11 Jan: Screening of Before the Flood & panel discussion

Have you watched Before the Flood yet? The Wedge Asia, Green Is The New Black Asia and The Working Capitol are hosting a screening next week. More details below.

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Green Drinks: COP21 Paris Agreement & Climate Change

With Singapore signing the Paris Agreement on Earth Day, we would like to commemorate the move by focusing on the COP21 Paris Agreement and Climate Change for our upcoming session! We have three interesting speakers conveying insights related to COP21 and climate change.

Melissa Low of Energy Studies Institute (ESI) will explain key elements of the Paris Agreement, Pui Cuifen of Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA) will share SYCA’s observations of the journey to COP21, and Sandra Marichal of #up2degrees will tell us about her 13-day Antarctic Expedition alongside renowned polar explorer Robert Swan OBE and a movement she founded to raise awareness of climate change and global warming, and to inspire Singaporeans to take action.

Understanding the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Delegates from 195 countries met over two weeks from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France to negotiate a historic deal on tackling global climate change. The Paris Agreement is a landmark conclusion because it reflects a delicate balance between the vastly differing negotiating positions and agendas of 195 countries, in crucial areas such as mitigation, transparency, adaptation, loss and damage, support (including finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building). For the first time, there is now a legally binding agreement that involves action on managing emissions from both developed and developing countries. Yet, the Agreement has met with criticism that it has achieved little progress beyond status quo. This sharing will explain the key elements of the Paris Agreement, including its achievements and limitations.

Reflection of COP21, from the perspective of a first-time COP Civil Society Observer

Pui Cuifen is a co-founder of an all-ladies team which attended COP21 as a newly formed group, Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA).  This was Cuifen’s first foray into climate policy at the UN level, after a brief introduction to climate policy as a delegate in ASEAN Power Shift 2015. Each of SYCA’s co-founders went to COP21 with individual objectives, but a common mission – to integrate their learnings from the COP21 experience, and return to create a network of climate action leaders in Singapore. In this sharing session, Cuifen brings you on how the team prepared themselves to meaningfully follow the negotiations, the inspiring people they met, and the team came home with a broader understanding. Cuifen will also share what SYCA has been focusing on since their return, and what you can look forward to in the coming months.

#up2degrees – An Expedition to Save the Antarctic Aircon

Sandra Marichal has successfully completed a 13-day Antarctic Expedition alongside renowned polar explorer Robert Swan OBE – the first man in history to walk to both the North and South poles – and will be sharing her story, hoping to educate and inspire Singapore to play its part in fighting global warming and climate change.

“I joined the International Antarctic Expedition 2016 to see climate change with my own eyes, to understand the scale of the impact our lifestyle has on the environment. Since returning back from the expedition I have taken on a new climate ambassador role, and I am determined to help trigger a global positive change for the preservation of our planet and the human race.”

Sandra recently founded the #up2degrees initiative which aims to raise awareness about the impact to the environment caused by air conditioning in Singapore: “Antarctica is the aircon of the world, as it keeps our planet cool. But Singapore’s air conditioners, which contribute to increased carbon emissions, are warming our planet up. If Antarctica was to melt completely, it would raise worldwide sea levels by more than 60 metres – we need to stop the melt before it is too late!”

The #up2degrees movement aims to get people to turn the temperature of their air conditioning units up by #up2degrees in order to reduce overall energy consumption and carbon emissions. The organisation will work directly with Singapore’s environmental authorities to regulate temperatures in public spaces and commercial buildings, and will launch its ‘Blue Bus’ education initiative aimed at school children later this year.

Event Details

Date: 21 April 2016 (Thurs)
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: SingJazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, The Sultan.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

About the Speakers

Melissa Low

Melissa Low is a research associate at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography (with Honours) and a minor in Urban Studies, from the  National University of Singapore. For her Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She is currently working towards an LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde through distance learning. Melissa has  participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009 and most recently the two-week Paris Climate Conference on behalf of NUS.

Pui Cuifen

Cuifen is a Senior Environmental Scientist at a Danish environmental not-for-profit, DHI. She works on environmental projects, including climate change ones, through analysing geospatial data and presenting them on maps and scientific illustrations. She holds a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Science, from the University of Sydney. Cuifen is an alumnus of ETH Zurich’s Youth Encounter with Sustainability. Cuifen also leads her estate’s community edible garden project (Pavilion’s edible garden), and also co-founded Foodscape Collective.

Sandra Marichal

Awarded ‘Top 20 Women to Watch in Marketing’ by Campaign Asia in 2014, Sandra is a Brand Strategy Consultant, born Millennial, living digital and trying to make the world a better place. She is the Founder of #up2degrees – a movement that aims at triggering people and local authorities to increase the set temperature of their air conditioner at home and in public spaces by #up2degrees so the planet won’t have to do it…See #COP21

Keen to see for herself the impact of climate change on the planet, Sandra recently came back from the International Expedition to Antarctica #IAE2016, organised by the 2041 Foundation and led by renowned polar explorer Robert Swan, who invited participants to become climate ambassadors for education, the environment and sustainability.

When she’s not on the road, Sandra advises Fortune 100 companies, corporate organisations and local businesses on how to make their brand more sustainably appealing to the world. She has helped find purposes for businesses that had lost it or never really found it – and as such, made them relevant to a world hungry for inspiration, positivity and beauty. She recently expanded her services to provide pro-bono advise to local green NGOs and tech start-ups at Block 71, helping them hack their concept and boost their growth.

Sandra’s engagement also includes Fashion Revolution – a global movement to raise awareness about the environmental and social impact of our fast-fashion industry. This year, she will be hosting the Fashion Revolution Day in Singapore.

Sandra holds a Masters in Management from the London Business School and is the Social Representative of the Singapore Alumni Club – she knows where to take you for a good drink. She is also a BBA alumna from the ESSEC Business School and proud ambassador of the global programme in Singapore.

Born French, Sandra has lived in Canada, Luxembourg (don’t ask), the UK and is now calling Singapore ‘home’. She is a passionate yogi, reiki practitioner, modern-jazz dancer, sailor, sand collector and polar explorer. She is a true globetrotter and her biggest struggle in life is to ensure she’ll have enough empty passport pages for immigration stamps.

Her dream (and next project) is to raise awareness and educate the next generation about single-use plastic pollution and invite them to use the newly developed technology to clean the oceans on her boat while sailing around the world. You are invited.

Green Drinks (April) – Reducing Carbon Emissions

Green Drinks x NCCS present – Reducing Carbon Emissions: Opportunities and Challenges for Singapore

This April, Green Drinks and the National Climate Change Secretariat collaborate once again in a very special panel discussion and consultation event.

As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Singapore is actively involved in ongoing negotiations for a new international agreement on climate change.  In preparations for the new global agreement, expected to be agreed upon by the end of this year, the government is consulting stakeholders to gather feedback on mitigation measures that will allow Singapore to further reduce its carbon emissions in the post-2020 period.  These dialogues might help to surface low-carbon strategies, technology and other opportunities that Singapore could explore.  They could also inform national research and policy directions, as well as areas for potential public-private collaboration.

The event agenda includes an opening presentation by NCCS to introduce the background to the dialogue as well as set the context for the night’s discussion.  This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by GreenDrinks before comments and questions are opened to the floor.   Be there and let your constructive ideas be heard!



Mr Tang Tuck Weng, Senior Director, NCCS on: Challenges and opportunities for Singapore

Ms Melissa Low, Research Associate, Energy Studies Institute on: Updates on the ongoing climate change negotiations post-Lima

Mr Lawrence Wu, Director/Co-Founder, Sunseap Leasing on: Increasing traction of the solar industry


(other speakers TBC; updates to follow)

Moderator and Host: Mr Chris Tobias, Green Drinks


Date: 15 April 2015

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Venue: The POD @ NLB, 100 Victoria Street

Transport: Bugis MRT

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/GGK1eaMHXO [note: RSVP is mandatory for those wishing to attend.  Only 120 pax can be admitted to The POD; first come, first serve basis so sign up if you’re serious and show up because you care]

Food: Light dinner will be provided

Earth’s Survival Documentary Screening & Networking Session

Sustainable Green Solutions cordially invites all NGOs, NPOs, social entrepreneurs, government institutions, members of the media, and social gamechangers to join them for the Earth’s Survival Documentary Screening & Networking Session.

Date: 30 September 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30PM – 10:30PM
Venue: Singapore Management University, School of Economics & Social Sciences, 90 Stamford Road
RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1488062408135719/


We are privileged to hold a special screening of this film in Singapore next week with director of Earth’s Survival, Liz Courtney, in a session that looks at the issue of climate change and explains what everyone needs to know about the IPCC report.


• Made in consultation with the IPCC and world leading climate scientists, this one-hour documentary takes a look at the top 7 things we really need to understand about the climate report. It decodes thousands of pages of scientific data into digestible, easy to understand science, punctuated in places by clever, creative CGI.

• Blue chip, panoramic, and visually rich this one hour special moves across the globe from the Himalayas to Antarctica, the Amazon Rainforest to the High Arctic.

• It seeks to explore the big headlines: Loss of Ecosystems, Water Crisis, Food, Energy, Health, Oceans, Rate of Change – to really understand the status of the planet and its timeline to change.

• It also explores tremendous opportunities, the exciting time to live on earth, a moment of great transition for energy, food, energy – the only world that it implies is REVOLUTION.

• We have some time to figures things out – but we don’t have much time. It’s a coherent picture, the information is in the data, and we need to decode it NOW!

• Directed by Liz Courtney, Unboxed Media Australia and Co Producer, Joerg Altekruse, Zeitfilms Germany


“The Mitigation Trains is waiting at the station, it has to take off quickly and at very high speed and the whole world needs to be onboard” – Dr. Pachauri

#change4future: The National Climate Change Competition is back!

Register for the National Climate Change Competition 2014!

Organised by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), this year’s theme brings to the fore that our climate is changing due to human activities, and there is a need for us to act together to address climate change, and learn to deal with the changing climate that affects us and the environment we live in.

Participants need to submit a 3-minute video on the theme #change4future to stand to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes. Check out last year’s submissions to get inspired!

Register before 22 April at www.nccc.gov.sg

There are four categories:

  • Open Category
  • Schools Category, which include:
  1. Primary Schools
  2. Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges
  3. Institutes of Higher Learning (ITEs, Polytechnics and Universities)

Do take part, and please spread the word!


Channel NewsAsia: Green technologies industry set to grow further

With the need for energy growing, green technologies industry seems to have a bright future, Channel NewsAsia reports.

Green technologies industry set to grow further

SINGAPORE: Rapid urbanisation in developing Asia, Latin America and Africa is driving exponential growth in the demand for energy.

Experts said this will also add to the rising levels of carbon emissions and worsen climate change.

If nothing is done to address this, climate change is set to cost economies up to 3 per cent of GDP by 2030.

The green technologies industry has received billions of dollars in investments this year and is set to grow further.

From solar panels to smartphone applications that can monitor energy consumption and efficiency, companies are making use of more ecological solutions and products.

Dr Roland Busch, Siemens CEO of infrastructure & cities sector, said: “Today we are investing close to 4 billion euros per year into research and development. One billion alone goes into green technologies. We have 28,600 researchers and developers working in that area and 3,300 – this is 12 per cent – alone in Asia.”

However concerns over carbon emissions have come back into the spotlight this year, after the World Bank also emphasised on projects that focus on sustainability in Asia.

World Bank’s vice president (East Asia and Pacific Region), Pamela Cox, said: “One of the key areas (is that) about 70 per cent of our financing goes to helping China create low-carbon cities. So we’re investing in urban infrastructure, urban systems. We just issued a report on low carbon growth in China, which can be a roadmap for many of the cities.”

Meeting the growing energy needs of businesses and homes without increasing CO2 emissions is a key challenge faced by cities today.

Cities account for 75 per cent of global energy demand, generating 80 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In Asia, Panasonic has set up a new research centre in Singapore, investing S$10.2 million over the next two years to develop energy-saving solutions that aim to be commercially viable by 2013.

Mr Yasuyuki Shintani, Panasonic Corporation’s GM of Solutions Development Group, said: “If we look at Asian countries, the market for energy solutions is growing very rapidly. For example, we found that in the Asia Pacific region, the market is growing more than 200 per cent from 2011 to 2012.

“This is because of the rising population and rapid urbanisation. So this kind of phenomenon will continue and this is why we are focused on energy solutions.”

Panasonic also aims to target 80 per cent of its total sales in Asia to come from eco-friendly products by March 2013.

The company has also committed to reduce its own carbon emissions in the Asia Pacific by 600,000 tonnes next year.

Workshop: Managing Urban Floods in light of weather uncertainties and climate change

PUB, NUS and the Singapore Delft Water Alliance have organised a workshop for this Sunday looking at managing urban floods in relation to changing weather patterns and climate change. Details below.

Managing Urban Floods in light of weather uncertainties and climate change 

Date : 01st July 2012, Sunday 
Venue : Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Room 3211 
Organizer : Singapore-Delft Water Alliance (National University of Singapore) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) 
Who should attend : Government officials, policy makers, researchers, practitioners, technologists, leaders from private sector etc.
Short Description:Besides climate change, rapid urbanization is also impacting the hydrological cycle and has caused an increase in surface water run-off in urban areas and cities. Global climate change and rapid urbanization have posed challenges to Governments, policy makers and technologists all the around the world and more integrated solutions are now required to address the increasing flood risks and their impacts, reduce the cities’ vulnerability to floods, and safeguard the lives and properties of their citizens, as well as the cities’ infrastructure. This is especially so for cities located within the low lying river basins, coastal areas and those susceptible to tropical monsoons and hurricanes.

A new paradigm in urban drainage design requires a combination of a wide range of flood mitigation measures to be applied at the source, pathways and receptors of the storm water run-off to mitigate flood risks. Where possible, these will have to be implemented holistically in tandem with the other planning considerations so as to optimise limited resources and ensure cost effectiveness within a specified risk-based approach. These initiatives will have to be supported with good dynamic flood modelling and monitoring through the use of hydro-meteorological information so as to anticipate potential flooding and counteract the effects by putting up temporary flood protection measures or evacuate out of vulnerable areas.

In this workshop, a distinguished panel of experts who are involved in providing integrated drainage solutions for urban storm water management and flood risk management in various countries will share their views on these challenges in large river systems, challenges in urban settings, and offer insights on innovative solutions and benefits drawn from different case studies and personal experiences.


The workshop will be divided in two main parts concerning the management of large river systems (14.05 – 15.05), and urban systems and technologies (15.30 – 16.30). The presentations will be followed by a closing pannel discussion (16.30 – 17.00).

14.00 – 14.05 Workshop opening
14.05 – 14.25 Mississippi river system – Dr. K. Graham, Deputy Director of Planning and Programs, Office of the Governor – Coastal Activities, State of Louisiana (US)
14.25 – 14.45 Senegal river system – Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, High Commissioner of the Senegal River Development Organization (Senegal)
14.45 – 15.05 China experiences – Mr. Qian Min, Director of the Huaihe River Commission, Ministry of the Water Resources (China)
15.05 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.20 – 15.50 Bangkok system – Prof. B. Vardhanabhuti, Kasetsart University – member of the Flood Relief Operation Center (Thailand)
15.50 – 16.10 The Netherlands – Prof. N. van de Giesen, Chair of Water Resources Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
16.10 – 16.30 Next Generation Infrastructures – Prof. V. Babovic, Head of the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
16.30 – 17.00 Panel discussion


The Workshop is FREE OF CHARGE. For registration: Dr. Stefano Galelli (Email: sdwgs@nus.edu.sg  / Dr. Jolivet Samuel Marc Pascal(Email: sdwjsmp@nus.edu.sg) 

Further information: Visit www.sdwa.nus.edu.sg or www.siww.com.sg 

Image taken from Hannaford