Event Details

Cities, countries, and organizations are making strides towards a more sustainable future by making ambitious commitments and targets at recently concluded COP26. However, to meet the climate goals of keeping the global average temperature rise in this century as close as possible to 1.5 degree Celsius, we need to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The SEAS carbon white paper published in 2019 covered some of the areas where impact can be made including developing a decarbonization ecosystem as well as a connected carbon market in the region. Often carbon reduction is not center stage specially for smaller companies and there has to be a shift in perspective, to incorporate it into the overall business strategy and the corporate sustainability narrative (decarbonization roadmap), and drive conversations at the C-level, in order to implement the right solutions, unlock the opportunities to create value, reduce risks and improve climate resilience.


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Agenda

3 PM - 3:05 PM
Welcome Remarks
3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
Presentation by KPMG
3:20 PM - 4:10 PM
Planning for net zero: Emerging trends and opportunities
• Key takeaways from COP26
• Emerging areas of focus for Singapore and the region
• Emerging technological innovation / disruptions
• Green finance and role of carbon markets
4:10 PM - 4:29 PM
Q&A
4:29 PM - 4:30 PM
End of Programme

Speakers

  • Andrew Craig (Associate Director – Infrastructure Advisory of KPMG Services Pte Ltd)

    Andrew Craig

    Associate Director – Infrastructure Advisory of KPMG Services Pte Ltd

    Andrew is an Associate Director in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice where he focuses on advising clients on the energy transition. Andrew has been working across the energy sector for close to ten years advising clients on issues across the project lifecycle ranging from policy, market structure, economics and regulation through to transaction structuring and deal execution.

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  • Kavita Gandhi (Executive Director of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore)

    Kavita Gandhi

    Executive Director of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore

    Kavita has more than 15 years’ experience in the environment and development sector. Kavita has been involved in multi-dimensional projects like the United States Asia Environmental Partnership (US_AEP) and was instrumental in setting up the Clean Technology Environmental Management Centre (CTEM) in the Singapore Manufacturers’ Association. She worked with startups and SMEs as a manager of the Singapore Association for Environmental Companies (SAFECO). Kavita has an MSc in Environmental Management from Wye College, University of London.

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  • Wee Seng Lim (Global Head of Energy, Renewables and Infrastructure at DBS Bank)

    Wee Seng Lim

    Global Head of Energy, Renewables and Infrastructure at DBS Bank

    Wee Seng is Group Head of Energy, Renewables and Infrastructure (ERI). at DBS Bank. He also oversees the Project Finance Group and the Bank’s sustainability strategy for its Institutional Banking Group. He is also a Director on the board of DBS China Ltd.
    Wee Seng played an integral role in the establishment of DBS’ project finance business, having set up the team in 2010. Within a decade, Wee Seng nurtured and built an award-winning team that is well-recognised today as one of Asia’s leading project finance banks. In testament to the strength of DBS’ project finance franchise, the bank was named Project Finance Advisory House of the Year Asia-Pacific by The Asset in both the 2021 and 2019 Triple A Infrastructure Awards, and has held the title of Best Project Finance House Singapore since 2017. DBS was also awarded Best Financial Adviser Asia-Pacific in the IJGlobal Awards 2020 and MLA of the Year Asia-Pacific in the IJGlobal Awards 2019. Since its inception in 2010, the DBS team has consistently been listed as one of the Top 10 Project Finance Advisors in the Asia-Pacific by PFI.
    Wee Seng was also previously the Country Head of DBS Vietnam from 2016 to 2021 where he grew the asset base of the bank’s institutional banking franchise from SGD230 million to more than SGD1 billion within a short span of five years.

    He is also a founding member of Clifford Capital, a specialist finance company set up to address gaps in the project and structured asset-backed finance markets. He has been deeply involved in project financing in Asia, covering projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, India, China and South Korea. His sector experience includes power (both merchant and IPP/Captive models), renewables, PPPs and oil and gas (including LNG).

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  • Sharad Somani (Partner, Head of Infrastructure Asia Pacific at KPMG Services Pte. Ltd.)

    Sharad Somani

    Partner, Head of Infrastructure Asia Pacific at KPMG Services Pte. Ltd.

    Sharad is the Asia Pacific Head of Infrastructure for KPMG. With over 20 years of experience in power and utilities sector covering the entire lifecycle of projects from conceptualization to operations, Sharad brings in-depth experience of working with different stakeholders including governments, regulatory agencies, developers, financial institutions and technology providers. He has been focused on leveraging technology for better infrastructure delivery as well structuring innovative financing for infrastructure sector. Energy transition and climate change are key parts of his focus as clients navigate the environment and sustainability challenges.

    Sharad has advised various government and private sector clients in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region. Sharad’s main thrust has been on privatization / PPP advisory, fund raising and project implementation and operational optimization for power, renewable energy, water, waste management, and technology projects in the region.

    Some of the key projects he has successfully advised on include Energy Transition Mechanism for ADB; 2GW of aggregate solar IPPs in Dubai; Waste to energy projects in Singapore; Desalination and water recycling PPPs in Singapore; Airports structuring and financing in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand; and electricity utility restructuring / regulatory advisory in Brunei, India, Singapore, and Vietnam.

    Sharad is electronics engineer with an MBA in Finance.

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  • Alan Yau (CEO of Athena Energy Holdings Pte Ltd)

    Alan Yau

    CEO of Athena Energy Holdings Pte Ltd

    I am the Chief Executive Officer of Athena Energy Holdings Pte Ltd. I lead a team of professionals to develop, build, own and operate a portfolio of renewable energy assets. Currently, Athena Energy has presence in Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Australia. In terms of technology, we are primarily focused on Solar Energy, Wind Energy and Energy Storage.
    Prior to joining Athena Energy, I was Advisian’s Principal-APAC Regional Director. I was responsible for spearheading the expansion of Advisian’s front-end advisory and consulting business in Southeast Asia and China. From early-2011 to end-2015, I was the Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp China Holding Ltd., responsible for the operation of a fleet of 27 utilities companies, including water/waste-water treatment plants, gas-fired co-generation plant, coal-fired power plant and wind farms. In terms of international exposure, I have more than 23 years of experience in China in the Infrastructure, Water/Waste-Water Treatment, Energy (fossil & renewable), Facilities Management, Township Development and Marine Engineering sectors. I used to cover the Middle East and Southeast Asia Regions, in my other capacities.

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