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Around the world, urbanisation and urban density have led to longer hours being spent indoors, bringing into sharp focus the growing environmental footprint of the spaces we occupy. 

The resource impact of extensive residential and commercial development in cities around the world is an important consideration for owners, developers and regulators alike, and eco-efficient building practices are now on the rise. These new technologies and material create significant cost- and energy savings for occupants and improve the resilience of buildings throughout their lifecycles – from design and construction to maintenance and modernisation.

On 19th August 2020, the European Excellence in Sustainability Sharing Session on Clean and Efficient Energy explores the growing movement to transform building and construction through smart eco-cities, low-carbon communities, and net zero energy buildings. 



4:45 pm Webinar waiting room opens

5:00 pm Welcome address

  • Mr Frederico DONATO, President EuroCham

5:10 pm Presentations (Speakers introduced by Dr Helen Yangfang ZHOU, Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Business – SMU)

  • City Developments Limited: Ms Esther AN
  • One Works: Mr Lucas LONDON
  • LYS Energy Group: Mr Lionel STEINITZ

5:45 pm Panel discussion and Q&A

  • Moderated by Dr Helen Yangfang ZHOU, Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Business – SMU

6:30 pm Wrap-up and end of programme



Ms Esther AN
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited

An active advocate for sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in integrating ESG best practices into its business.  CDL is ranked top real estate company on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2020 and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SE Asia.  Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019.  As a forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact.  She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations including the World Green Building Council, Singapore Green Building Council, UNEP Finance Initiative Property Work Group, GRI Corporate Leadership Group, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Singapore Chapter Board, Global Compact Network Singapore and Urban Land Institute Singapore Chapter. An advocate for women empowerment, Esther founded the Women4Green Network to engage women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play.

Associate Director
One Works

Lucas is a registered architect leading the team of architects and urban designers on projects involving transport architecture, transit-oriented development and urban design/regeneration. Throughout his 17-year career, Lucas has worked closely with a range of transport agencies, planning bureaus and commercial developers to create developments with a focus on enhancing user-experience, strengthening sustainable urban connectivity and creating a strong sense of place.

Lucas has worked in Shanghai on numerous transport hubs and adjacent urban developments throughout China, played a leading role on the Malaysian High Speed Rail project, aimed at achieving greater socioeconomic benefits from planned high speed rail service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as working with Transport for London on urban regeneration at and around planned Crossrail 2 stations in London. At One Works, he is currently leading a number of masterplan projects in South-East Asia and is responsible for delivering the urban realm design for the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) Urban Development Project in Makkah.

Lucas’ experience around the world gives him a global perspective on developing solutions that reflect best practices whilst being place-specific, helping clients achieve the highest value from investment in transport infrastructure and strategic masterplan developments.

Chief Executive Officer
LYS Energy Group

Lionel Steinitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LYS Energy Group, a Singapore based solar power producer (IPP) that builds, owns and operates PV Systems for commercial, industrial and public sites in the Asia Pacific region. 

In addition, as a values-driven professional who has been active in the renewable energy space—through his own consultancy firm, advising governments, corporations and investors on project structuring and financing, and advisory on RE Policies—Lionel is also the Chief Executive Officer of Green Freight Asia (GFA), a non-profit organization, which promotes fuel efficiency and reduction in transport-related emissions from road freight in Asia. 

Prior to that, Lionel worked at ING Singapore as Director, Fixed Income Trading for G-10. He has over 10 years of experience as a derivatives trader and fixed income specialist. He has advised several governments and financial institutions and has overseen the development of over 250MWp of renewable energy projects across various technologies. 

Lionel has received several endorsements and prizes for his expertise in sustainability and sustainable finance, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to high-level conferences, MBA Programs, or educational courses in the region.



Dr. Helen Yangfang ZHOU
Assistant Professor
Lee Kong Chian School of Business – SMU

Helen Yangfang Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. She obtained her master degree in industrial engineering from Tsinghua University and her PhD degree from Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Her research mainly focuses on sustainable operations, particularly the management of renewable energy and energy storage operations, electrical vehicle operations, sustainable agriculture, and food waste. Her research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Management Science, and Production and Operations Management.



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