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How is the Finance Industry Helping APAC Transition to Low Carbon Economies


About this event

The APAC region is home to some of the largest carbon emitters. According to BP’s Review of World Energy, the region emits 52% of global carbon, with China making up 50% and India 13.7% of the region’s emissions. Last year saw the highly publicised COP26 event, during which 26 countries committed to phasing out coal, China and India refrained. The question remains of what the pathway will look like in APAC’s drive to carbon neutrality.

In this event, Chitra Hepburn and Stewart James delve into APAC’s efforts to drive sustainable change. The key themes that will be discussed are:

  • The key ESG trends to watch for 2022 and beyond
  • How close APAC is to meeting its target of carbon neutrality by 2050
  • How ESG and sustainable investment is influencing international banks and their clients
  • How organisations can integrate ESG practices and what they need from Government & regulators

Chitra will be providing an insightful look into the key ESG trends, benchmarking APAC against the world on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. She will also offer insight into how organisations can educate stakeholders and foster internal engagement. This will not only help them incorporate ESG and pricing climate risk into investment decisions and portfolios but develop a holistic strategy to capitalize on emerging trends.

Stewart will paint a picture of what such a transition will look like on the example of an international bank – HSBC and elaborate on the role the private sector will play in this pivot. Furthermore, Stewart will touch on the implications for your clients following this surge in sustainable investment and the future of public-private relationships focusing on government and regulators within APAC.

Both speakers will provide their views of the future trends within APAC as well as answer pressing questions related to internal or client implications and concerns.


About the Speakers:

Chitra Hepburn, Managing Director and Head of APAC ESG & Climate, MSCI. Chitra is based in Singapore and is responsible for the ESG Research business across the diverse region. Chitra initially spent 15 years in Investment Banking, a number of those being in Project Finance in the Green Energy sector. Following that, she focused on Cleantech Investments in China, followed by a few years in Corporate Development and ESG.

Chitra has lived and worked in 10 countries across APAC as well as Europe. Chitra was on the Board of Collective Responsibility and Green Initiatives for a number of years. Chitra holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics, which spurred her on to a Sustainability-focused career path


Stewart JamesChief of Staff, Sustainability Policy and Regulation, HSBC. Before joining HSBC in January 2016, Stewart worked in the public sector for over 20 years. He held a number of posts for HM Treasury (HMT), including six years in Brussels focussed on EU financial regulation. Returning to London he led European Strategy in HMT, working on the renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty, and the UK’s 2005 Presidency of the EU; and subsequently establishing a Financial Services Strategy Team focussed on developments in global finance. In 2008, Stewart was based in Washington DC, representing the UK Government on the board of the World Bank Group as Alternate Executive Director. This was followed by a spell at the Bank of England where he acted as Governor Mark Carney’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) Sherpa, establishing a team to support the Governor in his role as FSB Chair.

Stewart transferred to Hong Kong to become Head of Group Public Affairs, Asia Pacific, in February 2018, a position which he held until December 2021. From January 2022, Stewart has taken on a role as Senior Adviser to the co-CEOs covering sustainability policy and regulation.

March 24 2022


Date: March 24
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free
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