How prepared is Hong Kong for climate change challenges? asks RICS

April 26, 2019 - 09:40
How prepared is Hong Kong for climate change challenges? asks RICS

Urgent need to make HK a ‘resilient city’ at heart of coming built environment summit


HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 26 April 2019 - The RICS (RoyalInstitution of Chartered Surveyors) will take a leading rolein outlining the urgent measures needed to face ever-growing environmentalchallenges, with preparing for climate change the central theme of the RICSHong Kong Annual Conference, to be hosted at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong onFriday 24 May 2019.


Morethan four hundred city leaders, policymakers, academics, and professionals areexpected to gather for the summit, which is subtitled "Resilient andsustainable: Putting the green revolution at the forefront of our future".This theme is a direct response to the growing awareness and risks ofclimate-induced catastrophes, and the programme will cover emerging industrytrends -- such as green finance, sustainable investment and ESG -- while discussinghow Hong Kong can better equip itself as a "Resilient City".


Theprogramme will begin with an opening address from Guest of Honour MatthewCheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Government of Hong Kong SAR's ChiefSecretary for Administration. Among the headline speakers and panellistsset to appear across four themed sections are Professor Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist at Hong KongUniversity of Science and Technology; Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officerat City Developments Limited (CDL); Bryant Lu, Vice Chairman of renowned architectsRonald Lu & Partners; John Sayer, the Director of Carbon Care Asia andResearch Director of CarbonCare InnoLab; Brian Ho, Partner, Climate Change& Sustainability Services at EY; and Eric Yau, Chief Strategy Officer atThe Link Asset Management Limited.


"In 2018, an estimated US$200 billion waslost globally due to the effects of extreme weather patterns," said Ms ClareChiu, RICS' Chief Operating Officer for Greater China. "The devastationcaused by disasters such as Typhoon Mangkhut leaves no doubt that climatechange has become one of the most defining issues of our time.


"Thebuilt environment sector has a key part to play in ensuring our city is preparedfor the challenges ahead, and I am confident the programme of the RICS AnnualConference will help prepare professionals and policymakers, and inspire thesolutions which will ensure a safer, more sustainable city for future generations."


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