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Hitachi in Singapore

Keynote Speech

Dr Thomas Eugene Lovejoy
Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

Climate Change and the Living Planet

Ecosystems has been adapting to a usually stable period in global temperature for 10,000 years. That is changing because of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Responses are already being recorded in nature around the world, some of which include abrupt ecosystem change. The biology of the planet is as sensitive or more sensitive than most other aspects of concern to climate change. Ecosystems also have the potential to remove a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and contribute to sustainability.

Seminar 1: Importance and Efforts for Biodiversity Conservation

Professor Somsak Panha
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Biodiversity is Our Ultimate Breath

Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural ecosystems that provide us with food, fuel, health, and other vital services. Humans are part of this biodiversity too and have the power to protect or destroy it. Currently, many human activities are destroying biodiversity at alarming rates. These losses are irreversible and damage the life support systems. But we can prevent them. This presentation will explore the protection of biodiversity and encourage organisations, institutions, companies and individuals to take direct action to reduce the constant loss of biological diversity worldwide.

Professor Dato Zakri Abdul Hamid
Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Biodiversity for Human Well-Being

Biodiversity flourishes at all levels: from species to whole ecosystems, and represents the full measure of life on our planet. The problem is that in recent years, we have been losing these life forms at an unprecedented rate. It has been more than 15 years since the member states of the United Nations (UN) agreed to protect, sustain and share the benefits of biodiversity through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). However sustainable utilisation has to go hand in hand with conservation. Biodiversity is still perceived to have a low economic value; therefore it is very easy to ignore its importance. There is a need to develop new business models and market mechanisms for biodiversity conservation. Governments, with the collaboration of the private sector, need to develop the right policies and incentives to conserve biodiversity and at the same time promote its sustainable utilisation.

Ms Ayako Kohno
CSR Management Sector, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Business Management for Biodiversity Conservation

The Hitachi Group has been participating in the activities of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) since 1995 and has been utilising the Corporate Ecosystems Services Review (ESR) to assess the business activities of the Hitachi Group that are associated with ecosystems. One of the projects is to look at the production of the electronic materials (copper-clad laminates) produced in Japan and determine the impact of the business on the ecosystem. By utilising ESR, the Hitachi Group will be able to develop innovative and sustainable environmental strategies.

Mr Lim Eng Hwee
Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. As a city-state, Singapore faces unique challenges in meeting our land needs within our limited land. Despite competing land demands, we have managed to keep our nature reserves and made space for biodiversity even in the midst of our urban environment. The presentation will describe the challenges and strategies in trying to strike a balance between development and biodiversity conservation.

Seminar 2: The Role of Public and Private Partnerships in Biodiversity Conservation

Dr Lawrence Leong Chee Chiew
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Parks Board (NParks) and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation

Enhancing Singapore's Biodiversity

As a small island state with limited land, Singapore is surprisingly rich in biodiversity. This presentation discusses how this came about, and what is being done to further enhance biodiversity in our urban areas. Singapore's experience is recognised as a model for other cities that also have to contend with the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity. Singapore's role in the development of the City Biodiversity Index in collaboration with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity is a reflection of our leadership in this area.

Ms Taryn Mead
Biomimicry Guild, United States


Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. The presentation will include unique images of nature coupled with the technologies inspired by them to tell the story of a world in which humans fit in with the environment, meeting our needs while simultaneously creating conditions conducive for all Life. Through the conscious emulation of Nature's Genius, designers of our systems can imagine innovative sustainable solutions that will transform our world by mimicking nature's forms, processes and ecosystems.

Mr Yoriyuki Yamada
Deputy General Manager, Office of Global Environment, Kajima Corporation

Corporation's Biodiversity Efforts for a Sustainable City

Owing to growing attention to environmental issues, many construction companies are engaged in the recycling and effective utilisation of resources, the control of hazardous materials, and the prevention of global warming. In 2005, Kajima Corporation became the first listed company in Japan to formulate "Biodiversity Guidelines", and has been working on biodiversity conservation as well as sustainable use through construction businesses. This presentation will introduce the background of the guidelines, the concept of "Urban Biodiversity", and specific examples of activities.

Mr Masahiro Kitano
Vice President and Executive Officer, General Manager, Environmental Strategy Office, Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi Environmental Strategy: Contributing to the Preservation of the Ecosystem through Business

Hitachi is committed to the prevention of global warming, the conservation of resources, and the preservation of the ecosystem as the three pillars of our vision. Our goal is to achieve a more sustainable society by promoting global production that reduces the environmental burden of a product throughout its life cycle. The presentation will explain Hitachi's strategy to reach the goal and introduce its technologies for energy efficiency and purification of air, water and soil that will help to preserve the ecosystem.