2018 Industry Roundtable
Industry innovation in the Year of Climate Action
On 31st May 2018, business, government and civic society leaders converged for the annual Eco Action Day (EAD) Industry Roundtable, which explored 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 of Singapore’s largest and longest-running sustainability initiatives, held annually in collaboration with the UN Environment’s World Environment Day (WED). In 2017, WED focuses on how to beat plastic pollution which is one of the most talked-about global environmental issues.
The 4 key discussion areas were:
- How do we better manage product lifecycles?
- How do we innovate to rise to sustainability challenges?
- How can we drive the circular economy?
- What does the future look like? 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?