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Incentives and Motivation for Sustainability

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In partnership with Singapore's Ministries, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), our Singapore university partners and our private sector collaborators, are organising the fifth annual Singapore Sustainability Symposium (S3) in Singapore on 2-4 May 2018. The symposium has become an international platform to support sustainability and urban solutions, and highlight multidisciplinary and multistakeholder collaborations that support sustainable cities.

Our format and discussion process are organised around sessions representing the three key pillars of sustainability solutions: (Session One) Technology and Innovation; (Session Two) Laws and Governance; and (Session Three) Economics and Financial Incentives. Not only do all three pillars need to be engaged for sustainability solutions to succeed, but this also emphasizes the connections between disciplines, stakeholders, and topics.

The title of the 2018 symposium, Incentives and Motivation for Sustainability, is meant to focus S3 on innovative and effective ways to: (i) align economic and productive capacity within ecological and planetary boundaries; (ii) correct market failures by removing counterproductive subsidies, and by supporting important public and infrastructure projects; (iii) create or strengthen markets for sustainability products and solutions; (iv) nudge consumer and citizen behaviour; (v) improve participation rates in social sustainability projects and recycling programmes; and (vi) improve technology development that's both place and culture appropriate. There is also a need here for both speed and scale from all our institutional, policy, economic, and legal incentives. It's the next 30 years that matter most to avoid worst case climate change scenarios, permanent species losses, and many other irreversible cases of ecological collapse. We want to discuss how we will engage incentives and the three pillars of sustainability to meet these critical timeframes for both global sustainability solutions and for addressing critical challenges for cities.

S3 will begin on Wednesday evening (2 May) with an address by our Guest of Honour, followed by a round table discussion. The next two days (Thursday and Friday, 3-4 May) will follow a format similar to prior years: short speaker presentations (10-15 minutes each) followed by a moderated discussion to create an interactive and generative dialogue. Our local and international delegates represent many perspectives, drawn from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society. This year's S3 will again serve as early input to the World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum (Singapore, 8-12 July 2018).

Key Takeaways of the event

Technology & Innovation

  1. Technology for sustainability includes engineering, infrastructure, and new products for meeting society's needs and engaging citizens, while innovation includes entrepreneurship, new management systems, and supporting beneficial market development.

Laws and Governance

  1. City planners, law makers, regulatory agencies, and national policy-makers together play key roles in championing sustainable urban development and adaptation solutions that are effective, inclusive, and equitable.

Economics and Financial Incentives

  1. Building prosperous economies of opportunity is a goal of sustainable development, which includes a commitment to development that is inclusive and equitable, as well as to the fundamental consideration of ecological impacts and planetary boundaries.

Site Visit to Marina Bay and Singapore River

  1. Join us for a cycling tour around Marina Bay and the Singapore River to appreciate its urban transformation and the sustainable design principles behind these developments. Home to the world’s first City reservoir and the iconic Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay area is an extension of the old Central Business District, a mixed use development and a gem of modern Singapore. The area is planned based on environmentally-sustainable strategies with innovative supporting infrastructure systems. The Singapore River which flows into the Marina Bay, was once polluted and unsuitable for human and marine activities. The river has been transformed into a remarkable scene today.
  2. The tour will begin from the waterfront promenade of Marina Bay and end at Clarke Quay Central. Along the way, you will visit a number of key developments including the Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay to gain insights into their sustainable design principles and features such as food waste recycling, rainwater and solar energy harvesting and underground district cooling system. As you cycle around Marina Bay and along the Singapore River, you will also be introduced the inspiring story on the urban transformation of the Singapore River.

Scientific Advisory Board Members

Name Organisation
Albert Chua Permanent Secretary of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Alexander Zehnder Chair, Sustainable Earth Office, and Member, Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Anders Karlsson Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Global Academic Relations, ELSEVIER, Japan
Chew Gek Khim Executive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited
Choi Shing Kwok Former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Ernst Brugger Founding partner and the President of BHP – Brugger and Partners Ltd; Switzerland
Geoffrey West Distinguished Professor and Past President of Santa Fe Institute, USA
Heng Chye Kiang Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Isher Judge Ahluwalia Chair, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); India
John Keung Kam Yin Former Chief Executive Officer of Building And Construction Authority (BCA)
Khoo Teng Chye Executive Director of Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)
Koh Kheng Lian Emeritus Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS), Honorary Director, APCEL
Lauren Sorkin Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Peter Ho Hak Ean Senior Advisor of Centre for Strategic Futures, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Phua Kok Khoo Founding Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Chairman & CEO, World Scientific Publishing Company Pte Ltd
Serena Kao Founder & CEO of GoPurpose
Shi Nan, 石楠 Vice President and Secretary General of the Urban Planning Society of China; Vice Director of the National Steering Board for Planning Education, National Commission for Planning Education Accreditation and National Board for Certified Planner System
Simon Upton 4th Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and former Cabinet Minister, New Zealand
Stanley Yip Centre of Urban Planning & Design, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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