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

The WiT Podcast – Episode 36: Demystifying Sustainability, Lee Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Setting up, Sentosa Advancement Corporation
04/05/2021,
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How to climb your “Carbon Everest”: Break it down into smaller actionable techniques.

LEE Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Organizing, Sentosa Growth Company, is all about breaking down the major subject of sustainability so that island places like Sentosa and firms on the island can participate in their section to lead in the direction of a greater, collective goal.

And it doesn’t have to halt at the business degree – presented the 20 million company who frequented Sentosa (pre-Covid), it can engage in a major function in not only raising buyer recognition but also empowering unique motion.

What it comes down
to is knowledge and measurability, taking small measures, utilizing micro-alternatives,
having compact wins along the way so that you are inspired to choose the subsequent
action. Imagine of it as climbing your individual “Carbon Everest”, you can not just pack up
and go, you have to system, educate and maintain your eye on the spot.

Here are the crucial
takeaways:

Why Singapore
and Sentosa want to be actively associated:

When “being pretty
smaller contributors in terms of absolute emissions”, “we are additional than
proportionately afflicted by the outcomes of weather adjust remaining island
destinations”. A .5-degree improve in worldwide temperature will in fact seriously
effects coral habitats in our tropical climate, he shared.

Sentosa’s
lighthouse influence – it has set a carbon neutral intention by 2030

“As a primary
leisure place with near to 20 million website visitors to the island pre-Covid,
we have a part to produce additional consciousness close to sustainability issues” and make
it sensible for shoppers to be capable to realize how they can adjust their usage
behaviours.

“As a business
ecosystem, we can also exhibit what it suggests for collective solutioning
in direction of frequent plans this sort of as carbon neutralisation. And eventually, as custodians
of the island, we assume we can also safeguard Sentosa for future generations by
developing the Sentosa-Brani Master Approach with sustainability in head.”

Set your have “Carbon
Everest”

“In purchase to
tackle a intricate trouble … it wants to be broken down in a way that is fewer
complicated. On Sentosa, we like to believe about our carbon neutrality objective as a “Carbon
Everest”, and you don’t climb Everest, just by packing your luggage and telling
your mom, I’m heading to climb Everest next 7 days.

“You seriously have
to start with very long time period organizing, you have to come to a decision where is your foundation camp,
what is phase one particular, what is stage two, and then the summit climb. We also want to
convey that tactic to our tiny companies.”

The method is
from 3 starting off details – what is their problem, what are their selections,
what are the fast wins?

Breaking down
specific businesses’ carbon footprint to empower collective action

Measuring your
carbon footprint can be done by breaking “it down to a level exactly where it’s
pertinent for firms, no matter how massive how smaller it is, which is relevant to
your scope of routines … that is a important very first step”.

“… we took the
very first move of truly producing a constant methodology that is applicable
for organizations, by industries. So, no matter whether it’s F&B, hotels, attractions,
and then scoping it this sort of that we demystify the numbers at the rear of what it will take to
just realize, what is your footprint?”

Owning completed that,
“we can start off the discussion all around collective action, such as demand from customers
aggregation, combined sourcing …”

Innovation at
each purposeful and experiential level

“In the purposeful
facet, we are imagining about deployment of technology to assistance
decarbonisation, such as renewable energy, solarisation, or even the use of
tidal strength. We converse about applying motor vehicle-gentle coverage so that we cut down the
carbon footprint from transportation.

“On the other
spectrum, we also talk about experiential choices … we have witnessed a substantial
curiosity because Covid in the a lot more all-natural pieces of Sentosa with a significant demand from customers for
our intertidal walks at Tanjong Rimau, and the historical sites at Fort Siloso.
Now, we want to increase some of these ordeals so that they understand the
sustainability tale behind it.”

Plus, tidal
turbines, how coal “saved” the whale, how to equilibrium the two opposing strategies of
vacation and sustainability, moreover, at the stop, an concept to evaluate your personal
carbon footprint.

Have a hear.

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