Carbon Neutral - Buzz word or New opportunities?

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27 August 2021 (Friday) 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (HKT)

Although the pandemic has helped reduce the global carbon emissions by a few percent, it came at the expense of the economic slowdown. The healthy approach is to facilitate the transition from the current economic model to a low carbon one. More than a hundred countries have joined the Climate Ambition Alliance aiming for Net Zero 2050. A growing number of governments are setting carbon reduction targets to end their contribution to climate change. Is Hong Kong City ready?  Multinationals, such as Starbucks, Apple and Nespresso have announced their carbon neutral commitment. What are the implications for our business corporations?


  • Climate emergency and greenhouse gases
  • Urban resilience and preparation
  • Climate impact to business operations
  • Carbon removal and offset solutions
  • Corporate strategy and actions 

The new amendments to the Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Guide has already applied to issuer's ESG reports for the financial years commencing on or after 1 July 2020.
Key changes and suggestions

  • Shortening the deadline of publication of ESG Reports
  • Introducing mandatory disclosure requirements (MDRs)
  • Requiring disclosure of significant climate-related issues
  • Amending the “Environmental” KPIs to require disclosure of relevant targets
  • Revising certain KPIs
  • Upgrading the disclosure obligation of all “Social” KPIs to “comply or explain”
  • Encouraging independent assurance

Event details


27 August 2021 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Hong Kong)
Venue: RSM Hong Kong Office
22/F,  Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Fee: Free of charge & by invitation only


Registration deadline:   25 August 2021



RSM Hong Kong 

Note:   First-come-first-served and limited seats only due to social distancing measures in place. The organiser reserve the right to change the event format, venue, date and programme due to circumstances beyond our control.


Experienced speakers


Dr. William Yu, PhD (Cantab), EMBA, FHKIoD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
World Green Organisation (WGO)


Dr. William Yu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation (WGO). Dr. Yu is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He also earned an Executive MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University in the U.S. Dr. Yu had gained valuable regional management experience by working at US multinationals and a financial institution. He is currently the Adjunct Professor of several local and overseas universities. Dr. Yu has successfully organised a Climate Finance and Sustainable Investing Conference with the United Nations (UNESCAP) with 400 participants in Hong Kong.


Dr. Yu is currently the ESBN Task Force Member of The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) of the United Nations.  He also serves as Deputy Chairman in Smart Living Award under HKICT Award. He is a Faculty of The Hong Kong Green Building Council. Dr. Yu belongs to the Air Quality Objectives Review Working Group of Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and is a Member of the Appeal Board Panel, Town Planning Board as well as Sustainable Development Council of HKSAR Government. He advises investment banks and accounting firms on Sustainable Investing. Dr. Yu is also appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of a publicly listed company. 


Learn more aobut Dr. William Yu



Ms. Brenda Tung
Director, Risk Advisory Services
RSM Hong Kong


Brenda has over 20 years of risk advisory experience in professional firm and listed companies in Hong Kong.  She has extensive practical experiences in corporate governance assessment, enterprise risk assessment, US SOX-compliance implementation, internal control review, internal audits, ISAE3402 review, etc. for local and global clients.  She also has practical experiences in performing internal control and compliance review on licensed corporations under the SFO to carry on the regulated activities of Type 1, 4, 6 and / or 9 in Hong Kong. 



  • Member, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Associate, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • Associate, Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries