As The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK is coming to a close, the world is still seeking consensus on ways to achieve net zero emission. Friends of the Earth (HK) has collaborated with World Benchmarking Alliance to co-host the “Carbon Neutrality Forum” yesterday and invited Mr. Joseph Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong SAR government, Chair of World Benchmarking Alliance, Mr. Paul Druckman and the Head of Green and Sustainable Finance from the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Ms. Grace Hui as key speakers at the forum and to analyze the latest developments in green finance at a global and local level, also to discuss the performance of Asian oil and gas companies’ low carbon transition. The aim is to strengthen the ability of our next generation to cope with climate crisis and to further establish and improve the green financial education system.

Strengthen the ability of our next generation to cope with climate crisis and to further establish and improve the green financial education system

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference has repeatedly warned the little time we have left for the world to combat climate change. The world has only eight years to halve carbon emissions and control global temperature to pre-industrial levels in order to contain the crisis we are now facing.

Friends of the Earth (HK) believes Green finance is a necessary tool to help mitigate climate change and plays an integral part in helping our future generation. In view of this, Friends of the Earth (HK) is committed to establish a comprehensive Green Finance Education System by introducing the first internationally recognized Certified Environmental, Social, Governance Analyst (CESGA®) certification program in Hong Kong at the end of last year. Over the past 12 months, Friends of the Earth (HK) have successfully trained over 100 locally Certified ESG Analysts. Enrollment for the physical examination of the CESGA program has doubled for the December intake and the inaugural CESGA Scholarship program is established to encourage younger generation to take part in the green finance industry.

Inaugural CESGA Scholarship Program to nurture young ESG talents

This year, Friends of the Earth (HK) has set up the CESGA Scholarship Program which aims to encourage the future generation to pursue an ESG-inspired career in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and also to commit to green finance development in Hong Kong.

We welcome applicants with a bachelor degree holder from any university in Hong Kong graduated within the last 3 years and with good academic standing (a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in a 4.0-scale); or A full-time student in any universities in Hong Kong with a cumulative  grade-point average of at least 3.0 in a 4.0-scale.

Each awardee will receive a grant of HK$10,000 to attend the CESGA examination in the ‘presential’ / physical format in the Hong Kong examination center for the 2022 March intake.

WBA has published “The Oil and Gas Industry Benchmark” and Global State-owned Enterprises are Comparatively Slower to Transit than Private Enterprises

Another focus of the forum is the recent report issued by WBA where “The Oil and Gas industry Benchmark” was referenced at the panelist’s discussion. Oil and gas companies are one of the largest carbon emitters in the world and monitoring the performance of the industry’s low-carbon transition becomes critically important to achieving emission reduction targets. “The Oil and Gas Industry Benchmark” primarily assesses the top 100 most influential listed oil and gas companies in the world against the pledge made at Paris Agreement which is to limit the Global average temperatures from raising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Research has indicated that State-owned enterprises are slower to transform than private enterprises. Poorer performance implies a greater risk posed for State-owned enterprises compared with listed and private enterprises in relation to climate risk. 41 state-owned enterprises are responsible for 56% of the total emission of the 100 companies covered by the benchmark. In addition, many of the related countries fails to commit to any net-zero targets which is extremely worrying. NGOs and other related stakeholders are also limited in their ability to promote change. The report suggests that the key to success is for the company to set short to long term emission reduction targets and allows for transparency so that external stakeholders can fully assess the progress made.


News Pictures:

Picture 1: Friends of the Earth (HK) organized the “Carbon Neutrality Forum” today to discuss the performance of Asian oil and gas companies’ low carbon transition.
(Left to Right: Ms. Athena Ng, Board Governor and Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Anthony Cheung, Board Governor and Green Finance Convenor, Friends of the Earth (HK), Ms. Grace Hui, Head of Green and Sustainable Finance, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), Mrs Mei Ng, BBS, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth (HK), Mr. Joseph Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury The Government of Hong Kong SAR, Ms.Serena Mak, Board Governor and Honorary Secretary, Dr. Jeffrey Hung, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth(HK)).
Picture 2: Mr. Joseph Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury The Government of Hong Kong SAR
Picture 3: Ms. Grace Hui, Head of Green and Sustainable Finance, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Picture 4: Roundtable panelists discussed the performance of oil and gas companies in the low carbon transition.
(Left to Right: Mr. Anthony Cheung, Board Governor and Green Finance Convenor, Friends of the Earth (HK), Mr. Horace Tse, Head of Asia Pacific Energy Securities Research, Credit Suisse)

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