Day 1: Decarbonisation and Climate Action

28 SEP 2021

• Morning plenary: 08:30 - 11:30

• Afternoon plenary: 14:00 - 15:00


Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)

08:30 – 09:00
Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
30 mins
Lim Boon Heng speaker frame
Lim Boon Heng

Chairman, Temasek Holdings

Halimah Yacob speaker frame
Halimah Yacob

President, Republic of Singapore

09:00 – 10:15
Managing Climate Risks and Opportunities: A Growing Future Reality for Businesses and Investments 
75 mins

The evidence of climate change — from global temperature records to Arctic ice melt, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding — is accelerating. Climate change risk has arrived as an investment issue. In this panel, we explore how investors are addressing the issues of climate and nature while creating new opportunities for green growth. The discussion will also cover how the risks of climate change can be managed and how companies can position themselves for a climate positive future, while building a deeper understanding of how carbon pricing will impact business from both a strategic and operational lens.

Speakers and Moderator
Dr Ma Jun speaker frame
Dr Ma Jun

Chairman, Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking

Larry Fink speaker frame
Larry Fink

Chairman & CEO, BlackRock

Rohit Sipahimalani speaker frame
Rohit Sipahimalani

Chief Investment Strategist, Temasek

10:45 – 11:30
Carbon Credits: The New Tradeable Asset Class
45 mins

Microsoft, Apple, Google, and other large corporates have made carbon-neutral pledges that have fuelled a record transaction volume of at least 104 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, an increase of 6 per cent over 2018. Prices have increased 30 per cent for high quality nature-based emissions projects. This panel explores what is still needed to support the creation of carbon markets, and how technology and digitisation can help enable the monitoring, verification and reporting challenges this fragmented market faces. The discussion will also feature the issues and solutions in building and scaling the voluntary markets for carbon credits.

Speakers and Moderator
Herry Cho speaker frame
Herry Cho

Managing Director, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Piyush Gupta speaker frame
Piyush Gupta

CEO, DBS Group

Bill Winters, CBE speaker frame
Bill Winters, CBE

Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank

Sebastien Pascual speaker frame
Sebastien Pascual

Director, Investment Group, Temasek

14:00 – 15:00
Future Fuels for Transportation
60 mins

As decarbonisation takes center stage in the energy transition, the dominance of fossil fuel has shown signs of waning. Yet, issues such as energy density, access and security remain important as we think about the relevance of liquid fuels in a low-carbon energy mix. In this panel, we explore how the liquid fuel value chain is transforming itself to remain relevant, especially for the transport sector.

Dr Vibha Dhawan speaker frame
Dr Vibha Dhawan

Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute

Soren Skou speaker frame
Soren Skou

CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Peter Vanacker speaker frame
Peter Vanacker

President and CEO, Neste Corporation

Day 2: Reimagining Nature and Resources

29 SEP 2021

• Morning plenary: 09:00 - 10:30

• Afternoon plenary: 14:00 – 15:30

• Evening plenary: 20:00 – 21:00


Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)

09:00 – 09:30
Opening Address
30 mins
Heng Swee Keat speaker frame
Heng Swee Keat

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Republic of Singapore

09:30 – 09:45
The Value of Nature for Business
15 mins

Estimates suggest that we would require 1.6 Earths to maintain the world’s current living standards. According to the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, the world needs to fundamentally change how society measures economic success if it is to stem the rapid decline of biodiversity that threatens civilisation itself. As part of this rethink, how can business capture value in nature and increase investments in nature-based solutions that address biodiversity loss, contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and create jobs?

09:45 – 10:30
Asia’s Nature-based Climate Solutions 
45 mins

Natural climate solutions can help companies to address climate and deforestation impacts, create resilient supply chains, engage employees and customers, offer net positive products and achieve net-zero emissions. What is the science behind nature-based solutions, and how can nature-based solutions be a solution for corporates, especially in Asia? 

Prof Koh Lian Pin speaker frame
Prof Koh Lian Pin

Director, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, National University of Singapore

Joyce Ma speaker frame
Joyce Ma

China Country Director, The Nature Conservancy

Felia Salim speaker frame
Felia Salim

Board Member, &Green Fund and Indonesia Eximbank

14:00 – 15:30
Innovating to Sustain 10 Billion People Within Planetary Limits
90 mins

We risk growing beyond planetary boundaries as the world population heads towards the 10 billion mark by 2050. Clearly, we will need new resource systems to sustain our burgeoning population, and we need them soon. Bright spots are emerging as new innovations promise more sustainable ways to produce energy, food and materials. What is needed for these solutions to be scaled quickly for maximum impact? What can governments and large corporations do to create a nurturing environment for innovative start-ups to thrive? 

Peter Bakker speaker frame
Peter Bakker

President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Chng Kai Fong speaker frame
Chng Kai Fong

Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Lin Fengru speaker frame
Lin Fengru

Co-founder & CEO, TurtleTree Labs

David A.M. Wallerstein speaker frame
David A.M. Wallerstein

Chief eXploration Officer & Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent Holdings

20:00 – 21:00
Ecosperity Conversations Special Edition: Reconnecting with Nature
60 mins

COVID-19 is a poignant reminder that human life is inextricably linked to nature and our environment: wildlife exploitation, deforestation and biodiversity destruction all increase the risk of disease transmissions from animals to humans. Nature also provides us with many vital ecosystem services, such as the air, food and water we need to survive, climate regulation, carbon sequestration and many more. All around the world, as countries and cities went into lockdown, people sought to reconnect with nature. 

How has the pandemic affected our relationship with nature? This session will explore perspectives on why nature is indispensable to sustainable development, and how we can collectively work alongside nature, and not against it, in a post-pandemic world.

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE speaker frame
Dr Jane Goodall, DBE

Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute