The Next Steps

The world is not on track to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 °C in 2030. As we fall short of our climate goals, the next steps in the road to net zero seems fraught with uncertainty.

Carbon markets, as it currently stands, are in flux. Price, policies, and politics remain critical roadblocks in the decarbonisation agenda. Amidst the debates, it is critical that we do not allow imperfection to impede progress and lose sight of our north star – global decarbonisation for a net zero future. It is imperative that we do not become paralysed into a state of stagnation because inaction today, will have profound consequences tomorrow.

Themed ‘The Next Steps’, the second edition of the GenZero Climate Summit will focus on the pivotal and concrete course of actions required to overcome challenges and accelerate decarbonisation globally.

The only right path for us to combat climate change is the path forward.

Date: 15 – 17 April 2024
Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 5 Sands A, Singapore

GCS2024 event overview

The GenZero Climate Summit is a by-invitation only event. For enquiries on attendance, please contact us at [email protected].

More details on the programme rundown and speaker lineup will continue to be updated here.

GenZero Climate Summit 2024

The Next Steps’

16 April 2024 (Tuesday)

Please note this programme is subject to change
Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)

13:30 – 14:00

(30 mins)

Registration

14:00 – 14:05

(5 mins)

Opening of GenZero Climate Summit

14:05 – 14:15

(10 mins)

Opening Keynote

14:15 – 15:00

(45 mins)

Dealing with Decarbonisation: There is No Business As Usual

The data and statistics don’t lie. Reports from IPCC and UNFCCC last year reminded the world that business as usual will result in a temperature rise of more than 2°C. And that result is almost guaranteed to be catastrophic with extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels. Mobilising businesses to increase their ambitions and accelerate milestones in their net zero journey will be critical to unlocking impact at scale.

In this ever-changing landscape, it will be imperative for business strategies to be adaptable and nimble to navigate the complexities and curveballs that come with climate change. Decarbonising business models often means a systems-level transformation in governance, operations and finance. This panel will delve into key concerns around climate risks, developing strategies for resilience and readiness, and how to ensure integrity and quality in their decarbonisation plan.

15:00 – 15:45

(45 mins)

The Next Stage for Climate Tech: The Support and Scale Needed

Climate tech’s share of private market equity and grant investment broke 10% in 2023, signalling a greater appreciation amongst investors for the future value of climate tech companies. Capital will be critical for climate tech companies to get to scale, given the high capital expenditure costs involved in expanding infrastructure and production capacity.

What will be needed to enable the scale up of companies at the frontier of climate innovation? How can we explore carbon finance as a lever to support the adoption of nascent technologies and lower the green premium?

15:45 – 16:15

(30 mins)

Tea Break

16:15 – 17:00

(45 mins)

Carbon Finance for a Just Transition in Southeast Asia: Is it Truly Achievable?

The world is facing a multitude of challenges concurrently: accelerated climate change is exerting stress on the urgent need for adaptation, at the same time while increased mitigation is required to alter our emissions trajectory before it’s too late, the Global South also faces a delicate juggling act of prioritising between economic growth and sustainable green development.

Bringing these diverse challenges onto a common pathway in which no one is left behind, will require the reconciliation of complex issues ranging from understanding financial and economic realities to managing sensitive social impact. This panel aims to navigate the road to a just transition, identifying key signposts that will be critical to an inclusive and equitable outcome for all.

17:00 – 17:45

(45 mins)

Carbon Markets 2.0: Will 2024 be a Year of Redemption?​

2023 was a turbulent year for carbon markets, with overall confidence taking a hit. Negotiations on Article 6 were not able to conclude at COP-28. At the same time, global initiatives like ICVCM and VCMI launched frameworks around supply and demand quality benchmarks, and standards rolled out new and improved methodologies. December 2023 saw the largest ever volume of carbon credits retired, a pleasant surprise to close an otherwise rough year for carbon markets. What can we expect in 2024 and beyond?​

This panel will bring together global industry leaders and standards to opine on the outlook for the voluntary carbon markets and compliance markets in the near and long-term.​

17:45 – 18:00

(15 mins)

GenZero Climate Summit 2024: Closing Address

GenZero Climate Summit 2024: Tech Forum

‘Harnessing Tech Solutions to Accelerate Decarbonisation’

15 April 2024 (Monday)

Please note this programme is subject to change
Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)

13:30 – 14:00

(30 mins)

Registration

14:00 – 14:10

(10 mins)

Opening Keynote

14:10 – 14:50

(40 mins)

Carbon Removal Technologies: Air, Land and Sea – Is One Better than the Other?

Multiple technological pathways exist to capture carbon dioxide – direct air capture from the atmosphere, land-based solutions (biochar, BECCs and enhanced weathering), and ocean-based solutions (ocean alkalinisation enhancement and fertilisation). ​

Is one solution set more superior than the other? What are the pros and cons? How do they co-exist to address the broader climate problem? The panel will gather industry leaders and practitioners to unpack the various solutions and debate the pros and cons.

14:50 – 15:30

(40 mins)

Navigating Quality and Pricing Challenges of ​Technology-based Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Credits​

Buyers are valuing permanence and are increasingly scrutinising Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of the credits they are purchasing. At the same time, carbon credit prices are projected to fall as more supply comes online. ​

How are suppliers tackling these issues? How should buyers think of CDR technologies from a risk-removal perspective and what are some datapoints that can be used to illustrate this? This panel will discuss the interface of quality standards and pricing dynamics within an evolving carbon markets landscape.

15:30 – 15:45

(15 mins)

Tea Break

15:45 – 16:25

(40 mins)

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Potential in Asia

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines passed a resolution to utilise 5% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in their fuel mix by 2030, with hopes that the demand signal will catalyse the region’s SAF potential. ​ ​

This panel seeks to discuss the socioeconomic benefits, and potential roadmap for Asia’s SAF future. Panellists will also discuss challenges that need to be resolved for the region to unlock its SAF potential.

16:25 – 17:05

(40 mins)

The Future of Marine Fuels: Methanol vs Ammonia

Is methanol or ammonia better in greening the future of marine fuels? The global debate between methanol and ammonia centers around hardware readiness in marine engines, safety regulations, fuel availability, and costs. ​

Is one more ready for commercialisation versus the other? How do we overcome hurdles to scale the production and adoption of sustainable marine fuels globally? This panel will discuss the key considerations of technologies to decarbonise the maritime industry.

17:05 – 17:15

(10 mins)

Closing Address

GenZero Climate Summit 2024: Senior Legal Roundtable

‘Forging the Future: In-House and Practising Lawyers playing our part to accelerate decarbonisation’

17 April 2024 (Wednesday)

Please note this programme is subject to change
Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)

14:00 – 14:30

(30 mins)

Registration

14:30 – 14:35

(5 mins)

Welcome Address

14:35 – 14:50

(15 mins)

Opening Keynote

14:50 – 15:35

(45 mins)

Certainty of Legal Nature of Voluntary Carbon Credits​:​ Towards Enabling of Carbon Financing and Carbon Markets

Even with an increase in carbon projects, carbon finance and voluntary carbon credit (VCC) trading, there remains no consensus on the legal treatment of VCCs. How important is it to deal with the question? How can greater clarity of legal nature of VCCs contribute to development of a well-functioning market and further unlock financing?

15:35 – 16:20

(45 mins)

Investment Practices: ​Leveraging Legal Terms for Decarbonisation and Climate Impact ​

How can lawyers play a constructive role to facilitate and contractually embed climate change mitigation and provide enforceable outcomes into contracts and transactions. This discussion aims to explore practices and trends for anchoring decarbonisation and climate impact outcomes for different forms of investments.​ ​

16:20 – 16:30

(10 mins)

Closing Address

Speakers

Peter Bakker

Peter Bakker

President and CEO
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Pernille Dahlgaard

Pernille Dahlgaard

Chief Government, Business & Analytics Officer
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Jonathan Goldberg

Jonathan Goldberg

Founder and CEO
Carbon Direct

Tim Gould

Tim Gould

Chief Energy Economist
International Energy Agency

Mark Kenber

Executive Director
Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI)

Margaret Kim

Margaret Kim

CEO
Gold Standard

Mikkel Larsen

Mikkel Larsen

CEO
Climate Impact X

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Joint Head, Legal & Regulatory
Temasek

Cindy Lim

Cindy Lim

CEO
Keppel Infrastructure

Lim Wee Seng

Lim Wee Seng

Group Head of Energy Renewables and Infrastructure
DBS Bank

Lynn Loo

Professor Lynn Loo

CEO
Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

Susan Mac Cormac

Susan Mac Cormac

Co-chair of ESG + Sustainability and Social Enterprise + Impact Investing Groups
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Catherine Mckenna

Catherine McKenna

Founder and CEO
Climate and Nature Solutions

Subhas Menon

Subhas Menon

Director General
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

Henrietta Moon

Henrietta Moon

CEO and Co-founder
Carbo Culture

Margaux Moore

Margaux Moore

Head of Energy Transition Research Group
Trafigura

Daniel Ng

Daniel Ng

Chief Sustainability Officer (Aviation Development Group)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Jeroen Ouwehand

Jeroen Ouwehand

Partner
Clifford Chance

Robin Rix

Robin Rix

Chief Legal, Policy and Markets Officer
Verra

Gaurav Sant

Professor Gaurav N. Sant

Pritzker Professor of Sustainability
Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Dr Meghan Sharp

Meghan Sharp

Managing Director and Global Head
Decarbonization Partners

Genevieve Soh

Genevieve Soh

Chief Product and Strategy Officer
Climate Impact X

Kimberly TAN

Kimberly Tan

Head of Investment Group
GenZero

Frederick Teo

Frederick Teo

CEO
GenZero

Sim Ting

Sim Ting

General Counsel
GenZero

Duncan Van Bergen

Duncan van Bergen

Co-founder
Calyx Global

Antti Vihavainen

Antti Vihavainen

Co-founder
Puro.earth

Henrik Wareborn

Henrik Wareborn

CEO
Velocys

Marat Zapparov

Marat Zapparov

CEO
Pentagreen Capital