Keynote Speakers

Ms Jean Venables

Ms Jean Venables
Vice President of WFEO and Chair of Committee on Engineering & Environment (CEE)


Delivering a low-carbon and sustainable future for cities and wider society is not the role of a single profession, a single organisation, or a single government, although all of them must be involved. Instead, alongside individual organisational action, innovations and new technology development, delivering what we need from low-carbon technologies and from a sustainability-driven approach to development will require crystal-clear vision of what needs to be done and the best kind of partnership working to deliver the vision. That partnership working will have to involve all the relevant professions, and commercial, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

In this key-note address, read more… (Jean Venables, a Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and Chair of the WFEO Committee on Engineering & Environment, will explore this world-scale challenge, the range of professions and organisations that will need to be involved, and how genuine partnership working has the best chance of delivery. She will draw on her extensive and wide-ranging experience of delivering multi-disciplinary solutions for strategic flood risk management and water level management, in particular the Thames Estuary 2100 Project, from her husband and business partner Roger Venables” experience in developing and operating CEEQUAL, and from her role as an ICE Vice President for five years, as ICE President in 2008-9, and from her current WFEO role. From that experience, she will outline her view of how such partnerships can and need to be created, nurtured and steered.

Examples of the improvements such partnerships need to deliver will include:

  • the role and operation of WFEO as a whole, and its work on the contributions from engineers needed for delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • the role of her committee in particular, including two important Codes of Practice, on Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship for Engineers and Principles of Climate Change Adaptation for Engineers, and its connections to the series of COP meetings
  • the importance of initiatives such as the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, and how such vision and policy documents can drive dramatic changes for the better, and
  • how actions on a range of individual aspects of urban life can be linked and brought together to deliver those dramatic changes for the better, including
    • water

      • providing clean water and sanitation to the millions still without them
      • reducing wastage of potable water wherever it occurs
      • effective strategic and local flood risk management
      • enhancing the water environment
    • energy
      • changes to the energy mix to deliver low-carbon and lower-polluting energy generation
      • reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP
      • reducing heat island effects
    • improving air quality
    • increasing the extent of blue-green infrastructure
    • improving biodiversity
    • and, overall, improving human well-being

In short, Jean will seek to set the scene for the World Engineering Summit”s discussion of the latest research findings and engineering innovations in support of a low carbon future and sustainable development for and of both cities and rural communities.)

rof Lui Pao Chuen

Prof Lui Pao Chuen
Advisor, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry Of National Development


Singapore became an independent nation on 9th August 1965 with a population of 2 million, per capita GDP of US$526 and a territory of 1400 square kilometre. The priority of the Government was the creation of jobs, defending the country, providing education for the young and medical services and building homes for the population. The need to create jobs remain a major preoccupation of the Government. The balance between investment in economic development, social development and national security is carefully managed to achieve optimization at the national level. The process of centralized planning and decentralized execution evolved over time. Examples of large scale systems like the creation of usable space, supply of portable water and the future economic system based on research, innovation and enterprise will be used to illustrate the Systems Approach taken in planning and development of large scale systems.

Dr Liu Thai Ker

Dr Liu Thai Ker
Senior Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

With Special Reference on Energy Consumption

In a single sheet of paper, an Urban Plan is expected to satisfy the multiple needs of a city and its people. Despite the rapid changing world, the fundamental needs of the city and its people remain relatively constant. Dr Liu attempts to show the key principles used to guide the planning of Singapore to satisfy its multi-needs with special reference on energy consumption.

Dr Richard E. Rocheleau

Dr Richard E. Rocheleau
Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii


The Hawaiian Islands are blessed with an abundance of renewable energy sources including geothermal, solar and wind; as well as potential for ocean energy. Generous state and federal tax credits along with some of the highest electricy rates in the country has resulted in the rapid growth of renewable generation over the past decade. Hawaii now has the highest per-capita photovoltaic penetration in the United States and significant commerical wind development on many of the islands. During 2016, approximately 26 percent of electricity generation was from renewable technologies with much of that from wind and distributed solar introducing signficant variability into the system. Even at these modest levels of penetration, instantaneous generation from intermittent renewable resources reached very high levels. Current plans for ongoing development will increase these instantantaneous generation to very high levels, introducing new risks to the system. The Hawaii State Legislature recently enacted even more aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards, calling for 40% renewable generation by 2030, 70% by 2040, and 100% renewable generation of electricity by 2045.

Achieving these state goals is going to require substantial changes to our energy system including better integration of transportation and electricity, adoption of newly emerging energy technologies, more aggressive use of demand-side flexibility, and new business models that balance compensation for the utility and all other stakeholders and ratepayers. The transportation sector is responsible for up to two-thirds of the states energy demand.

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) at the University of Hawaii has been leading an integrated effort involving modeling, testing and evaluation, and demonstration to identify and validate promising energy development pathways leading to higher renewable integration onto the grid. In addition to model studies, projects have included the Maui Smart Grid Demonstration Project to evaluate the use of smart grid technology for peak reduction, the Smart Grid Inverter Project for improved system control at the distribution level, and the demonstration of grid-scale battery energy storage for ancillarly services. HNEI has also expanded its team to for better integration of policy and technical solutions.

In this talk I will discuss the implications of policy on the deployment of the renewable energy technologies in these small grid systems, discuss the development of tools for analysis of renewable generation into Hawaii’s energy grid, and identify potential solutions that will allow progress to continue toward our 100% renewable energy goal.

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