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Certificate for Module (Corporate Climate Competence and Carbon Management)
證書(單元 : 企業氣候應對力與碳管理)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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Start Date
15 Feb 2023 (Wed)
12 weeks
Course Fee
Deadline on 09 Jan 2023 (Mon)
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Certificate for Module (Corporate Climate Competence and Carbon Management)
– essence of climate strategy, carbon accounting and management

The programme familiarizes participants with physical implications of climate change and links them to the policy and technical debates on climate action. Sessions will examine top-level climate action related to the Paris Climate Agreement and explore the resulting responsibilities that climate action brings to governments, companies and individuals.

The programme will set out options related to energy generation, more efficient use of energy, along with the ways in which adaptation measures can create a safe, healthy and resilient city. Participants in this programme will emerge with the tools to engage at policy level and in practical terms with the risks and opportunities that stem from climate change.



1.   An overview of the climate crisis (the science of climate change)
  • Climate Change overview: The dangers we face
  • The effect of business as usual
  • Climate Change and Hong Kong: Risks and opportunities
  • IPCC reports and projections
  • The impact of 1.5°, 2° and 3.2°
2.  The economics of climate change: Risks and opportunities
  • Growth opportunity of the 21st Century
  • Drivers of change
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Smart businesses: Business leaders – doing well and doing good
  • Risks and stranded and damaged assets
  • Who goes first: The existential tragedy of the commons? 
  • Business and climate organizations and their agendas
  • The importance of governance within business
3.  The politics of climate change
  • The UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement
  • Agenda 2030
  • The economic and social impact of climate action
  • Popular action: Fossil fuel divestment, Extinction Rebellion, School strikes
  • Climate denial and climate distraction
  • Cities and regions: Roles and responsibilities for climate change
  • Effective policy options on climate
  • Loss and damage and liability
4.   Climate response: The role of governments and the UN
  • Obligations under the Paris Agreement
  • Cities and regions: Roles and responsibilities for climate change
  • Effective policy options on climate
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities and fair shares
5.   Climate response: Role of Green Finance, matching demand and supply
  • Green Taxonomies: What qualifies as green?
  • Green opportunities: Green bonds, investment funds and indexes
  • Green banks, climate accelerators and other contributions to climate change
  • How banks and investors measure their financed emissions?
  • Science-based targets for financial institutions
6.   Climate response: The individual and the community – wellbeing and lifestyle
  • Ten things an individual can do for the climate
  • Climate denial and climate distraction
  • Levers for individual change: Education, regulation and price signals
  • Personal self-reflection on the path to ‘making a difference’
  • Climate depression and climate therapy
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities and fair shares
  • Climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • A Just Transition
  • Doughnut Economics
7.   Climate mitigation: Efficiencies and technologies 
  • Energy consumption – better lives with less energy and waste
  • Buildings, transport, waste, water, manufacturing, agriculture
  • Technologies: Carbon capture, geoengineering
  • Aviation and shipping
  • Energy production – generating electricity
  • Fossils, renewables and nuclear power
  • Renewable options and debates
8.   Sustainable Cities: Climate adaptation
  • Adaptation and resilience basics
  • What are the risks in Hong Kong?
  • Climate change and public health
  • Climate insurance
  • The sustainability challenge for cities
  • City-level initiatives and case studies
  • Town planning: housing and transport; production and consumption-based carbon footprints
  • Climate change and public health
9.   Hong Kong: Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges
  • Hong Kong’s performance on climate change and the Paris Agreement
  • The city’s targets and the city’s responsibilities
  • Going forward: Opportunities and risks going forward
  • Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road
10. Sustainability Reporting and Carbon Measurement: Standards for Business
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting principles
  • Monitoring and verification
  • Reporting and measurement standards: GRI, SASBI, CDP, Science Based Targets etc.
11. Sustainability Reporting: Carbon management and reduction planning
  • Carbon management model
  • Science-based targets
  • Carbon price (Internal carbon pricing, trading and offsetting)
  • Net zero and carbon neutrality
On completion of the programme, students will be able to
  1. Evaluate the impact of the climate crisis on society, corporate performance and the economy.
  2. Identify the key international agreements driving sustainability issues.
  3. Evaluate the actions taken by the corporates and financial sectors on climate change.
  4. Present the options on energy generation and energy efficiency.
  5. Apply policy and technical options for climate action on buildings, transport, waste, and production.
  6. Explain the principles of carbon measurement, management and standards that are essential for effective corporate climate action.


Students are required to complete and pass all the assessments, including tests, essays and presentation.


To be eligible for the award of the Certificate for Module (Corporate Climate Competence and Carbon Management), students are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assessments.


This programme is run by HKU SPACE in collaboration with Carbon Care Asia (CCA) which is an expert in environmental science, sustainability, and governance. CCA provides consultation service to a variety of clients from different sectors and trades, including manufacturing, retailing, trading, hotels, entertainment & media, finance, estate management, professional and public services, logistics and transport.

Dr Pascal Vuichard

Dr Pascal Vuichard is a Postdoc Researcher in the field of sustainability. Pascal specialised in qualitative and quantitative research in the field of social acceptance of renewable energies and electric mobility and managed executive education programmes focused on the energy transition. Pascal works alongside as an independent consultant in sustainability and renewable energy in Hong Kong. In addition, he is appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Marketing at HKUST in Hong Kong educating the future business leaders on the key elements of climate change – the science, the evolving policy, and role of business.

Pascal is also a former member of state parliament in Switzerland as well as member of the city government in his hometown where he has been involved in political projects around the topic of sustainability - including plastic recycling, adoption of renewable energy and supporting policies to foster companies to fasten their sustainable commitments and actions. Pascal holds a PhD in Renewable Energy Management from the University of St. Gallen and master's degree from the London School of Economics.

Ir Dr Shelley Zhou

Ir Dr Shelley Zhou is the Expert Advisor at Carbon Care Asia. As a dedicated sustainability professional, she has over 15 years’ experience in corporate sustainability, environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, she was Chief Executive of the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation responsible for driving innovation business development and research projects in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she helped establish the sustainability function of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been in charge of delivering the Club’s strategic sustainability performance and reporting for seven years.

Ir Dr Zhou holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She is a Certified Carbon Audit Professional (CAP), a LEED Green Associate, a BEAM Professional and a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the HKUST.

Ir Dr Zhou actively engages with non-governmental organizations and professional associations. She is currently a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers (HKAEE) and a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) Environmental Division. Previously, she was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (Hong Kong Chapter), a co-opt member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Public Education, and a core member of the Hong Kong delegation to COP13 held by the UNFCCC in Bali in 2007. 


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  • Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subscores lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$7,500
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Corporate Climate Competence and Carbon Management)
證書(單元 : 企業氣候應對力與碳管理)
COURSE CODE 42C125829 FEES $7,500 ENQUIRY 3762-0096
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Corporate Climate Competence and Carbon Management)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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Enrolment Method

The completed form, together with the application fee $150 and the following supporting documents* should be submitted by the following methods on or before the application deadline.

1. Online Enrolment

• Complete the online application form

• Upload a clear electronic copy of the following documents* with the image type of doc, docx, jpg and pdf and image resolution is 300dpi or above

Photo of the documents by mobile phone is NOT accepted

2. In Person / Mail

• in person at any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres

• by mailing to HKU SPACE, Smart Wellness and Sustainability, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Attention to: Ms. Sheri Ip)

* Each application must be accompanied by the following documents:

1. Photocopy of Hong Kong Identity Card

2. Photocopy of award certificate

Please note the following for programme/course enrolment:

1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.

2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.

3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discounts, please visit one of our enrolment centres.

4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.

5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.

6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.

7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g., course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).

8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method

1. Cash, EPS, Alipay or WeChat Pay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, Alipay or WeChat Pay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name. You may either:

• bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;

• or mail the above documents to HKU SPACE, Smart Wellness and Sustainability, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Attention to: Ms. Sheri Ip).  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (courses enrolled on a first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to Online Services for details.


1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Alipay, WeChat Pay, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.

3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.

4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.

5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.

6. For additional certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.