Turning aspirations into effective strategies to resolve climate change

The PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit aims to inspire, innovate, and educate people from all around the world

An example of a modern sustainable neighbourhood in Almere, The Netherlands. The city heating in the district is partially powered by a solar panel island. PavloGlaskov/Shutterstock

Despite increased efforts in forest management, clean energy, clean water, and sanitation, the world is still living unsustainably and nowhere near the 2030 agenda. According to the United Nations, countries are on track to miss their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to environmental protection. A recent report by the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) indicates that we are actually receding.  

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said, “The world cannot sustain our rate of use and abuse forever, and it is imperative that we accept the changes in lifestyles and livelihoods necessary to achieve the 2030 goals.”  

One of the sectors that significantly contribute to climate change is real estate, and players are starting to realise the urgency of sustainability and taking action. Every year, PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit aims to educate, innovate, and inspire. Stephen Oehme, managing director at Quantum Thailand Ltd and chairperson of the 2021 PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit, says in the ARES digital White Paper Vol. 1 achieving sustainability requires more than just aspiration. Our aspirations need to be translated into effective and efficient strategies. 

Read more on the urgency of sustainability, why we should act now at asiarealestatesummit.com/ares-digital-white-paper-vol-1/   

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