Over 40min, two teams competed answering questions on climate action, energy poverty, water scarcity and the relevance of education
On September 9, Gen.T moderated a quiz competition at The Connected Cities Conference by KPMG. The conference was part of this year’s StartmeupHK Festival, an annual event by InvestHK where the latest business trends are discussed and showcased through panel discussions, hackathons, investor matching, job fairs and exhibitions.
The quiz competition was dubbed the Wheel of Sustainability, where two teams of five competed against each other to answer as many questions as possible related to topics such as sustainability, climate action, energy and education. The team with the most points will win a prize. The twist is that after a team answers a question, the opposing team can offer an alternative answer. If they get it correct, they will receive double the points.
Tatler Hong Kong’s digital content editor Heidi Yeung moderated the competition (Photo: StartmeupHK Festival)
Tatler’s Heidi Yeung moderated the session, which was participated by contestants from various business, innovation and sustainability organisations, including Cyberport, CarbonX, A Plastic Ocean Foundation and FutureNow.
One question posed was if a net-zero city is actually achievable. The first team to answer said yes with investments in technology, particularly in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable transportation to reduce the high amounts of carbon emissions produced by the traditional sectors.
The opposing team also added on with their own answer saying cities can’t achieve net zero status alone. “Each city sits in an ecosystem, like the Greater Bay Area for example, [and they] each [have their] own strengths. Some have better access to financing, while others are able to pilot policies via incentives in a quick way for others to learn from. So the road to net zero is feasible, but not [something achievable] alone.”
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Another question that came up was whether the Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2050 was aggressive enough. The team that tackled the question first said, “It’s a capitalised ‘no’, as it’s not [about] really the lack of technology but the lack of speed and collaboration”. They also went on to point out the urgent need for private sector contribution, which could allow for further emissions reduction beyond what’s expected in the 2050 plan.
Their opposing team concurred and highlighted that one of the plan’s decisions to switch to natural gas from coal will cut emissions by half by 2035, but the problem is to reach zero in the next 15 years.
The competition spanned about 40 min, with other questions ranging from how technology can address water scarcity, to solutions for energy poverty, to the relevance of a university degree today.
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The quiz competition was dubbed the Wheel of Sustainability with two teams competing for a prize (Photo: StartmeupHK Festival)
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Blue team captain Anita Chau, head of ecosystem development at Cyberport, spinning the wheel for the first question (Photo: StartmeupHK Festival)
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The contestants of the Wheel of Sustainability at The Connected Cities Conference by KPMG, an event part of StartmeupHK Festival 2022 (Photo: StartmeupHK Festival)