Dissecting Environmental Factors in Sustainability Investments

Sustainability

18
May 2022

10:00 am - 4:45 pm

SIDC LAMS

Speakers : Shazana Mokhtar (Moderator) | Cheryl Rita Kaur | Justin Liew Jin Soong | Benjamin Loh | Jovitania Soediro | Melissa Ong | Dr. Elfithri Rahmah | BK Sinha

Registration closing date is 3 business days before the programme date or when all seats are fully taken.
TBC: 10 CPE

MYR 650 *Fee is not inclusive of 6% SST

Dissecting Environmental Factors in Sustainability Investments

The growth of sustainable investing in the past decade has forced companies to focus on ESG issues and move from only profit maximisation to considerations of nature, people, and planet. Environmental issues have been at the forefront with Malaysia pledging to achieve net-zero emissions as early as 2050. In order to halt climate change, carbon impact needs to be addressed. For businesses, what specific actions need to be taken to chart a carbon neutral future? This programme will focus on the environmental factors that are particularly important to Malaysia which will have an impact on organisations as environmental concerns take the lead among sustainability focused investors.

The plantation sector is considered Malaysia’s focus area as the world’s second largest palm oil producer and exporter, accounting for 25% of world production and 34% of world exports in 2020. Over the last few years, the palm oil industry has increasingly been associated with deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and overreliance on foreign labour. What would be some of the strategies of plantation companies to alleviate these issues and contribute towards the country’s goal of a net zero future?

The recent supply chain crisis has triggered our focus on food security with increasing urbanisation and rising temperatures leading to land scarcity. Beyond guarding population health, food security also brings about sustained economic growth and positive impact on human capital. Similarly, sustainable water management is critical to our health and prosperity and climate change has brought about vulnerabilities to our water systems. Industries and consumers alike have a part to play on efficient water management as part of Malaysia’s climate action efforts.

Likewise, greener building and cities reduce the vast amounts of emissions and waste into the environment. At the current pace of urbanisation, future and existing cities need to employ smart technologies and design elements that leads to lower resource use and pollution to build resilience against future climate impacts.

The business case for environmental sustainability is apparent as investors are putting more pressure on companies and their board of directors to pay closer attention to the sustainability and long-term viability of their business and environment.

Programme Objective

This programme will discuss pertinent issues focusing on the environmental factors, which impacts organisations and investors and why these issues are all-important towards an organisation’s ESG journey to net zero carbon markets and business long-term performance.

 

Mode

Live Webinar

 

Target Audience

Individual 

Dealers Representatives, Trading Representatives, Compliance Officers, Auditors, Risk Management Officers, Fund Managers, Analysts, Investors, Academicians, University Students and Public

Institutions

Public Listed Companies, Fund Management Companies, Stockbroking Firms, Investment Banks, Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies, Alternative Financing Platforms, Startups, and Exchanges

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Determine the history and components that will drive the future of carbon markets
  • Describe the environmental factors challenges and opportunities in the plantation sector’s activities towards sustainable investment
  • Explain the environmental factors challenges and opportunities in the agriculture and aquaculture industry
  • Discuss the game changing trends and approaches to green building design and development in Malaysia
10.00 am The Future of Carbon Markets

  • Revised Article 6, Paris Agreement – What does it mean to businesses?
  • Enabling investments in emission-reductions technologies
  • Reporting framework and guidance for emissions trades between countries
  • Helping governments and businesses deliver higher climate ambitions
  • What are the new technologies that could grow as a result of this?
  • Malaysian PLCs – Increasing demand for high-quality carbon credits

Speaker:

  1. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Fellow & Head, Centre for Straits of Malacca, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)
  2. Justin Liew Jin Soong, Research Associate, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Asia (SDSNA)
11.00 am Screen Break
11.15 am Plantation Sector’s Road to Net Zero Carbon

  • The move towards a net-zero carbon economy
  • Are ESG concerns driving local and foreign investors decisions?
  • Creating a sustainable palm oil industry – Curbing deforestation
  • Labour practices in the plantation sector
  • Reliance on energy downstream

Speaker:

  1. Benjamin Loh, Senior Manager for Sustainable Commodity, Sustainable Markets Programme, WWF-Malaysia
  2. Jovitania Soediro, Senior Analyst, Sustainable Finance, WWF-Malaysia
12.15 pm Lunch
2.30 pm Road to Sustainability – Sustainable Food and Water

  • How sustainable is water use in Malaysia by consumers and industry?
  • Not an infinite resource – Looking into sustainable water management practices
  • Managing food import dependency and carbon footprint
  • Food sustainability and the modernisation of agriculture and aquaculture
  • Opportunities – Sectors that thrive in a low-carbon world

Speaker:

  1. Melissa Ong, CEO, Southeast Asia Thought For Food Foundation
  2. Dr. Elfithri Rahmah, Deputy Regional Coordinator, Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA)
3.30 pm Screen Break
3.45 pm Accelerating Green Development in Malaysia

  • The importance and benefits of green building
  • Decarbonisation of the construction sector
  • Tracking greenhouse gas emissions from construction and occupancy

Speaker: BK Sinha, Council member, Malaysia Green Building Council (malaysiaGBC)

4.45 pm End of Programme

About the Speaker

Shazana Mokhtar (Moderator)

Radio Presenter, BFM 89.9

Cheryl Rita Kaur

Fellow & Head, Centre for Straits of Malacca
Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)

Justin Liew Jin Soong

Research Associate, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Asia (SDSNA)

Benjamin Loh

Senior Manager for Sustainable Commodity, Sustainable Markets Programme
WWF-Malaysia

Jovitania Soediro

Senior Analyst, Sustainable Finance,
WWF-Malaysia

Melissa Ong

CEO
Southeast Asia Thought For Food Foundation

Dr. Elfithri Rahmah

Deputy Regional Coordinator
Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA)

BK Sinha

Council Member
Malaysia Green Building Council (malaysiaGBC)

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