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GHG Inventory for Cities- How to Benchmark?

Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. Examples of such activities are burning of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas to generate electricity for our daily consumption and for the transportation sector. Other GHG emissions sources are from the industries, commercial and residential sectors which have also played a significant part in contributing to the pool of GHG emissions.

Cities are a major source of GHG emissions. An estimated 70% of the world’s energy-related GHG emissions in fact come from cities. As such, cities play a substantial role in tackling the global challenge of climate change as they can act as a major source of sustainable climate solutions. One of the first crucial steps for cities to move towards low carbon planning is to measure their emissions and identify the most effective ways to mitigate them.

Join us in the Low Carbon Cities Webinar Series second webinar titled “GHG Inventory for Cities - How to Benchmark?” to hear our expert speakers share their insights and experiences on developing GHG inventories and discuss on ways to benchmark GHG inventory for cities.

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Soon Hun Yang

Soon is the Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director of Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn. Bhd. He has a M. Sc. in Environmental Policy and Management as well as a Bachelor of Technology Degree majoring in Environmental Engineering. Soon has 21 years of environmental work experiences with both government and private sectors. He has led many carbon managements programmes and projects in Malaysia, notably the setting up of the national level corporate GHG reporting programme (MYCarbon) and Iskandar Malaysia inaugural GHG inventory (2015) and subsequent years’ inventory (2016 - 2019). He is also a key expert in carbon baseline and project emissions calculations through his hands-on experiences in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects as well as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) programmes.

Guest Speakers

Michael Doust

Michael is formally Director of the Measurement and Planning at C40. He was responsible for C40's global climate action planning programmes. Prior to joining C40, Michael worked for the Greater London Authority where he led the development of London's GHG inventory and was responsible for strategy, development and planning and review of Mayoral climate change programs. Previously, Michael worked for two other municipal authorities in the UK as well as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Michael is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

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Hanah Paik

Hanah is the Asia Pacific Lead, Cities, States and Regions at CDP, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focuses cities, regions, investors and companies on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. She joined CDP in 2014 to develop CDP’s cities programme in Asia Pacific, later expanding it to include states and regions. In this role, Hanah works with stakeholders to accelerate ambitious climate and environmental action by ensuring that transparency, data and insights are at the heart of decision and policymaking in the transition to a climate safe, water secure, and deforestation free world.

Prior to this, Hanah worked in both the private and non-profit sectors for almost 8 years. After 4 years working at a fast-growing Software-as-a-Service company in sales and client relations manager for Asia, she joined a Hong Kong-based NGO to work with multinational corporations and SMEs on issues and programmes related to corporate social responsibility, community investment and sustainability.

Hanah received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, USA, and is currently based in Hong Kong.

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William Van Ausdal

William is the Principal Climate Change Advisor at the City of Adelaide where he is responsible for the delivery of the City of Adelaide’s carbon neutral certification, community GHG emissions planning and climate risk agenda, including support for the city’s low carbon transition and a focus on best-practice GHG emissions measurement and reporting.

William has previously worked in New Zealand where he supported a variety of organisations with their sustainability and climate change programs, including Sustainability Manager for NZ’s largest public healthcare service, Senior Sustainability Advisor for Wellington and Palmerston North City Council, and the Marketing Manager of environmental and climate certification programmes for Toitū Envirocare (a subsidiary of NZ Crown Research agency, Landcare Research).

William has over a decade of experience in sustainability, climate change and the environment and has worked in both the local government and private sectors. He has a Master of Corporate Environmental Management from Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (Finland), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Lewis and Clark College (USA).

Chua Ming Yin

Ming Yin as the Climate Change Coordinator of the Low Carbon & Circular Economy Team is responsible for supporting the delivery of strategic climate change projects, particularly City of Adelaide’s community and corporate greenhouse gas inventories, as well as contribute to the development and maintenance of partnerships to meet City of Adelaide’s strategic emissions reduction and carbon neutrality objectives.

Ming Yin graduated from the RMIT University, Melbourne with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and has previously worked with Eco-Ideal Consulting, Malaysia as an Environmental Engineer for more than two years. She has been involved in carbon accounting and waste management projects ever since.

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