Monday, 17 September 2018 (9.00-17.00) - Tuesday, 18 September 2018 (9.00-12.00)
South Asia Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement (Closed Meeting)

Monday, 17 September 2018 (9.00-17.00) - Tuesday, 18 September 2018 (9.00-12.00)
C asean Sustainable Development Forum (Public Forum)

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 (12.00 - 19.00) - Wednesday, 19 September 2018 (9.00 - 17.30)
Transforming Asia Pacific: Innovative Solutions, Circular Economy and Low Carbon Lifestyles (Public Forum)
- Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge – Pitching round

Thursday, 20 September 2018 (9:00-15.30)
SWITCH-Asia Steering Committee Meeting (close meeting)
Thursday, 20 September 2018 (16:00-18:30)
SWITCH-Asia Launch event (closed meeting)
Friday, 21 September 2018 (8:00-18:00)
SWITCH-Asia Networking event (closed meeting)

Transforming Asia Pacific: Innovative Solutions, Circular Economy and Low Carbon Lifestyles: Detailed Agenda
Day 1, Tuesday: 18 September 2018
12.00 – 13.00
Registration

13.00 – 14.00
Opening session and keynote
Welcome Remarks, Framing Asia’s key questions about low carbon consumption
Dechen Tsering, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office
UN Environment is the leading institution in low carbon consumption in Asia and the Pacific.  In this speech, we will set the scene and ask the core questions that must be answered by the end of the event: What are the priority innovative solutions for circular economy and low carbon lifestyles in the following domains: 1. Policy, 2. Finance, 3. Technology, 4. Business models, 5. Culture.
Regional policy solutions for low carbon and low waste consumption – top 5 lessons learned in Europe
H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Thailand  
The EU has a long history of policy integration when it comes to low carbon consumption.  Today, it is changing the global policy and business landscape with innovative policy solutions both at the regional and national level.  From product longevity declarations, to nudging policy, and bold single use plastic bans, we hear from the EU what their top 5 lessons learned are that could jumpstart low carbon consumption policy in Asia.  This is an opportunity to delve into the recent slew of policy goals on single use plastics.
Group Photo

14.00 - 15.15
Session 1: Rules of the game, Policy mechanisms for low carbon consumption
Session Chair: Ms. Hong Sin Kwek, Founder, CrowdFunding Asia, Singapore
Changing policies is hard work.  The panel discussion will debate which are the most critical policy measures governments should take to enable low carbon consumption.  One type of policy from each category will be showcased by policy makers and businesses from the following types: legal instruments, financial instruments, mainstreaming, and sustainable public procurement.

Video: Policy mechanisms for low carbon consumption, UN Environment
MAINSTREAM!  5 Year Plans, Eco-Civilization, and implementation instruments – China’s experience with integrating sustainable lifestyles at multiple levels of policy
Mr. Shi Feng, Deputy Division Director, China-Asean Environmental Cooperation Centre, China

TAX! How financial instruments facilitate private sector action for electric mobility
Sasiranga de Silva, Low Carbon Mobility Entrepreneur, Sri Lanka

LEAD by EXAMPLE! India’s experience with sustainable public procurement
Sanjay Aggarwal, Ministry of Finance, India

STANDARDS: ASEAN’s experience with harmonizing regional standards on sustainable lighting
Weeraphon Aotharnsakun, Signify (Philips Lighting), Thailand

Panel discussion: Which innovative policy solutions are the most important for changing the rules of the game to support low carbon consumption?

Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions
Coffee and tea

15.45 – 17.00
Session 2: Show Me The Money, Using Financial Mechanisms For Low Carbon Consumption
Session Chair: Steven Stone, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch
Economy Division, UN Environment
This session will present and discuss the lead ‘characters’ of the financing world, who will share information about financing sources needed to drive public and private investment to achieve low carbon consumption.

Video: Financing for low carbon consumption, UN Environment
THE CROWDFUNDER: Democratizing investment by letting the public invest, one dollar at a time
Ms. Hong Sin Kwek, CEO of CrowdFunding, Singapore

THE VENTURE CAPITALIST: Investing in the un-investible – how VCs are breathing life into innovation by investing in businesses with higher risk and longer payback periods
Shailesh Vikram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund, India

BLENDING PRIVATE AND PUBLIC FINANCE: Channeling capital towards sustainable supply chains
Angela Chen, Advisor, Akipeo, Philippines

GREENING FINANCE: How the IFC is enabling low carbon solutions  
Kalina B. Miller, Financial Institutions Group, IFC, Thailand

Panel discussion: What type of innovative financial mechanisms can finance the transition towards a circular economy?
Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions

Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge – Pitching round
Tuesday, 18 September, 17.00 – 19.00, C-ASEAN building

17.00 – Welcome and introduction, Janet Salem, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office

17.15 – 3 minute startup pitches
Lathika Chandra Mouli, China
Powering electric vehicles with solar power using blockchain
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Hassam Ud-din, Pakistan
Project: Rasai: Sharing the road, Optimising routes
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Shutong Liu, China
Project: Turning gutter oil into sustainable fuel
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Deependra Pourel, Bhutan
Project: Installing smart energy meters in Bhutan
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Monish Kumar Siripurapu, India
Project: Cooling buildings using nature’s designs
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Mohammed Saquib, Pakistan Energy efficient modular homes for displaced people
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Achmad Solikhin, Indonesia
Project: Making biodegradable plastic from waste material
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Angelica Salele, Samoa
Project: Reducing waste with reusable sanitary pads
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Pamela Nicole Mejia, Philippines
Project: Making plastic waste fashionable
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Sasiranga De Silva, Sri Lanka
Electrifying tuk tuks
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18.00 – Feedback round
Shailesh Vikram Singh, Go Massive Fund
Steven Stone, Chief, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Jessica Cheam, Eco Business Forum
Dirk Wagener, Resource Efficiency Coordinator, UN Environment

18.30 – Announcement of recipients of $50,000 in top up investments, Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office

19.00 - Close
Day 2, Wednesday:19 September
9.00 – 9.15
Recap of Day 1
Dirk Wagener, Resource Efficiency Coordinator, UN Environment

9.15 – 10.30
Session 3. Sectoral healing, Business action for cleaning up our consumption one sector at a time
Session Chair: Jessica Cheam, EcoBusiness, Singapore
This session will identify both readily available and innovative best practices, policies and lessons learned from efforts by different stakeholders on low carbon consumption in the region. 

Video: Business models for low carbon consumption, UN Environment
MOBILITY: Radically changing our mobility choices with shared roads and eMobility
Sharon Meng, APAC Head of Growth, Mobike, China

PLASTIC: How the food and beverage sector is innovating in the fight against plastic litter
Edwin Seah, Head of Sustainability and Communication, Food Industry Asia, Singapore

FOOD: How to bring sustainability to our most loved commodity: Rice  
Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform, Thailand 

eCOMMERCE: Leveraging the eCommerce boom to integrate sustainability into our consumption choices
Jamie Brennan, Lazada Group, Thailand

FOODèMOBILITY: Bridging between food and mobility sectors for circular economy  
Robert Earley, Chief Operating Officer, MotionECO, China   

Panel Discussion: Which kinds of innovative business models should be encouraged?
Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions

10.30 – 11.00
Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 12.15
Session 4."What the tech?"
Disruptive Tech Innovations for low carbon consumption
Session Chair: Lewis Akenji, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility , Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
The panel discussion will shed light on technological revolutions Asia and the Pacific should expect in the next 5 years, and how they can be used for low carbon consumption.
Technologies: Smart meters, Blockchain, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, digitization, Deep Learning, Automation
Applications: Supply chain transparency, tokenizing recycling, facilitating p2p clean energy transactions, tracking compliance of environmental treaties, enabling CSOs and decentralized action, Carbon Footprinting of products to set carbon tax prices, incentives through reputation currency.

Video: Technologies for low carbon consumption, UN Environment
INTERNET OF THINGS: How Blockchain can enable sustainable consumption through traceability, engagement and consumer information
Tim Hadsel-Mares, Regional Director, ScanTrust, Thailand

BLOCKCHAIN: Unlocking peer to peer transactions in smart grids
Lathika Chandra Mouli, Business Development Manager, Energo Labs, China 

SMART MOBILITY: Optimizing urban traffic using new technologies
Daniel Kondor, Senseable City Lab, Future Urban Mobility group, MIT Singapore

MACHINE LEARNING: How ML is optimizing our transport choices
Hassam Ud-din, Founder, Rasai ride sharing and route optimization platform, Pakistan

BIOMIMICRY: Nature-inspired cooling based on traditional technology
Monish Siripurapu Kumar, Founder, CoolAnt, India

Panel Discussion: How can we embed sustainability into the technological innovation wave? 
Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions
Lunch

13.45 – 15.15
Session 5. "Capturing hearts and minds of Asia"
How culture, psychology and economics shape behaviour
Session Chair: Dr Divya Datt, Director, Integrated Policy Analysis, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
Faith based groups, behavioral economists and publicists know more about our behaviours than we realize.  Behaviour economists are the leaders behind successful behaviour change campaigns for health.  In this panel discussion, our societies' thought leaders share insights into the hearts and minds of Asia's cultures, and how to apply this through policy and business action on low carbon consumption 

Video: Behavior change for low carbon consumption, UN Environment
BEHAVE: What is a Behavioural Insight Team, and why are governments building them to influence our behavior through subtle policy shifts
Alexander Clark, Advisor, Behavioural Insight Team, Singapore 

NUDGE: Norwegian experiences in applying nudging techniques
Stig Traavik, Lead Indonesia Advisor at Antler Venture Capital, Indonesia

MEDIA: How to win media partners for sustainability 
Blessen Kizhakkethottam, Deutsche Welle TV, Germany

FEELIN’ IT: Three elements of successful behavior change campaigns
Jacob Holder, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Thailand   

Panel Discussion: What types of cultural innovations could underpin the type of transformative change we want to achieve?
Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions

15.45 – 17.15
Closing session on Transforming Asia Pacific: Innovative Solutions, Circular Economy and Low Carbon Lifestyles

This session will bring together the key messages of the issue papers with the findings of the sessions to present a synthesis on Innovative Solutions, Circular Economy and Low Carbon Lifestyles for Asia and the Pacific.
Session Chair: Dirk Wagener, Resource Efficiency Coordinator, UN Environment

Outcomes of Session 1: “Rules of the game” Policy mechanisms for low carbon consumption
Hong Sin Kwek, Founder, CrowdFunding Asia, Singapore
Outcomes of Session 2: “Show me the money” Using financial mechanisms for low carbon consumption
Steven Stone, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Outcomes of Session 3: "Sectoral healing" Business action for cleaning up our consumption one sector at a time
Edwin Seah, Head of Sustainability and Communication, Food Industry Asia, Singapore
Outcomes of Session 4: "What the tech?" Disruptive Tech Innovations for low carbon consumption
Lewis Akenji, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
Chair of Session 5: "Capturing hearts and minds of Asia" How culture, psychology and economics shape behavior
Divya Datt, Director, Integrated Policy Analysis, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Q and A with audience using Slido app to live upvote audience questions

Word of thanks, closing
Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office
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