Driving Sustainability in Green Technology - The Future of Food Technology

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Singapore has a flourishing Agri Food Tech ecosystem. One of Singapore’s major goals is to increase the local production to have the capacity to provide 30% of Singapore’s production needs by 2030. However, with little land for agriculture, Singapore imports 90% of its food supply, making it potentially vulnerable to external challenges and global trends that impact food supply and safety.

The movement towards sustainability has begun accelerating on several fronts, one being the master planning to the increase in demand for food resiliency and diversification of food sources. To achieve Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal, it believes science and technology will be critical in overcoming its natural constraints.

This 8-day programme will focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in green technology to equip professionals with the right skills to take advantage of career opportunities in the green sector, particularly in food retail, food supply, urban farming and food innovation sector. It will broaden and deepen the understanding of key corporate sustainability concepts, standards, guidelines and frameworks, map climate, carbon, and environmental systems in the Food Industry, explore sustainable food chain and green technology and how to develop an innovative food business ecosystem with global presence.

Innovation will be essential for companies to meet evolving consumer demands and capture growth; and it will allow companies to develop a niche and capture market share both locally and overseas. Food tech shows how technology can improve the way the world grows, produces, distributes and supplies food by using technology such as AI and automation.

Learners will acquire skills to write their sustainability reports and calculate their company’s carbon footprint.


Global Green Connect is an integrated sustainability network that helps to shift the economic paradigm from profit maximization to mutual value creation. We provide sustainability consulting, training and market entry advisory. We partner with companies and SMEs to embark on their sustainability journey. 

Global Green Connect Academy is a sustainability learning platform built by practitioners for practitioners. We empower leaders with pragmatic sustainability knowledge and skillset to help economic paradigm shift from profit maximization to mutual value creation. Whether we start from ESG reporting to impact investing, or sustainability practice to measurement, companies and executives often struggle to explain the real purpose and values of sustainability to stakeholders. The academy brings together an international panel of experts offering practical skillset to transform and future proof business for long term success. 

Our subsidiary GGEF (Global Green Economic Foundation) is a purpose driven social enterprise headquartered in Singapore since 2013, it empowers future leaders with innovation, sustainability and leadership through its events, awards, SDG Open Hack and training programmes.

For more information, visit https://www.globalgreenconnect.com/

Course Availability

  • Date(s): 28 Feb 2023 to 30 Mar 2023

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM (28 Feb, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29 & 30 Mar 2023)

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration Closing Date: 14 Feb 2023

  1. Broaden and deepen your understanding of key corporate sustainability concepts, climate issues and key global movements impacting the future of food technology.
  2. Map climate, carbon and environmental systems in the food industry and develop the means to indicate how sustainability issues like Greenhouses Gases and Carbon Emissions are impacting your immediate social, economic, and political environment in the Food & Beverage sector.
  3. Reframe business models with circularity and sustainable supply chains in the Food Industry by establishing expectation for the supply chain, how Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards can be used to report a company’s supply chain and introduce circular economy studies.
  4. Introduction to food chain and green technology, using practical application of sustainability concepts in Food Retail and develop the means to indicate how sustainability issues are impacting your immediate social, economic, and political environment.
  5. Application-oriented pedagogies in food and urban farming industry, incorporating practical learning experiences through in-class activities and discussions using a wide range of case studies.
  6. Develop an innovative food business ecosystem with a global presence, where you can understand the present and future challenges and opportunities and how to develop innovation driven capability with consumer-centric mindset.
    h. Identify global export opportunities for Singapore food companies and understand basics for food manufacturing and food service central kitchen.
  7. Acquire skills to write your sustainability reports and calculate your organisation’s carbon footprint.

Module 1: Sustainability, Community, and the Future of Green
1. Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
2. Business Case for Sustainability & Climate Issues
3. Introduction to Key Global Movements & Sustainable Development Goals
4. Introduction to the Importance of Sustainability Reporting
5. Business Planning and Managing Business Risks
6. Social Responsibility of Business & Strategic Community Investments
7. Strategy Planning and Measure the Impact Delivered

Module 2: Mapping Climate, Carbon, and Environmental Systems in the Food Industry
1. Greenhouses Gases (GHG) & Their Relation to Climate Change
2. Introduction to Scope 1, 2 & 3 Carbon Emissions
3. Global and Local Agreements and the Regulation Landscape on GHG
4. Introduction to the Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
5. Understanding Environmental Management Systems
6. Measuring, Monitoring & Reducing Your Environmental Impact
7. Calculating Basic GHG Emissions
8. Basic Reporting of GHG Emissions

Module 3: Reframing Business Models with Circularity and Sustainable Supply Chains in the Food Industry
1. Importance of a Sustainable Supply Chain
2. Establishing Expectations for the Supply Chain
3. Supplier Engagement, Monitoring & Evaluation
4. Assessing and Managing Sustainability Risks in a Company
5. How the GRI Standards Can be Used to Report a Company’s Supply Chain
6. Introduction to the Background of Sustainability Challenges
7. Introduction to Circular Economy
8. Framework Application
9. Systems Mapping & Case Studies
10. Circular Economy Solutions

Module 4: Sustainable Food Chain and Green Technology
1. Introduction of Food Chain and Green Technology
2. Practical application of sustainability concepts in Food Retail and Smart City in Singapore
3. Gain insights into Food Chain and Green Technology
4. Understand the data privacy issues and regulations surrounding food and agriculture industry

Module 5: Application in Food and Urban Farming Industry
1. Understand the fast-changing market forces in the global and local landscape
2. Understand and apply concepts in green technology in food supply and urban farming
3. Understand and apply sustainability strategies and tools
4. Understand the public policies and regulations surrounding novel food and urban agriculture industry in Singapore

Module 6: Governance and Tracking Progress: ESG Disclosures, Reporting and Communication Introduction to Corporate Governance (What, Why, Who, How)
1. Ethics, Morals and Laws in Business
2. Frameworks and Applications
3. Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABAC)
4. Overview of Global and Local Regulatory Landscape
5. Governance and ABAC Mechanisms
6. Ten Principles of the Global Compact
7. SDGs & the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP)
8. Understand the components of a sustainability report, preparing a quality report and meaningful disclosures
9. Learn the metrics and reporting standards used locally and internationally for sustainability reporting
10. Understand how disclosures are being used by investors, fund managers and other stakeholders. Frameworks that will be covered include the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, as well as disclosure requirements such as Science Based Targets, Taskforce for Climate Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Module 7: Developing an Innovative Food Business Ecosystem with Global Presence
1. The Journey from Consumer Centricity to Business Opportunities
a) Food Manufacturing and Food Service SME – present and future: challenges and opportunities
b) Developing innovation driven capability with consumer centric mindset and culminated competences
2. Food Industry Transformation
a) Global export opportunities for Singapore food companies: case study China
b) SME Transformation? Where, What and How?
3. Understanding Basics for Food Manufacturing and Food Service Central Kitchen
a) Basics of Manufacturing for different food product categories. Process, packaging, shelf life, sensory quality to delight consumers with safe and consistent quality food
b) Basics of factory design and manufacturing conditions to meet food safety requirement
c) Workgroup to Brainstorm for food innovation ideas for SME export to China

This course is suitable for:

  • Business professionals from the Food Industry or any industry or sector tasked to drive sustainability initiatives in their organisation
  • Mid-career individuals looking to develop emerging and industry-relevant skills to increase employability and pivot to job roles in the green sector

Learners should be Diploma holders in:

  1. Food Manufacturing
  2. Food Science and Technology
  3. Urban Farming studies

This course is mapped to following skills:

Skill Title: Sustainability Management-6
Skill Code: ICT-SNA-6022-1.1

Standard Course Fee: S$8,640.00

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

Note: Course fee payment made before 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 7%, and payment made on or after 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 8%.

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Dr William Chen

Dr William Chen

Professor William Chen is the Michael Fam Chair Professor with NTU Singapore and the Director of Food Science & Technology Programme. He is also the Director of Singapore Agrifood Innovation Lab (SAIL@NTU), Co-Director of NTU Future Ready Food Safety Hub (FRESH@NTU), and Director of F&N-NTU Joint Innovation Lab.

He has more than 30 years of research experience and his food research focuses mainly on fermentation technology. His technology innovation in converting food waste to high value food ingredients has generated significant interests from food industry and government agencies. His food research has a strong focus on development of food technology platform, which has resulted in his active joint R&D with food industry and government agencies.

He is also actively engaged in various government efforts in enhancing food security. Prof. Chen's research in zero food waste processing and Circular Food Economy has been extensively covered by Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, The Business Times, and the investment weekly The Edge Singapore.

He is an Advisor to government agencies, food industry, NGOs and overseas universities on matters related to food tech and food security.

Professor William Chen received his university education (from BSc to DSc) from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Mr Edward Tay

Currently an Associate Professor (Practice) in UN Sustainable Development Goals Research Lab, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and lecturer in Master of Science in Venture Creation, School of Continuing and Lifelong Education, National University of Singapore (NUS), Green Finance and Impact Assessment, Career Competence Class, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technology University (NTU) and Advanced Certificate in Venture Capital, Singapore Management University Academy, Singapore Management University (SMU).

Founder of Green Tree Initiative, a community project supported by Enterprise Singapore, promoting sustainability knowledge through industry partnership with trade associations and academia and to build an ecosystem that incubates and pollinates ideas that taps on innovation and technology to solve climate challenges. He sits in a national steering committee funded by the National Research Foundation, Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed, driving for innovation and energy efficiency in data centres.

Co-founder of Asia Sustainability Forum, a regional platform for stakeholders to build connections, share thought leadership on sustainability efforts, and organized community events with corporate partners such as Enterprise Singapore, National Library Board, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University & Singapore Deep Technology Alliance. 

He currently is serving as Sustainability Ambassador for Tech4City, ImpactPlus and SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (Driving Sustainability in the Future), Chairperson of Scrutinising Committee in Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Honorary Treasurer in SG Tech Singapore Enterprise Chapter 2021/23, Co-Chairman for Huawei Sparks Advisory Council Asia Pacific 2021/23, Advisor for Singapore Deep Tech Alliance 2021/23, Patron for SMU MBA Consulting Club and Fellow for Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises 2021/2024. 

Edward is regularly featured in international forums including Singapore Sustainability Symposium 2019, Asia Clean Energy Summit 2020, Singapore GeoSpatial Week 2020, Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology 2020, Asia Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2021, Africa-Singapore Business Forum 2021, International Petroleum Summit 2021, Future Energy Asia 2021, Skills Future Festival 2022, NTU Alumni Day 2022, ASEAN Sustainability Expo 2022, Singapore Computer Society Tech Hour 2022 and Singapore International Energy Week 2022.

Dr Rebecca LIAN

Dr Rebecca LIAN

Dr. Rebecca LIAN is a veteran in the field of Food Product Innovation, Process Innovation, Food Manufacturing and Food and Health. She holds a PhD in Food Technology and have over 34 years working experience with Nestle, of which 24 years in China, leading Nestle’s R&D, Food Manufacturing and New Business Acquisition for the Chinese market. 

After a career spanning nearly 34 years with Nestle, Rebecca retired from Nestle and return home to Singapore where she leads FCMG Food Product Innovation for Wilmar in SEA and Africa, while at the same time co-directing the collaboration with world leading Clinical Nutrition Research Centre(A*Star) on Food-The New Medicine, leveraging her Nestle’s experience on Food and Nutrition to design food products which will address health conditions like high cholesterol, obesity, Type II Diabetes, Sarcopenia and Gut Health.

The strong initiative by SG Government to steer Singapore to be a leading Center on Food Innovation and globalization of our Food SME has been the impetus which persuaded Rebecca to join Enterprise Singapore to contribute towards our Nation, to help our SME succeed in the market place with Food Innovation with competitive advantage and meeting the needs of consumers in these global markets.