Solving the world’s sustainability issues isn’t easy, but one thing’s for sure. It is not something you can achieve alone. Innovation and collaboration with like-minded partners are essential.

Are you the one we’re looking for? If so, swipe right on the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge.

If you ever had an idea or innovation to shape a greener and more sustainable built environment, now’s your chance to shine.

CapitaLand’s inaugural CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge is open! The sustainability challenge is the first of its kind by a Singapore real estate company on a global scale.

CapitaLand INSIDE digs deeper and uncovers the 4 things you must know about the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge.

Photo of CapitaGreen by @patrick_kasingsing More green buildings? Yes please! 
Photo of CapitaGreen by @patrick_kasingsing More green buildings? Yes please!

1. Are You The One?

The challenge welcomes all innovators from all over the world to join! Mirroring CapitaLand’s global presence, the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge is open to all across the world. All individuals and companies worldwide are invited, if you have suitable sustainability innovations, join us! 

2. The Rewards – Gold, Growth & Glory

CapitaLand will be crowning two winning solutions from the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge – the ‘High Impact Award’ and the ‘Most Innovative Award’. Come the grand finale in May 2020, the winning team will each receive S$50,000 project funding to start its pilot with CapitaLand. Projects will be assessed based on the impact, potential outcomes and depth of innovation. They should also be scalable and effectively deployed across the geographies that CapitaLand operates in and its different asset types. Are you up for it?

That’s not all! More importantly, your team will receive mentoring by a CapitaLand business leader and the exclusive opportunity to pilot, test and implement innovations at select CapitaLand properties in over 220 cities and 30 countries! It is not just bringing your innovation to life, but potentially scaling it in the future! Finalists will also have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to venture capitalist firms that are partners of the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge to secure potential investment opportunities.

Plus, your claim to fame – one of the first ever winner at the inaugural CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge.

Even if you don’t have the award-winning innovation, fret not. Shortlisted participants will stand a chance to trial their innovations at CapitaLand’s global network of properties too.

3. The 7 Ways To Rise Up To The Challenge

CapitaLand is seeking to encourage more sustainability innovation and catalyse more collaborations within the built environment. There are a multitude of ways to improve the built environment, but we have developed 7 challenge statements across 4 themes we are hoping to solve with your submissions.

Theme 1: Low Carbon Transition

1. How might we achieve onsite clean energy solutions for existing buildings?
2. How might we achieve significant reduction in energy consumption for existing buildings?

Theme 2: Water conservation and resilience

3. How can we adopt new ways of managing water in existing properties in order to detect abnormalities in the water usage pattern and/or leakages?
4. How might we reduce potable water usage in existing buildings with water harvesting and/or recycling methods?

Theme 3: Waste management and the circular economy

5. How might we better segregate waste at source for recycling or treatment?
6. What is a viable circular economic solution that CapitaLand can introduce to manage resources and waste across CapitaLand properties and construction sites?

Theme 4: Healthy & safe buildings

7. How might we improve indoor air quality (IAQ) to enhance wellness of users in our existing buildings?

Ms Lynette Leong, Chief Sustainability Officer, CapitaLand Group, said: “The seven challenge statements in the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge reflect the key themes and goals in CapitaLand’s 2030 Sustainability Master Plan. In addition to tackling the challenges of lowering carbon emissions and water conservation as well as promoting circularity in our waste management practices, threats such as COVID-19 and the haze have sharpened our focus on further improving the health and safety of our building occupants and customers, beginning with elevating the indoor air quality at our properties. This will reinforce our leading position as a sustainable global real estate company,

For more information on CapitaLand’s 2030 Sustainability Master Plan, visit:

4. The Important Dates & Key Milestones! 

You can start now! The CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge is already open. To participate, indicate your interest online via a registration form on the CSXC website. Once your registered project is assessed to have met the challenge criteria, you’ll receive the full submission form for participation. Submissions will close on 1 February 2021, 2359h Singapore Time (GMT +8).

10 November 2020 to 1 February 2021 Open for submissions.
2 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 Shortlisting of top six projects by a panel of experts.
April 2021 to May 2021 Mentorship and coaching for finalists to refine proposals.
May 2021 (date to be advised) Grand finale pitch to judging panel.

Six finalists will be shortlisted by 31 March 2021. At the finale to be held in May 2021, finalists will need to present a seven-minute pitch to the judging panel and answer the judges’ questions in a seven-minute Question & Answer session. Winners will be eventually determined by the judging panel comprising CapitaLand’s senior management team as well as external partners and experts.

If you’re unsure how to get prepared, don’t worry. As a finalist, you will receive expert mentoring and coaching from CapitaLand business leaders and other venture capitalist partners. The mentors and coaches will help you better understand the CapitaLand Group’s operations, refine the value proposition of their submission and prepare for the finale.

If you’re all excited, pumped, and ready to change the built environment, join now!

To participate, more information on the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge and the seven challenge statements, please visit:

Good Luck!

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