Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management

Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management Tuesday, 27th October 2015, 3:15PM to 6PM KPMG, 23rd Floor

Breakfast Seminar “Has India’s moment finally come?”

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to join the following breakfast seminar “Has India’s moment finally come?” with the guest speaker Alan Rosling, CBE, Chairman at Griffin Growth Partners Limited.

Connecting European and Asian Financial Markets: Luncheon with Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are delighted to invite you to a luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services

2015 Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia)

The upcoming Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia) will be held on 3-4 December 2015. For the latest information and to register, please visit the

FORUM WITH CONNIE HEDEGAARD – EU COMMISIONER FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Host / Sponsor: European Union Business Information Programme
Event Time: Wed 04-May-2011 4:00 PM To 5:30 PM
Venue: PricewaterhouseCoopers Executive Conference Centre, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central
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Green EuropeChina and the European Union recognize that climate change will have devastating consequences for their peoples, economies, and environments, and that global dialogue is a crucial part of the solution. EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard, has articulated her ambition “to see, in five years time, a Europe that is the most climate friendly region in the world”.

Commissioner Connie Hedegaard delivered a fiery speech about the predicaments and challenges the energy sector is facing with regards to reaching the targeted carbon emissions by 2020. Today the need for ‘intelligent climate policy’ is as great as ever. Hong Kong estimates an increase in state coffers this year, next year, and possibly the next few years to come.

But with wealth comes responsibility. Shopping, high-energy wastage activities (such as the Symphony of Lights) and intensive commercial competition are the mainstay and signature of Hong Kong’s image. It is time, Commissioner Hedegaard declared, that the power and engine behind inciting and initiating change lie not in the hands of the state, but in the hands of the consumer, the citizen.

Several key factors are juxtaposed at this junction of urgency and will to act:

Technology is our medium to move forward, yet many countries are afraid or unwilling to invest in new technologies that are to date in their infancy or untested in the mass market. If we move forward, we may lose some, but if we stay put and hesitate, we will lose even more.

Job growth will increase, as so will the skills and talents that the transition to more climatically and energy efficient processes are adopted and implemented in construction, commercial, transportation, and other areas that leave a heavy carbon footprint.

A Vertical system of Cooperation and Coordination is necessitated around the world. China is one country that surprisingly is one of the few at the top echelon of lonely and concerned nations who are eager to act, but success in achieving results comes also from the combined efforts of others. The Chinese leadership is looking towards its 12th 5-Year-Plan to introduce measures that will achieve the targeted 25% cut in emissions by 2020.

The energy emanating from the Commissioner’s speech certainly highlighted her passion for working for change in the way energy is used. More so, it underlined her recognition for the urgency to act now, not for the present, but for improving the living standards for future generations. By 2020, the world’s population will reach 9 billion. Though this is not a controllable factor in science, economics, or any other field of study, as populations will continue to grow as living progresses, but what is controllable is the way we use our energy resources. If we are smart about it, the world may just be a more welcoming place for the next 2 billion new inhabitants.

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong conveys its deep appreciation and thank you to Civic Exchange for making this event possible. And it is with great thanks to the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for extending the use of their conference facility to us.

The Commissioner was joined by Hon. Edward Yau, Secretary for Environment, Hong Kong SAR Government, who is currently overseeing a consultation process to “chart the way forward for Hong Kong as a low carbon city”.

They were also accompanied by leading commentators Mr Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon Construction Ltd and Chairman of Hong Kongs Climate Change Business Forum and Mr. Tobby KentAssociate Director of the Sustainability & Climate Change team at PwC Hong Kong in a panel discussion moderated by Ms. Christine Loh,  CEO of Civic Exchange, on the challenges and opportunities for accelerating climate policy and action in cities and metropolitan regions with particular reference to the EU, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

Event Contact: kim.larsen@eurocham.com.hk

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