Shapers of Sustainability

An interview series with Asia’s top sustainability leaders

Asia is at the epicenter of the climate crisis—if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are not urgently reduced, the effects of climate change will become increasingly severe. Our research shows that colossal sustainable finance—an average of USD$3.1 trillion per year till 2050—is required for the region to achieve its net-zero emissions target. The good news is that there is a wealth of knowledge and diversity of thought on sustainability in Asia across public and private domains, as well as different sectors and industries.

The question is: How can countries and institutions accelerate the mobilization of capital to close the funding gap required for the transition? We are privileged to have been able to convene leading experts across the field to answer this crucial question as part of McKinsey’s Shapers of Sustainability interview series. In our conversations, we talk about the climate challenges Asia faces, the opportunities available for the region, and what actions can be taken to enable the transition to net-zero across Asia-Pacific.

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Blended finance: Unlocking renewable energy’s promise

– Renewable energy has the potential to be more profitable than coal; unlocking this requires both policy reform and creative financing.
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Bridging the financial gap: How Asia can unlock its sustainability agenda

– Blended and innovative financial solutions, collaboration, clear standard setting, and careful documentation are vital to hasten... Asia’s net-zero transformation, says Marisa Drew.
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Going green: How banks are advancing the transition for their clients

– Asia’s net-zero agenda requires mobilization of massive capital—and other obstacles lie ahead. How do banks rise to... the challenge—and opportunity—of the times?
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Why high-quality partnerships are key to funding net-zero strategies

– Governments and companies are committed to the decarbonization agenda. How can banks reconcile their risk appetite and play a... role in funding the transition to net-zero?
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How AI can assist in Asia’s net-zero transition

– AI is one of the key enabling technologies in addressing sustainability challenges in Asia, says Michael Zeller, head of AI Strategy... and Solutions at Temasek.
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One way to help solve net-zero challenges: Working together as an ecosystem

– It is vital to manage three areas when negotiating the rocky 1.5° pathway: clear policies, risks to private capital, and tradeoffs.
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Why policy enablement is critical in Asia’s quest for net zero

– How do governments across the region ensure that local industries are part of the solution?
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Asia’s net-zero transformation: The vital role that banks can play

– Different types of financing are required for banks’ stakeholders and clients, particularly in Asia where countries are... so diverse.
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Tailoring innovative financial solutions for the transition to net zero

– Financial institutions in Asia need to work closely with government and regulators to establish policies, standards, and incentives... to achieve net-zero goals.
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Facilitating sustainable finance: An interview with Rachel Teo

– Developing countries will need assistance to fund their transition to a low-carbon economy—but this comes with enormous... opportunities and the potential for innovation in areas such as blended finance.
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“The energy transition is real”—an interview with ACEN’s Eric Francia

– How does the head of one of Southeast Asia’s leading renewable-energy company view its role in the net-zero transition?
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Getting to net-zero in Asia: No returns on a dead planet

– Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer of Temasek, shares why stakeholders urgently need to go all in with a net-zero transition... plan.
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Decarbonization: The new frontier for investment and innovation

– Tackling Asia’s net-zero agenda can create a disruptive and collaborative shift in investment and innovation.
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A sustainable society for all: An interview with Darian McBain

– The Chief Sustainability Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore believes that people and society must be at the heart... of any solution in Asia’s transition to net-zero emissions.
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Fostering fintech in green finance: An interview with Sopnendu Mohanty

– The Chief FinTech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) believes that setting up a foundational infrastructure... for data is needed to achieve sustainable finance.
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The importance of financial viability for the net-zero transition

– Climate Impact X CEO, Mikkel Larsen, on financially viable green solutions, and bridging gaps between the public and private sectors... to drive Asia’s net-zero transition.