Asia Inc Forum to organise NEC 2013

Posted on  19/04/2013  |  Media Centre

Posted date: April 19, 2013

By Syazwani Hj Rosli

THE National Environment Conference (NEC) 2013, organised by Asia Inc Forum in partnership with Total, Alcoa and HSBC and supported by Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata, will take place at the Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club on June 4, 2013.

With the theme, ‘Responding to Climate Change: How can Brunei Darussalam make a difference?’, this year’s NEC will maintain their role in providing a platform for engaging government and private sectors on the issues of environmental stewardship and the green economy for sustainable future.

From left, Elizawaty Kamaruddin from HSBC Brunei, Michael Dale from Total and Delwin Keasberry at the press conference. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

From left, Elizawaty Kamaruddin from HSBC Brunei, Michael Dale from Total and Delwin Keasberry at the press conference. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

The conference will feature overseas speakers such as Ms Tri Mumpuni, an engineer from Indonesia who founded People Centered Economic and Business Institute (IBEKA); Mr Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia as well as Mr David Vincent, Head of the UK Foreign Office’s South East Asia Climate Change Network.

Delwin Keasberry, Programme Manager of the Asia Inc Forum Brunei, said that, “During the conference, we will explore how Brunei can play a proactive role in addressing these global challenges in the domestic and international level.”

During the conference, topics that will be highlighted by the speakers include ‘Clean Energy for a Brighter Future’, ‘How feasible is renewable energy? How relevant is renewable energy to Brunei’s energy future?’, ‘Responding to Climate Change: The need for New Partnership and Alliances’, ‘How Young People can make a difference” as well as ‘Practical strategies for reducing our carbon footprint’.

In line with the upcoming conference, a Green Expo to showcase global resources for the environment, energy, water, recycling, sustainable living and green technology and at the same time, to bring together Brunei’s savvy shoppers and smart business operators to inspire sustainable consumer behaviour.

This Green Expo will also gather global and local industry leaders and the public to meet, contact, network, exchange goods, services, knowledge as well as experience.

A ‘Billion Dollar Challenge’ will also be held during the conference to provide an opportunity for young Bruneians to decide how they would solve the world’s biggest problems if they were given a billion dollars.

The NEC is a platform for dialogue between business, government environmental practitioners, civil society, educators and other stakeholders and individuals who care about the environment and aspire to make a difference.

Present during the press conference were Michael Dale from Total as well as Elizawaty Kamaruddin from HSBC Brunei; official partners for the upcoming NEC conference.