Coming together for a better environment

About 20,000 people from more than 100 cities are expected to attend the largest environment event here this year, which will integrate the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit.

The event, which will run from July 10 to 14 at Marina Bay Sands, will provide a platform for industry leaders, policymakers and environmental experts to share best practices.

A new feature is the City Solutions Singapore expo, where over 900 leading companies and start- ups in urban development, water and waste management will showcase their products.

Also new is an initiative called Innovation Pitch, in which 10 entrepreneurs will pitch ideas to reduce food waste, energy use and manpower needs, to attract potential investors and business partners.

The entrepreneurs include Winnow, which will offer a smart solution to cut food waste, and Envichem Technologies, which has devised a way to recover metals from hazardous waste with chemicals that can be reused .

At the event, updates are also expected on Phase 2 of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System - a network of deep sewers that convey used water by gravity to centralised water reclamation plants - and the Integrated Waste Management Facility being developed by the National Environment Agency.

Speakers include Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, Dr Han Seung Soo. The integrated event was last held in 2014, when close to $15 billion worth of projects, tenders, investments and other deals were announced.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Coming together for a better environment'. Print Edition | Subscribe