Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professionals) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: General and Environmental Sciences courses
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Engineering and Science General and Environmental Sciences

Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professionals)
證書(單元 : 可持續發展專業)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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Start Date
11 Oct 2022 (Tue)
12 weeks
Course Fee
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Deadline on 05 Sep 2022 (Mon)
COURSE FULL. The next intake is in October 2023.

HKU SPACE collaborates with Carbon Care Asia to run this Sustainability Professionals programme.  This programme is designed for those working on all aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) planning in business and finance.

The programme will provide an understanding of the global ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, show the links to international and local sustainability standards and metrics, and follow this through to the practical challenges of materiality assessment and stakeholder consultation necessary for a company’s ESG report. From high level policy to practical detail, this programme will expose participants to the full range of issues related to sustainability stewardship and illustrate the practical risks and opportunities facing companies in cities like Hong Kong.


1. Corporate Sustainability: An overview of the concept and its evolution
  • Defining sustainability
  • Sustainability and business
  • The development of CSR: the triple bottom line, shared value and related concepts
  • A critique of CSR
2. The environmental and social issues
  • Climate-related risks
  • Social issues and economic impacts
  • Foundational international agreements: Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Environment and development: synergies and trade-offs

3. The business case for sustainable development
  • The business opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Shareholders, stakeholders and society
  • Business and the SDGs
  • Unsustainable industries
4. Sustainable Cities
  • The sustainability challenge for cities
  • City-level initiatives and case studies
  • Town planning: housing and transport; production and consumption-based carbon footprints
  • Case study on Hong Kong
5. Sustainable Finance
  • The drivers of sustainable finance
  • Definitions and key principles
  • The emergence of regional and national standards
  • Opportunities of green finance in China and Asia
6. Sustainability reporting: principles, standards, and metrics
  • Reporting principles
  • Monitoring and verification.
  • Reporting and measurement standards: GRI, SASBI, CDP, Science Based Targets etc.
  • Local reporting standards and development trends: HK, China and Singapore
7. Emissions, waste and resource use
  • Understanding carbon emissions and carbon footprint
  • Carbon neutrality and how it works
  • Business and pollution – air pollutants, waste and wastewater
  • Effective use of resources
8. Effective labour practices 
  • The business case for diversity and equality
  • Addressing child labour and forced labour issues
  • Labour rights and labour standards
  • Health and safety in the workplace
9. Good Governance: Establishing a responsible business
  • Product responsibility – consumer health and safety, advertising, labelling and data privacy
  • Supply chain management: environmental and social risks
  • Combatting corruption
  • Whistleblowing policies
10. Stakeholders and materiality
  • Identification of stakeholders
  • Stakeholder mapping and engagement methodology
  • How to determine materiality
  • Materiality analysis and business implications
11. Community investment - more than charity
  • Effective philanthropy vs. window dressing
  • Relating community programmes to a company’s core business impacts
  • Adding value and motivating staff: skills-based volunteering
  • Supporting beneficial policy change
12. The individual in society
  • Behaviour change, education and regulation
  • The challenges and obstacles
  • Personal self-reflection on the path to ‘making a difference’
  • Good Life Goals and its link to SDGs
13. Critical sustainability issues for key business sectors
  • A review of specific sustainability issues facing industries and sectors  
  • Logistics; real estate; manufacturing; property & construction; extractives; agribusiness & food; energy; the finance sector
On completion of the programme, students will be able to
  • Manage the development of sustainability strategies and plans in companies and organisations.
  • Situate sustainability activities in the context of international, national and sub-national, plans, regulations and incentives.
  • Explain business risks and opportunities stemming from the science and economics of sustainability.
  • Explain the key sustainability challenges facing different business sectors.
  • Evaluate key sustainability tasks related to stakeholder consultations, materiality, carbon auditing and other key reporting issues at company level.


Students are required to complete and pass all the assessments, including examination and in-class assessment. 


To be eligible for the award of the Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professional), students are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assessments.


Mr John Sayer

Mr John Sayer is the Director of Carbon Care Asia. He has a background in sustainability, human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. He was the Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre working on information technology, labour rights and workplace health and safety before joining Oxfam Hong Kong in 1991 as Program Director and then Executive Director. 


In 2001 Mr Sayer moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, a development agency working on market-based solutions and business development services as well as promotion of ethical supply chains among international companies doing business in Africa. He has served on the Board of the UK Ethical Trading Initiative helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chains. He also participated in the advisory body to the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. He was a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Stakeholder Council and a member of the Council’s Capital Markets Discussion Group from 2016 to 2019.


Since joining Carbon Care Asia in 2014 Mr Sayer has worked on green finance standards, green building standards, ESG reporting and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate reporting.

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. 

Ms Bonnie Yip

Ms Bonnie Yip is a Senior Trainer at Carbon Care Asia. She enjoys guiding corporations across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Singapore on their journey to sustainability throughout her career. Previously as Principal Sustainability Consultant at Carbon Care Asia, Bonnie specialised in sustainability strategies and reporting, training as well stakeholder engagement for listed companies across sectors. As an in-house manager with a multinational retail brand, she established its supply chain compliance / sustainability programmes ranging from training, auditing to community engagement initiatives.


Ms Yip holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong (Distinction). She is an EFFAS Certified Environmental, Social and Governance Analyst (CESGA®) and an Executive Committee member at the Environmental Management Association of Hong Kong (EMAHK).

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.

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Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 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 subtests 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 on 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.
Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$9,500
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professionals)
證書 (單元 : 可持續發展專業)
COURSE CODE 42C125810 FEES $9,500 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 (Sustainability Professionals)

  • 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

  • by mailing to HKU SPACE, SWAS, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Attention to: Ms. Sheri Ip)
  • in person at any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres

* Each application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Photocopy of Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. Photocopy of academic 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, WeChat Pay or Alipay

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


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

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to HKUSPACE, SWAS, 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.


Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, 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, 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 transferred 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 approved transfers.
  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 copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.

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.