Day 2: Enabling Net-Zero Cities

6 JUN 2023

Marina Bay Sands

Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 5


Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)
07:30 – 08:30
60 mins
08:30 – 09:00
Opening Address and Fireside Chat
30 mins

The economic cost of climate change impact in cities could reach US$360 billion annually by 2030, according to the Global Commission on Adaptation. As cities around the world set their sights on achieving climate resilience, what can governments do to support the parallel transition to net-zero cities? How can governments enable and co-create with different stakeholder groups to achieve this ambitious endeavour?​

Minister Desmond Lee will deliver opening remarks followed by a fireside chat about the role of government in enabling sustainable and liveable cities for all.

Speaker and Moderator
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Desmond Lee

Minister for National Development & Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration, Republic of Singapore

Chintan Raveshia speaker frame
Chintan Raveshia

Cities Business Leader, Southeast Asia, Arup

09:00 – 09:10
City-Scale Decarbonisation: Global Drivers, Opportunities, and Risks
10 mins

Cities house more than half of the world’s population, and are responsible for more than 70% of global greenhouse emissions. As the planet heats up in excess of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, many coastal cities will face an existential threat from rising sea levels, while countless others would face the challenge of accepting immigrants from areas that are no longer liveable. 

In this presentation segment, C40 Executive Director Mark Watts unpacks the key emissions drivers for cities, the world's most climate-vulnerable urban environments, as well as cities which have established clear pathways to decarbonisation. 

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Mark Watts

Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

09:10 – 09:50
Climate United: Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation for Zero Carbon Cities
40 mins

Cities cover 3% of the earth’s land surface yet consume 78% of the world’s primary energy. Delivering on the objectives of the Paris Agreement will require cities to take transformational action in reducing transportation emissions, improving building energy efficiency, increasing the supply of green energy, and changing consumption patterns. 

But governments and the public sector cannot do so alone. Private sector brings expertise in new technologies, innovative solutions, technical know-how and financing, which is critical given the fiscal constraints developing nations face. Businesses can also contribute substantively to all aspects of the urban value chain, including planning, design and implementation, as well as the financing of urban service delivery.  But bringing these two different elements together can prove challenging in practice.

In this panel, urban development experts hailing from different cities across the world will share their views on how public-private partnerships can effectively enable the development and management of city infrastructure and services to meet the net-zero agenda and transform the urbanised world.

Speakers and Moderator
Claire Perry O’Neill speaker frame
Claire Perry O’Neill

Former UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth; Sustainability Advisor, Terrascope;, Co-Chair, World Business Council for Sustainable Development Imperatives Advisory Board 

Vinamra Srivastava speaker frame
Vinamra Srivastava

Chief Sustainability Officer, CapitaLand Investment (CLI)

Dr Wang Tianyi speaker frame
Dr Wang Tianyi

Former Chairman, China Everbright Environment Group Limited

Dr Winston Chow speaker frame
Dr Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University

09:50 – 10:35
Tackling Embodied Carbon: Disrupting Technologies and Innovations for Net Zero
45 mins

The building and construction sector is the biggest offender when it comes to global emissions, with the built environment accounting for 39% of gross annual carbon emissions worldwide. Within the space, embodied carbon – the amount of carbon emitted during the construction of a building – poses a clear obstacle to net zero with the construction indstry's prevailing practice of tapping on materials from hard-to-abate sectors. Driving down embodied carbon to an absolute minimum is hence vital in achieving global emissions reduction targets. 

Atelier Ten's Founding Director, Patrick Bellew and Electra's CEO Sandeep Nijhawan will share technologies and innovations that tackle the problem of embodied carbon, and shine the spotlight on carbon-light materials and design that pave the way for a net-zero world. 

Speakers and Moderator
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Prof Patrick Bellew

Founding Director, Atelier Ten

Sandeep Nijhawan speaker frame
Sandeep Nijhawan

Co-Founder & CEO, Electra

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Jeff Johnson

Managing Director, Investment (North America), Sustainable Investing, Temasek

10:35 – 11:05
Tea Break
30 mins
11:05 – 11:40
NUSANTARA: A World Class Green Smart City
35 mins
Speakers and Moderator
H.E. Ir. H. Joko Widodo speaker frame
H.E. Ir. H. Joko Widodo

President, Republic of Indonesia

Dr Bambang Susantono speaker frame
Dr Bambang Susantono

Chairman, Nusantara National Capital Authority, Republic of Indonesia

Haslinda Amin speaker frame
Haslinda Amin

Anchor and Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg

11:40 – 12:30
Rising to the Challenge: Building Climate-Resilient Cities
50 mins

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the number of weather-related disasters has more than tripled over the past 30 years, with an average of 335 weather-related disasters occurring each year between 2010 and 2019. These catastrophes have resulted in a loss in more than 1 million lives and have impacted over 4 billion people, causing significant economic and social disruptions. There is a clear and urgent need to double down on strengthening climate resilience in our cities and communities, to minimise risks associated with extreme weather and other climate-associated impacts.

But adaptation finance is lacking. Mitigation projects accounted for 94% of international climate investments in 2022, while adaptation projects continue to lag far behind even though financing climate adaptation measures in cities could generate an estimated USD 7.1 trillion in total net benefits by 2030. 

What are the resulting risks posed to businesses and communities? What role can the private sector play in building climate-resilient cities, and what are the key technologies and solutions that can enable urban populations to thrive even in the face of extreme weather-related events?

Speakers and Moderator
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Zoë Knight

Group Head, Centre of Sustainable Finance & Head, Climate Change MENAT, HSBC

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William McGoldrick

Co-Chair, Southeast Asia Climate & Nature-based Solutions (SCeNe) Coalition, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy

Avrom (Avi) Salsberg speaker frame
Avrom (Avi) Salsberg

Global Lead, Sustainability Partnerships & North APAC Head, Geo Product Partnerships, Google

Ahmad Wani speaker frame
Ahmad Wani

Co-founder & CEO, One Concern

Lauren Sorkin speaker frame
Lauren Sorkin

Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network

12:30 – 13:00
Growing Solutions for Cities 2.0
30 mins

We live in a world that is heavily reliant on fossil fuels; construction is responsible for 11 percent of the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and air pollution reduces global life expectancy by an average of two years. All of us need to recognize the irreversible damage being done and take action now.

From all-electric battery energy storage solutions to thermos-chemical technology for smoke reduction, join journalist and broadcaster Manisha Tank in conversation with passionate innovators and Earthshot Prize finalists Brandon Ng and Vidyut Mohan on their work in improving living conditions in urban environments.

Speakers and Moderator
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Vidyut Mohan

Co-founder & CEO, Takachar, 2021 Earthshot Prize Winner

Brandon Ng speaker frame
Brandon Ng

Co-Founder & CEO, Ampd Energy

Manisha Tank speaker frame
Manisha Tank

International News Broadcaster

13:00 – 13:10
The Earthshot Prize Singapore
10 mins

Our planet is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.

In 2023, we find ourselves in a world going through seismic change. Macro trends feel often overwhelming, exacerbated through failing global processes; increasingly severe climate disruptions, widening social and economic inequity; and sharp division between demographics about the very reality of our shifting circumstances. 

By the end of this decade we must reduce emissions by over 40% and protect 30% of our nature and oceans. To protect and restore our planet, we must ensure that climate denialism doesn’t slip into climate defeatism and we must spotlight and scale innovative solutions. 

This November, The Earthshot Prize - founded in 2020 by HRH Prince William - will be held in Singapore, and in this closing plenary, Earthshot Prize CEO Hannah Jones makes the case for optimism over defeatism with an urgent call to speed proven environmental solutions to scale.

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Hannah Jones

CEO, The Earthshot Prize

13:10 – 14:00
50 mins

Partner Events

14:00 – 17:45
CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) Catalyst 2023
225 mins

The CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) Catalyst 2023 will take place on 7 June 2023, in partnership with Ecosperity Week 2023. It is a by-invitation-only event for senior industry leaders to convene and confer on the theme of ‘Towards a Low Carbon and Just Transition’.

Participants will be able to glean insights into the key takeaways from COP 27, and discuss the challenges and adequacy of enablers for Singapore’s net zero drive and green transition in the workforce. Inputs from CESG Catalyst 2023 will be further explored at CESG 2024. 

14:00 – 18:00
First Movers Coalition In-Country Workshop: Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply and Potential in Singapore
240 mins

While global demand for low- and zero-emission products increases, as shown by the First Movers Coalition (FMC) purchasing commitments, there is a need to accelerate the supply of these alternatives. To this end, the FMC is convening a series of in-country workshops with the objective to accelerate local supply by supporting the adoption and upscaling of clean technologies in hard-to-abate sectors.

With the Asia Pacific aviation market being the world’s largest and forecasted to experience significant growth by 2050, and Singapore positioned as the regional leader for driving decarbonisation of the sector, Singapore presents an ideal location to convene relevant stakeholders at a one-day-in-country FMC workshop, leveraging existing activity while adding further momentum for the establishment of Singapore as the SE Asia decarbonisation hub.

14:00 – 18:00
GenZero Climate Summit: Navigating Climate Crossroads
240 mins

The world is at a climate crossroads. 

More than 130 countries have committed to net zero, but the biggest challenges to global decarbonisation remain ahead. We need a dynamic, yet concerted, approach to scale impact, leveraging the strengths of technology and nature-based solutions. Notwithstanding recent debates, the voluntary carbon market remains critical and necessary to unlock private and public capital to close the world’s USD 4.1 trillion financing gap by 2050.

Themed “Navigating Climate Crossroads”, the inaugural GenZero Climate Summit (GCS) will focus on how we can live up to our net zero commitments and discuss the potential of diverse pathways to overcome challenges and accelerate decarbonisation globally. A by-invite only event, GCS will convene a senior panel of international leaders from governments, climate investment firms, standard bodies, corporates as well as academia to exchange views on what we need to achieve net zero.

14:00 – 18:30
Impact Investing Roundtable 2023
270 mins

Themed “Driving Inclusive Growth in Emerging Markets”, the inaugural Impact Investing Roundtable brings together Impact Investing industry experts, leading investors, and companies for meaningful discussions on industry trends, business solutions, growth opportunities, and ecosystem needs.  

The event, which is co-organised by Temasek and the Centre for Impact Investing and Practices (CIIP), will feature a panel discussion on the future of Impact Investing, lightning presentations by companies, and small group discussions on how to drive collective action for the Impact Investing market. Participants will have the opportunity to network with leading impact investors, CEOs, and ecosystem builders.

This is an invite-only event. For more information, email

14:00 – 17:30
WBCSD APAC Event 2023: Ambition, Action, Accountability
210 mins

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will host its first-ever member event in Asia Pacific, bringing together sustainability experts and leaders during Ecosperity Week 2023. Over three afternoons, the event will dive into a series of sessions that will focus on the “how-to” of addressing priority topics such as tackling scope 3 emissions, financing net zero cities and accelerating nature-positive solutions. The sessions will help WBCSD members and guests exchange best practices and provide clear guidance on implementing strategies in their operations, all within the context of the region.  

Guests and partners are also invited to celebrate the first APAC-dedicated event at WBCSD’s dinner reception on June 6, co-hosted with APRIL. WBCSD will also convene a high-level CFO roundtable on June 7, in partnership with DBS.

More information on the programme and speakers can be found here. Please register here.

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