Events

First Green Business Forum: Investing in Asia and the Pacific

22 November 2016 to 24 November 2016
Manila
Philippines

ADB hosted its first Green Business Forum with the aim to:

(i) provide a networking platform to share lessons and knowledge among green business leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders in the region; and

(ii) raise the profile and expand the focus of green investments beyond sustainable infrastructure (i.e., energy, transport, water supply and sanitation, and urban development) to cover new, emerging, and often underserved areas of green business, such as natural capital (i.e., water, land, and forest resources management), biodiversity, sustainable tourism, and sustainable agriculture.

The Forum also sought to highlight the need to continue investing in environmental quality (i.e., water, air, and soil) through pollution control.

Over 350 participants representing governments, the private sector, development agencies, NGOs, and civil society attended the event.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
22 Nov 2016 Introduction of Forum and GreenTech Connect Welcoming Remarks Ma. Carmela D. Locsin
22 Nov 2016 Introduction - Green Business: Status and Trends Green Business: Status and Trends
An overview of the rationale for stronger private-public collaboration and green business development in Asia and the Pacific is provided...
Daniele Ponzi
22 Nov 2016 Opening Plenary - High-Level Round Table Discussion Securing the Future of Green Business in Asia and the Pacific Sharanjit Leyl, Takehiko Nakao, Anwar Hossain, Regina Lopez, Erik Solheim, Madhu Khanna, Daniel Spitzer
22 Nov 2016 Session Video Securing the Future of Green Business in Asia and the Pacific
While there is no universal agreement for what constitutes the concept of green business, it is defined here as profit-oriented activities...
Satinder Bindra, Maria Carmela Locsin, Daniele Ponzi, Sharanjit Leyl, Takehiko Nakao, Anwar Hossain, Regina Lopez, Erik Solheim, Madhu Khanna, Daniel Spitzer
22 Nov 2016 Plenary 1 - Creating Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Green Business Introduction Herath Gunatilake
22 Nov 2016 Plenary 1 - Creating Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Green Business Policies for Green Business Complementaries and Synergies Lucy Hurst
22 Nov 2016 Plenary 1 - Creating Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Green Business Getting the Policies Right: Prioritization Options Sharanjit Leyl, F. Umiich Sengebau, Karlo Alexei Nograles, Oyun Sanjaasuren, Mark Laska, Sonomi Tanaka, Herath Gunatilake
22 Nov 2016 Session Video Creating Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Green Business
Market failures prevent the development of business for environmental goods and services. Creating markets for these goods and services, ...
Lucy Hurst, Sharanjit Leyl, F. Umiich Sengebau, Karlo Alexei Nograles, Oyun Sanjaasuren, Mark Laska, Sonomi Tanaka, Herath Gunatilake
22 Nov 2016 Green Business Marketplace Matthias Gelber
22 Nov 2016 Plenary 2 - Mobilizing Private Sector Finance Power Talk Sharanjit Leyl, Paul Tregidgo
22 Nov 2016 Plenary 2 - Mobilizing Private Sector Finance Upscaling Green Business in Asia and the Pacific through Private Sector Finance Michael Barrow, Atiur Rahman, Christopher Knowles, Assaad Razzouk, Mahua Acharya, Dipal Chandra Barua, Arun Agrawal
22 Nov 2016 Session Video Mobilizing Private Sector Finance
Mobilizing the private sector for green finance still faces many challenges, some of which are largely unique to green projects. This plenary...
Paul Tregidgo, Sharanjit Leyl, Michael Barrow, Atiur Rahman, Christopher Knowles, Assaad Razzouk, Mahua Acharya, Dipal Chandra Barua, Arun Agrawal
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
23 Nov 2016 Plenary 3 - Green Technology and Business Innovation Tata Group Initiatives
Tata Group is committed to embedding sustainability in its business strategies. The company subscribes to the philosophy of circular economy...
Alka Upadhyay
23 Nov 2016 Plenary 3 - Green Technology and Business Innovation The Journey Towards Market Acceptance
Lessons learned that are applicable to the green technology ecosystem as a whole are shared in this presentation. It also includes a discussion...
Matthew Rajendra
23 Nov 2016 Plenary 3 - Green Technology and Business Innovation Panel Discussion Akmal Siddiq, Alka Upadhyay, Chris Tilaka-Sri Dharmakirti, Priyantha Wijayatunga, David Sundahl, Anthony Halog
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Green Technology and Business Innovation
Consumer demand and purchasing power impacts whether or not niche green businesses and technologies become mainstream. This session features...
Akmal Siddiq, Alka Upadhyay, Chris Tilaka-Sri Dharmakirti, Priyantha Wijayatunga, Matthew Rajendra, David Sundahl, Anthony Halog
23 Nov 2016 Track 1A - Mitigation Banking How New York City Provides High Quality Unfiltered Drinking Water? Leveraging Regulation and Partnerships
New York City’s drinking water supply system is one of the largest unfiltered water supply in the world. United States Environmental...
Douglas Pabst
23 Nov 2016 Track 1A - Mitigation Banking Drawing From Key Success Factors for Ecosystem Banking: Lessons from the United States
A brief description and history of mitigation banking in the United States is provided in this presentation. It also shares the ten ...
Mark Laska
23 Nov 2016 Track 1A - Mitigation Banking Panel Discussion Herath Gunatilake, Douglas Pabst, Mark Laska, Ritesh Kumar, Ary Sudijanto, Eang Sophalleth, Lucy Hurst, Matthias Gelber
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Mitigation Banking
Focusing on ecosystem services approaches, this session highlights case examples of ecological offsets, watershed protection programs, and...
Herath Gunatilake, Douglas Pabst, Mark Laska, Ritesh Kumar, Ary Sudijanto, Eang Sophalleth, Simon Baptist, Matthias Gelber
23 Nov 2016 Track 2A - Business Opportunities in Natural Capital Mountain Hazelnuts and Natural Capital: Preserving Endangered Communities through Sustainable Agriculture
Using the Mountain Hazelnuts Group in Bhutan as a case study, this presentation focuses on the responsibility of multilateral agencies and...
Daniel Spitzer
23 Nov 2016 Track 2A - Business Opportunities in Natural Capital Cases of Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnership for Conservation of Critical Natural Capital
The business case for protecting natural capital is discussed in this presentation. Case studies on greening businesses are also featured...
Yasushi Hibi
23 Nov 2016 Track 2A - Business Opportunities in Natural Capital Panel Discussion Bruce Dunn, Paul Tregidgo, Daniel Spitzer, Chaoni Huang, Yasushi Hibi, Agus Purnomo
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Business Opportunities in Natural Capital
Natural capital, defined as a stock of natural resources and ecosystems, is facing extreme threats throughout the world. Apart from stock...
Bruce Dunn, Paul Tregidgo, Daniel Spitzer, Chaoni Huang, Yasushi Hibi, Agus Purnomo
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Ecolabel and Certification
Developed by governments, manufacturers, and third-company organizations, ecolabeling is a voluntary approach to environmental certification...
Sherin Lin
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Forest Stewardship Council: Promote Better Forests via the Power of Certifications and Labels
By providing an internationally recognized global certification scheme, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensures responsible management of...
June Ng Thompson
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Fisheries Certification
The need for certification and labeling for the sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture is discussed in this presentation. It...
Geoffrey Muldoon
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Plummy Fashions Limited
The perspective of Plummy Fashion, one of the ten factories worldwide with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum...
Md. Fazlul Hoque
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Panel Discussion Daniele Ponzi, June Ng Thompson, Geoffrey Muldoon, Md. Fazlul Hoque, Madhu Khanna, Sherin Lin
23 Nov 2016 Track 1B - Certification and Labels Certification and Labels
Labelling prevents market failures stemming from the inability to distinguish green products, services, and processes from others. This session...
Daniele Ponzi, June Ng Thompson, Geoffrey Muldoon, Md. Fazlul Hoque, Madhu Khanna, Sherin Lin
23 Nov 2016 Track 2B - Green Bonds: Catalyzing Debt Financing Green Bonds: Where are We? Where Next?
Mobilization of capital markets is essential to facilitate and contribute to the financing of large-scale investments geared towards a 2°...
Jonathan Drew
23 Nov 2016 Track 2B - Green Bonds: Catalyzing Debt Financing European Investment Bank's Climate Awareness Bonds
After pioneering the world’s first green bonds in 2007, the European Investment Bank has since issued more than €19 billion of climate awareness...
Christopher Knowles
23 Nov 2016 Track 2B - Green Bonds: Catalyzing Debt Financing ADB Green Bond Framework
ADB’s Green Bond Framework defines eligible projects to support developing member countries seeking to adapt to and mitigate the consequences...
Anthony Ruschpler
23 Nov 2016 Track 2B - Green Bonds: Catalyzing Debt Financing Panel Discussion Noel Peters, Jonathan Drew, Gregory Schneider-Maunoury, Christopher Knowles, Atiur Rahman, Anthony Ruschpler
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Green Bonds: Catalyzing Debt Financing
Green bonds are debt-financing instruments aiming to connect private sector funding with projects that provide positive environmental benefits...
Noel Peters, Jonathan Drew, Gregory Schneider-Maunoury, Christopher Knowles, Atiur Rahman, Anthony Ruschpler
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Green Finance in Action: The Experience of the People's Republic of China Green Finance
The path that the People's Republic of China has taken to design its green financial system is covered in this presentation. It...
Shouqing Zhu
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Green Finance in Action: The Experience of the People's Republic of China Experience Sharing on Equator Principles Implementation and Green Finance: Achieving Competition Advantages through Sustainable Finance
The Industrial Bank in the People’s Republic of China adopted the Equator Principles In October 2008, the first financial institution in ...
Cheng Feng
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Green Finance in Action: The Experience of the People's Republic of China Panel Discussion David Boland, Shouqing Zhu, Cheng Feng, Lyu Shaoyang, Chaoni Huang
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Green Finance in Action: The Experience of the People's Republic of China
While rapid economic development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in recent decades has come at significant cost to the environment...
David Boland, Shouqing Zhu, Cheng Feng, Shaoyang Lyu, Chaoni Huang
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Scaling up Investments in Green Businesses: What Can Be Done to Support Green Small and Medium Enterprises? EcoLoo: Sustainable Toilet for All
About 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Offering people with a safe, hygienic, ergonomic...
Zuraina Zaharin
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Scaling up Investments in Green Businesses: What Can Be Done to Support Green Small and Medium Enterprises? Rubysh: From Rubbish to Ruby
Based in Indonesia, Rubysh Jewelry promotes waste reduction and recycling by upcycling inorganic waste into fashion products. Through the...
Risa Gama Siregar
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Scaling up Investments in Green Businesses: What Can Be Done to Support Green Small and Medium Enterprises? Sustainability of Social Housing in the Philippines: A Holistic Development of Bamboo-based Housing
An overview of Base Bahay, a foundation supporting disaster-resilient housing made from bamboo, is provided in this presentation. It also...
Maricen Jalandoni
23 Nov 2016 Special Session - Scaling up Investments in Green Businesses: What Can Be Done to Support Green Small and Medium Enterprises? Panel Discussion Armin Bauer, Zuraina Zaharin, Risa Gama Siregar, Paolo Limcaoco, Alka Upadhyay, Maricen Jalandoni
23 Nov 2016 Session Video Scaling Up Investments in Green Businesses: What Can Be Done to Support Green Small and Medium Enterprises
Today’s green businesses, many of which are start-up companies, face the challenge of scaling their business model. This session discusses...
Armin Bauer, Zuraina Zaharin, Risa Gama Siregar, Paolo Limcaoco, Alka Upadhyay, Maricen Jalandoni
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
24 Nov 2016 Special Session - Youth and Green Business Zahin Hussain, Jerald Tan, Cheryl Lee, Audrey Jalbuena
24 Nov 2016 Special Session - Youth and Green Business Solutions Search Risa Gama Siregar, Zherluck Rodriguez, Dinesh Selvamurthy
24 Nov 2016 Track 3A - Sustainable Farming, Soft Commodities, Agro-Processing, and Food Industry ANJA GmBH [ Slides ] [ Multimedia ] Food systems are a vital component of sustainable development as highlighted in this presentation. The importance of using the One Planet... Marc Buckley
24 Nov 2016 Track 3A - Sustainable Farming, Soft Commodities, Agro-Processing, and Food Industry On-The-Ground Community Engagement: Forest Conservation through Agroforestry
The perspectives on sustainable practices of Asia Pulp and Paper, an Indonesian pulp and paper business, are provided in this presentation...
Dewi Bramono
24 Nov 2016 Track 3A - Sustainable Farming, Soft Commodities, Agro-Processing, and Food Industry Panel Discussion Michiko Katagami, Marc Buckley, Dewi Bramono, Pacita Juan, David Conn
24 Nov 2016 Session Video Sustainable Farming, Soft Commodities, Agro-Processing, and Food Industry
From environmental degradation to resource scarcity, the food production industry faces several major challenges. Immense innovation is needed...
Michiko Katagami, Marc Buckley, Dewi Bramono, Pacita Juan, David Conn
24 Nov 2016 Track 3B - Greening Industry: Improving Resource Use, Reducing Waste Resource Recovery to Green Up Industries in Asia
An overview of waste management in Asia, including trends, common misinterpretations, game changers, and recommendations for improvement ...
Pavel Cech
24 Nov 2016 Track 3B - Greening Industry: Improving Resource Use, Reducing Waste Green Infrastructure and Municipal Services
Much waste is generated in municipalities. This presentation shares tips for reducing waste and improving the use of ...
Tatiana Gallego-Lizon
24 Nov 2016 Track 3B - Greening Industry: Improving Resource Use, Reducing Waste Transitioning to Green and Circular Economy for Industrial Sustainability
Creating sustainable value chains and networks is important as highlighted in this presentation. It also stresses the need for formulating...
Anthony Halog
24 Nov 2016 Track 3B - Greening Industry: Improving Resource Use, Reducing Waste Panel Discussion Matthias Gelber, Tatiana Gallego-Lizon, Puan Sri Maimon Arif Patail, Pavel Cech, Tamal Sarkar, Anthony Halog
24 Nov 2016 Session Video Greening Industry: Improving Resource Use, Reducing Waste
Growing volumes of waste are not matched with equal recovery and treatment capacity, especially in developing countries, making waste as ...
Matthias Gelber, Tatiana Gallego-Lizon, Puan Sri Maimon Arif Patail, Pavel Cech, Tamal Sarkar, Anthony Halog
24 Nov 2016 Track 3C - Greening the Service Sectors Case Studies from Sri Lanka Hospitality Industry [ Slides ] [ Multimedia ] The concept of greening business operations is important to Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry. This presentation discusses the key features... Dilshan David
24 Nov 2016 Track 3C - Greening the Service Sectors Drones in Greening the Service Sector
With the ability to collect vast amounts of data across large areas in a cost-effective manner and track changes over time, drones have a...
Roderick Ruhl
24 Nov 2016 Track 3C - Greening the Service Sectors Panel Discussion Victor Lee You, Dilshan David, Matthew Rajendra, Lote Lima, Roderick Ruhl
24 Nov 2016 Session Video Greening the Service Sectors
Services sectors contribute significantly to the Asia and Pacific region’s economic growth and have the potential to be one of the main drivers...
Victor Lee You, Dilshan David, Matthew Rajendra, Lote Lima, Roderick Ruhl
24 Nov 2016 Track 3D - Innovation and Green Business Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise
The experiences of a sustainable fuel enterprise are shared in this presentation. It also includes a number of lessons that businesses...
Carlo Figà Talamanca
24 Nov 2016 Track 3D - Innovation and Green Business From Black Baseload to Smart Renewables: Making Kerosene and Coal the Next Kodak
Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of a solar business in India, argues that innovation must happen in the distribution mechanism to reach...
Katerina Kimmorley
24 Nov 2016 Track 3D - Innovation and Green Business Disruptive Innovation
Understanding disruptive innovation means taking opportunities that look unattractive to most firms. When confronted with innovation, firms...
David Sundahl, Efosa Ojomo
24 Nov 2016 Track 3D - Innovation and Green Business Mimosa - Precision Irrigation in Agriculture using Internet of Things Phat Nguyen
24 Nov 2016 Track 3D - Innovation and Green Business Panel Discussion Daniel Ponzi, Carlo Figa Talamanca, Katerina Kimmorley, David Sundahl, Phat Nguyen, Patrick Chan, Simon Baptist
24 Nov 2016 Closing Plenary - Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility Closing Remarks Diwakar Gupta
24 Nov 2016 Session Video Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
As part of the increasing global efforts to an environmentally sustainable growth, this closing plenary session features discussions...
Daniele Ponzi, Diwakar Gupta
24 Nov 2016 Post-Forum Special Session - Investment Opportunities for Nature-Based Tourisms in the Coral Triangle Developing and Promoting Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism in the Coral Triangle [ Slides ] [ Multimedia ] [ Multimedia ] Jointly organized by ADB and the World Wide Fund for Nature, this session discussed investment opportunities in nature-based tourism in the... Lida Pet-Soede, Jose Felipe Dias Quintas, Alcinda Trawen, Gregory Auta'a
24 Nov 2016 Session Video Investment Opportunities for Nature-Based Tourisms in the Coral Triangle
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s Coral Triangle program supports the development of responsible nature-based tourism in six countries, including...
Lida Pet-Soede, Jose Felipe Dias Quintas, Alcinda Trawen, Gregory Auta'a, Andrew Parker, Alfredo Perdiguero, Jose Palma