AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Investing to Build Back Better: Deliver Lasting Change Through Solutions that Mitigate Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Emissions

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

03 June 2021



03 June 2021


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Investing to build back better: Deliver lasting change through solutions that mitigate short-lived climate pollutant emissions

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Mitigating the presence of super pollutants in the atmosphere is a matter of utmost urgency for Asia. To succeed in this venture, philanthropists and investors have a significant part to play in creating innovative solutions that mitigate the issue. While the region is experiencing a period of unprecedented economic growth and affluence, experts believe that this growth will only be sustained if Asia embraces a sustainable, low-carbon development especially in the face of the worsening effects of climate change. A key to mitigating climate change would be to reduce the emission of Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs).

SLCPs, such as black carbon or soot, methane, tropospheric ozone and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), are responsible for up to 50% of climate change according to scientists and can be dangerous air pollutants, with various detrimental impacts on human health, agriculture and ecosystems. Asian industries across different sectors are a major source of SLCPs such as methane from rice paddies and livestock farming and black carbon from forest fires and manufacturing. Businesses and funders have an opportunity here to put in place practices and policies to reduce the emission of SCLPs in their work and supply chains, as well as move their capital to support regional SLCP-targeted projects and research and development to find innovative ways to reduce SLCP emissions.

We invite you to join us for this session, where AVPN Climate Action Platform will convene leading climate experts, investors, philanthropists and solution providers to discuss the opportunities for and challenges of moving capital towards solutions that reduce SLCPs and how solution providers can form partnerships to scale their solutions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the benefits of combined CO2 and SLCP mitigation
  • Mainstream SLCP mitigation investments into ESG portfolios
  • Learn about SLCP mitigation measures and solution opportunities in Asia
  • Leverage on innovative finance to raise capital to abate SLCPs
Ada Lam
Deputy Executive Director,

Ada is Deputy Executive Director of BRACE, a Hong Kong registered charity that supports climate change mitigation efforts globally. In her role she oversees agricultural initiatives in Asia that focus on the scalable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. She is also Director of District Capital, the investment arm of her family office with a mission to invest in solving pressing socio-economic or climate related challenges whilst providing strong returns. Prior to her current positions, Ada’s career transversed the private and non-profit sectors. She has a proven track-record as an entrepreneur, having founded a market-leading communications firm, which was acquired by a conglomerate agency in 2017. Her personal mission is to drive dialogue and capital towards climate action.
Katherine Ross
Associate II,
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Katherine Ross, or Katie, is an Associate II with WRI’s Climate Program. She supports countries in developing mid-century decarbonization strategies and enhancing their mitigation commitments under the Paris Agreement. Katie also leads WRI’s engagement with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.


Prior to joining WRI, Katie was a Principal Advisor at Promethium Carbon, a South African-based climate change consulting firm. While at Promethium Carbon, she advised international organizations on greenhouse gas reporting and climate strategy development, as well as implementing projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. Katie has also worked with governments in southern Africa on developing their commitments under the Paris Agreement and reporting to the UNFCCC.


Katie holds an MPhil in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Dan Choon
Managing Director & Founder,
Cycle Management Sarl

Dan Choon is Founder and Director of Cycle, a venture capital fund investing in sustainable energy related technologies. Dan is also director of Cycle Management Sarl, the General Partner to the Cycle S.C.A. SICAV-RAIF, Eco Technology fund and its investment advisory arm based in Luxembourg. Cycle is specialised in technology investments with a focus on application and global scalability and on Asian growth – especially in China and the South East Asian region.


Dan is Cycle’s visionary, strategist, cooperation enhancer and company builder. He leads the strategy and corporate development of Cycle and takes care of portfolio development and strategic cooperation. As General Partner he is responsible for long-term cooperation with Cycle and ensures strategic fit of technology investments with market roll-out potential.


Dan is a regular public speaker on investment, technology and sustainability related events. Dan is a visionary technology enthusiast focused on strategy & technology – changing cross-boarder investments and executing on imminent synergies between Europe and Asia in sustainability and emerging technologies.
Shuo Zhang
Climate Change & Business Sustainability,
Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology

Shuo Zhang joined SEE Foundation in 2016 and is engaged in funding local pollution prevention NGOs in China. For the past 5 years, she has worked with frontline NGOs in research and dialogue. She also has a comprehensive and intuitive understanding of China’s environmental pollution problems and local pollution prevention NGOs. By the end of 2020, the SEE foundation has directly supported 57 frontline environmental protection public welfare organizations to become “Blue Guardian”, covering 21 provinces nationwide. The SEE has filed over 50 public interest lawsuits. Through government enforcement and green supply chain leverage, the foundation have driven more than 3,000 companies to rectify their problems annually.


Meg Argyriou
Head of International and Country Context,
ClimateWorks Australia

Meg leads ClimateWorks’ international programs, with a focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. This includes efforts to identify and catalyse opportunities for low carbon industrial development in Southeast Asian economies, to develop long term sectoral transition roadmaps, and to redirect finance flows to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. She recently led the development of the Investment Vision Guide, a framework designed to complement and build on efforts by developing countries to articulate their long-term, low emissions development strategy under the Paris Agreement.


Her growing team, based across offices in Jakarta and Melbourne, is currently developing work programs focused on green recovery in ASEAN, sustainable finance and clean energy transitions in Indonesia and net zero pathways in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Other topics that are relevant to the discussion include:

  • Hydrofluorocarbons
  • Agriculture
  • Asian Leadership

AVPN has plans to hold interesting and inclusive roundtable discussions on these with different stakeholders such as: 

  • NGOs and donors
  • Industry experts and investors
  • Foundations and institutes
  • Academics

Keep a lookout for more details!

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