January 10, 2019

The Liveability Challenge 2019 Launch

Cool Cats, The NCO Club

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

32 Beach Road

Singapore, 189764

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12 years—That's all the time humanity has left to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the recent IPCC report makes clear.

But it’s not time to give up—we can still stop this. If we are going to avoid a global climate crisis and build a sustainable future, we’ll need to slash emissions by 45% before 2030. To do that, we need to speed up the shift to clean energy; we need to get smart with the way we produce and consume; we need a circular economy.

That’s why The Liveability Challenge is back to close the financing gap between the ideas that will make cities liveable places and the investments that will make these solutions a reality.

Join us on Thursday, 10 January 2019 to witness the launch of the second edition of The Liveability Challenge, a global call for the most innovative and impactful energy and circular economy solutions for cities in the tropics.

The brightest innovators and companies stand a chance to win up to S$1 million in grant funding, or the opportunity to run a prestigious crowdfunding campaign for up to S$500,000 on private investor crowdfunding platform, FundedHere.

Come for cocktails and canapes, and take part in an electrifying conversation with our speakers about driving innovation and funding for the sustainable solutions needed to halt climate change and create a liveable future for all.

See what happened at The Liveability Challenge 2018 here.

Guest of Honour

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Judges and speakers

Naina Subberwal Batra

Chairperson and CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Martin Lim

Chief Operations Officer, Electrify.Asia

Daniel Lin

Executive Director and Co-Founder, FundedHere

Pang Heng Soon

Head of Venture Building, SGInnovate

Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

Vinnie Lauria

Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Zhaotan Xiao

President (Asia Pacific), RWDC Industries

Michael Maniates

Professor of Social Science and Head of Studies of Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS

Hosts and moderators

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Agenda

3:00 pm

Guest registration

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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3:30 pm

Opening remarks

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

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3:35 pm

Keynote address: The 12-year countdown for humanity

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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Professor of Social Science and Head of Studies of Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS

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3:45 pm

Presentation: Financing the Future

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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Naina Subberwal Batra

Chairperson and CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

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3:55 pm

Introduction to The Liveability Challenge 2019

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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Managing Editor, Eco-Business

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4:10 pm

Panel discussion: Is it game over for the climate?

Humanity has 12 years left to turn the curve on carbon emissions and cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent the devastating impact of runaway climate change. Business as usual is no longer good enough; implementing sustainable technology and business models on a large scale is more critical than ever. Start-ups may have the ground-breaking solutions the world needs, but without funding and institutional support cannot bring about the necessary transformation our cities, economies and societies require.

In this panel discussion, speakers are asked to answer the central question: How can we accelerate the development and implementation of solutions to urgently tackle climate change?

• What barriers do start-ups face to getting adequate funding?

• What are the benefits to impact investing?

• How can regulation be a tool to enable rather than hinder the implementation of new solutions?

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Martin Lim

Chief Operations Officer, Electrify.Asia

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Zhaotan Xiao

President (Asia Pacific), RWDC Industries

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Pang Heng Soon

Head of Venture Building, SGInnovate

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Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

4:40 pm

Question & Answer

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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5:00 pm

Networking drinks & canapes

Five groups discuss challenges, ideas and opportunities in Buildings, Energy, Water, Waste and Food. Five facilitators will then return to the final plenary to share and exchange ideas.​

RT1: Buildings  

More homes, commercial and industrial facilities need to be built amid resource constraints, rising temperatures and sea levels. Can Singapore do it without extracting more virgin resources? What are the most forward-thinking developers and building owners doing to implement circular economy principles in the building sector?

What role can policymakers and the finance industry play in circular infrastructure development?

RT 2: Energy 

What does circularity in the energy sector mean for Singapore, which relies on natural gas for 95 per cent of its electricity needs? How can industry become more energy efficient? To what extent can Singapore's energy be supplied by solar and other renewables? Where are the biggest business opportunities?

RT 3: Water 

Singapore prides itself on the ability to close its water loop, even as the world lurches towards a water crisis. What are the opportunities that companies here can exploit in the region?  How can industry become more water efficient? What are the technologies will drive greater efficiency in desalination?  What is the next frontier?

RT 4: Waste 

Waste represents a huge untapped resource inSingapore and in many Asian countries, which have started pushing back against being a dumping ground for developed nations’ trash. What is the economic potential of tapping into these waste streams? What can Singapore do about the fact that more than 80 per cent of its plastic, textile and e-waste end up in the incinerator and landfill? What are the policies required to enable circular resource management?

RT 5: Food 

Singapore wasted  763,100 tonnes of food in 2018, recycling only 17 per cent of it.  How can food waste be reduced at each step of the supply chain? Cities must shore up their food security amid  changing weather patterns and supply disruptions. What are the circular  opportunities that Singapore's fledgling high-tech farming sector can  exploit? 

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