Unlocking Capital for Sustainability 2020 will not proceed on 30 June 2020 at Orchard Hotel. The event will be postponed to 10 September 2020 and hosted virtually.

Attendees who have purchased a ticket and are unable to attend the event on the new date may transfer your ticket to another guest, or send in a request for a refund to events@eco-business.com. All refunds will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.]

Unlocking Capital for Sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.

The financial sector stands at a crossroads of change: Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the role of finance in building equitable, sustainable economies has been debated across societies. Set amid this backdrop is the rise of sustainable finance, which allocates capital with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to create long-term value. Despite the encouraging momentum however, the deployment of private capital for sustainable finance remains relatively small.  

According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, sustainable development in Asia will require US$5 trillion of investments to address complex challenges of climate change, growing inequality and rising urbanisation by 2030. How can the finance industry accelerate the responsible deployment of capital for these solutions in a rapidly growing region?

Join us at Unlocking Capital for Sustainability 2020: Transforming Asia Pacific

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Speakers

Sumi Dhanarajan

Associate Director, APAC, Forum for the Future

Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

Feng Hu

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Vigeo Eiris

Robin Hu

Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek

Harjan Kuiper

Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank Singapore & Representative Markets

Mikkel Bilyk Larsen

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS

Mike Ng

Head of Structured Finance, OCBC

Vivek Pathak

Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, IFC

Ben Peel

Climate Change Mitigation Consultant, Carbon Trust

Steve Peters

Senior Energy Specialist, ADB

Cedric Rimaud

ASEAN Program Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative

Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia Pacific ESG Business Development, Trucost , part of S&P Global

Regula Schegg

Managing Director of Asia, Circulate Capital

Liang Si

Head of DCM & Syndicate APAC, BNP Paribas

Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

El Lynn Yeoh

Head of Ethics, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

Ricco Zhang

Senior Director for Asia Pacific, ICMA

Hosts and moderators

Vincent Bakker

Chief Financial Officer, Positive Energy Ltd

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Nicholas Kolesch

Vice President, Projects, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Steven Okun

ASEAN Representative at EMPEA

Junice Yeo

Deputy Managing Director, Eco-Business

Agenda

10:45 am

Platform opens

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11:00 am

Introductory remarks

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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11:05 am

Keynote Address

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Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

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11:15 am

Keynote Address

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Robin Hu

Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek

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11:25 am

Fireside chat #1 Transforming Asia Pacific

In this intimate session, speakers share their birds-eye view of the progress of sustainable finance in the region, looking at the trends that will shape the decade ahead and how to accelerate capital allocation for sustainable development. The discussion will look at the opportunities  in a rapidly developing region, and how to seize them.


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Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

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Robin Hu

Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

11:50 am

Lunch break

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1:00 pm

Panel#1: Sustainable financial instruments: Is regulation the answer?

Green bonds, blue bonds, sustainability loans, green loans – financial institutions are clamouring to announce newly launched green loans and products. Even as the world recognises the need for new financial instruments to fund projects driving sustainability, there remains a strong scepticism towards loosely defined green instruments that are subject to greenwash. Is there a role for regulators in this respect for Asian products? What other drivers can accelerate financial ESG standards in Asia?


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Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

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Harjan Kuiper

Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank Singapore & Representative Markets

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Junice Yeo

Deputy Managing Director, Eco-Business

2:00 pm

Panel #2 The role of Asian banks in the energy transition

Banks have an outsized influence on the modern economy today and have been under pressure to accelerate the critical energy transition needed to tackle our global climate crisis. Last year, banks with over US$47 trillion in assets, making up one third of the industry, adopted the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Banking to fight climate change and shift loan books away from fossil fuels. Closer to home, Singapore’s three major banks said they would stop new investments in coal fired power plants.  Regional banks and organisations in this panel will discuss the state of the energy transition in this rapidly developing region and the role of finance in enabling it.


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Feng Hu

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Vigeo Eiris

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Mike Ng

Head of Structured Finance, OCBC

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Ben Peel

Climate Change Mitigation Consultant, Carbon Trust

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Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia Pacific ESG Business Development, Trucost , part of S&P Global

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Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

3:00 pm

Coffee break

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3:15 pm

Fireside chat #2 Corporate leadership in driving ESG integration

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El Lynn Yeoh

Head of Ethics, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

3:45 pm

Panel #3 Investing in the Circular Economy

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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Regula Schegg

Managing Director of Asia, Circulate Capital

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Steve Peters

Senior Energy Specialist, ADB

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Sumi Dhanarajan

Associate Director, APAC, Forum for the Future

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Nicholas Kolesch

Vice President, Projects, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

4:45 pm

Closing remarks

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Vivek Pathak

Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, IFC

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5:00 pm

Breakout for networking

Attendees will be split into smaller groups for a more intimate virtual networking session.

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6:00 pm

End of event

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