Argus Asia Carbon Conference

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Conference welcome reception

18:00 - 19:30

Welcome networking reception

Join us for a pre-conference networking reception to meet new faces, reconnect with industry peers, and build strong partnerships with market participants from across the value chain. Venue: Arthur's Bar and Grill (Level 1, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur)

Day 1: Rules, regulations, and new technologies in the Asia carbon market

08:15 - 08:45

Registration and welcome refreshments

08:45 - 09:15

Carbon 101 workshop

Your one-stop-shop platform to learn about the carbon market

- An introduction to the carbon market space: key terms, attitudes, VCM versus compliance markets, an overview of the major players in the Asia carbon market.
- Contextualising the broader carbon market: examining the global carbon emissions landscape and understanding the total embodied impact.
- Life-cycle emissions assessment: understanding life-cycle emissions and how they affect sustainability decisions and carbon reduction strategies.

Speakers Include:

Adam Nye

VP Business Development
09:15 - 09:20

Conference welcome

Karl Kleemeier

Head of Asia, Argus
09:20 - 09:45

Ministerial address: Navigating the pathway towards a net zero future

- What initiatives is the Malaysian government taking to help Malaysia achieve net zero global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050?
- Takeaways and lessons from the development of Malaysia’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) roadmap and long-term low emission development strategies (LT-LEDS).
- How can governments in the Asia-Pacific region collaborate to shape the future of carbon market development and work together towards achieving global decarbonisation goals?

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Sustainability
9:45 - 9:50

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Speakers Include:

Steve Tan

Vice President Business Development
Argus Media
09:50 - 10:20

Keynote session: Advancing the carbon market in Asia — embracing innovation in the voluntary and compliance markets

- What insights do leading organisations offer regarding developmental plans in Asia and their strategies for achieving GHG emission goals?
- In what ways can the carbon market navigate potential challenges, and what collaborative industry and governmental efforts are proposed to mitigate these effects?
- How does technology play a key role in shaping the future of the carbon market in Asia?

Ir. Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof

Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology
10:20 - 11:00

Coffee and networking break

11:00 - 11:30

Argus presents: Understanding the intricacies of the global carbon market

· Market analysis of the Voluntary Carbon Credit spot market over the past 12 months, with focus on fundamentals and price movements.
· Case study: REDD+ credits, between bad press and buyers’ interest - potential in Malaysia
· Analysis of the past and current industry stakeholder initiatives and the potential impact on the market.
· How are countries in Asia and around the world integrating voluntary market credits into their climate actions?

Speakers include:

Nicola De Sanctis


Adam Nye

VP Business Development
11:30 - 12:15

Unravelling Asia’s heavily scrutinised nature-based project development

- Amid recent scrutiny, what challenges does the REDD+ methodology face, and what opportunities exist to uphold environmental integrity in this context?
- What lessons have been learned from the development of nature-based carbon projects in Asia, and how can project developers ensure credibility while delivering solutions that benefit rural people and communities?
- What measures are project developers taking to guarantee the integrity of nature-based solutions in the carbon project space and what role do you foresee governments playing in the fragmented carbon compliance market?

Speakers Include:

Boon Piew Ng

GM Nature Based Solution (NBS) Portfolio & Growth
Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd

Lawrence Chia

Chief Executive Officer

Liam Marshall

Commercial Manager
BeZero Carbon Markets

Francois Blignaut

Carbon Project Lead
12:15 - 13:30

Lunch and networking break

13:30 - 14:10

Panel discussion: Asia-Pacific markets — unveiling regional carbon strategies

Overview of the Indonesia, India, South Korea, and China carbon markets. Experiences, challenges, opportunities, solutions and lessons learnt from those markets that can be of use to Malaysia and other markets in the making.
- Asia has fragmented compliance markets with each of those markets charting their own path towards decarbonisation — what trends, strategies, and market design features are we seeing as nations update their 2025 NDCs?
- How are markets being designed to effectively contribute to the long-term policies and net zero targets set by different jurisdictions in Asia?
- What role will different forms of carbon pricing including carbon taxes, compliance markets, but also voluntary carbon markets and projects under Art. 6 of the Paris agreement play in the future of Asia? Looking at incentives to unlock climate finance at scale.

Speakers Include:

Sangsun Ha

Executive Director, Ecoeye Co., Ltd.

Riza Suarga

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Indonesia Carbon Trade Association & Agraus Resources

Renato Roldao

Vice President Green Transition and East Asia

Alistair Ritchie

Director of Asia-Pacific Sustainability
Asia Society Policy Institute
14.10 - 14.40

The Politics of Climate Change in the context of the Paris Agreement

- By reference to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, including in respect of the recently concluded COP 28, the presentation considers the role that politics, rather than environmental concerns, play in COP negotiations
- How highly technical aspects of Article 6, such as Corresponding Adjustments, NDCs, and GHG accounting and reporting, can be used to achieve political ends.
- What does this foretell for future negotiations?

Speakers Include:

Peter Zaman

Partner, HFW
14:40 - 15:10

Deep dive: How will the CBAM affect your business and what does it mean for the Asian market?

- How are countries preparing for the CBAM and what are the potential regulatory and grey areas that remain in states’ legal frameworks?
- How do you foresee the introduction of the CBAM reshaping regional trade dynamics and sustainability practices?
- What can be done to minimise potential negative economic impacts of the CBAM in Asia, and is there room for greater collaboration in Asia?

Speakers Include:

Soon Hun Yang

Chief Executive Officer, Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn. Bhd.
15:10 - 16:00

Coffee and networking break

16:00 - 16:40

Exploring CCUS innovations: Advances in storage, utilisation, bio-CCUS and more

- What is the viability of carbon utilisation and where does the business case lie? Is utilisation the future or a dead end? A short versus long-term analysis.
- Challenges and opportunities — what are the new developments for storage and injection? Looking at carbon sequestration, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and more.
- Examining the rise of bio-CCU — from microalgae to biotechnological solutions for meeting decarbonisation goals.

Speakers Include:

Junya Takahashi

Team Leader of CCUS Team and Energy Innovation Initiative
Sumitomo Corporation

Emry Hisham B Yusoff

Head of Carbon Management

Diofanny Swandrina Putri

Head of Business Development – APAC
Indonesia CCS Center
16:40 - 17:20

Panel discussion: Upcoming carbon technologies — successes and challenges ahead

- What is the potential of future technologies — from blue hydrogen to biochar — to meet net zero goals?
- Direct air capture is quoted as "the" future technology — what are the new developments within this space?
- Carbon avoidance technologies are on the rise as transformative clean technologies — what role will governments and investors play in funding these new developments?

Speakers Include:

Dora Branyan

Director of Sustainability & External Relations
Marquis Energy Global Pte. Ltd.

Trishna Nagrani

Head of Business Development - APAC

Mark Gudiksen

Managing Partner
Piva Capital

Sylvia Low

Director of Business Development
1PointFive Asia
17:20 - 17:25

Closing remarks


Networking reception hosted by SaraCarbon

Join us for a networking reception to meet new faces, reconnect with industry peers, and build strong partnerships with market participants from across the value chain.

Venue: Sabah Room, Basement II - Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Integrity, project development, and financing in the VCM

08:30 - 09:15

Registration and welcome refreshments

09:15 - 09:20

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Adam Nye

VP Business Development
09:20 - 09:40

Keynote speaker: Revitalizing the carbon credits system for a sustainable future

- Anticipating the future of the industry — emerging trends, potential challenges and opportunities affecting the carbon industry in the coming years.
- Exploring the collective vision for the future and role of integrity in realising the industry’s full potential.

Speakers Include:

Albert P Dela Cruz Sr

The Climate Change Commission of the Philippines
09:40 - 10:20

Panel discussion: Ensuring market integrity and upholding trust in the carbon market

- Updates and new initiatives: looking at standards, compliance and methodologies in the carbon market.
- Championing transparency: how are certifying bodies actively ensuring and promoting integrity in the market? How successful have they been and are there further opportunities for improvement?
- Building capacity and ensuring monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): a collaborative dialogue on challenges and advancements in MRV systems in the Asian markets.

Speakers Include:

Win Sim Tan

Win Sim Tan

Regional Representative - East and Southeast Asia

Duncan van Bergen

Calyx Global
Tristan Loffler

Tristan Loffler

Head of Carbon Projects and Integrity
MSCI Carbon Markets

Alex Cox

Head of Climate Markets
10:20 - 11:00

Coffee and networking break

11:00 - 11:40

Panel: Successes and failures — lessons learnt from past projects, and paving the way for real and ethical projects

A panel discussion with perspectives from investors and project developers — getting both sides of the story as they discuss transparency in the market.

- Extracting valuable lessons, successes and failures to inform future endeavours and the impact on the sustainability and effectiveness of carbon initiatives.
- What are the strategies in place to ensure the authenticity and ethicality of carbon projects?
- Avoiding a greenwashing campaign — how can companies ensure that they are investing in clean and ethical carbon projects, and what can they do to stand out as “clean market leaders”?

Speakers Include:

Heng Dean Law

Managing Director
Pollination Group

Nick Laidlaw

Managing Director, WIF Foundation

Neil McDougall


Alvin Lim

Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley
11:40 - 12:00

Carbon certification process overview

- Explore the step-by-step process of carbon certification including project development, baseline determination, methodology application and monitoring.
- Given the variety of carbon credit certification companies and protocols, what are the best practices for certification within the VCM in Asia.

Speakers Include:

Anna Stablum

Anna Stablum

Business Development Director
12:00 - 12:40

Panel discussion: Strategies for de-risking investments in the carbon landscape, insights from investors, financial intermediaries and developers

Understanding investor perspectives: explore insights from experienced investors, financial intermediaries and developers in the carbon space
- What are the recommended strategies to spread risk effectively and enhance bankability of carbon-related investments? Best practices and lessons from experts.
- What specific factors contribute to risk mitigation and enhanced project viability, and how do investors assess and prioritise these factors?
- Insight for developers: how can developers foster a conducive environment for attracting financial support?

Speakers Include:

Martalena Nurseno

Head of Origination and Structuring Environmental Products Asia Pacific ex-China
Freepoint Commodities

Meng Yuen Wang Carbon Credits Solutions – Executive Director

Carbon Credits Solutions – Executive Director
DBS Bank

Siddhanth Jayaram

Co-Founder, Climes

Kee-Nic Li

Business Development Lead
VER - STX Group
12:40 - 13:45

Lunch networking break

13:45 - 14:15

How much would it cost to build a new world?

- Leading the way with ASEAN Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance & Malaysia's CCPT – how are the next steps?
- How can Asia catch up in blended finance? What partnerships are required to make it happen?
- Scaling up technology and innovation with investments - is this the silver bullet?

Speakers Include:

Hiro Chai

Hiro Chai

Mitsusho Sdn. Bhd.
14:15 - 14:45

Fireside Chat: Navigating corporate stewardship — advancing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and achieving decarbonisation goals in the VCM

- A buyer’s perspective: an exploration of buyer trends and considerations around carbon credits, how do big energy providers see this evolving?
- What specific targets and commitments has your company set for carbon emissions reduction, and how are these integrated within your business strategy and corporate ESG framework?
- What are your thoughts on present carbon reduction strategies within the VCM market — where is your business inclined to look for investing in carbon projects, and what are the key criteria you have in mind when investing?

Speakers Include:

Gloyta Nathalang

Acting Senior Vice Executive - Sustainability Management and Corporate Communications
Bangchak Group

Adam Nye

VP Business Development

Conference closing remarks