Water and ESG- Enhancing Corporate Sustainability and Competitiveness

10/24 (Tue.) 09:30-12:00

Moderators

  • Deputy Director General, Water Resources Agency, MOEA

    Yi-Fung Wang

    Deputy Director Yi-Fung Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University. He was awarded by the Water Resource Agency as Outstanding Personnel in 2001 and by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as Model Civil Servant in 2010. Dr. Wang’s dedication in Water Resource Agency are respectable including development of science and technology in water resources, water conservation, water-saving policy, inundation warning system, and emergency response to drought.

  • CEO & Founder, Veda International Group and CSRone

    Gennie Yen

    ◆CEO & Founder, Veda International Group and CSRone Intelligence Platform
    ◆ Sustainability & Community Engagement Committee Co-Chair of European Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (ECCT)
    ◆ Lecturer and speaker of academia and business organizations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.
    ◆ Specializes in PR, branding, marketing and corporate sustainability communication.
    ◆ Awarded as 2019 Asian Sustainability Superwoman in Singapore
    ◆ Graduated from Helsinki University eMBA and received a science bachelor’s degree in Life Science from Fu Jen University

Speakers

  • Professor in Sustainability Science Management, Tunghai University, Taiwan

    Aleksandra Drizo

    Dr. Aleksandra Drizo is a full professor at Tunghai University International College Sustainability Science and Management Program (THU SSM). Prior to joining THU, she worked as a UN consultant, and held two CEO and several academic positions across continents including Canada, the USA, the UK, and New Zealand.

    With a career spanning over 25 years, Professor Drizo is an expert in ecotechnologies and nature-based solutions for water pollution prevention, control, and management. One of her notable contributions includes pioneering passive filtration technology for phosphorus removal, harvesting, and recycling from wastewater. Throughout her career, she has successfully led and managed projects across the globe, including the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Brazil.

    The title of speech

    Water and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Short abstract of speech

    Water plays a central role in all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Access to clean and safe drinking water is essential for human survival and well-being. However, inadequate water management, particularly the escalating water pollution caused by human activities has adverse effects on health, poverty, food security, affordable and clean energy, climate, life below water, life on land, gender equality, and sustainable cities and communities. In recent years, the world has witnessed recurrent events of droughts, wildfires, and extreme floods. In 2021, Taiwan experienced one of the most severe drought periods in its history. Moreover, climate change and development activities have led to increased nutrient levels (eutrophication) in Taiwan's water reservoirs.

  • Senior Research Engineer, EDHECinfra

    Nishtha Manocha

    Dr. Nishtha Manocha is a Senior Research Engineer specializing in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors within the infrastructure sector. Her focus lies in evaluating and reporting transition risks, physical climate risks, carbon footprints, and social acceptability across various infrastructure sectors, including energy, transport, data, social services, and water resources. With a background encompassing hydrology, climate risk and adaptation, water management, flood modeling, environmental economics, impact assessments and water policy, Dr. Manocha's expertise is extensive. She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resource Management from the National University of Singapore.

    The title of speech

    Understanding ESG for Water Infrastructure

    Short abstract of speech

    The talk will take the perspective of asset owners and asset managers and first, present the findings from a survey that show why and what ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) data do infrastructure investors require. By presenting an infrastructure specific ESG Taxonomy, this talk will introduce the ESG impacts and risks that are relevant to the water sector. It will then deep dive into an approach that allows one to systematically measure and assess the climate impact, climate risk and social acceptability for the water sector for purposes of reporting and risk management.

  • Chairman & CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan

    Joseph Chou

    Joseph is the chairman and CEO of PwC Taiwan. Based on trust, PwC provides end to end solutions to help companies dealing with complicated business issues, includes but not limits to IPO and other capital raising activities, tax, legal, human capital, M&A, digital transformation, ERP and other system implementation, cyber security, ESG, real estate, etc. Joseph has more than 30 years of extensive experience in providing assurance and business advisory services to Taiwanese and international companies. In addition to working in Taiwan, Joseph also worked in PwC San Jose office for two years and PwC New York office for one year.

    The title of speech

    Exploring Corporate Value in ESG Trends

    Short abstract of speech

    In the trend of ESG evolution, investors have an expectation that business should disclose more ESG-related financial and operational information. PwC’s Global Investor Survey 2022 shows that 70% of investors want to see the effect of sustainability risks and opportunities on the company’s financial statement assumptions and 69% of them want to see the relevance of sustainability factors to the company’s business model for better investment decision. To keep improving the quality and transparency of sustainability-related information and to enable investors to better evaluate overall value of a business, the Financial Supervisory Commission R. O. C. announced the roadmap of introducing IFRS standards on disclosure of sustainability-related information after the ISSB issued IFRS S1 and S2. What opportunities and challenges will business face in a new era of financial reporting and value management?

  • Director, EHS/Risk Management/Sustainability Micron Taiwan

    Bart Y.C.Chiang

    Bart Y.C.Chiang earned a master of engineering in Environmental Science & Engineering at Nankai University, Tianjin; and a MBA in technical management at Taiwan ChiaoTung University, respectively. He has been a semiconductor industry veteran for more than 27 years working in Micron, TSMC, SMIC and Silterra. His main roles are ESH risk management and Sustainability Enhancement. Bart has led innovations and set up advanced industrial ESH & Sustainability concepts and structures, cultivated national ESH & Sustainability seeds and talents pools in Chinese semiconductor and high-tech sectors.

    The title of speech

    Micron Visions and Practices on Water Resource Management

    Short abstract of speech

    Micron is a semiconductor technology company specializing in the production and manufacture of advanced memory products. In order to protect this blue planet 🌍 which we living, Micron is committed to environmental sustainability in four aspects: direct carbon emissions, indirect carbon emissions, water resources management, and waste management. Development is geared towards conducting business operations.

    The semiconductor manufacturing process requires a lot of water resources. This speech will explain how Micron eco-friendly and sustainablly treats this blue planet through “internal source reduction”, “reuse & recycling”, “end treatment & disposal”, and “external water resource restoration” in the semiconductor manufacturing process.。

AGENDA

  • 9:30~9:40
    Introduction by Moderator
    Yi-Feng Wang Deputy Director, Water Resources Agency, MOEA
  • 9:40~10:00
    Keynote Speech

    Water and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Aleksandra Drizo Professor, Sustainability Science and Management Program, Tunghai University International College
  • 10:00~10:20
    Keynote Speech

    Understanding ESG for Water Infrastructure

    Nishtha Manocha Senior Research Engineer, EDHECinfra
  • 10:20~10:35
    Tea Break
  • 10:35~10:45
    Introduction by Moderator
    Gennie Yen CEO & Founder, Veda International Group and CSRone
  • 10:45~11:05
    Keynote Speech

    Exploring Corporate Value in ESG Trends

    Joseph Chou Chairman & CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan
  • 11:05~11:25
    Keynote Speech

    Micron Visions and Practices on Water Resource Management

    Bart Y.C.Chiang Director, EHS/Risk Management/Sustainability Micron Taiwan
  • 11:25~12:00
    Panel Discussion
  • 12:00
    Lunch
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