Tomorrow’s cities: Engineering the energy transition

Almost 7 million people move to cities in Southeast Asia each year. As urbanisation drives the exponential growth of cities in the region, governments and businesses are turning to smart solutions and data analytics to provide better infrastructure services for their people.

But with the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries calling the region home, it is no longer enough to be a smart city—cities must become climate-smart to survive. Smart solutions could eliminate 270,000 kilotonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually—five times the volume of Singapore’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions. But is Southeast Asia prepared to seize this opportunity for sustainable development? What are the business opportunities ahead?

Organised by Eco-Business in partnership with Danfoss and the Danish Embassy, Tomorrow’s cities: Engineering the energy transition asks:

  • As Southeast Asia’s cities get smarter, how can they also become climate-smart?
  • How can governments and business prepare for a decarbonised future and retain their edge during the global transition to clean and renewable energy?
  • What are the success stories, business models and technologies available to drive sustainable, energy-efficient transformation?

This high-level, thought-provoking forum will convene some 150 senior business leaders, policymakers and innovators, and focus on identifying concrete solutions to advance action in the areas of energy efficiency, green buildings, cold chain and the electrification of the marine sector.

Tomorrow’s cities: Engineering the energy transition will offer insights into trends that are already shaping Southeast Asia, and explore novel ideas and solutions that could change the development trajectory of Singapore and the region.


8.45am: Registration

9.15am: Opening remarks by Ms Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business

9.20am: Welcome speech by Ms Dorte Bech Vizard, Danish Ambassador to Singapore

9.35am: Keynote presentation by Mr Soren Kvorning, President Asia Pacific, Danfoss

9.55am: Panel discussion: Seizing the opportunity for climate-smart cities

  • Moderator: Ms Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business
  • Speakers:
    - Mr Ang Kian Seng, Group Director, Environmental Sustainability Group, Building and Construction Authority Singapore
    - Mr Nilesh Jadhav, Programme Director, EcoCampus, Energy Research Institute @ NTU 
    - Mr Soren Kvorning, President Asia Pacific, Danfoss
    - Ms Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Citie

11am: Coffee break

11.30pm: Fireside chat: Dollars and sense — Financing energy efficiency

  • Moderator: Mr Henning Gloystein, Energy Editor, Asia, Thomson Reuters

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Breakout sessions

  • Retrofitting: The low-hanging fruit of climate action?
    • Moderator: Ms Shalini Krishnan, Director of Partnerships, Eco-Business

      - Jethani Vinod, Regional Business Development Manager, Danfoss

  • Green and blue: A cleaner cold chain for climate change
    • Moderator: Mr Robin Hicks, Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

      - Mr Vikas Anand, Head of DCS, APR and India, Danfoss (Panel only)
      - Ms Gwyneth Fries, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Agility
      - Mr Andrew Varona, Supply Chain Manager, Unilever

      - Mr Dexter Huerto, Manager, Segment Marketing, Danfoss Cooling Asia Pacific & India

  • Creating sparks: Electrification in the maritime industry
    • Moderator: Ms Stefanie Beitien, Director of Partnerships, Eco-Business

      Mr Bryan Koh, Managing Director, BOS Offshore & Marine
      - Mr Sanjay Kuttan, Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Institute
      - Mr Ong Wah Lam, Director, Center of Excellence, API Region, Danfoss

3pm: Drinks and networking

This event is invite-only but we have additional places available. If you are interested to join please contact Christina at


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