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Today, we're launching a new video series that is a bit of an experiment.

The idea? Two sustainability bigwigs interview each other about the toughest things about their jobs (a moderator can get in the way of a good conversation, we've been told).

In the first of the series, titled Eco-Business Conversations: Sustainability One on One, Dr Simon Lord, chief sustainability officer of a Malaysian palm oil giant, interviews Pamela Mar, sustainability director of a Hong Kong textiles and apparel firm—and vice versa. Let us know what you think!

In other news, we had to postpone our highly-anticipated event in China—The Eco-Business Dialogue: Beijing, in partnership with AIIB—due to the evolving coronavirus situation. We are monitoring the situation closely for our next event, Unlocking Capital for Sustainability in March, which will convene the region's thought leaders on advancing sustainable finance.

Meanwhile, don't forget to submit your solutions for The Liveability Challenge (63 days till the deadline) to win up to $1 million in funding and reach Asia's sustainability investors. Watch this space for updates.

Robin Hicks

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‘Plastic-eating enzyme’ marketed in Southeast Asia alleged to be a scam

‘Plastic-eating enzyme’ marketed in Southeast Asia alleged to be a scam

A chemical formula billed as an eco solution to plastic waste, pests and livestock nutrition, has been challenged by former business partners to be 'fraudulent' after tests. The solution has been trialed in three countries in the region.

Sustainability One on One: Palm oil proponent Simon Lord in conversation with apparel futurist Pamela Mar

Sustainability One on One: Palm oil proponent Simon Lord in conversation with apparel futurist Pamela Mar

In the first in our video series of sustainability executives interviewing each other about the challenges they face, Simon Lord of palm oil giant Sime Darby Plantation went head to head with Pamela Mar of supply chain manager Fung Group.

In Asia, finance may be the most effective weapon in the climate fight

In Asia, finance may be the most effective weapon in the climate fight

Following in the footsteps of the European and US markets, green finance across Asia has taken off in the last five years. How has sustainable finance evolved across the region?

Food and beverage industry: No plans to totally discard plastic

Food and beverage industry: No plans to totally discard plastic

Plastic restrictions are sweeping Asia, but the sustainability chief of a regional food and beverage trade association says such measures are not the most effective solution. The industry cannot do without packaging, says Edwin Seah.

Can hardline activists Sea Shepherd have an impact in Southeast Asia?

Can hardline activists Sea Shepherd have an impact in Southeast Asia?

The NGO made famous by docu-drama Whale Wars is docked in Singapore's waters. Given the restrictions on hardline environmentalists in Southeast Asia, what sort of impact could the group have in safeguarding the region's marine life?

Meet the Eco-Business A-Listers: Jeannie Kwok, hotel waste warrior

Meet the Eco-Business A-Listers: Jeannie Kwok, hotel waste warrior

Jeannie Kwok, who led the phasing out of plastic bottles and straws within the first year of heading corporate responsibility at Hilton, believes food waste is the key issue sustainability chiefs should be focusing on in 2020.

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