Together with engineering firm Danfoss and the Danish Embassy, Eco-Business held a forum titled “Tomorrow’s cities: Engineering the energy transition” in March.
Bringing together some 180 participants from various sectors to discuss ways of making cities not just smart, but climate-smart, the forum kicked off with a high-level panel discussion about Singapore’s approach to a sustainable urban environment. It highlighted the role of consumer pressure and green incentives in driving uptake of sustainability solutions.
Participants were then split into three breakout sessions, each covering a critical aspect of cities: the built environment that defines a “city”, the cold chain that supplies food to city dwellers around the world, and the maritime industry that makes globalisation possible.
Participants in the first session discussed retrofitting the air-conditioning and ventilation systems of buildings and optimising space, design and materials to cut energy use, among other issues.
Those in the session on cold chain spoke about the importance of governments enforcing regulations and getting the right cooling technologies to parties such as farmers.
As for the maritime industry, participants discussed the electrification of vessels, using hybrid power as well as regulations and incentives.
A summary of the key points from the forum can be found in the report.