BDNA Annual Symposium 2019 – the future of environmental economics
It was an evening of knowledge sharing, gaining of useful insights for the future and Belgian delights at BDNA’s Annual Symposium earlier this month on September 4.
The East India room at Raffles Hotel saw nearly 100 guests including BDNA’s members and shareholders in attendance. Special guests included Belgian ambassador to Singapore His Excellency Andy Detaille and Etienne Cadestin, managing director of UK-based energy and sustainability consultancy, Longevity Partners.
President of BDNA and CEO of DETOO Architects Serge Lefevere welcomed guests and introduced the symposium, highlighting how sustainability has become a necessity rather than just a goal and expressed hope that the symposium would open up further opportunities for collaboration between Singapore and Belgium.
Collaboration between both countries remains high on the agenda for Ambassador Detaille who was invited to deliver welcome remarks at the symposium.
The highlight of the event was keynote speaker Etienne Cadestin who spoke briefly about environmental economics and institutional investors’ responses and targets in Europe and Singapore. He also shared comparable insights and best practices on how to measure environmental, social, and financial impact in the real estate industry and touched on strategies and cases about Environmental, Social and Governance criteria and certification.
This was followed by a question and answer session and uniquely Belgian entertainment with a saxophone performance – the instrument was invented in Belgium – as well as food the country is famous for such as royal Belgian caviar, waffles, vol-au-vent and Belgian craft beer.