Recognised as an international thought leader, Susanna works as SVP and Head of Sustainability at SAP Asia Pacific & Japan. Previously she was Director Asia at Yara International, and responsible for Growth and Commercialisation of the company's Digital Farming solutions.
Susanna's earlier career spans global leadership roles at Siemens, Nokia and international life sciences and media start-ups, where she was responsible for business with key clients such as Novartis and Vodafone.
Susanna is an acclaimed international speaker listed on KeyNote Women as expert on Sustainability, Climate and Digitization. She is a member of Asian Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS).
Godelieve van Dooren, CEO East Asia - Mercer
Kat van Zupthen, Mastercard Innovation Labs
Michael Culme-Seymour, Advisor - World Economic Forum
Julien Uhlig, CEO Ex Venture
Is ESG investing a sustainability driver - in Asia? What are key sustainability risks here? How is it looking with the Paris Target Agreement alignment - and what about regulatory and voluntary disclosures in the region?
In this highly requested session, business leaders are briefed on the material sustainability risk and opportunity landscape for their business, and gain an understanding of the key sustainability drivers across Asia, or selected markets. This empowers your leadership team to think strategically about sustainability, steering the company into a future-proof direction.
How does the natural environment, which is impacted by climate change, affect your business now - and in the future? What do business leaders in key functions - such as finance, procurement, marketing or operations - need to know about climate change?
Whether dissecting capital markets’ response to ESG ratings, or illlustrating the material depency on nature - Susanna’s keynote cuts through noise. She provides the latest, comprehensive evidence for corporate climate engagement, helping leaders take meaningful action, now.
Does ESG-investing equate to climate-positive outcomes? What kind of strategies can investors pursue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
In this keynote - suitable for professional and retail investors alike - Susanna shares about her quest and methodology for climate positive investing. Leaving greenwashing at the door, she assesses responsible investment approaches through a scientifically founded and evidence-based lense, empowering her audience to review their current portfolio and to adjust course in the interest of positive impact and returns.
Facing increased calamities from climate change, most employees would like to reduce their carbon footprint - but what is it to start with, and what are the most effective measures (based on where they live)? And how do your company's sustainability efforts fit into the picture?
A climate change focused townhall session run by Susanna is sure to attract the crowd and keep your employees engaged, while providing an opportunity to identify and put into action impactful improvements in personal and work life today.
What's included in corporate carbon footprint?
Geological carbon storage is an upcoming methodology to combat climate change - and a topic, which I will address in my upcoming talk at the S&P Global Platts Asia Pacific Petroleum conference #plattsappec in Singapore tomorrow. The most important aspect of geological carbon storage is ‘permanence’ - an expression of the durability of the carbon storage. Geological storage is the only fully permanent method, as the CO2 turns into stone in a geological reservoir.
In support of this method, which also requires direct air capture, Swiss Re and Climeworks signed the world’s first ten-year carbon removal purchase agreement last month. Puro.earth CO2 Removal Marketplace has recently developed a new methodology for it, and a handful of pilot projects are presently gearing up.
We don’t yet know if geological carbon storage is going to play a major role in solving the climate crisis, but it is important to compare its progress to other carbon removal methods. At best, this happens using the same set of assessment principles, which include a clear definition of the system boundaries and detailed calculation formulas. Only then can we clearly see the difference between the methods in terms of cost, durability and availability. Puro.earth's approach is technology-agnostic - it’s also a B2B market place, where different carbon removal offerings compete for efficiency.
Many carbon credits literally went up in flames this summer, unfortunately - as was shared by Chris Midgley, Global Director Analytics, at the S&P Global Platts #appec2021 conference in Singapore today. That's why it's important to understand the risks - and other qualitative and quantitive aspects of - carbon credits. This will form the core of my talk "Carbon credits - greenwashing or an effective mechanism to reach the Paris target agreement' at the same conference tomorrow. See you there!
During my talk today at the S&P Global Platts #plattsappec conference, I spoke about carbon credits - and biochar in particular. It stands out in terms of 'permanence' (i.e. the duration of the carbon stored which can be hundreds of years), and several co-benefits - including soil application to increase yields.
In my talk, I showcased Puro.earth CO2 Removal Marketplace as a best practice for science-based, and verified carbon removals. Puro.earth also requires 'reasonable assurance'-based audits by independent 3rd parties from their suppliers. Out of the five technology-based projects that Microsoft selected for their offsetting previously, they chose three biochar-based carbon removal certificates (CORC's) from Puro.earth's B2B market place. These were also the only biochar carbon credits selected, with projects developed in Finland, Germany and Australia.
Biochar is produced in exothermal pyrolysis, which means the process creates more heat than it uses. It is true that high-quality biochar is produced in high temperatures above 600 degrees Celsius, however as in the case of Carbofex - one of the Microsoft CORC providers - the extra heat goes to district heating in cold Finland. Pyrolysis itself needs very little external fuel to ignite the biochar creation process, after which it is self-sufficient i.e. not needing any additional energy.