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Synopsis

In line with Singapore’s pledge to achieve net-zero emissions, the construction and materials sector is stepping up to play its part.

The objective of this panel discussion is to facilitate a collaborative dialogue on practical solutions and innovative approaches to advance sustainable construction practices, aligning with Singapore’s broader sustainability goals.

The recent regulation from SGX recommends that climate reporting should be mandatory for all large companies. If implemented, these will have an impact across the extensive supply chain that constitutes the built environment sector.

To discuss these issues and share her views on ESG reporting in the built environment sector, we are privileged to have Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited (CDL) and Committee Chair of the Singapore Reporting Advisory Council (SRAC). Ms An will elucidate CDL’s steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability, as evidenced by its annual publication of the Integrated Sustainability Report. She will also share the implications that regulations are expected to have for the built environment sector and its supply chain.

The exchange of perspectives will also touch upon what general contractors and other industry participants are currently doing in the field of sustainability.

 

Programme

09.00 am Registration and Networking
09.30 am Welcome Remarks by Nele Cornelis, Executive Director of EuroCham
09.35 am Opening Remarks by Corrado Forcellati, Director at Paia Consulting and Co-chair of EuroChams’s Sustainability Committee
09.40 am Keynote Speaker’s presentation by Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited and Committee Member of Singapore Reporting Advisory Council (SRAC)
10.00 am Presentation by Ryusuke Kojio, Architect, Head of Sustainability and Circularity, Takenaka Corporation Asia Regional Headquarters
10:10 am: Presentation by Jitender Khurana, APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader, Signify
10.20 am Panel Discussion and Live Q&A moderated by Derek Lee, Senior Business
 Development Manager – BSI Group Singapore

  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited and Committee Member of Singapore Reporting Advisory Council (SRAC)
  • Jitender Khurana, APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader, Signify 
  • Ryusuke Kojio, Architect, Head of Sustainability and Circularity, Takenaka Corporation Asia Regional Headquarters

10.55 am Closing Remarks by Corrado Forcellati, Director at Paia Consulting and Co-chair of EuroChams’s Sustainability Committee
11.00 am End of Event

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.


 

Keynote Speaker

Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited (CDL) 
Chair of the Sustainability Reporting Advisory Committee 

A sustainability practitioner for over two decades, Esther published the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008 and issued the first green bond by a Singapore company in 2017. Conferred the 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact, and named amongst 25 Trailblazing Women against Climate Change by Reuters in 2023 as well as the inaugural TIME100 Climate Leaders in Business 2023 list, Esther sits on the boards or advisory platforms of international organizations including World Economic Forum Nature-Positive Cities Global Commission, UN PRI Real Estate Advisory Committee, UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Supervisory Board, GRESB Foundation Board and Urban Land Institute Net Zero Product Council APAC

In addition, Esther also chairs Committees such as the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s ESG Committee and the Singapore Sustainability Reporting Advisory Committee

 

Panellist

Jitender Khurana
APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader
Signify

As the APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader at Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting), Mr Jitender Khurana brings 18 years of experience spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Singapore. In his current capacity, Jitender spearheads the formulation and execution of a robust S&S strategy, driving high levels of customer satisfaction and fostering S&S competencies. He leads a team that specializes in creating custom solutions for professional lighting projects, managing sales and implementation, and providing ongoing support and maintenance services. Prior to this role, Jitender served as the Country Leader of Singapore, where he oversaw the execution of B2B and B2C business strategies in connected lighting technology and services.

 

Ryusuke Kojio
Architect, Head of Sustainability and Circularity
Takenaka Corporation Asia Regional Headquarters

Mr Ryusuke Kojio is a licensed/registered architect in Japan, Germany and APEC with 35 years of experience in design-build delivery of various types of projects, including about sixteen years in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, etc.) and six years in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. He has worked for Takenaka Corporation, a Japanese design-build company with over four centuries of history. The company has been active in Singapore for fifty years and has delivered several important buildings such as the National Gallery of Singapore and the Changi Airport Terminals.

He holds a Master’s degree in Architectural History from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. He has lectured at several universities in Germany, such as TUM (Technical University of Munich) and RWTH (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) Aachen, and has given many presentations at international conferences, such as the WSBE (World Sustainable Built Environment) conferences. He has been invited as a critic for studio projects by several architectural schools, including the National University of Singapore, the Department of Architecture, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Since January 2022, he has been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture (DOA), teaching Architectural Conservation at the Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC).

 

Moderator

Derek Lee 
Senior Business Development Manager
BSI Group Singapore

Derek is a Senior Business Development Manager at BSI Group Singapore. With more than 7 years of experience in the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) Industry, Derek is passionate about enabling organizations to drive improvement that produces exceptional business outcomes using international standards, and has worked with hundreds of organizations to embed international standards, drive excellence, and achieve certification for their business. 

BSI Group, also known as the British Standards Institution, is the National Standards Body of the United Kingdom. BSI produces technical standards on a wide range of products and services and also provides certification and standards-related services to businesses

 


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