Driving Sustainability in Green Technology - The Future of Smart Building and Smart City

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Sustainability as a business driver has rocketed up the priority list as investors, consumers and legislators demand accountability from businesses. The pressure is mounting to address climate crisis and more stakeholders are expecting that companies make environmental sustainability a priority. Now, more than ever, businesses need to guide their teams towards green technology, help other departments understand the effects of technology on the environment and support more sustainable business approaches.

However, while more companies recognize the necessity and benefits of integrating sustainability and green technology into their corporate strategy and practices, not many have the knowledge and skills to get started.

This 8-day programme will focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in green technology to equip learners with future ready skills for emerging green jobs, or existing jobs that are going to be green in the Built Environment and Environmental Services sectors. It will broaden and deepen the understanding of key corporate sustainability concepts, standards, guidelines and frameworks that can assist in driving and implementing profitable sustainability strategies. Learners will learn how using Internet of Things (IoT) technology and other cutting-edge technology can bridge the gap between sustainability goals and urban development strategies and allow their company to reduce environmental footprint.

Green technologies encompass evolving methodologies, materials and techniques pertaining to clean energy, waste recycling and more to prevent climate change. By adopting these, the Built Environment and Environmental Services sectors can drive lean production, reduce emissions, and contribute to climate action.

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

It will enable mid-career individuals, including those in employment, to make career switches and empower individuals through relevant skills training with employment facilitation to help you access new or enhanced job opportunities.

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): 20 Oct 2023 to 24 Nov 2023

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM (20, 21, 27 Oct and 3, 4, 10, 18 and 24 Nov 2023)

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

    Registration Closing Date: 06 Oct 2023

  1. Broaden and deepen your understanding of sustainability in Smart City and Smart Building planning and understand key corporate sustainability concepts, global movements and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) frameworks to drive and implement profitable sustainability strategies. 
  2. Map climate, carbon and environmental systems in smart building management 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 Built Environment sector.
  3. Learn the ethical principles of sustainability and the business models with circularity and sustainable supply chains in Smart City Management, which are connected to practical issues of social justice, and environmental-economic equity. 
  4. Application-oriented pedagogies incorporating practical learning experiences through in-class activities and discussions using a wide range of case studies that will allow understanding of sustainability concepts in Smart Building and Smart City in Singapore to achieve net carbon zero.
  5. Understand the fast-changing market forces in the global and local landscape and introduce and apply concepts in sustainability technology in smart city, which will develop the proficiency in finding and using reliable data and documentation for support of your sustainability project.
  6. Acquire in-demand sustainability skills and strategies for managing climate risk, facilitating ESG integration, and creating long-term value for shareholders.
  7. Acquire skills to write sustainability reports and calculate your organisation’s carbon footprint through governance and tracking frameworks and learn metrics and reporting standards used locally and internationally for sustainability reporting.

Module 1: Driving Sustainability in Building a Smart City

  1. Introduction to Sustainability in Smart City and Smart Building planning
  2. Business Case leveraging on Build Technology, Digital Twin to drive Sustainability & Energy Management
  3. Introduction to Key Global Movements & Sustainable Development Goals
  4. Introduction to the Importance of Sustainability and ESG Reporting
  5. Business Planning and Managing Business Risks in Smart Building management
  6. Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for sustainable development
  7. NTU Sustainability Framework and UN’s Sustainability Development Goals

Module 2: Mapping Climate, Carbon, and Environmental Systems in Smart Building Management

  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: Business Models with Circularity and Sustainable Supply Chains in Smart City Management

  1. Importance of a Sustainable Supply Chain in Smart City management
  2. Establishing Expectations for the Supply Chain
  3. Supplier Engagement, Monitoring & Evaluation
  4. Assessing and Managing Sustainability Risks in Smart Building 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 in Smart City management
  8. Framework Application in Smart city management
  9. Systems Mapping & Case Studies in Smart city management
  10. Circular Economy Solutions in Smart city management

Module 4: Sustainable Smart City and Singapore Green Plan 2030

  1. Introduction of Smart Building and Smart City.
  2. Practical application of sustainability concepts in Smart Building and Smart City in Singapore to achieve net carbon zero.
  3. Introduction of Singapore Green Plan 2030
  4. Gain insights into Smart Building and Green Technology Application in Smart City
  5. Understand the data privacy issues and regulations surrounding smarty city

Module 5: Applications in Smart Building, Smart City and Energy Industry

  1. Understand the fast-changing market forces in the global and local landscape
  2. Introduce and apply concepts in sustainability technology in smart city.
  3. Clean energy & Electric Vehicles
  4. Green Infrastructure
  5. Green Energy
  6. Sustainable Towns and Districts
  7. Understand and apply sustainability strategies and tools
  8. Introduce the public policies and regulations surrounding smart city and energy optimization in Singapore
  9. Singapore Energy Plan 2050
  10. Solar panels to power new Housing & Development Board (HDB)
  11. Partnering with other ASEAN nations for electricity imports

Module 6: Governance and Tracking Progress: ESG Disclosures, Reporting and Communication

  1. Introduction to Corporate Governance (What, Why, Who, How)
  2. Ethics, Morals and Laws in Business
  3. Frameworks and Applications
  4. Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABAC)
  5. Overview of Global and Local Regulatory Landscape
  6. Governance and ABAC Mechanisms
  7. Ten Principles of the Global Compact
  8. SDGs & the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP)
  9. Understand the components of a sustainability report, preparing a quality report and meaningful disclosures
  10. Learn the metrics and reporting standards used locally and internationally for sustainability reporting
  11. 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)

This course is suitable for:

  • Business professionals from 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. Engineering
  2. Building
  3. Environment studies


This course is mapped to following skills:

Skill Title: Sustainable Engineering-5
Skill Code: EGS-EPM-5065-1.1

Skill Title: Sustainability Management-5
Skill Code: ICT-SNA-5022-1.1

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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Mr Syed Mubarak

Mr Syed Mubarak

Syed is a Sustainability & Technology veteran with over 30 years of proven experience in leading the change within organizations to adopt technologies, innovation, business process improvement, and stakeholder engagement to future proof assets, realizing sustained returns and achieving triple[1]bottom-line goals – People, Planet, and Profit with Purpose. He has held several senior leadership positions in various organizations across Asia to lead diverse group of teams, oversee operations and deliver multi-million-dollar projects across commercial, industrial, hospitality and corporate real estate assets. 

He has played strategic roles in formulating Sustainability & ESG frameworks, policies, processes for organizations to align with international standards, meeting regulatory requirements and mitigating risk to sustain the business sustainability. He has managed multi-million sq. ft of real estate facilities to realize carbon reduction, energy & cost savings, water conservation, waste minimization, green procurement and engaging the community to lead a sustainable lifestyle. He has been pivotal to raise multi-million-dollar funding to execute 100’s of green initiatives with attractive economic returns while solving environmental and social challenges. 

He has implemented several management systems such as ISO 9001, 18001, 45001, 55001 and 21021 to overcome operational challenges, improve quality, eliminate wastages/mundane functions, and increase productivity. He has pivoted the implementation of SDGs, ESG and ERM within organizations and aligned with requirements from various standards like CDP, GRI, SBTi, GHG, AA1000, TCFD, ISO14064, SGX, HKEx and so on.

He holds qualifications in Financial Management Specialization, Business Sustainability, Electrical & Electronics Engineering disciplines. He holds ISO certifications in the areas of Sustainability,  Environmental Management, Asset Management, Quality & Safety. He has published and presented several papers on decarbonization, big data, behavioural change and technologies in local, regional and global platform. He is the alumnus of SP Jain Global Institute of Management and CISL, UK.


Eric Loh

Mr Eric Loh

Eric graduated in NTU as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer 25 years ago and now serves as an NTU alumni. An advocate of smart cities and building digital twin and sustainability solutions, intelligence building green-mark standard and UN SDG goals, Eric collaborated with many companies’ delivering smart cities / buildings sustainability solutions as a technopreneur and advisor.

Eric also co-founder SCN (Smart City Network), served as an Exco member and Vice Chair for Built Environment sector and been advising different government agencies, including BCA, IMDA, government and tertiary sustainability committee. He has been invited to judge in various tech competitions such as Singapore-BRICS Entrepreneurship Competition, SMU smart city competition, TechBlazer & Enterprise Singapore SlingShot and universities’ hackathons which focus in theme for smart and sustainability solutions.

He is currently the Vice President and share-holder of G Element Pte Ltd, multiple awards winning company in Asia. He had collaborated with different MNCs including Johnson control, Siemens, Bosch, Huawei and Dell for smart and sustainability projects. As a guest speaker and thought leader, Eric had been featured in various Asean forums including SME Go Digital, Singapore Sustainability, Asean Smart Tourism and many industry transformation conferences since 2010.


Dr Robert Tiong

Dr Robert Tiong

Dr Tiong is an Associate Professor in School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as well as Deputy Director of Centre for Infrastructure Systems at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the Program Director of the MSc Programme in International Construction Management since its inception in 1991.

Dr Tiong graduated in 1981 from University of Glasgow with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering, with specialisation in management. He obtained his M.Eng on Construction Engineering & Management, from University of California, Berkeley in 1987 and his PhD in 1994 from NTU. His research and consulting interests focus on integrated risk analysis and economics, financing, management, and project procurement for infrastructure projects. More recently, he has focussed on catastrophe risk management, alternative risk transfer and financing for natural hazards and catastrophes such as floods and earthquakes.

He has published extensively including a monograph on “The Structuring of Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Projects”, a research report on “Evaluation of risks in BOT projects”, and a book chapter on “Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Projects: An Asian Dimension”. He was also a reviewer for the UNIDO Guidelines for the Development, Negotiation, and Contracting of BOT Projects.

He has worked with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank on risk analysis and management of infrastructure projects. Recently, he has been involved in the study of Clean Energy Development and Carbon Credit Finance for hydro-power projects in developing countries such as Vietnam.

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 Financing and Accessing Impact, AB2008 Careers Future Forward, 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.