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SEE Tech Talk Series

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

 

Date: 3 December 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 10 am – 12:15 pm
Format: Online via Zoom (Remark: Zoom link will be provided to registrants)
Language: English

Rundown: 

10:00 am – 10:05 am

Opening Remarks

Prof. Yun Hau NG, Professor

Presentations

10:05 am – 10:35 am

Aligning ESG with the SDGs: The Urgency to Adopt Sustainability Science

Dr. Shauhrat S. CHOPRA, Assistant Professor

10:35 am – 11:05 am

Advancing “Net Zero Competition” in Asia-Pacific under a Dynamic Era: Comparative Study on Carbon Neutrality Policy Toolkit in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong

Dr. Liang DONG, Assistant Professor (Joint appointment with Department of Public and International Affairs)

11:05 am – 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Demystifying ESG: Origins, Measurements, and Consequences

Dr. Lin ZHANG, Associate Professor

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Q&A Session

12:15 pm

End of Event

 

Abstract & Speakers

Aligning ESG with the SDGs: The Urgency to Adopt Sustainability Science

Dr. Shauhrat S. CHOPRA, Assistant Professor

 

Abstract 

ESG and Sustainability reporting has risen significantly in the last two decades and has become a new standard for markets worldwide. However, the quality of ESG reporting and its “real” impact on sustainable development remains questionable. Researchers have reached a broad consensus on the inefficacy of ESG reporting in terms of its contribution to society's sustainability goals and underlying environmental challenges. Their concerns of inefficacy are intensified with the observation of many empirical studies highlighting greenwashing and the entity's reputation-centric focus in non-financial disclosures. In this talk, Dr. Chopra will argue that the current market-driven ESG universe needs to go beyond its narrow focus on managing the company's risks to ensure its sustainability and, instead, align with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ESG space must evolve into a cross-disciplinary space where ecology, engineering, and social sciences disciplines meet; if not, ESG will become another tool for corporate greenwashing.

 

Advancing “Net Zero Competition” in Asia-Pacific under a Dynamic Era: Comparative Study on Carbon Neutrality Policy Toolkit in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong

Dr. Liang DONG, Assistant Professor

(Joint appointment with Department of Public and International Affairs)

 

Abstract

The policy toolkit is critical to forward the pathway to net zero. This study performed to conduct a comparative study on carbon neutrality policy toolkit in three critical and unique economies (Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR, China) in one of the most dynamic economic region Asia-Pacific. Carbon neutrality related policies were investigated under six categories according to various support mechanism to carbon neutrality:

1. Regulatory Reform

2. Market-based Mechanisms

3. Commercialisation Mechanism

4. Financial/Fiscal Mechanisms

5. Governance Mechanisms, and

6. Direct Investment.

We further compared these policies and mapped them based on different political economy and market features. Results highlighted although Japan presented a rather diverse policy matrixes, Singapore, on the other hand, highlighted with a quick progress on carbon finance in a controversial political economy. We expect to shed a light on how various and emerging carbon neutrality related polices are made and implemented in diverse and dynamic environments of Asia-Pacific. 

 

Demystifying ESG: Origins, Measurements, and Consequences

Dr. Lin ZHANG, Associate Professor

 

Abstract

ESG is one of the most notable trends in corporate governance, management, and investment of the past two decades. Yet few people know where the term comes from, what it was originally aimed to achieve, how it is measured, and what the consequences are. This talk will give a descriptive account of the history of the term ESG, discuss various measures of ESG scores, and offer an analytical critique of the term ESG and its consequences.

 

 

All are welcome!

 

Venue :Not Applicable
Category :Academic Seminar
Department/Office :School of Energy and Environment (SEE)
Event Start Date :2022-12-03 10:00   Open and Add event to my calendar
Event End Date :2022-12-03 12:15
Event Options :Unlimited seats

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