Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

Post-COP25 Hong Kong Forum
Event Date: 17 Jan 2020
Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Fee: This event is free of charge but registration is needed. Please visit the registration link to reserve your seat(s).
Contact: Ms Rae Leung


Business Environment Council, Civic Exchange and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will be holding a forum to discuss the outcome of COP25.

The context for COP25 included:

  • The IPCC's special reports on 1.5°C, Land and Oceans. - See the briefing the IPCC gave in Hong Kong this October
  • Tense geopolitics with USA starting its formal withdrawal fromthe Paris Agreement, increased deforestation in Brazil and continued investments in coal mining and coal fired power stations.
  • Technological progress on renewable energy and the potential hydrogen economy.

COP25 failed to finalise the Paris Rulebook. This must now be done next year and risks obstructing country commitments to the reduced emissions science advises are essential.

On the other hand, "side events" at the COP were extensive and showed the substantive work being done to meet the climate change challenge. Examples:

The briefing will review the state of the UN negotiations, highlights from the side events and prospects for 2020 when Hong Kong must provide, via Beijing, its 2050 decarbonise plan.

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS (by last name in alphabetical order)

  • Mr Tim Chan, Senior Analyst, ESG Research and Integration, Manulife Investment Management
  • Mr Eric Chong, Deputy Chairman, Business Environment Council / President & CEO, Siemens Hong Kong & Macao
  • Mr Martin Cresswell, Technical Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association
  • Dr Wee Kean Fong, Deputy China Country Director, WRI Beijing
  • Mr David Foster, Vice Consul for Economic Diplomacy, the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong
  • Mr J. Robert Gibson, Fellow of Civic Exchange and Adjunct Professor of HKUST
  • Prof Cara Horowitz, Co-Executive Director, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA
  • Mr Lawrence Iu, Associate Researcher, Civic Exchange
  • Mr Joseph Law, Senior Director, Planning and Development, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
  • Mr Ray Leung, Senior Environmental Protection Officer, (Cross-Boundary & International)5, Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR Government
  • Mr Simon Ng, Director – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council

More details about Speakers and Programme.


Date 17 January 2020 (Friday)
Time 9:00a.m. – 12:30p.m. (Reception will start at 8:30a.m. with coffee / tea)
Venue BEC Auditorium
Address G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong (view map)

This event is free of charge but registration is needed.
Please visit this link for registration.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Rae Leung, Institute for the Environment, HKUST at


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