Wading Through Plastics: The what, why and how of dealing with single use plastics in Hong Kong

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Wading Through Plastics: The what, why and how of dealing with single use plastics in Hong Kong

Please email yammie@britcham.com for more information

Jointly hosted with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong's Environment & Sustainability Committee, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Plastic waste became a hot topic in 2018 – particularly single use plastic packaging for food and beverages.  Companies and organisations around the globe have announced reductions and bans of single use plastics, from straws to bags to food and beverage packaging. But as plastics are everywhere and in nearly everything we use, solutions are not simple and straightforward.

What is PLA, compostable plastic, biodegradable plastic?  How does the “bring your own” movement play into this? How do we make the right decisions without creating unintended consequences? How might increased public awareness, more policy, better infrastructure and effective circular processes contribute?

This event will bring together a panel of experts from different sectors to answer these questions and demystify the complicated plastics issue. 


About the speakers

Hannah Routh is a partner with Deloitte China and leads the Sustainability and Climate Change advisory practice. She is a green finance and climate change specialist with over 20 years of experience in the field, of which the last ten are in Greater China. Deloitte Advisory (Hong Kong) Limited, together with Cistri Limited was commissioned by the Drink Without Waste initiative,  to carry out a comprehensive study to identify and evaluate how to effectively manage waste from single-use sealed beverage containers in Hong Kong.



Simon Ng is Director – Policy & Research of Business Environment Council. He is responsible for BEC’s work on policy advocacy, thought leadership development, and collaborative research on various environmental issues that BEC focuses on. Trained as a geographer, He is known for his ground-breaking work on ship emissions inventory in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta in which his collaboration with the shipping industry led to the launch of the Fair Winds Charter. He is also well regarded for his research and engagement work on walkability.




Philippe Li is the Business Development Manager for HK Recycles. HK Recycles is a social enterprise that strives to tackle Hong Kong's socio-environmental problems by providing an accountable and measurable recyclable collection, as well as, providing full-time employment opportunities for the underprivileged. Philippe is responsible for the acquisition and the diversification of its clientele. Prior to his role in HK Recycles he worked for SOW Asia foundation as the Senior Associate. 


Genevieve Hilton has worked in corporate affairs and sustainability in Asia Pacific since 1994, primarily in Vietnam and Hong Kong. She has worked at BASF since 2008. In her current role she is responsible for stakeholder engagement, corporate citizenship (non-profit activities), sustainability reporting, crisis readiness, online communications, media relations, corporate publications, and channel management for 18 markets in the Asia Pacific region.



About the moderator

Dr. Merrin Pearse is a facilitator and connector. He has a wide range of international experience working for Government Departments, SMEs, international companies and NGOs in stakeholder engagement roles, quality assurance, auditing, and sustainability.






Member $ 390.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 550.00 HKD
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  • This event is closed to the media.
  • The event will be cancelled if the No.8 Typhoon signal or the Black Rain Storm warning is in force.
  • For further information please email yammie@britcham.com
  • Please make cheques payable to: "The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong" & send it to Room 1201 Emperor Group Centre, 288 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

Wading Through Plastics: The what, why and how of dealing with single use plastics in Hong Kong

Tue, January 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Hannah Routh, Partner, Deloitte China


Simon Ng, Director – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council


Philippe Li, Business Development Manager, HK Recycles


Genevieve Hilton, Head of External Communications & Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Affairs Asia Pacific, BASF


Moderated by: Dr. Merrin Pearse, Sustainability Advisor, The Purpose Business

The Executive Centre, 44/F, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central
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