Zhang Lei: Innovative and compound carbon talent will become a “C-position” talent under sustainable development|BEYOND Expo 2022

Technological innovation and social impact have always been the focus of BEYOND Expo. From 8:45 am to 10:00 am on September 21st, the opening ceremony of the 2nd BEYOND International Technology Innovation Expo (hereinafter referred to as “BEYOND Expo 2022”) was held in BEYOND Metaverse.

Around the theme of the opening ceremony of BEYOND Expo2022 – “What’s Next?”, the organizing committee invited Dr. Roger Kornberg, the 2006 Nobel Laureate, Chairman of the World Association of Top Scientists, and Founder of Sino-Israeli Hyde; Zheng Xuexuan, Chairman and Party Secretary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation; Shi Yigong, President of West Lake University, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Founder of CATL , Chairman and CEO Zeng Yuqun; Hillhouse founder Zhang Lei; Merck China President, Merck Electronic Technology Executive Vice President An Gaobo; Dripguantong Group Founder and Chairman Li XiaojiaGathered in the BEYOND Metaverse, shared insights on hot topics such as the latest trends in the industry, cutting-edge technological innovation concepts, and the impact of technology in the world of future living, and talked about the future of global technological innovation.

In the keynote speech at the opening ceremony, Zhang Lei, the founder of Hillhouse, pointed out that the innovative compound Carbon Talent will become a “C-position” talent under sustainable development.

Zhang Lei said that sustainable ESG investment will become a more important trend and can create huge value. Facing the new era of sustainable development, investment institutions can make efforts from three perspectives: consolidating the construction of sustainable investment infrastructure, supporting technological innovation in key areas and links of sustainable development, and focusing on sustainable development talents.

“Investment institutions can take ESG-related considerations into the investment process management and investment target selection process, and build ESG infrastructure in their own investment ecosystem through self-built capabilities, investment or cooperation, especially digital capabilities, to create sustainable The data bottom layer of development.” Zhang Lei said.

In addition, Zhang Lei also mentioned in his speech that technological innovation is the ultimate solution to drive sustainable development. Investment institutions should support scientific and technological innovation and green technology through long-term funds, encourage and attract more institutions to participate in and support scientific and technological development, form an innovation aggregation effect, and ultimately solve social and environmental problems in development.

Regarding sustainable development talents, he said,An innovative cross-composite Carbon Talent with an international perspective, multi-disciplinary knowledge reserve and insightand will become a true “C-position” talent in the context of sustainable development.

The following is the full text of the speech:

Distinguished guests and friends, good morning! It is a great honor to meet you again at this year’s BEYOND International Technology Innovation Expo. The theme of the conference is What’s Next, and the organizers want me to share some views on the future.

Faced with the current changes and uncertainties, everyone hopes to find the “golden key” to solve the problem. In fact, we can see that more and more people are paying more attention to long-term development, climate change and social responsibility, and ESG has become a certain future.

According to statistics, the global ESG investment scale in 2020 has reached about one hundred trillion US dollars, an increase of 14 times compared with 2006. As an innovative industrial investment institution, Hillhouse has always adhered to the concept of “investment makes the world a better place”. Competitors with a great view of the pattern, together through continuous innovation, achieve a win-win situation of social value and economic value. I think more sustainable ESG investing is going to be a more important trend that can create huge value. So, in the face of the new era of sustainable development, what can investment institutions do? We have a few thoughts to share with you.

First, lay a solid foundation. Just as the entire Internet network, data centers and other new infrastructures play a supporting role in promoting the development of industrial manufacturing, digitalization and intelligence, sustainable investment itself also needs the support of a set of infrastructure, including data quantification, information disclosure and evaluation system. build etc. Investment institutions can take ESG-related considerations into the investment process management and investment target selection process, and build ESG infrastructure in their own investment ecosystem through self-built capabilities, investment or cooperation, especially digital capabilities, and create sustainable development. data bottom layer.

We are introducing a digital system for evaluating the ESG performance of investee companies, which can help relevant investee companies collect their own ESG data and conduct industry benchmarking, establish an information disclosure system that conforms to international standards, and help investee companies complete data collection and accumulation by guiding investee companies to complete data collection and accumulation. It builds the foundation for sustainable development.

At the same time, as one of the few investment institutions in Asia that has established a carbon emission reduction benefit evaluation framework, Hillhouse adopts a quantitative method, based on understanding the carbon emission reduction contribution of the company’s products and technologies, and at the same time considering the company’s growth expectations and its own carbon emissions, to estimate carbon emissions. emission reduction contribution. Through estimation, our team has deepened the understanding of various carbon reduction paths and benefits, and also helped companies discover new perspectives for industrial value enhancement.

For another example, in the context of dual carbon, carbon reduction can be targeted only when carbon emissions are clearly calculated first. Hillhouse has invested in China’s first carbon emission management software and consulting solutions provider, taking the lead in laying out the basic service field of carbon neutrality, which can help other Hillhouse invested companies and ecological partners to formulate The carbon reduction plan with the highest input-output ratio enables efficient tracking and disclosure of carbon reduction results.

Second, attach importance to innovation. We always believe that technological innovation is the ultimate solution to drive sustainable development.

In this process, what investment institutions need to do is to encourage and attract more institutions to participate in and support scientific and technological development through long-term capital support for technological innovation and green technology in key areas and key links of sustainable development, so as to form an innovation aggregation effect. , ultimately addressing social and environmental issues in development.

For example, in the field of carbon neutrality, through comprehensive research and in-depth insights, we have screened out industries that have a key impact and significance on the advancement of carbon neutrality, and found excellent companies that can solve key problems through technological innovation and business model innovation. Invest in them, help them empower, and stick to their long-term growth.

Hillhouse supports a company that develops high-efficiency perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem photovoltaic cells, helping the team to cross the “Valley of Death” where original innovative technologies landed, and relying on our DVC (Deep Value Creation) post-investment service system to support them Expand R&D and engineering talents, help them connect with industrial resources, and join the process of promoting the industrialization of third-generation photovoltaic cells better and faster.

Finally, focus on talent. Talent is always the most precious resource. The booming ESG market is bound to spark a huge demand for ESG talent. I have seen a statistic that in 2020 the number of U.S. companies hiring a Chief Sustainability Officer has exceeded the previous three years combined.

In the industry sector, we previously released a report that sorted out the opportunities in eight key areas to achieve “carbon neutrality”, including power, transportation, industry, new materials, construction, agriculture, negative carbon emissions, and information communication and digitalization. , requires a large number of professional talents. The International Energy Agency estimates that by 2030, carbon-neutral clean energy investments will create 14 million jobs. According to data, in the past five years, the recruitment scale of jobs requiring green skills has grown at an annual rate of 8%, while the growth rate of green talents has increased by about 6% in the same period. Obviously, there is a gap between supply and demand. In the future, the dual carbon management department will become the basic functional department of the enterprise like the finance and human resources departments.

What we need to pay special attention to is that the big proposition of sustainable development has put forward new requirements for talents. ESG involves climate, society, governance, and even technology and finance. Talents in this era, only knowledge of one aspect is far from enough. In the future, the innovative cross-composite Carbon Talent with international vision, multi-disciplinary knowledge reserve and insight will become a true “C-position” talent in the context of sustainable development.

Last year, Hillhouse and 14 representative companies in the carbon neutral field, including the invested companies CATL, LONGi Green Energy, BYD, and Carbon Track, held carbon neutral recruitment sessions in many colleges and universities across the country. This year, we will continue to cooperate with 42 manufacturing companies to carry out joint school recruitment. We hope that through our talent empowerment services, we can help investee companies find better Carbon Talents and provide the core driving force for continuous innovation of companies.

Sustainability is about the future of each of us. Hillhouse hopes to become an important participant in promoting sustainable development and ecological prosperity, and to be a co-creation partner on the road of ESG practice.

thank you all!

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