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  • Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) represent 90% of businesses worldwide. In Asia's fast-paced economic landscape, MSMEs are pivotal for growth and innovation. This webinar delves into how sustainable finance can empower these MSMEs, focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities of sustainable financing for MSMEs.

  • The green bond market in Asia has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years, driven by the increasing awareness among investors and issuers about the significance of sustainable financing in addressing climate change and fostering environmental sustainability. Our expert speakers from HKMA, HSBC, and Goldman Sachs explore the case study of the tokenized green bond issuances and discuss the regulatory landscape surrounding digital assets and green finance.

  • Digital technologies and data have proven to be a key tool in addressing the urgency and scale of the climate crisis. In this webinar, speaker discussed the crucial role of data in combating climate change and the latest developments in carbon data infrastructure, data-based assessment, and digital solutions.

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  • To meet the growing energy demands and achieve the climate objectives set forth in the Paris Agreement, annual clean energy investments in emerging and developing economies need to increase to US$2.8 trillion by the early 2030s. As more investors recognize the importance of climate action, there is a growing movement towards sustainable investing and financing. At this roundtable, speakers discussed the emerging investment and financing trends in decarbonization and the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in driving energy efficiency.

  • The sustainable finance market has seen a steady development in the last decade, experiencing a phase of exponential growth. During the launch event of the Alliance and Crédit Agricole CIB (CACIB)‘s thought leadership paper, the expert panel deep dived into the importance and core elements of green banking in emerging markets, how to help clients transit towards green banking, and challenges of promoting green and sustainable finance in the Asian region.

  • To achieve the energy and climate goals set by countries around the world, it is crucial to look for new ways to transform the energy sector, which is responsible for three-quarters of global emissions. How can financial institutions drive energy efficiency solutions? Marshal Salant, Global Head of Clean Energy Finance Group at Citi, shared the overview of energy efficiency financing, how financial institutions overcome the current financing hurdles, and future financing trends.

  • From the world’s first emissions trading system (ETS) to the recent Core Climate platform by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), carbon markets have been seen as a tool to help mobilize resources to smooth the low-carbon transition for decades. Purchasing high-quality verified emissions reductions in the form of carbon credits has become another effective alternative to offset carbon emissions and reach their ambitious climate goals. Our speakers dived deeper into what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action.

  • ESG disclosure is crucial to ensuring that investors are given sufficient information to make properly informed investment decisions. Environmental monitoring and data transparency are crucial for environmental pollution governance. The speaker from the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) unveiled how continuous real-time monitoring and reporting have strengthened regulatory enforcement and successfully helped major Chinese cities reduce 56 percent of PM2.5 pollution in the past ten years.

  • The green energy transition is foundational for global sectors to meet the Paris Agreement goals. As key frontier technologies, clean hydrogen and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) will play crucial roles to accelerate this transition. The roundtable, as the second part of the seminar co-organized by the Alliance for Green Banks and Bank of China (Hong Kong), discusses how the financial sector help will drive green transition, through different financing strategies and frameworks, and support clean hydrogen and CCUS’s market development. Clean hydrogen has increasingly taken a central role in the energy market for its low carbon emissions, infinite source, and higher energy density. According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), hydrogen will meet up to 12 percent of the final energy demand by 2050. How can clean hydrogen help balance security, affordability and sustainability while supporting the economic growth and meeting international climate goals? In the session, experts will speak about the challenges and developments in clean hydrogen and CCUS, hydrogen refueling stations, green hydrogen refining, and green financing vehicles.

  • The journey towards a low-carbon future in Asia has been accelerated by a growth in national ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality and net zero emissions. For banks to support this journey, a fundamental understanding of their own carbon footprint must be established before developing pathways and trajectories towards carbon neutrality targets. In this virtual event, experts from the Carbon Trust deep dived into the importance of establishing a robust and reliable baseline footprint and the different approaches to carbon footprint measurement.