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    Carbon markets and the drive for net-zero in Asia

    Asia House is convening global thought leaders to explore the role of carbon markets in Asia’s net zero transition.

    Standard Chartered Bank Group CEO Bill Winters will be joined by the European Commission’s Director-General for Climate Action, Mauro Petriccione, and International Institute of Green Finance Director-General, Professor Yao Wang, for this conference on Tuesday 27 September.

    Unlocking Asia’s carbon market potential

    Following the establishment of carbon trading systems in South Korea, China and Singapore, other Asian countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam have set up their own regulatory roadmaps towards establishing carbon markets.

    However, despite the surging interest, there are multiple challenges to be overcome before carbon markets can have a material impact in the region. On a domestic level, policymakers must formulate clearly defined carbon taxing and trading infrastructure, robust standards and mechanisms for accurate reporting and monitoring, and methods to hold non-compliant entities accountable.

    On an international level, the lack of unified standards across carbon markets may create additional hurdles for global trade, which has emerged as an area of concern since the recent establishment of the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

    Join the conversation

    Join leading figures as they explore these issues and share insights on how to unlock the potential of carbon markets, which could create benefits equalling US$10 billion in Southeast Asia alone by 2030.

    This conference will be chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence on Tuesday 27 September. To register interest, please email Magdalena Markiewicz, Programme Producer, at: magdalena.markiewicz@asiahouse.co.uk



    Bill Winters, Group CEO, Standard Chartered Bank 

    Bill Winters is the Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC (since Jun ‘15). Standard Chartered is a UK headquartered, emerging markets focussed bank, with a presence in 59 markets across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Bill spent 26 years with JP Morgan and was Co-CEO of the Investment Bank (2004-2009). He has served as a committee member of the Independent Commission on Banking, established by the UK Govt (2010) and as an advisor to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. Bill also founded Renshaw Bay, a credit fund which he ran from 2011-2015.

    Bill is deeply engaged in driving the climate finance agenda. Under his leadership, Standard Chartered chairs the Net Zero Banking Alliance. Bill chaired the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, a global private-sector initiative that developed a roadmap to scale high-integrity carbon markets. Bill also co-Chairs the B20 Taskforce for Finance & Infrastructure, which has a special focus on unlocking finance for green infrastructure. Bill is a Non-Executive Director of Novartis International AG. He was awarded a CBE in 2013 and holds an MBA from Wharton.

    Mauro Petriccione, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission 

    Mauro was appointed Director General for Climate Action in March 2018, having previously served as Deputy-Director General of DG Trade, responsible for trade relations concerning services and investment, intellectual property, public procurement, agri-food and fisheries; trade relations with Asia, Latin America and countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; trade and sustainable development. He has served as Chief Negotiator for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA); the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement; the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

    From 2004 to 2014, he was Director in DG Trade, in charge, among others, of bilateral trade relations with the Americas (both North America and Latin America), Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and trade in services and investment.

    Mauro graduated in Law from the University of Bari in 1982 and, after a brief spell doing research at the same University and performing military service in the Italian Navy (officer of the Coast Guard), moved to London in 1984, first as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and then as postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. He obtained an LL.M. from the University of London in 1986, and then worked as in-house Attorney for IBM Italy in Milan for a little less than a year, before joining the European Commission in September 1987.

    Professor Yao Wang, Director General, International Institute of Green Finance 

    Professor Yao Wang is the Director General of the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF), the Deputy Secretary General of Green Finance Committee (GFC) of China Society for Finance and Banking, as well as Expert Advisor of the Green Securities Committee (GSC) of the Securities Association of China. Wang Yao is the the Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Advisor to the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the Consultant of the Luxembourg Green Exchange. She was also appointed the Chief Technical Advisor for BIOFIN China and previously served as the Chief Advisor of Research and Promotion on SDGs Impact Financing for UNDP China. She is also an expert at the Asian Development Bank. In 2019 Wang Yao was awarded by Asiamoney China Green Finance Awards for the “Outstanding Contribution to Development of Green Finance in China”. In 2020, Wang Yao received Special Award of Distinguished Expert from All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, in 2021 received “CUFE Figure of the Year ” Award issued by Central University of Finance and Economics’, “Responsibility Pioneer” Award issued by Southern Weekly, and “60 ESG Pioneers Award”-an annual ESG award for most prominent experts in the field, selected by Shanghai United Media Group.

    Professor Wang’s research interest focus on Green Economy, Sustainable Finance, Climate Finance and Green Finance.

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