Sustainability and Business Opportunities Key Part of Programme at Inaugural World Engineers Summit 2013 [Press Release]

August 6, 2013 by  
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Singapore – 5th August 2013: Governments and businesses are facing increasing challenges in adapting strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change. Science, technology and innovative business practices are expected to play a key role in driving sustainable and economically viable solutions to this problem. At the World Engineers Summit 2013 (WES 2013) to be held in Singapore this September, more than 30 distinguished speakers will expound on these pressing issues and more.

Confirmed speakers to date include Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary‐General of the United Nations, Dr Bindu Lohani, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asia Development Bank, Prof Armin Aberle, CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore, Prof Asit K Biswas Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Mr Michael Kwee, Coordinating Director, Banyan Tree Global Foundation.

Shedding Light on Eco-Friendly Business Opportunities

Despite a host of negative impacts brought on by the consequences of climate change, companies can do their part by investing in clean technologies. These technologies not only help mitigate the effects of climate change but also provide an economically viable business opportunity.

The Financing Adaptation and Opportunities Session on Friday,13th September will tackle this topic and provide suggestions as to how companies can remain environmentally responsible yet profitable at the same time.

One of the keynote speakers, Mr Edwin Khew, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore and Managing Director of Anaergia Pte Ltd will shed light on trends in Asia that support clean technologies, such as feed-in tariffs, energy efficiency policies and national commitments in reducing carbon emissions. He will also provide examples of how Singapore and the region have managed to integrate cleantech in different areas with attractive ROIs both in the short and medium terms.

“In recent years Asia has been playing an increasing role in helping to attract and interest global cleantech investors. With ample R&D funding available, we are one step closer towards becoming open and ready for cleantech business. With a comprehensive mix of topics at the conference, WES2013 provides a timely and relevant platform to address issues affecting climate change today and the solutions (engineering & otherwise) to mitigate and adapt to its effects”, said Mr Khew.

Sustainability Leadership Forum to Discuss Mitigation Policies and Strategies

WES 2013 will also include a Sustainability Leadership Forum which will feature opening remarks by Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor, Singapore Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore.

Other speakers at the Sustainability Leadership Forum include Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore,Mr François Guibert, Executive Vice President & President, Greater China & South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics and Dr Selda Gunsel, Vice President, Global Commercial Technology, Shell.

Dr Gunsel will speak on the role of science, technology and engineering in helping address climate change. She will also provide insight into how Shell, a Diamond Sponsor at WES2013, sees technology playing a major role in supporting long-term and more sustainable solutions towards meeting the world’s energy needs.

“Enhanced energy efficiency is a significant driver for many businesses today. The increased demand for energy combined with the desire to reduce CO2 emissions requires companies to take a long hard look at redesigning their products and processes to ensure improved efficiency and sustainability in the long run”, said Dr Gunsel.

For more information on WES, visit www.WES2013.org

Source: WES

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