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Nordic Talk: How to Achieve a Sustainable Built Environment?

Singapore, 24 October 2023


On 24 October, Nordic Innovation House hosted an event to shine a spotlight on sustainability within the built environment. In addition to showcasing Nordic sustainable and energy efficient solutions, the panel discussion was a chance to dive deeper into the priorities, challenges and actions we can take when answering the question of “How to achieve a Sustainable Built Environment”?



Panel discussion

The panel discussion was an insightful conversation between knowledgeable individuals within the Built environment from both the Nordics and Singapore.

  • Elina Puszkarzewicz, Program Director in Decarbonized Cities Program, Business Finland - Speaker

  • Ted Howland, Vice President, Group Sustainability, CapitaLand Investment - Speaker

  • Sylvia Koh-Gratton, Managing Director, KONE Singapore - Moderator

  • Francis Wong, Product Marketing Director, Singapore, ABB Electrification - Speaker

The discussion was opened by Irma Ylankas, Counsellor of Innovation and Trade Affairs at Embassy of Finland in Singapore.


The panel discussed the challenges arising moving towards a sustainable built environment. They discussed solutions such as low carbon transition through retrofit technologies, the smart use of data and AI in order to improve efficient energy use and other exciting new technologies. They also emphasised the importance of international cooperation when it comes to R&D as well as the possibilities for governments to push this agenda.


The event was jointly organised by Nordic Innovation House Singapore, Innovation Norway, the Embassy of Denmark in Singapore, Business Sweden Asia-Pacific, the Embassy of Finland in Singapore and Business Iceland, and supported by NordicTalks.


Nordic Talks

‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcast episodes addressing the biggest global challenges. Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world, we want to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.


NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.



Contact the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore for more information about Nordic Innovation House in Singapore and future events.


Annette Oestergaard Joergensen

Head of Public Diplomayc and Partnerships, Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore

Phone: +65 97730472



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