2018 Industry Roundtable

Industry innovation in the Year of Climate Action

On 31st May 2018, business, government and civic society leaders will converge for the annual Eco Action Day (EAD) Industry Roundtable, which this year explores how one of the United Nations’ most important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—Goal 9, industry, infrastructure and innovation—can be tackled in the Singapore context.

The opportunities from SDG 9 include finding ways to provide power to the 2.6 billion people in the developing world without electricity, 2.5 billion people without access to basic sanitation, 800 million people without clean water to drink, and 1.5 billion people without mobile phone access.

Singapore is a model example of how industry, infrastructure and innovation have created one of the world’s safest, most efficient and prosperous cities. But the rapid growth of these sectors has a large environmental impact, from energy and resource consumption to waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

EAD is one Singapore’s largest and longest-running sustainability initiatives, held annually in collaboration with the UN Environment’s World Environment Day (WED). This year, WED focuses on how to beat plastic pollution, the most talked-about global environmental issue of 2017.

How to better manage the lifecycle of products, and how to innovate to rise to sustainability challenges will be two of four key discussion areas for this year’s EAD.

The third is how to drive the circular economy, which was the centre of debate for the first time at last year’s EAD. The circular economy is an industrial model that aims to replace the take-make-waste approach of today, with one where resources are used repeatedly.

The fourth part of the discussion at EAD will look to the future. How will industry and infrastructure be shaped by a circular approach to development, guided by innovation and technology? What will the Singapore of tomorrow look like, and how can businesses, government and consumers benefit from ensuring that the future is bright for humanity and the planet?

As this event is strictly by invitation only, the summary and research report for this event will be available in July for public reading.

For more details, please refer to the event report and research report.