Eco Action Day is Singapore’s largest and longest-running business-led environmental initiative held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment Day (WED) on June 5 every year.
This June 3rd, the third edition of the Eco Action Day dialogue will gather senior business, government and civic society leaders in Singapore to take stock of the country’s efforts on climate change and chart the way forward, following the successful negotiation of the Paris Agreement inked by 195 nations in December in the French capital at COP21.
Themed “From Agreement to Action: Singapore’s climate pledge”, the dialogue will also celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Eco Action Day campaign led by Ricoh Asia Pacific in partnership with a wide range of organisations in the city-state.
The discussion will delve into Singapore’s pledge to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030 with the aim to peak carbon emissions by then, and look at the country’s strategy for achieving its target.
Today, the need to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change is more critical than ever before. 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record, with extreme weather patterns increasing in frequency and posing challenges to governments across the world.
Recent research by climate scientists also shows that the carbon budget necessary to maintain the global temperature increase beneath the critical 2 deg C target is only half as big as previously thought, underlining the global urgency to cut emissions.
The dialogue aims to tackle questions such as:
- What will be Singapore’s strategy to achieve its climate targets?
- What are the respective roles of business, government and civic society in meeting this goal and what will it take to get there?
- Singapore’s economic and business landscape will no doubt undergo radical transformation as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy. Are we prepared for this new reality?
- What are some practical steps that Singapore can take to achieve its target?
- Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
- Mr J.D. Kasamoto, General Manager, Service & Environment Division, Ricoh Asia Pacific
- Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor, Global Adaptation Policy, WWF International
- Mr David Kiu, Vice President, Sustainable Business and Communications, Unilever
- Prof Ann Florini, Professor of Public Policy, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
- Jessica Cheam, Editor, Eco-Business (Moderator)
- 09:30 am – Registration
- 09:45 am – Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
- 10.00 am – Opening remarks by Ricoh Company Corporate Vice President of Sustainability Management Division, Sergio Kato
- 10.10 am – Eco Action Day 10th Anniversary Video Screening
- 10.15 am – Introductory remarks by Jessica Cheam, Eco-Business (Moderator)
- 10.20 am – Opening Remarks by Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources
- 10.35 am – Speaker sharing and panel discussion
- 11.15 am – Question and Answer session
- 12.00 pm – Eco Action Awards 2016
- 12.15 pm – Concluding Remarks by Ricoh Asia Pacific General Manager, Service & Environment Division, Mr. J.D. Kasamoto
- 12.20 pm – Lunch, networking, and media interviews
Friday, 3 June 2016 from 09:30 to 12:30 (SGT)
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Organiser of Eco Action Day 2016 – From Agreement to Action: Singapore’s Climate Pledge
[Photo credit: Eco Action Day]