The Liveability Challenge is a global platform that hunts for and accelerates the launch of innovative solutions to urban challenges of the 21st century in cities in the tropics. The Challenge is Asia’s biggest prize for sustainability solutions and a key highlight in Singapore’s sustainability events calendar.
With five editions successfully concluded, Eco-Business will come together with Temasek Foundation and its vast ecosystem of partners to deliver the seventh edition in 2024 to accelerate urban transformation and deliver a significant impact.
1. CLIMATE CHANGE
They are looking for disruptive innovations that can capture and utilize carbon at scale to create products for the global market and innovations that generate cost-effective renewable energy. We are also looking for adaptative solutions that strengthen and protect our ecosystems, societies and infrastructures from the effects of climate change.
With the acceleration of climate change impacts across the world, there is an urgent need for both mitigation and adaptation measures to ensure thriving, liveable environments for our growing populations. While we continue to decarbonize and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we also need to focus on strengthening the resilience of our ecosystems and wider society from the current and future impacts of climate change.
TLC is looking to build on its efforts in enabling solutions that remove carbon emissions at scale, including revolutionary technology-based carbon capture, utilization, and storage solutions; and low-carbon solutions for energy, urban infrastructure, transport, and logistics. TLC is also looking for adaptive innovations, including nature-based solutions, that address climate change effects such as extreme weather and sea-level rise.
they are looking for solutions that:
- Effectively capture, and convert carbon emissions into useful products (e.g. building materials, reclamation sand or synthetic fuels)
- Generate cost-effective energy from renewable sources (e.g. hydrogen, wind and tidal energy)
- Significantly reduce the carbon emissions produced by industries and buildings (e.g. cooling systems)
- Drastically reduce the negative impact of climate change (e.g. mitigating extreme heat, urban heat island effect)
- Builds climate-resilient communities for at-risk groups (e.g. mangrove restoration along coastal communities to combat sea-level rise) through sustainable and replicable business models
Other considerations. Solutions should:
- Be carbon negative in the overall lifecycle and have zero/minimal externalities
- Be technology-based (e.g. physical, chemical); or nature-based solutions (e.g. community models)
- Be commercially viable and scalable
- Conduct the pilot in Singapore (for technology-based solutions) or within Southeast Asia (for nature-based solutions)
2. FOOD & NUTRITION
We are looking for solutions that create urban, circular food production systems in the space of agriculture, aquaculture and alternative nutrition. We are looking for breakthrough innovations that maximize production efficiency while minimizing resource requirements to improve the key nutritions for current and changing demographics.
Food resilience is a critical pillar in the world’s ability to sustainably feed our growing populations. With rising constraints on land, water, and energy, coupled with climate change and global supply chain disruptions, there is an increasing need for countries across the world to enhance their food resilience to ensure reliable and affordable access to food supply in the face of unexpected challenges and disruptions.
TLC is looking for innovative solutions that can enhance food resilience and safety in three critical areas: agriculture, aquaculture, and alternative nutrition sources.
They are seeking for breakthrough technologies to provide affordable, nutrient-dense and safe foods.
They are looking for solutions that:
- Deliver breakthroughs in maximising production yield while minimising resource requirements and waste outputs (e.g. lower energy consumption, minimal carbon emissions), in at least one or a combination of these areas critical for food resilience: agriculture, aquaculture and alternative nutrition
- Deliver breakthroughs in extending the shelf life of perishable food, without compromise on food safety
- Produce foods with improved quality of essential nutrients without compromise on taste and texture
Other considerations. Solutions should:
- Be commercially viable and scalable in a dense urban environment
- Conduct the pilot in Singapore
Finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of investors at the Grand Finale for the chance to secure the grand prize of S$1 million in project funding from Temasek Foundation for each track.
While teams may be based anywhere in the world, the proposed project must be applicable to Singapore or Southeast Asia (for nature-based solutions).
Deadline: February 9, 2024
Click HERE to Apply