The WiT Podcast – Episode 36: Demystifying Sustainability, Lee Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Preparing, Sentosa Growth Corporation
04/05/2021,
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How to climb your “Carbon Everest”: Break it down into compact actionable steps.

LEE Cheh Hsien, Divisional Director, Organizing, Sentosa Advancement Corporation, is all about breaking down the massive subject matter of sustainability so that island locations like Sentosa and organizations on the island can play their component to contribute in the direction of a greater, collective aim.

And it doesn’t have to cease at the company stage – specified the 20 million guests who visited Sentosa (pre-Covid), it can enjoy a big job in not only raising purchaser awareness but also empowering personal motion.

What it comes down
to is details and measurability, having compact ways, applying micro-solutions,
finding modest wins along the way so that you are encouraged to just take the future
action. Believe of it as climbing your very own “Carbon Everest”, you can not just pack up
and go, you have to program, train and hold your eye on the spot.

Below are the vital
takeaways:

Why Singapore
and Sentosa will need to be actively concerned:

When “being very
little contributors in terms of complete emissions”, “we are much more than
proportionately affected by the effects of weather alter becoming island
destinations”. A .5-diploma change in world-wide temperature will truly seriously
effects coral habitats in our tropical weather, he shared.

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

“As a major
leisure place with near to 20 million visitors to the island pre-Covid,
we have a element to produce a lot more awareness close to sustainability issues” and make
it practical for customers to be capable to comprehend how they can alter their usage
behaviours.

“As a organization
ecosystem, we can also show what it suggests for collective solutioning
to common targets this sort of as carbon neutralisation. And eventually, as custodians
of the island, we consider we can also safeguard Sentosa for foreseeable future generations by
producing the Sentosa-Brani Grasp Plan with sustainability in thoughts.”

Established your personal “Carbon
Everest”

“In purchase to
tackle a complex problem … it demands to be broken down in a way that is significantly less
challenging. On Sentosa, we like to consider about our carbon neutrality objective as a “Carbon
Everest”, and you really don’t climb Everest, just by packing your luggage and telling
your mother, I’m heading to climb Everest upcoming week.

“You seriously have
to get started with very long expression preparing, you have to choose exactly where is your foundation camp,
what is phase one, what’s stage two, and then the summit climb. We also want to
convey that technique to our small businesses.”

The approach is
from three setting up factors – what is their challenge, what are their selections,
what are the swift wins?

Breaking down
individual businesses’ carbon footprint to enable collective action

Measuring your
carbon footprint can be performed by breaking “it down to a amount wherever it is
appropriate for organizations, no matter how huge how modest it is, which is appropriate to
your scope of functions … that is a essential first step”.

“… we took the
1st move of actually creating a regular methodology that is applicable
for organizations, by industries. So, regardless of whether it is F&B, inns, points of interest,
and then scoping it such that we demystify the numbers guiding what it takes to
just understand, what is your footprint?”

Getting performed that,
“we can start off the dialogue close to collective action, such as demand
aggregation, put together sourcing …”

Innovation at
both of those useful and experiential amount

“In the practical
element, we are wondering about deployment of technological know-how to aid
decarbonisation, this sort of as renewable power, solarisation, or even the use of
tidal electricity. We speak about employing car-mild plan so that we minimize the
carbon footprint from transportation.

“On the other
spectrum, we also talk about experiential choices … we have found a big
interest given that Covid in the far more natural components of Sentosa with a huge desire for
our intertidal walks at Tanjong Rimau, and the historical web sites at Fort Siloso.
Now, we want to enhance some of these activities so that they realize the
sustainability story driving it.”

In addition, tidal
turbines, how coal “saved” the whale, how to harmony the two opposing suggestions of
journey and sustainability, plus, at the end, an concept to evaluate your particular
carbon footprint.

Have a pay attention.