SOLUTIONS 2 TUESDAY • 3rd June 2014 LIVE COVERAGE from Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Perspectives: Ridwan Kamil “All government departments must have social media accounts like Twitter or YouTube” Innovation Pavilion Showcasing the latest cutting-edge technologies by Singapore and international water players 60-second interview: John Skinner HOW TO BUILD A 4 SUSTAINABLE FUTURE “Mayors and governments must play the role of bringing together small and big business, creative people, entrepreneurs and investors” By Joseph Jones By Iliyas Ong Collaboration at city level is key to building a sustainable future 6 A crowd of 600 attended last night’s Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet, held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, which honoured this year’s World City and Water Prize laureates respectively, the City of Suzhou, China, and the Orange County Water District (OCWD), the US. Also in attendance was guest of honour Dr Tony Tan, President of Singapore; as well as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan. 9 “Ultimately it is the responsibility of governments to encourage and incentivise sustainable waste management” The big interview: Clover Moore FOR OUR CITIES, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT CELEBRATING SUZHOU AND THE ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT A clean, green environment and access to drinking water and sanitation are non-negotiable human rights. That was the key message from Mr Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, chaired a panel of eight ministers and decision-makers on how to achieve a sustainable and liveable future. 11 Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme, offered insights as to what makes a successful city. She argued that the integrity and transparency of city administration was paramount. Mr Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, agreed and added, “Collaboration at city level is key to building a sustainable future.” Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, explained that the country’s quality of life was the result of Continued on P2 This year, Suzhou was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for implementing effective urban planning strategies that balanced the needs of the city’s economy, communities, heritage and environment. The OCWD, on the other hand, received the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize for its pioneering initiatives in groundwater management and water reuse. The cities of Yokohama, Japan, and Medellín, Colombia, were accorded Special Mentions as part of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. Continued on P2 DAILY HIGHLIGHTS Sands Grand Ballroom D, Level 5 Jasmine 3801A, Level 3 Begonia 3001B, Level 3 Orchid 4201B, Level 4 Orchid 4201B, Level 4 WCS PLENARY 1 & 2 WATER LEADERS ROUNDTABLE WATER CONVENTION KEYNOTE PLENARY 9.00 – 10.30 16.30 – 18.00 9.30 – 11.00 9.00 – 10.30 CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CONVENTION OPENING PLENARY CLEAN ENVIRONMENT REGULATORS ROUNDTABLE 9.00 – 10.30 9.00 – 10.30 TUESDAY 3rd June 2014 OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH SOLUTIONS AND TWEET US @SOLUTIONSSG14 2 WCS In 1950, New York City was the only megacity with a population of more than 10 million people. By 2015, the UN estimates there will be 22 megacities HOW TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR OUR CITIES, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore IN CONVERSATION WITH By Jennifer Eveland Continued from P1 Leaders from the government, industry and international organisations share their perspectives on how cities can shape a sustainable future for the world C ities in Asia face enormous challenges in the face of rapid urbanisation. There is a growing gap between infrastructure and population. Many cities suffer from very bad air pollution, water that is not potable, public transportation which is a nightmare, and an increasing number of slums and homeless people, said Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large with Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Statistics courtesy of IBM SIWW A tap that drips just once per second wastes 2,700 Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore (L–R) Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP; Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE; Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands; Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, Minister of the Environment, Denmark; Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-atLarge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Sri Lanka; Mr Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China; Mr Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cabinet Office (Cities and the Constitution), the UK; and Mr Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development GALLONS ANNUALLY Statistics courtesy of IBM CESS Cities consume an estimated 75% of the world's energy Statistics courtesy of IBM “gradual progression”. She credited a long-term framework of investment in sustainable development. Meanwhile, Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands, explained that her country considers water a key issue. The Netherlands employs a three-step approach to water: flood prevention, including crisis response; partnership and good governance; and flexibility to respond to unpredictable events. Water was also the focus for Mr Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China. He argued that governments CELEBRATING SUZHOU AND THE ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT Attendees at the event were treated to a musical performance before award plaques were conferred to the Mayor of Suzhou, Mr Zhou Naixiang, and Ms Cathy Green, Board Member, OCWD. Videos showcasing Suzhou’s urban development and OCWD’s water innovations were also screened, bringing on a loud round of applause from the audience. In his opening address, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, praised both prizewinners for developing and implementing innovative policies, technologies and programmes in collaboration with their partners. He mentioned that Suzhou’s “demonstration of sound planning principles and good urban management” empowered it to achieve the goals of economic and social progress, as well as the preservation of the city’s “significant historical heritage”. The professor also commended the city’s able governance, must formulate concrete policies and seek investment to cope with water scarcity. In contrast, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Everyone benefits if people can be part of shaping decisions that affect their lives UAE, spoke about the renewable energy technology being implemented across the Emirate, while Mr Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cabinet Office (Cities and Constitution), the UK, discussed the need to encompass all urban stakeholders in the decision-making process. Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Sri Lanka, touched on cultural heritage preservation in Sri Lanka. (L–R) Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, Singapore; and Mr Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environnement. All delegates agreed that it was people who would decide the future – Ms Clark, summed it up when she said, “Not all wisdom resides among leaders… Everyone benefits if people can be part of shaping decisions that affect their lives.” PRIZE RECIPIENTS REVEAL KEYS TO SUCCESS “At the same time,” he added, “cities offer enormous opportunities. Cities are the engines of growth. They are where the most creative and talented people want to live. And when done well, life in a city can be like heaven on earth. But if we mismanage our city, it can be like hell on earth.” The professor delivered the opening remarks at the In-Conversation and Opening Plenary, held jointly as the grand opening of the 2014 World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, the topic of which was “Shaping our Cities, Water and Environment for a Liveable and Sustainable Future”. The In-Conversation session featured an interactive dialogue between three speakers from the key stakeholder groups of government, international organisations and industry. Representing international organisations, Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said that the world is moving towards 'green growth', where there is no longer a choice between green or growth. (L–R) Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-atLarge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD; Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, Singapore; and Mr Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environnement. Regarding competitiveness, he said, “We have measured objectively that the impact of competitiveness for those who move first is more than offset by the fact that by moving first they have technological and market advantages which will more than offset the cost of being green, and will then provide a source of technology, jobs and investment.” Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Minister for National Development, shared four areas where Singapore's example may be useful for other cities. First, in conserving resources and spending within means. Second, in remaining open to free trade, talent and ideas. Third, in investing in education and skills training to prepare people to face a changing external environment. And finally, to keep politics honest. However, he added, “Singapore does not seek to be a model for other cities, because we believe that every city has to find its own way forward." The industry point-of-view was shared by Mr Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez structured processes and strong political support. “Suzhou provides many good lessons for the many rapidly urbanising cities around the world,” he added. The OCWD was recognised for its revolutionary facilities, in particular, the Groundwater Replenishment System that enabled it to supply 70% of potable water to 2.4 million residents in the Orange County district of California. Processes and technologies spearheaded by the OCWD have been adopted by other cities around the world, including Singapore. Furthermore, the OCWD’s numerous outreach programmes were noted for being instrumental in its success. Inaugurated in 2010, the biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is awarded to cities whose good governance, innovation and leadership creates liveable, vibrant and sustainable communities. The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize was launched in 2008 to recognise individuals or organisations that develop innovative solutions for the world’s water problems. A t the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Lecture, the 2014 recipients of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize said visionary leadership and outreach to citizen and industry groups were critical to their success. Suzhou, China, was conferred the former award for its astute balancing of environmental stewardship, social equity and economic vibrancy, while the Orange County Water District (OCWD), the US, won the latter prize for its pioneering work in water reuse and groundwater management. The Mayor of Suzhou, Mr Zhou Naixiang, explained that adhering to a futureminded Master Plan is essential if cities aspire towards liveability and economic success. Suzhou was planned 20 years ago, yet he nonetheless encouraged authorities to be “flexible” when implementating plans. “[City authorities] must follow the plan strictly, but in its execution, they must keep analysing the environment and open their ears for comments and proposals,” he said. Meanwhile, Ms Cathy Green, Board Member, OCWD, reminded the audience that garnering the support of residents and the industry is crucial to realising long-term goals. Indeed, the OCWD has been engaging city authorities as well as running extensive outreach programmes – such as organising tours of various facilities – for the public since 10 years before the project even began. The success of the OCWD, she remarked, hinges upon this buy-in from the community. And despite the city’s win, Mr Zhou admitted Suzhou can still improve. “We can do more,” he said, “and I’d like to learn more from Singapore and other successful cities on how we can improve ourselves.” A gainst the backdrop of rising levels of solid waste, Singapore’s National Environment Agency signed the first Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) with industry associations, individual companies and non-governmental organisations in June 2007, to coincide with World Environment Day. The objectives of the SPA are twofold. First, to reduce waste from product packaging through optimising production processes and packaging redesign, and increase the reuse and recycling of packaging waste. And second, to raise awareness and educate consumers on reducing waste. A new agreement took effect from July 2012. Signatories of the current agreement total 149, as of 31st May 2014. This year, 20 companies have been selected to receive the 3R Packaging Awards. They will be receiving their awards from Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, at the WasteMET Asia and CleanMET Asia Networking Dinner, to be held this evening at the Singapore Art Museum, commencing at 19.00. The three speakers fielded questions from the floor and via a real-time digital platform regarding opportunities and challenges for small-and medium-sized cities, financing for urban projects, the importance of regions surrounding cities, how cities in China and India can address climate change, and the importance of engaging women in the urban development process. LTA, SMRT, STARHUB AND IBM COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT S ingapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and IBM are to spearhead an alliance to improve the commuter experience across Singapore. Utilising anonymous data provided by StarHub and SMRT, the LTA and IBM will develop a ‘Fusion Analytics for Public Transport Emergency Response’ (FASTER) blueprint. The aim of said model is to bring Singapore another step closer to a people-centred, intelligent and integrated public transport system. By employing “the myriad of data collected, these analytics will enable us to better manage public transport incidents and special events through improved resource allocation and pre-emptive crowd management,” said LTA’s CEO, Mr Chew Hock Yong. RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE IN REDUCED PACKAGING WASTE By Yusof Abdullah Environnement, which provides solutions for municipal and industrial water, waste water treatment and waste management. “When we speak about a smart city we are essentially speaking about a green city,” he asserted. “You have to mix both elements in order to be efficient, and an efficient city is able to attract new investment.” This is important, he said, given that 600 of the main cities around the world will contribute between 60% and 70% of overall global gross domestic product in the next 10 years. IN THE NEWS By Iliyas Ong Continued from P1 3 4 SINGAPORE CALLING! HOW IS YOUR WORLD CITIES SUMMIT? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS @WCS_14 “@LaCiudadVerde "Cities need leaders that can see the big picture" @HelenClarkUNDP #worldcities14" Nili Majumder @Nili Majumder SHARING BEST PRACTICES By Jennifer Eveland Medellín and Yokohama present the achievements that earned them the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Special Mention 2014 The greatest challenge that Medellín confronted in order to transform was to generate confidence and trust Mr Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Mayor of the city of Medellín, Colombia O ne of the key objectives of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices among cities, said Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of Singapore's Housing & Development Board and Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee Member. “In view of the high quality of submissions that are usually received, the jury panel recognises cities in addition to the prizewinner that have made vast progress and from whom we can also learn lessons,” said Dr Cheong. This year, the panel selected Yokohama, Japan and Medellín, Colombia for Special Mention; two cities it believes exemplify best practices in social innovation, public investments and partnership and collaboration with stakeholders. Mr Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Mayor of Medellín, and Mr Kazumi Kobayashi, Director General of Policy Bureau for Yokohama, presented the measures that their cities had initiated to overcome the unique problems faced by each. SNAP POLL Participants of the InConversation and Opening Plenary were asked the following questions. These were their responses IN-CONVERSATION 1 Mr Kobayashi shared how Yokohama accomplished the dual objectives of civic engagement and public-private partnership. The city ensured the public and companies shared the same vision, which was then implemented. Yokohama asked, “What kind of city do we want?” and then set a long-term goal with clear targets that were then brought to fruition through practical projects and policies that supported the vision. During the discussion, Mr Gaviria explained, “The greatest challenge that Medellín confronted in order to transform was to generate confidence and trust.” A)2020 B)2030 C)2050 D)Never Medellín is commended for its urban development accomplishments, one of which was overcoming a legacy of violence, reducing homicide rates by 86.2% from a staggering 380.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1991, to 52.3% per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012. The level of trust runs parallel to the level of violence, he said. “Trust in institutions and government was built when citizens saw results.” As an example, he cited his city's iconic cable car public transit system, the world's first cable car system used for daily commuting, as an example of how his government reached the public in remote areas, creating an avenue for the arrival of education and cultural institutions. 30% 2 Do you think we will succeed in limiting the increase of the climate's temperature by 2°C? 23% 77% Is our vision of a city without slums and homeless people achievable? A)Yes B)No SOLUTIONS SPEAKS TO THE MAYOR OF BANDUNG, INDONESIA AND SPEAKER AT THE INAUGURAL WORLD CITIES SUMMIT YOUNG LEADERS SYMPOSIUM What innovative and exemplary policies have seeded change in your city? Many of the exemplary policies that have seeded change in Bandung have leveraged the power of collaboration between the If you could seed one change in Bandung, what would it be? I would like to further grow the culture of collaboration as this underlines our motto: “Our city is our responsibility”. By Zhan Hao Wen By Kim Beng Chua What the world can learn from Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate 2014 Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, China Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Special Mention 2014 Yokohama demonstrates how committed urban management can successfully rejuvenate the city centre 29% OPENING PLENARY DR RIDWAN KAMIL City leaders must foster a culture of innovation and create a ‘breakthrough’ approach CITY CHALLENGE AND SOLUTION T A)Yes B)No PERSPECTIVES WITH W THE CITY X-FACTOR 41% 1 government and residents. Voluntarism is strong in Bandung. For example, we launched a project to protect the city from widespread flooding, which attracted the help of more than 10,000 volunteers. In future, the majority of the city’s programmes will be run collaboratively, where citizens participate in improving the quality of public services. In Bandung, all government departments must have social media accounts like Twitter or YouTube in order to inform residents about public service activities. 5 0% 2 Sharing his own experience, Mr Zhou described how his city raised funds for major infrastructure projects. “This is a big challenge for mayors,” he said. “It can be achieved through economic growth. The cost of our metro line is huge, but we will get return for our investment in 10 to 15 years.” hat is the foremost challenge facing today’s cities? A key challenge facing presentday cities is creating a culture of innovative bureaucracy. Innovation distinguishes between leaders and followers. Surveys say that bureaucracy is usually less innovative due to the fear of accountability. Less ideas means less responsibility. Therefore, city leaders must foster a culture of innovation and create a ‘breakthrough’ approach. They must have a vision and clear direction in order to achieve their goals. Matthew Lynch @mattcities When do you think our vision that all the people of the world will have access to safe drinking water and modern sanitation will be realised: Mr Kazumi Kobayashi, Director General of Policy Bureau for Yokohama, Japan They were joined on stage by Mr Zhou Naixiang, Mayor of Suzhou, the winner of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2014, for a question and answer session facilitated by Professor Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee Member. PETER BAKKER: "COLLABORATION AT CITY LEVEL KEY TO BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE @WBCSD @MPB_WBCSD #WORLDCITIES14 TUESDAY 3rd June 2014 42% 58% he efforts of Chinese cities to balance economic growth with social and environmental considerations are admirable. Yet, achieving this goal has remained challenging for local and national authorities. policy. These include the introduction of free compulsory education, equal employment opportunities between migrant workers and local citizens, and subsidised medical care. China’s economic success, which sprung from its vast industrial base and high infrastructure spending, has resulted in the country facing an array of issues common with developing nations. These include mass urban migration, social inequality, congestion and pollution. Fortunately, through sound management and robust policymaking, Suzhou has been able to mitigate these challenges. And, it has managed to maintain its rich culture and heritage. Strong leadership is key The above would have been difficult to achieve without sound governance. Throughout the developing world it is not uncommon for environmental and social considerations to be sacrificed for economic growth. These policies are often seen as a quick-win, yet they seldom produce the desired results. In the early-1990s, Suzhou’s city planners decided to steer the city towards sectors and industries that were less damaging to the environment and that were higher in the value chain. “During the city’s development process, a particular emphasis was placed on protecting the environment and natural habitat, as well as maintaining Suzhou’s cultural and historical heritage. The city purposely rejected pollutant industries and focused on high-tech, service and emerging industries. Not only has this made the city cleaner, it has also elevated the value of Suzhou’s economy,” explained Mr Xu Ming, Vice-Mayor of Suzhou. Innovative social policies Suzhou has increased the number of social benefits offered to residents, and made these available to migrant workers – an uncommon “The city leaders of Suzhou have demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to develop the city, guided by good governance and structured processes. The clearly articulated longterm vision and planning approach that Suzhou put in place – combined with competent leadership and strong political support – have enabled the city to tackle urban challenges effectively,” said Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Given the many challenges Chinese cities have faced over the last few decades, Suzhou’s achievements seem somewhat extraordinary. Indeed, the city can act as a role model for other Chinese cities, as well as those from further afield. T he Challenge: Over the past 40 years, the city of Yokohama had been in danger of losing its most defining asset due to heavy industrial pollution. The city’s waterfront was being eroded as the city grew into a commercial hub serving neighbouring Tokyo. The city’s liveability and competitiveness was suffering and its very identity was being washed away. The Solution: To turn her fortunes around, the city kicked off Minato Mirai 21 (MM21), a major urban renewal scheme to redevelop 186 hectares of waterfront, reclaim 74 hectares from the sea and relocate the city’s famed shipyards. Since MM21’s inception, the city government has remained steadfast and committed to a long-term vision. In implementing the plan, Yokohama employed a strategy that effectively coordinated efforts between the city, central governments and developers, and initiated an innovative funding mechanism to facilitate public-private partnerships. MM21 established a new urban centre that located residential and work zones side-by-side, eliminating the need for mass commuting. New buildings were conceived to suit myriads of activities, such as the Pacifico Yokohama multifunctional convention complex, which has hosted world-class events such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC). The plan also incorporated sustainable practices such as community airconditioning and a Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), and the area’s buildings, quays and underground tunnels are fitted with disaster-proof technologies. Amid modernisation, Yokohama has managed to maintain its glorious past, preserving the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which received World Heritage status from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. Other heritage sites include the Dockyard Garden, developed from the oldest commercial dockyard in Japan; and the Nippon Maru, a training ship first launched in 1930. The city’s current mayor, Ms Fumiko Hayashi, credits MM21 with restoring Yokohama’s most distinguishing asset, its waterfront, which is now an attractive and pedestrian-friendly area that is both competitive and liveable. Read more about Yokohama’s development journey in Urban Solutions #5: World Cities Summit Special Edition (www.clc.gov.sg/publications). TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS 2 Urbanisation is an irresistible trend in this century. Will our towns and cities be: A)Liveable and sustainable 68% B)Polluted, unhealthy and dysfunctional 32% Sands Grand Ballroom D, Level 5 Sands Grand Ballroom B, Level 5 Sands Grand Ballroom H, Level 5 Sands Grand Ballroom G, Level 5 WORLD CITIES SUMMIT PLENARY 1 WILL MAYORS RULE THE WORLD? MAKING PLANS INTO REALITY BUILDING RESILIENT CITIES 9.00 – 10.30 11.00 – 16.00 11.00 – 16.00 11.00 – 16.00 6 HOW IS YOUR SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL WATER WEEK? “DROP” US A TWEET @WATERWEEKSG PUTTING ON A SHOW By Daniel Seifert Designed to provoke thought and discussion, Water Convention posters revolving around five themes were displayed at SIWW “Where #water research becomes everybodies #business; @NUS researchers enterprising their water innovations. #siww” Mathieu Pinkers @ILWRI DO YOU KNOW THAT MUCH MORE FRESH WATER IS STORED UNDER THE GROUND IN AQUIFERS THAN ON EARTH'S SURFACE? TUESDAY 3rd June 2014 SG Intl Water Week @WaterWeekSG MAKING WAVES AT THE PAVILION NURTURING THE FUTURE GENERATION OF WATER ENTREPRENEURS By Daniel Seifert By Muhammad Ilham bin Othman Practicality and novelty shine at the Innovation Pavilion The Singapore International Water Week debuts its Hydrogen initiative, which seeks to develop new talents and entrepreneurship in the water industry Mr Tan also referred to the HPP as a “series of activities by the young, for the young,” pointing out that the members of Hydrogen’s organising committee are all below 35 years old. Mentors were on hand during the programme to guide the teams through the process. Mr Nigel Wylie, Managing Director of Environmental Dynamics International Asia and founder and Director of Thrive Water, was one such mentor. T he Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) kicked off this year with a brand-new youth and talent development component, Hydro-gen. It comprises two flagship events: the HydroPreneur Programme and Young Water Leaders Summit. I The entries will be scrutinised by both voting delegates and judges in the water community, and prizewinners will be announced tomorrow. The hundreds of entries were grouped under five themes from the Water Convention, including Water for Industries, Water Quality and Health, and Delivering Water from Source to Tap. Many entries emphasised new ways of thinking about old problems – including one poster encouraging people to regard waste water as a financial commodity rather than as a liability. Mr Joost Buntsma, Director of STOWA, the Foundation for Applied Water Research, is one of the judges. “I’m looking for new ideas,” he shared. “Is creativity the basis for the poster? The ideas don’t necessarily have to be applied, but did entrants use another way of thinking when putting it together?” nnovators and companies from across the globe have visualised their research as a series of posters, allowing visitors to the Singapore International Water Week fresh insights to water-based issues. 1 O ver 800 participating companies displayed their most exciting new systems at the Water Expo during the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) yesterday, but some visitors felt the most exciting technologies were to be found at the Innovation Pavilion. 2 IN THE NEWS PUB AND TWZ SIGN MOU FOR WATER TREATMENT R&D T echnologiezentrum Wasse (TWZ) and Singapore’s water agency PUB have today signed a memorandum of understanding, solidifying a partnership in which experts from both parties will work on two projects concerning biological activated carbon and limestone filtration. Following this, potential areas of further collaboration include the enhancement of several water treatment processes, such as coagulation and advanced oxidation. 3 1 Ceraflo demonstrates a typical unit of their ceramic membrane pilot plant. Ceraflo is one of the few flat-sheet membrane manufacturers worldwide. 2 The 200-square-metre pavilion DE.MEM TO BUILD WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES IN VIETNAM S ingapore-based De.Mem has signed letters of intent with Vietnamese companies Hanoi Water Works and Dabaco Group. In a project valued at around US$12 million (S$15 million), De.Mem will design, build and operate two separate decentralised water treatment plants. Dr Adrian Yeo, CEO of De.Mem said, “These plants supply clean water to nearby communities and industries at a low cost.” hosted 12 firms noted for their novel technology. 3 Aquaporin Asia takes their name from aquaporins, specialised trans-membrane water channel proteins which effectively purify water. The 200-square-metre space included demos from both local and international startups, and quickly drew interested crowds. Among the showcased technologies was the Parasitometer, a device that can accurately identify waterborne parasites in under two hours, at a cost of less than US$30 (S$37). Conventional systems, say Singaporean makers Water Optics Technology, can take two to three days to process and cost US$400 (S$500). Other Singaporean innovations included costeffective ceramic membranes for waste water treatment from Ceraflo, and accurate realtime sediment measurement equipment from HydroVision Asia. Medad Technologies, who the day before won the TechXchange BlueTruffleTM Award for the marketing strategy of their desalination technology, was also present. Having examined the high-tech solutions on display, an American delegate praised the Innovation Pavilion. “I’m pretty impressed how Singapore has come to the forefront of water solutions, and turned their weakness,” namely a lack of natural water resources, “into strength,” he said. “Many of them are fairly friendly to an investor’s budget too, which is important when they are apt to be cautious.” The HydroPreneur Programme (HPP) puts teams of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students who possess the relevant technical and business knowledge through an industry-oriented entrepreneurship training programme. Of the 17 teams that participated in the programme, six were given the opportunity to pitch ideas to a panel of water industry leaders, venture capitalists and potential investors on Hydro Pitch Day. understanding about how to set up a company,” said Mr Lawrence Lin, who represented HydroC.L.E.A.R Tech during the pitch. The programme was run in partnership with the National University of Singapore Lean Launchpad and Founders Institute. The teams, made up of both local and international participants, went through a training programme that covered topics from customer and market research to product development. The motivation behind the Hydro-gen initiative is, according to SIWW’s Deputy Managing Director Mr Bernard Tan, for the water industry “to have a pipeline of talents as well as water leaders”. “This is the first time I’ve seen a specific entrepreneur programme aimed at young people that deals with more than just tech funds. It’s so unique and I hope to see more of it because we don’t have platforms to reveal all these water technologies to all these young people,” he said. He added that he hopes to see programmes like the HPP replicated for “industries that are deemed not sexy by standard terms”. Mr Melvin Tang of WateROAM joined the programme to develop his entrepreneurial acumen in order to develop a business around a water filtration prototype that he and his team had created for a competition. “The experience is amazing and rewarding because we were able to learn and interact with people like Nigel [Wylie] and many other like-minded guests and lecturers,” he said. Teams G-Sense, WateROAM, Distil, Ecosoft, Hydro-C.L.E.A.R Tech and Orca took to the stage to present their potential products for three minutes, and had to tough it out through five minutes of intense questioning. 6 7 GROWING WATER LEADERS FROM A YOUNG AGE Ms Grace Fu, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources at a dialogue session for young water leaders The second of two flagship events for the Singapore International Water Week’s (SIWW) inaugural Hydro-gen initiative, the Young Water Leaders Summit (YWLS) kicked off to a bright start on 31 May 2014 at the Marina Barrage. Around 100 international and local participants selected based on their passion for and knowledge of water, communication skills and motivation, participated in activities like the Young Water Leaders Forum and the Water Professionals Panel. The forum, spread over three sessions, covered a wide range of water-related challenges that the youths discussed. Mr Mohammad Zaid Mohammad Darabseh of Jordan believes that at present, the development of water policies should take priority over technology development. “The policies are more important. If the technology is here but we are wasting a lot of time with the policies then there’s no benefit. The solutions are there but it needs developing,” he said. At the Water Professionals Panel, leaders and high-profile individuals such as Mr Chew Men Leong, CEO of Singapore’s national water agency PUB, shared their insights of having a career in the water sector. Orca’s full-face scuba mask with undersea communication, navigation and data processing capabilities bagged the ‘Most Disruptive Innovation’ award, while the team with the ‘Most Investment Potential’ was Hydro-C.L.E.A.R Tech, for their development of an organic material that can absorb oil/ organic solvents up to 200 times its weight. Co-organised by the International Water Association, the Water Professionals Panel hopes to inspire young water leaders to join the expanding water industry. The third HPP award, the ‘Rising Entrepreneur Star’, went to WateROAM and the team’s mobile filtration system. The young water leaders were also divided into two groups to attend either the Water Leaders Summit or the Water Convention. “It’s really a stress test and a lot of information overloading. We really came from nothing to TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS Cassia 3301A, Level 3 Jasmine 3801A, Level 3 Expo Hall D, Basement 2 Expo Hall C, Level 1 WATER CONVENTION PARALLEL TRACK 4: WATER QUALITY & HEALTH WATER LEADERS SUMMIT: CLOSING SOUTHEAST ASIA BUSINESS FORUM MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM 11.00 – 17.30 13.00 – 13.30 14.30 – 17.15 14.30 – 17.40 8 HOW IS YOUR CLEANENVIRO SUMMIT SINGAPORE? CLEAR THE AIR @CESSINGAPORE “@CESsingapore Fantastic line up of plenary speakers, showcasing how each of their nations has tackled #sustainability issues #CESS2014” Sarahjane Widdowson @SJWaste GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD FOR ECONOMIES, AGREE ENVIRONMENT LEADERS SUSTAINABILITY DETERMINES CITIES’ FUTURES By Howard James By Yusof Abdullah C A vibrant environmental industry benefits nations of all sizes. With favourable market conditions, exciting opportunities await UN Development Programme. “We’re optimistic that countries can achieve all of these things simultaneously. And that they can get the very best of all, if they design policies to enable that.” (L–R) Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor-at-Large, Singapore Press Holdings; Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, Minister for the Environment, Denmark; Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme; Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE; Dr Vijay Jagannathan, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute and Secretary-General, CityNet Secretariat; and Mr Thomas Breitkopf, Member of REMONDIS SE & Co. KG Executive Board. T here are many mechanisms that support a dynamic green economy. These include robust regulation and strong governance; free-market competition; access to financing; community outreach and education initiatives; and the provision of support for businesses that are active in this area, among other factors. These were unanimously agreed to be of paramount importance to the establishment of domestic and international environmental markets – particularly in Asia – by panellists of the Clean Environment Leaders Plenary. “Green growth can be a huge source of innovation. It can provide economic growth in the form of new jobs, new products and services – all the things Asian countries are to trying to achieve. The role of companies is significant in providing environmental technologies and green jobs,” said Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, Minister for the Environment, Denmark, asserted that having the political will to make the required changes needed to introduce effective solutions is a must. Indeed, the minister believes policies are inextricably “part of the solution”. This view was challenged by Ms Clark, who claimed that policies frequently obstruct the green aspirations of nations, particularly in developing nations. The introduction of mechanisms that encourage responsible waste management on the part of citizens, businesses and industry, and which simultaneously allow the private sector to flourish, are likewise critical in the establishment of green economies. According to Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, this can be achieved by governments employing a long-term vision, having a detailed master plan, being transparent, providing avenues for the private and public sectors to co-create solutions, setting the right pricing and depending less on subsidies. Such action will have its challenges, cautioned Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE. He highlighted some issues associated with the reducing of subsidies, and stressed that any such reduction must be a gradual process. Mr Thomas Breitkopf, Member of Remondis SE & Co. KG Executive Board, noted resource prices are a significant factor in driving sustainable consumption, citing Germany’s experiences with paper, where a sharp rise in prices led to a reduction in packaging waste. Dr Vijay Jagannathan, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute and Secretary General, CityNet Secretariat, concurred. He said such economic tools are a necessity in shifting consumer behaviour towards sustainable consumption. The session ended by all panellists agreeing that while barriers remain, the goal of creating vibrant green economies is achievable, even by developing world nations from places like East Africa. Furthermore, in order to do so, governments must rely on the private sector for financing and technology, and the general public for participation and buy-in. ities – especially those in Asia – are the future, argued Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore, in his welcoming address at the Clean Environment Leaders Plenary. He pointed to the economic growth of Asia’s cities, but cautioned that this growth came with an increase in carbon emissions and solid municipal waste. PERSPECTIVES WITH CHEN HUNG-YI Solutions talks to Mr Chen Hung-Yi, Deputy Executive Secretary, Recycling Fund Management Board, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Taiwan W In addition, a number of nations do not charge for the collection of garbage from households, industry and offices. Therefore there is little incentive for residents and businesses to reduce, reuse or recycle. However, in the event that garbage becomes chargeable and recyclable items can be collected free of charge, people will soon take more responsible actions towards solid waste. What are the biggest solid waste challenges that Taiwan currently faces? And, how is the government tackling these issues? In my opinion, we need to build controlled landfills for the bottom and fly ashes produced from waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. More than 99% of garbage in Taiwan is treated by WTE, as is the case in Singapore. Singapore now has the Semakau landfill for final disposal, so Taiwan’s EPA must speed up. Which solutions work best in Taiwan? The preferred solid waste solution in Taiwan is recycling. In 1998, the EPA launched a state-sponsored fund to encourage recycling and reduce waste. WTE is also looked upon favourably by civic authorities and industry. There are very few landfills across the country. Recycling has been particularly successful nationwide. This is because the government has encouraged consumers and businesses to recycle by incentivising both parties. In Taiwan, households and businesses are charged for garbage collection while recycling is free of charge. In addition, the EPA subsidises businesses that collect recycled materials like glass-, plastic-, and paper-based items. This encourages the private sector to participate in the nation’s waste market – a task that is notably challenging for many governments around the world. How does Taiwan’s recycling market compare to neighbouring countries like China, Japan and South Korea? South Korea uses a system similar to Taiwan, where garbage disposal is chargeable. Japan also charges a garbage fee in some cities, but China seldom uses this system. Japan notably uses a range of solutions in order to treat its solid waste, including recycling, incineration and WTE. The views of the Taiwanese and South Korean governments are ‘the more you throw away, the more you pay’. These policies have been very effective in reducing levels of solid waste in both countries. Mr Chen Hung-Yi will be speaking at Clean Environment Convention (Waste Management Track) Session 2: Driving Behavioural Change to Improve House-hold Recycling. Sarahjane Widdowson @SJWaste Singapore is so small that it had no choice but to be environmentally conscious. Due to lack of land, the city has no landfills and incinerates its waste. However, there are limits to this strategy. Dr Balakrishnan looked ahead to reducing waste, increasing recycling and even discussed the implications of a zero-waste society. He recommended attendees of CleanEnviro Summit Singapore take the opportunity to interact and share ideas and proposals. “Singapore is looking for breakthrough ideas and new innovations,” he said. “We offer ourselves as a test bed. If your ideas work you can then upscale it.” WONG FONG AND NUS TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE WASTE TECHNOLOGY S ingapore-headquartered Wong Fong Engineering has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National University of Singapore (NUS) Environmental Research Institute with the aim of developing a state-of-the-art three-stage anaerobic solid waste digester. The digester will form part of an advanced waste disposal and collection system utilised for the planning of a sustainable township. Mr Eric Lew, Executive Director of Wong Fong Engineering Works remarked, “I am excited to work with NUS’ research team in providing a sustainable future for the next generation.” 6 9 60-SECOND INTERVIEW WITH DR JOHN H SKINNER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO, SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA can only implement effective policies once they have an understanding of what works in their own environment. “The decisions that we make now will determine the trajectory of our cities,” said Dr Balakrishnan. There are cities that will continue to develop and be attractive, while others will atrophy under the load of their own pollution. IN THE NEWS hat is the most pressing need globally with regards to solid waste management? And, what can be done to overcome this? Governments around the world must reduce their reliance on landfill. While engineered landfills solve a particular challenge, there is an over-reliance on uncontrolled landfills as a means of disposing solid waste, particularly in the developing world. Several countries around the world have proved that incineration is an effective solution that is environmentally sound. Place such as Japan, Singapore and Taiwan exemplify this viewpoint. THE CONFERENCE CENTRE HOSTING @CESSINGAPORE IS GREEN TOO. #RECYCLING #BINS, BCA #GREEN MARK, ISO20121 AND MORE! TUESDAY 3rd June 2014 Prevention is the most costeffective strategy in upgrading solid waste management practices I n your view, what is the most effective means for governments to implement robust waste management policies? Government policies for management of solid waste differ from country to country. For instance, during the 1980s the US government chose a regulatory approach, where laws were introduced that supported its goals. In Europe, however, many countries used financial incentives to encourage industry and households to act responsibly. This was achieved by introducing various taxes and levies on disposal of waste. Both approaches have been successful. What barriers do the international waste markets face? The biggest challenge facing the international waste management programmes is financing. For instance, waste treatment projects cost significant amounts of money and the private sector is not going to get involved unless they can see a clear return on investment. In many markets around the world there is simply no incentive. It is therefore the role of local governments to establish mechanisms like user fees, where people and business pay to dispose of their waste. This doesn’t have to be a significant amount but it will guarantee returns for private investors. There also has to be disincentives, such as fines and enforcement actions, to discourage people and businesses from irresponsible actions. An added challenge – particularly in emerging markets – is access to information and training. However, there are a lot of organisations that can help in this area. For instance, entities like the World Bank, the International Solid Waste Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America have extensive information on industry best practices, training programs and information on the latest trends happening around the world. Establishing a national association that focuses on training and professional development, industry best practices and the exchanging of ideas can contribute significantly to improving the skills of industry professionals. Colleges and universities can also assist with training and professional development by offering courses in environmental science and solid waste management. Where does the responsibility to create solid waste markets lie – with governments, the private sector or with both entities? Experience around the world has shown that prevention is the most cost-effective strategy in upgrading solid waste management practices. Recycling, for instance, only happens when a recycled product is used. Therefore encouraging people to purchase products that are made out of reused materials is very important to this particular market. Consumers, businesses and industry have a part to play in this, but ultimately it is the responsibility of governments to encourage and incentivise sustainable waste management. Everybody must realise – sooner rather than later – that if they do not pay now, they will pay much, much more later. Dr John H Skinner will be speaking at Clean Environment Convention (Waste Management Track) Session 1: Globalisation Vs. Localisation The Role of Asian Markets. Developing world countries must look at both of these methods, as well as other initiatives going on elsewhere, and tailor these to their own unique needs. The goal of all nations is to manage waste effectively in order to protect human health and the natural environment. They also aspire to recover resources from waste by means of recycling and waste-to-energy. However, governments TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS Melati 4002, Level 4 Melati 4002, Level 4 Orchid 4202, Level 4 Orchid 4202, Level 4 CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CONVENTION CLEANING TRACK, SESSION 2 CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CONVENTION WASTE MANAGEMENT TRACK, SESSION 1 WIN-WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIPS TECHNOLOGY – A FORCE MULTIPLIER GLOBALISATION VS LOCALISATION (ASIAN MARKETS) CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CONVENTION WASTE MANAGEMENT TRACK, SESSION 2 11.00 – 12.30 14.00 – 15.30 11.00 – 12.30 CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CONVENTION CLEANING TRACK, SESSION 1 DRIVING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE TO IMPROVE HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING 14.00 – 15.45 TUESDAY 3rd June 2014 10 Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore SINGAPORE: GROWTH OF A SUSTAINABLE NATION THE BIG INTERVIEW By Jennifer Eveland Solutions newspaper speaks to Ms Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia PART 2: 1980S TO LATE-1990S Amid rapid economic growth, Singapore pursued inclusive policies that built a sense of identity 11 blueprint for environmental sustainability came out in 1992, identifying 19 nature sites and pledging 5% of the nation’s land area for nature conservation. Singapore’s push for a more inclusive policy process culminated in the Concept Plan of 1991. The new plan projected Singapore’s needs 30 to 40 years into the future, and provided for the decentralisation of commercial activities to reduce urban congestion, establishing a constellation concept for transportation, housing, industry and public facilities. Housing focused on the creation of new towns, self-contained clusters of residential blocks, commercial and industrial infrastructure, public transportation, schools and recreational and community facilities, coordinating the efforts of relevant government bodies to plan and implement appropriate land use. Most of the population had access to clean water and modern sanitation; new housing blocks were fitted with centralised rubbish chutes; major drainage projects successfully alleviated flooding; and the clearing of swamplands virtually eliminated malaria. In the late-1980s, Singapore’s first Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT, line opened, and the government ramped up plans to increase the rail network. I n 1979 Singapore became the world’s second-busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage, and with economic growth came new challenges related to urban development and the environment. The most visible project of the 1980s was the Singapore River clean-up, a decadelong project that resettled riverside squatters, bumboats, hawkers and cottage industries, installing extensive drainage and sewer systems. During this time Singapore laid the groundwork to diversify its water sources to create 'Four National Taps’ from two original water sources, domestic reservoirs and imported water from Malaysia, to include reclaimed water (NEWater) and desalination after the turn of the century. There was also a shift towards conservation. Amid Singapore’s drive for economic development, there was growing concern that the government was running roughshod over sites with cultural, historical and ecological significance. In the 1980s, Singapore’s approach to land planning and institutions became more consultative, enabling the government to tap into the ideas, skills and experience of the private sector and consider input from all areas within society. The 1988 draft Master Plan for the Civic and Cultural District reflected changing attitudes towards heritage and national identity in its desire to conserve important landmarks. Conservation extended to the natural environment when Singapore’s first Along with these developments, the community was also engaged to do their part for the environment, and the Clean and Green Week was launched for this purpose. This marked a new approach to environment education aimed at providing more structured annual environmental programmes. It made Singaporeans aware of their social responsibility to our environment. By the start of the 21st century, Singapore was on its way to becoming a global city with economic dynamism, a high quality of life, and a strong national identity. LARGE-SCALE ROBOTIC CLEANERS A collaborative approach will be an essential part of our work S ix years ago the City of Sydney launched the Sustainable Sydney 2030 initiative. What does this plan include and how is the project progressing? Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a vision for the future of our city. We spoke with thousands of Sydney’s residents and businesses to find out what kind of city they wanted; they told us, one that is green, global and connected. Since then we’ve been working on a range of measures to make the vision a reality. We were Australia’s first carbon-neutral council and since 2006 have reduced carbon emissions in our own buildings and operations by 20%. Projects are underway to achieve 29% in coming years and our Sustainable Sydney 2030 target is to reduce emissions by 70%. Improvements are being made to make Sydney a more bike-friendly and pedestrian- friendly city. We’re also investing in an extension of our light rail system to make it easier to move around the city and to help reduce congestion. You describe yourself as “progressive”. In the context of urban planning what does this entail and how does Sydney fare when compared to other cities around the world? Encouraging design excellence and ensuring thoughtful planning is essential to the success of our city. Through our own projects, the City of Sydney is showcasing the benefits of great design. Our projects have won more DEBUT IN SINGAPORE By Yusof Abdullah IN THE NEWS Robotic cleaners help local Singapore company triple productivity AGREEMENT SIGNED BY ULI, CLC OFFICIALS AT 2014 WORLD CITIES SUMMIT T he first robotic cleaners for largescale cleaning in Asia have made their grand debut at the CleanMET Asia exhibition 2014 on 2nd June 2014. The robotic cleaner was launched by Ms Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Foreign Affairs (pictured right). A fleet of these computerised cleaners will soon be put to work by housekeeping solutions provider Clean Solutions. Clean Solutions has the distinction of being the first Singaporean organisation to invest in robotic technology for cleaning services in Asia. Manufactured by Intellibot Robotics, the robotic cleaners can scrub, vacuum and sweep without human oversight. While a typical human worker can generally clean 300 square metres of floor area in the span of an hour, the Intellibot is designed to clean three times that area in the same amount of time – and unlike humans, it can do it without taking a break. Looking to the future, these robots could potentially take over timeintensive, large-scale routine cleaning tasks, allowing human workers to move up the value chain to take on higher skilled roles. T he Urban Land Institute (ULI) has renewed its memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC). Signed at the sidelines of World Cities Summit 2014, the agreement recognises the continuation of a collaborative effort between ULI and the CLC to bring together the best ideas and practices that support efforts in building liveable cities that are dynamic, vibrant, cohesive and sustainable. than 40 national and international design awards since 2004. We have also worked with architects and developers to get the best outcomes for major commercial and residential projects. In addition, we are working to give people more transport options, green our city streets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our city's cultural life and late-night economy. Global surveys continue to show Sydney as one of the most liveable cities in the world; however, we do need to improve transport. And, while the City of Sydney doesn't have responsibility for transport – it is a state government responsibility – we work very closely with them to improve existing public transport and to give people other safe and efficient ways to move through our city. You are an avid supporter of creative industries and entrepreneurism. What can cities – particularly those from emerging markets – do to encourage greater investment in these areas? We have just released our first-ever cultural policy. It sets out a 10-year plan to support Sydney’s creativity and culture, including an investment by the City of Sydney of AUS$500 million (S$580 million) over the next decade. To be recognised as a leading creative city, Sydney needs not only its world-class cultural institutions and artists; it must also be a place where the full spectrum of our creativity is visible and where our creative communities can afford to live and work. A comprehensive cultural policy will enable Sydney to affirm the importance of the arts, creativity and entrepreneurism to all our lives. Beyond their undoubted economic importance, culture and creativity also shape our city’s identity and confidence. A collaborative approach will be an essential part of our work. Whether an established global city like Sydney, or an emerging city, mayors and governments must play the role of bringing together small and big business, creative people, entrepreneurs and investors. Collaboration is essential. How important are events like the World Cities Summit to city administrators and planners? Cities have a lot to learn from one another. I've been inspired by many cities around the world including Copenhagen, Portland, London, Melbourne and Singapore. I've just visited a number of Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Beijing and Wuhan, and have been very inspired and amazed at their progress – and I will be taking lessons that I learnt from them home. Cities across the world face similar challenges including transport and congestion, population growth and climate change. The World Cities Summit offers the opportunity to share ideas, learn from other people’s experiences and inspire each other to do better for our communities. 12 MONDAY 2nd June 2014 OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH SOLUTIONS AND TWEET US @SOLUTIONSSG14 [email protected] WORLD CITIES SUMMIT [email protected] WasteMET ASIA In Singapore, what we have done very well is to give full transparency when it comes to housing. I believe this is something other cities can emulate. Recycled packaging may or may not have the least environmental impact. But it’s the first thing people think of. Recycling is an answer, not always the answer. Wilfred Lim Property Sales Executive, Far East Organization 1 Attendees at The WCS pavilion explore the latest smart technologies aimed at making cities more efficient Russ Martin CEO, Global Product Stewardship Council PUBLISHED BY 1 French environmental Project Director, Solutions Ellen Bone Managing Editor Joseph Jones Senior writers Iliyas Ong Daniel Seifert Sub Editor Josephine Pang Staff writers Jennifer Eveland Chin Wei Lien Chua Kim Beng Zhan Hao Wen Yusof Abdullah News Editor, Solutions Richard Wallace Design Director Kevin Ong Senior Designer Khairunnisa Production & Distribution Kwan Gek Lian Pearlyn Kwan Chief Executive Officer Simon Cholmeley Partner Rosemarie Wallace Chief Finance Officer Marie Lyte Address: 20 Maxwell Road #12-01 Maxwell House Singapore 006113 Tel: +65 6223 7149 [email protected] Printed by: NPE Print Communications Pte Ltd Event Photography by: A Pixels Photography Pte Ltd 1 1 [email protected] SIWW Illustrations do not reflect the viewpoints of the organiser. The content is fictitious and any resemblance to persons, places or events either past or present is purely coincidental. Editor-in-Chief, Solutions Howard James solutions provider Veolia demonstrate their latest and most innovative technology at the WasteMET Asia expo.
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