[Webinar] The Blue Economy: Sustainable Coastal, Marine, and Offshore Development

[Webinar] The Blue Economy: Sustainable Coastal, Marine, and Offshore Development

Course overview

The Blue Economy refers to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health (World Bank).

Singapore’s blue economy initiatives were previously focused more on reducing energy usage, waste and carbon footprint, but recently, other opportunities have now been further explored in the areas of marine renewables (e.g. marine solar using Floating Photo-Voltaics), sustainable food production in coastal and marine environments (CME), water production through desalination of sea water, and sustainable marine transportation through vessel electrification. Multiple demands on the use of Singapore’s limited coastal and marine areas will require holistic planning, continuous community engagement and affording businesses the opportunity to transform.

The training course dives into the basics of the blue economy and technologies, solutions, innovations, and synergies in sectors such as: energy (e.g. renewables), aquaculture, fishing, tourism, maritime transport(e.g. ports, shipping, vessels), water, environment, waste management, hydrogen, blue carbon, and more.

In Southeast Asia (and the wider Asia Pacific Region), there is currently a lack of blue economy expertise and supply chain. Singapore can gain the first-mover advantage in region and secure market share leveraging its advanced marine and offshore engineering sector (M&OE) and maritime industry, and through the provision of sustainable development-related solutions (e.g. products, services, technologies, etc) for various sectors.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, participants are expected to:

1. Understand the scope of the Blue Economy – understanding the key sectors, a range of technologies, solutions, and synergies.

2. Understand some Sustainable Practices in Blue Economy Sectors including business models , economic benefits and opportunities for sustainable innovation

3. Understand and appreciate elements and possible pathways for Building a Sustainable Blue Economy including Integration intro policies and frameworks, Tools for monitoring and evaluation, as well as Collaboration and partnerships

Course outline

1. Introduction to the Blue Economy and Key Sectors

  • -Sustainable energy (Marine Renewable Energy- Offshore Wind, Marine Solar, Tidal Energy, Wave, OTEC, Salinity Gradient, etc), transportation(eg vessel electrification), shipping, environment (eg reef, etc), water, aquaculture , blue carbon (eg mangroves , seagrass), tourism, and others (eg ports)

2. Sustainable Practices in Blue Economy Sectors

  • Sustainable & Best practices, and case studies in blue economy sectors
  • Sustainable business models and practices in the blue economy
  • Economic benefits of sustainable practices in the blue economy
  • Opportunities for sustainable innovation in different blue economy sectors

3. Building a Sustainable Blue Economy

  • Integration of sustainable practices into blue economy policies and frameworks
  • Future trends and opportunities for sustainable development in the blue economy
  • Tools for measuring and evaluating sustainable development progress
  • Collaboration and partnerships for sustainable development in the blue economy

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from SEAS upon completion.

SCEM: 6.5 PDU Points


Dr. Michael Abundo is a green (and blue) techno-preneur who specialises in Marine Renewable Energy (with pilot projects in small island developing states and ‘tropical’ solutions) and other technology-enabled, innovation-infused sustainability transitions. He CEO of OceanPixel Pte Ltd (an industry partner of the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre), concurrently an R&D Program Integration Manager at Nanyang Technological University, and handles visiting & consulting engagements with Asian Development Bank, UNDP, and various univiersities in Southeast Asia.

He has over 20 years of experience in various roles in the Innovation and Research, Development, & Demonstration (RD&D) Ecosystems of the Asia-Pacific Region working with academe, industry, and government. He has contributed to the inclusion Marine Renewable Energy into South East Asia’s Energy mix at various scales (e.g. energy harvesting, micro-grid, grid-tied/large scale)and for a spectrum of applications (e.g. vessel, ports, aquaculture, etc).

Michael is handling R&D/Project collaborations between industry, academe, and government focusing on Digitalisation, Data Processing and Management, Autonomous Vehicles (land, air, sea -surface and underwater), Internet-of-Things (IoT), Human Factors, etc in applications such as robotics, food security, resiliency, energy, defense, traffic management (air and vessel), sustainable operations, and the wider Blue Economy.

He has successfully initiated, executed, and handed-over a community-based energy intervention programmes, especially for accelerated post-disaster recovery with a sustainability plan involving various stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, Academe, Industry, local gov’t).

Course fees

Standard Rate: $500 (Before GST)

For more enquiries, please email training@seas.org.sg
Registration: https://seas.trainingsystemsg.com/TMS/courses/49

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