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Engineers Zero in on Crucial Climate Change Challenges for Singapore at Inaugural IES Climate Change Resilience Forum

Experts talk about the way forward for engineering community post-COP21 global climate deal
( | Press Release | 2016-07-13 12:39:08 )
Singapore, 13 July 2016 – The inaugural IES Climate Change Resilience Forum welcomed more than 80 participants today to discuss key business and engineering challenges faced in mitigating and adaptation to the impact of climate change, focusing on turning the COP21 Paris Agreement into action by the engineering community. Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) graced the event as the guest-of-honour.

Hosted by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) with NTUC as the co-organiser, the forum was held in response to Singapore’s signing of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change in April 2016, committing signatories to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

For Singapore, the commitment translates to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 36 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and stablising emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030. This presents new challenges for engineers, as innovative engineering solutions are vital in enabling Singapore to achieve its pledged targets.

Forum Highlights
IES has brought together leading authorities to provide engineering professionals with insights into the impact of COP21 and explore essential avenues for capacity building in engineering for greater climate change resilience. The forum built on critical conversations that took place at the World Engineers Summit on Climate Change 2015 held in July last year.

The forum featured three post-COP21 topics by subject matter experts: “Significance of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change” by Ambassador Kwok Fook Seng, Chief Negotiator, Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; “From Paris Agreement to Domestic Implementation” by Ms Xueman Wang, Coordinator, Climate Change and Cities, World Bank Group, Global Practice for Urban; and “Paris Agreement and Sustainability: Challenges for a Tropical Megacity” by Prof. Subodh Gautam Mhaisalkar, Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering and Executive-Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), Nanyang Technological University.

The forum also offered updates on the latest tools to assess climate exposure via the presentation on “Rapid Appraisal Technique for City Infrastructure Exposure to Climate Change” by Ms Stella Whittaker, Principal, Sustainability and Climate Change, Ramboll; as well as the roles of the society and the young in climate change via presentations on “Hearts & Minds for Action on Climate Change” by Mr Vivek Kumar, Director of U Associate & U Future Leaders and Chairman, Asia-Pacific CMO Council; and on “Environmental Education for Climate Change - The Way Forward” by Prof. Lye Lin Heng, Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), & Chair, MSc (Environmental Management) Programme, National University of Singapore - Law School.

Two panel discussions were also held at the forum to uncover valuable perspectives on core challenges of climate change to local engineering community: “Opportunities and Challenges for Engineers after COP21 Agreement” chaired by Dr Sanjay Kuttan, Program Director, ERI@N, Nanyang Technological University; and “Capacity building on Climate Change Resilience” chaired by Er. Tan Seng Chuan, IES Past President & Chairman, International Outreach Committee.

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