ASEAN's Net-Zero Transition Has to Happen in Cities


Southeast Asia’s net-zero transition needs to happen in cities where the challenges are clear given worsening threats from extreme weather events. Climate-proofing cities also requires collaboration among all stakeholders as well as providing incentives for local governments and businesses. 

This session gathered leading urban development planning and design specialists who discussed the role of businesses and governments in accelerating cities' net-zero transition.


  • Bruce Chong, Director and Climate and Urban Sustainability Leader, Arup
  • Joris van Etten, Principal Portfolio Management Specialist, ADB
  • Susan Potgieter, Director, Business Incubation and Ecosystems, Strategic Management Office, APAC, Hitachi
  • Linh Le, Global Lead, Smart City Competency Program, Amazon Web Services
  • Myrna A. Safitri, Deputy for Environment and Natural Resources, Nusantara National Capital Authority, Indonesia
  • Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network
  • Safiah Moore, Cities, Planning and Design Leader, Arup
  • Moderator: Dina Gurning, News Anchor and Journalist, CNBC Indonesia 

The session was co-organized with Arup.

With the theme, "Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN," SEADS 2023 explored measures governments, communities, and the private sector could take to progress toward carbon neutrality.