January 22, 2019

Unlocking capital for sustainability 2019

John Jacob II, The St. Regis Singapore

29 Tanglin Rd,
Singapore 247911

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Unlocking capital for sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment that brings together high-level decision makers in finance, business, government and civic society to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development projects.

In 2019, this event will be held on 22 January , in the run up to the Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, organized by the UN Environment Asia Pacific Regional Office and the Singapore Government from 23 to 25 January 2019 in Singapore.

This will provide further opportunities for high level policymakers in the region to engage with business and finance leaders on advancing sustainable finance.

Guest of Honour

Minister Masagos Zulkifli

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Judges and speakers

H.E. Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Brian Reilly

CEO & Founder, Revolv

Steve Tunstall

CEO and Co-Founder, Inzsure. com, General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association

Joris Dierckx

Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

Steven Stone

Chief, Environment's Resources & Markets Branch (R&M), UN Environment

Caroline McLaughlin

Director, Partnerships, AVPN

Kevin Tan

Founder, Tri Sector Associates

Surya Bagchi

Global Head, Project & Export Finance, Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered

Michael Boardman

Group CFO, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Juliette Macresy

Head of Greater China and South East Asia, Vigeo Eiris

Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Barney Swan

Managing Director, 2041 ClimateForce

Neo Gim Huay

Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group and Managing Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group, Temasek Holdings

Dave Chen

Principal and Chairman, Equilibrium

Dechen Tsering

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment

Tim Hill

Research Director, Eco-Business

Hosts and moderators

Steven Stone

Chief, Resources & Markets Branch (R&M)

Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

Fang Eu-Lin

Partner, PwC Singapore

Dominic Goodman

Singapore Partner, Arabesque

Agenda

9:00 am

Welcome address

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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9:10 am

Keynote address by Guest-of-Honour

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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Minister Masagos Zulkifli

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

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9:30 am

Keynote address

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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Steven Stone

Chief, Environment's Resources & Markets Branch (R&M), UN Environment

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10:00 am

Fireside chat: How sustainability reporting can help grow sustainable finance in Asia

In many key Asian markets, investors are increasingly demanding quality sustainability information and better integration into accounting standards. Research demonstrates that when Boards are involved in the development of reports that take a long-term focus, they are cognisant of a wider range of risks and opportunities and set good business strategies.

What role does sustainability reporting play in creating a financial system that supports sustainable investments? How are Asian Boards responding to this trend?

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Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

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Fang Eu-Lin

Partner, PwC Singapore

10:45 am

Opening plenary: Can finance save the world?

Financing sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and requires ambition, innovation, and commitment, underpinned by effective collaboration.

This dialogue will bring all the three major stakeholders – finance, government and entrepreneurs – to discuss how capital can be unlocked for sustainable development projects.

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H.E. Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

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Neo Gim Huay

Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group and Managing Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group, Temasek Holdings

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Surya Bagchi

Global Head, Project & Export Finance, Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered

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Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor, Eco-Business

12:00 pm

Special address: Sustainable development and the Antarctic

Barney Swan is a young adventurer who traversed 1,000 kilometers over 65 days to the South Pole in December 2017, surviving using NASA designed solar ice melters, lithium batteries, and biofuel made from waste. The carbon positive journey marked the launch of the ClimateForce challenge, a target driven mission to ‘clean-up’ 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025.

Barney Swan, who leads the initiative, will share his experience in bringing actionable solutions, adventure, and passion into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Barney Swan

Managing Director, 2041 ClimateForce

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12:30 pm

Lunch and networking

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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12:30 pm

Special presentation on EB’s latest report Power Trip: Asean’s journey to a low-carbon economy

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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Tim Hill

Research Director, Eco-Business

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2:00 pm

Afternoon plenary: Insights into Asia’s regulatory landscape for sustainable finance

Sustainable finance might be gaining attention in Asia, but sustainable investments remain a drop in the ocean relative to overall investment activity. Are regulators in Asian countries creating the right environment for sustainable finance? What are the regulatory gaps that need to be addressed?

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Joris Dierckx

Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas

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Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

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Steven Stone

Chief, Resources & Markets Branch (R&M)

3:30 pm

Coffee break

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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3:45 pm

Afternoon Fireside chat: Sustainability and financial risk

Long regarded as the domain of non-financial reporting, sustainability concerns are now increasingly viewed as tangible, financial risks that companies must consider and address.

As Asia continues to enjoy unbridled growth, the region is also encountering serious challenges such as tackling climate change, pollution, social inequality and resource management. How can governments, businesses, finance and insurance respond to this new era where ESG issues increasingly pose financial risks?

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Steve Tunstall

CEO and Co-Founder, Inzsure. com, General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association

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Dominic Goodman

Singapore Partner, Arabesque

4:15 pm

Closing plenary: Innovative finance for sustainable solutions

It is absolutely critical that low-carbon solutions in Asia are supported and scaled to enable the region to achieve sustainable development. Yet, investor funds are just not being matched to bankable projects and where there is activity, it is painfully slow.

How can we respond to this key challenge, and what are the emerging sources of finance that can accelerate the pace of investment in the region?

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Caroline McLaughlin

Director, Partnerships, AVPN

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Brian Reilly

CEO & Founder, Revolv

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Kevin Tan

Founder, Tri Sector Associates

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Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

5:00 pm

Closing 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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Dechen Tsering

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment

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5:15 pm

Drinks and networking: Unlocking capital’s speed dating for financiers and projects

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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6:15 pm

End of programme

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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