Can the built environment be part of the solution to climate change?

The buildings and construction sector consumes 36% of the world's energy and accounts for more than one-third of annual carbon emissions. We must rethink the way we design, build and operate our buildings to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C this century, combatting climate change and ensuring the well-being of building occupants and users. We need collective action from real estate developers, enterprises, government, and society to develop ground-breaking solutions for waste reduction, energy and water efficiency improvements, and healthy and safe buildings. 

From 10 November 2020 to 17 February 2021, the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge (CSXC) called for proposals across the globe to make buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient. Six outstanding submissions have been selected from over 270 entries across more than 25 countries. The six finalists are being mentored by CapitaLand business leaders and senior leaders from CSXC’s strategic partners.  The finalists are also given access to potential investors through CSXC global partners’ sustainability and innovation platforms. 

At the Grand Finale held on 11 June 2021, two winners walked away with an exclusive opportunity to pilot their solutions with CapitaLand, while securing up to S$50,000 in project funding. In addition, they will also have the chance to showcase their innovations to senior global business leaders, investors and policymakers at the annual Ecosperity Week organised by Temasek.

Meet our two winners of the inaugural CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge

CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge 2021

As one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, CapitaLand places sustainability at the core of everything we do. Accelerating sustainability innovation and technology through our first global built environment-focused innovation challenge is one of our pathways to achieve our 2030 Sustainability Master Plan goals. Find out more about CapitaLand 2030 Sustainability Master Plan here.

CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge 2021 provides an opportunity for innovators to work with us in making buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient.


Open collaboration 

Access to both local and global markets with expert mentoring on strategy and approach.


Launch pilots

Pilot, test and implement innovations within CapitaLand's buildings located across more than 230 cities in over 30 countries, with project funding of S$50,000 per winner.


Transform the built environment

Implement forward-looking solutions for shopping malls, offices, serviced residences and other asset classes of CapitaLand globally.


Low carbon transition

We are searching for solutions to reduce energy consumption intensity while ensuring thermal comfort for building occupants, and increase the adoption of renewable energy in our portfolio. 


Water conservation & resilience

With increasing water scarcity, flood risks and more intense rainfall, we are looking for solutions to adapt and mitigate against such risks and reduce our water intensity.


Waste management & circular economy

We seek a circular economy approach to keep products and materials in continual use and reduce waste. Submitted solutions should reduce our embodied carbon intensity, construction waste intensity and/or operational waste intensity.


Healthy & safe buildings

The indoor air quality of a building impacts the health and well-being of building occupants and users. We seek solutions to build up our capabilities to monitor, visualize and control indoor air quality.

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