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November 2019

SGBC Leadership Conversations 2019

Orchard Hotel

442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879

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Cities are the centre of humanity’s race to build a carbon-light future, as hubs of society and producers of 70 per cent of global emissions. With public and private entities now teaming up to fight climate change –and governments declaring climate emergencies –now is the time to move harder and faster to cut the environmental footprint of the built environment.

In a recent report, IFC has estimated that there is a US$16 trillion dollar investment opportunity for green buildings in East Asia and the Pacific alone. Singapore, already on the forefront of green building technology and sustainable development for the tropics, is well placed to take advantage of this. If Singapore is to meet the 2030 deadline of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and its aim to green 80 per cent of its building stock, it will need to scale up its search for and implementation of solutions and technologies.

But is the industry on track to decarbonise? What are the innovative solutions coming to the fore? How can Singapore accelerate the pace of change in order to keep its head above water, and remain competitive globally? On 5 November, senior government representatives and industry leaders will convene at Orchard Hotel in Singapore to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Singapore Green Building Council. Join experts and key opinion leaders as they discuss how Singapore’s green building industry can remain ahead of the competition while playing a part in the sustainable development of the region to combat the urgency of climate change.

Guest of Honour

Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Speakers

Panelists

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Humanities, Singapore Management University

Ho Nyok Yong

President, Singapore Green Building Council; Immediate Past President, Singapore Contractors Association Limited; and Chief Operating Officer, Samwoh Group

Tang Kok Thye

Board Member, Building and Construction Authority Singapore; Deputy Chairman, Green Mark Advisory Committee; and 1st Vice President of the Board, Singapore Green Building Council

Hosts and moderators

Moderator

Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

Agenda

8:30 am

Registration & breakfast

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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9:30 am

Opening remarks

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

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9:40 am

Keynote speech

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs

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10:00 am

Special presentation

One of the world's hotspots of urban development, Southeast Asia's population of city dwellers is set to explode in the next decades. But four out of every five people who will be impacted by sea level rise by 2050 lives in East or Southeast Asia. How do we prepare our cities today for climate change tomorrow? Is the approach to mitigate, adapt or establish a new capital? In this presentation, our speaker seeks to answer the question: What will it take to protect our cities and people, while promoting equitable growth in an era of climate change?

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Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Humanities, Singapore Management University

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10:15 am

Panel discussion: The race to green

Building resilient, sustainable cities is a key challenge for urban planners, businesses and governments in 21st century Southeast Asia, as cities expand and populations swell. How can cities switch to cleaner transport systems, waste disposal management and near-zero carbon buildings?

This panel gathers government and business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the race to green our cities for a changing environment. What are quick wins, or is nothing short of an overhaul to the status quo necessary? Can Singapore, which leads in green building technology for tropical cities, demonstrate what is possible for the region? How can city governments and corporates work together to accelerate change?

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Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

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Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Humanities, Singapore Management University

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Tang Kok Thye

Board Member, Building and Construction Authority Singapore; Deputy Chairman, Green Mark Advisory Committee; and 1st Vice President of the Board, Singapore Green Building Council

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Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

11:00 am

Question and answer session

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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11:10 am

Concluding remarks

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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Ho Nyok Yong

President, Singapore Green Building Council; Immediate Past President, Singapore Contractors Association Limited; and Chief Operating Officer, Samwoh Group

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11:30 am

Networking lunch

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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