Translating Ambition to Action
- Science-based approach to guide businesses and policy makers in their climate ambitions
- The business case for a circular economy
- Pathways to decarbonise our energy systems
- Innovative approaches to bridge the water supply gap
- *Programme and speakers are subject to change
Lim Boon Heng
Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Republic of Singapore
The outdated systems underlying our cities, food, energy and consumption-production processes are driving our planet to the brink and threatening to undermine the very foundation of our economies and well-being. How can the scientific understanding of the planetary boundaries help us understand how humanity can continue to develop and thrive over generations to come and how can leaders from politics, business, science and other walks of life be mobilised to rethink these systems and make transformative changes toward sustainability?
CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Dr Will Steffen
Emeritus Professor, Australian National University; Senior Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Centre
When it comes to climate change, timing is everything. Current science now points incontrovertibly to the fact that we need to reach the global climate turning point by 2020 to begin the descent towards net zero emissions in the second half of the century. How can businesses be engaged on the ‘need for speed’ and embrace the business case and competitive advantage of being net zero champions?
Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Founding Partner, Global Optimism Ltd.; Convenor, Mission 2020
Public engagement and consumer activation are extremely powerful levers in driving systems level change. And changing perceptions towards waste is a crucial enabler of a zero waste and circular economy mindset. How can creativity and design thinking allow us to turn something that was once worthless into something beautiful and desirable?
Founder and CEO, Miniwiz Co., Ltd.
Our desire for new clothes and the efficiency of production systems have led to the rapid expansion of fast fashion. The average person today buys 60% more clothing items compared to in 2000 and many of these items are disposed as soon as they ‘fall out of fashion’. While influencing consumption patterns is a critical component in making the system more sustainable, businesses have a unique opportunity to re-design materials, production systems and business models towards more circularity. How can applied systems thinking and powerful partnerships along the value chain deliver measurable impact and new value?
CEO, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel
Global Environment Manager for Production, H&M Group
Managing Director, APAC, Forum for the Future
Energy demand in Southeast Asia is expected to grow by two-thirds between 2016 and 2040. Under current policy and technology scenarios, CO2 emissions are expected to increase in lockstep with this growth in energy demand. Being the region most at risk of the impacts of climate change, it is imperative that ASEAN intensifies efforts to lower the carbon intensity of its energy systems. How can ASEAN draw inspiration from its international neighbours as it charts its own path towards clean energy, and how can it accelerate the adoption of proven policy and technology options?
Dr Ernest J. Moniz
CEO, Energy Futures Initiative and Nuclear Threat Initiative; Special Advisor to the MIT President
Head of Strategic Initiatives Office, International Energy Agency
While advances in renewable energy generation have provided viable options to produce clean energy, more technology pathways need to be unlocked to fully decarbonise the way we produce and consume energy. What role can emerging technologies such as fusion generation, smart grids and hydrogen energy play in bringing the emissions of our energy systems to net zero, complementing more traditional approaches to renewable energy? What are the challenges and opportunities in bringing these innovations to market?
CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Vice-president, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, Air Liquide
Wong Kim Yin
Group CEO, Singapore Power Limited
CEO, Strategen Consulting
According to World Bank estimates, by 2030, water supply will fall short of forecasted demand by 40% globally. Today, billions of people already lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Much can be done to improve the water efficiencies and water management practices in developed economies. In addition, water continues to be undervalued and underfunded. Considering that the stress on our water systems will increase with continuous population and economic growth, how can we think and act differently to accelerate change? How can innovations in technology, financing and public engagement be harnessed in a bid to bridge the water supply gap?
Dr Helge Daebel
Investment Director, Emerald Technology Ventures
CEO Water Asia, SUEZ Asia
George S. Hawkins, Esq.
Founder and President, Moonshot LLC and Moonshot Partners
Dr Piers Clark
CEO and Chairman, Isle Group Ltd
How do you help bring about a tipping point on huge issues like climate change, rampant deforestation, or the tragedy of one-third of food produced globally being wasted while 800 million people go hungry? What role can science and data play in focusing the debate, creating alignment and ensuring policy makers, businesses and individuals understand their role in moving from ambition to action?
Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek
President & Chair, Global Green Growth Institute
Anthea Indira Ong
Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore and Social Entrepreneur
Speakers and Moderators
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The 6th Ecosperity conference is presented by Temasek, in partnership with Ecosperity Week 2019.
Ecosperity Week is a confluence of events gathering global business leaders, policy-makers, investors, entrepreneurs and academia to drive action on sustainable development. The week-long programme features an innovation showcase, conferences, roundtable discussions, pitch sessions, site visits and networking opportunities across events.
Ecosperity Week 2019 takes place from 4 to 7 June 2019 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, in Marina Bay Sands Singapore.