May 8, 2021


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The WiT Podcast – Episode 36: Demystifying Sustainability, Lee Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Planning, Sentosa Development Corporation

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The WiT Podcast – Episode 36: Demystifying Sustainability, Lee Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Organizing, Sentosa Progress Corporation
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How to climb your “Carbon Everest”: Break it down into compact actionable measures.

LEE Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Planning, Sentosa Progress Corporation, is all about breaking down the major subject matter of sustainability so that island destinations like Sentosa and enterprises on the island can play their part to add towards a higher, collective purpose.

And it doesn’t have to halt at the business level – supplied the 20 million visitors who visited Sentosa (pre-Covid), it can enjoy a big job in not only elevating shopper consciousness but also empowering personal motion.

What it comes down
to is information and measurability, getting smaller ways, implementing micro-options,
getting small wins together the way so that you are encouraged to just take the upcoming
stage. Consider of it as climbing your personal “Carbon Everest”, you just cannot just pack up
and go, you have to plan, educate and hold your eye on the place.

Below are the important

Why Singapore
and Sentosa need to have to be actively concerned:

Although “being incredibly
smaller contributors in phrases of complete emissions”, “we are far more than
proportionately influenced by the consequences of climate alter being island
destinations”. A .5-diploma alter in world-wide temperature will basically seriously
influence coral habitats in our tropical local weather, he shared.

lighthouse effect – it has set a carbon neutral purpose by 2030

“As a leading
leisure location with close to 20 million people to the island pre-Covid,
we have a aspect to make more awareness around sustainability issues” and make
it practical for people to be in a position to comprehend how they can alter their consumption

“As a business enterprise
ecosystem, we can also show what it indicates for collective solutioning
in direction of widespread targets this sort of as carbon neutralisation. And finally, as custodians
of the island, we assume we can also safeguard Sentosa for future generations by
building the Sentosa-Brani Grasp Program with sustainability in thoughts.”

Established your have “Carbon

“In purchase to
deal with a complicated problem … it requirements to be broken down in a way that is much less
daunting. On Sentosa, we like to think about our carbon neutrality goal as a “Carbon
Everest”, and you don’t climb Everest, just by packing your baggage and telling
your mother, I’m likely to climb Everest next 7 days.

“You seriously have
to begin with extensive phrase organizing, you have to make your mind up in which is your base camp,
what is stage just one, what is phase two, and then the summit climb. We also want to
deliver that solution to our modest companies.”

The solution is
from three beginning points – what is their obstacle, what are their possibilities,
what are the speedy wins?

Breaking down
unique businesses’ carbon footprint to allow collective action

Measuring your
carbon footprint can be carried out by breaking “it down to a stage where by it is
related for corporations, no make any difference how big how modest it is, that’s related to
your scope of pursuits … that is a vital to start with step”.

“… we took the
first move of basically establishing a constant methodology that’s applicable
for businesses, by industries. So, irrespective of whether it’s F&B, accommodations, attractions,
and then scoping it this kind of that we demystify the quantities powering what it will take to
just recognize, what is your footprint?”

Getting performed that,
“we can start out the discussion all over collective motion, this sort of as demand
aggregation, blended sourcing …”

Innovation at
the two practical and experiential level

“In the purposeful
element, we are wondering about deployment of know-how to assistance
decarbonisation, such as renewable vitality, solarisation, or even the use of
tidal electrical power. We chat about implementing motor vehicle-gentle plan so that we reduce the
carbon footprint from transportation.

“On the other
spectrum, we also speak about experiential offerings … we have viewed a huge
interest given that Covid in the a lot more pure components of Sentosa with a major demand for
our intertidal walks at Tanjong Rimau, and the historic sites at Fort Siloso.
Now, we want to boost some of these experiences so that they have an understanding of the
sustainability tale at the rear of it.”

Plus, tidal
turbines, how coal “saved” the whale, how to harmony the two opposing strategies of
journey and sustainability, additionally, at the stop, an notion to measure your particular
carbon footprint.

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