• Overview
  • Finalists
  • Training Agenda

The Asia-Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge aims to mobilize and support young people with business ideas on how to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles. 

12 winners each receive a US$10,000 to support their business venture focusing on one of three different categories: mobility, plastic waste and energy.

This is an initiative funded by the Ministry of Environment Japan, as part of SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy, the Asia-Pacific Regional Roadmap on Sustainable Consumption and Production and One Planet network (the network of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10 YFP)).  This initiative is carried out together with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, The Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency and Sasin Entrepreneurship Center. 

Timeline ahead Important milestones (2018)

Jan: 180 applications received

Feb: 12 entrepreneurs and startups selected

March: Training in sustainability, business skills and carbon footprints, workplan development, communications plan and startups business plan

May: Startups receive investment funds

Aug: Mid-Point review, additional funds for high achievers 

Nov: Presentation of startups stories and results (carbon footprint reduction and business case)

Mobility

lathikaName: Lathika Chandra Mouli
Age: 22
Nationality: Indian
Category: Mobility
Project: Powering electric vehicles with solar power using blockchain technology
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hassamName: Hassam Ud-din.
Age: 25
Nationality: Pakistani
Category: Mobility
Project: Rasai: Sharing the road, Optimising routes
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sasirangaName: Sasiranga De Silva
Age: 32
Nationality: Sri Lankan
Category: Mobility
Project: Electrifying tuk tuks
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shutongName: Shutong Liu
Age:30
Nationality: Chinese
Category: Mobility
Project: Turning gutter oil into sustainable fuel
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Energy

deependraName: Deependra Pourel
Age: 34
Nationality: Bhutanese
Category: Energy
Project: Installing smart energy meters in Bhutan
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markName: Mark-Anthony Villaflor
Age: 33
Nationality: Filipino
Category: Energy
Project: Renewable energy for sustainable tourism in the Philippines
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monishName: Monish Kumar Siripurapu
Age: 31
Nationality: Indian
Category: Energy
Project: Cooling buildings using nature’s designs<
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mohammedName: Mohammed Saquib
Age: 25
Nationality: Pakistani
Category: Energy
Project: Energy efficient modular homes for displaced people
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Plastic Waste

achmadName: Achmad Solikhin
Age: 25
Nationality: Indonesia
Category: Plastic Waste
Project: Making biodegradable plastic from waste material
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angelicaName: Angelica Salele
Age:25
Nationality: Samoan
Category: Plastic Waste
Project: Reducing waste with reusable sanitary pads
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bonnieName: Bonnie Sananvatananont
Age: 23
Nationality: Thai
Category: Plastic Waste
Project: Reducing plastics in food delivery
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pamelaName: Pamela Nicole Mejia
Age: 28
Nationality: Filipino
Category: Plastic Waste
Project: Making plastic waste fashionable
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Monday 19 March 2018 – Meeting room G
Time Agenda Outputs
8:00am - 8:30am Registration at UNCC and convene at Meeting Room G, UNCC  
9:00am – 9:45am 9.00: Introduction to the Clinic and icebreaker by Janet Salem, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office 9:25: Opening and Keynote address by Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office  
9:45am – 10:30am Group photo and coffee/tea break  
10.30am – 12.30pm Sustainability Stream: This stream will strengthen the sustainability dimensions of each venture, and articulate statements and storylines that can be used in the business, carbon footprint monitoring and communications streams. 12 products and services for low carbon lifestyles (1/2) (Lewis Akenji, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Janet Salem, UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office)

“What’s your story?” rapid round: Each participant presents their venture pitch in 3 minutes, including the statement from the perspective of their customers “My lifestyle is more low-carbon thanks to [venture name] because…”

Reflections in the group.

Presentation on low carbon lifestyles – what are they, what are they not, and how do the projects fit in this framework.

Group work in three groups: refining each venture’s low carbon storyline.
Articulation of how each project contributes to - low carbon lifestyles - gender mainstreaming - inclusive business models.
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Presentation on gender mainstreaming – what is it, and findings from the pre-clinic assessment (Annette Wallgren, UN Environment)

Presentation on inclusive business (Juliet Ler, Inclusive Business ASEAN, Covestro)

Group work in three groups: refining each venture’s gender and inclusive business aspects.
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm - 5:00pm “What’s your story 2.0?” rapid round: Each participant presents their updated venture pitch with the sustainability storylines on low carbon lifestyles, gender and inclusive business.
5:00pm - 5:30pm Participants reflect on their ventures and highlight any changes. UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office  
5:30pm Networking reception with Clean Air Week and the UN ESCAP Regional workshop on Enhancing Urban Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Asia and the Pacific in UNCC Ground Floor Foyer  
Tuesday 20 March 2018 – Meeting room G
Time Agenda Outputs
9:00am - 9:15am Reflections on Day 1, outlook to Day 2!  
9:30am - 12:30pm Business Stream: This stream will strengthen the business and entrepreneurship skills of participants. 12 successful entrepreneurs (Part 1/2) (Nick Pisalyaput, Champ Vongsurbchart, Sasin Sustainability Entrepreneurship Center)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Startup Process

Idea and Opportunity Recognition + The Design Thinking Approach


Interactive exercises to refine elements of lean canvas
Inputs to Lean Canvas (Business Strategy overview)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 2:30pm Defining Problem, Target Customers, Value Proposition and Solution

Interactive exercises to refine elements of lean canvas
Inputs to Lean Canvas (Business Strategy overview)
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break  
3:00pm - 4:00pm Communications Stream 12 stories we want to hear about (Part 1/2) (Nick Pisalyaput, Champ Vongsurbchart, Sasin Sustainability Entrepreneurship Center) This stream will strengthen the communications assets and strategy of the ventures.

Communicating your Startup Ideas: Pitch Deck and Business Plan

Interactive exercises to refine pitch deck
Pitch Deck
4:00pm - 5:00pm Group work: Refining your and your peer’s lean canvas and pitch decks  
5:00pm - 5:30pm Refection of your own products and services (UN Environment)  
Wednesday 21 March 2018– Meeting room G
Time Agenda Outputs
9:00am – 9:15am Reflections on Day 2, outlook to Day 3!  
9:15am - 12:00pm Communications Stream 12 stories we want to hear about (Part 2/2) (Jamie Brennan, Senior Regional Performance Manager Affiliate, Lazada)

What is marketing and communication

Split of marketing and communication

Getting started

Communication planning (Exercise)

Asset Management

Types of marketing and campaigns (Exercise)

Leave behind Items
Digital media plans
12:00 – 12:30pm Brief lunch  
12:30pm - 1:30pm Participation in the Low carbon mobility lunch event at Clean Air week   TBC by Kaye
1:30pm - 2:00pm Keynote presentation: Cup Club CEO Safia Qureshi    
2:00pm - 5:00pm Business Stream 12 successful entrepreneurs (Part 2/2) (Nick Pisalyaput, Champ Vongsurbchart, Sasin Sustainability Entrepreneurship Center) Channel and Go-to-Market Strategy

Startup Finance: Revenue Stream and Cost Structure

Business Model / Pricing Framework

Interactive exercises to refine pitch deck
Inputs to Lean Canvas (Business Strategy overview)
5:00pm - 5:30pm Participants reflect on their ventures and highlight any changes. UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office  
22 March 2018
8:45am – 10:45am Carbon Footprint Monitoring Stream: This stream will help all entrepreneurs be able to measure and report their life cycle inventories for carbon footprinting. 12 carbon footprint calculations (1/1) (Nongnuch, Jitti, National Science and Technology Development Agency)

Introduction to Carbon Footprints

Monitoring plan development - Measuring your carbon footprints through life cycle inventories

Group work in three groups: Refine your life cycle inventories and revising your monitoring plan
Revised project carbon footprint monitoring plans
10:45am - 12:30pm Clean Air Week session - Mobilising Citizen Action    
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 3:00pm Sustainability Stream: 12 products and services for low carbon lifestyles (2/2) (IGES, UN Environment) Work Plan Development: Split into three groups for work plan development with guidance from IGES, UN Environment

“What’s your story 3.0?”: Group discussion: how have your 12 products and services changed during the week?
Draft webpages and video footage
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break  
3:30pm - 4:15pm The End… of the Beginning: This closing session outlines the journey ahead, the resources available to participants to support their ventures, and the milestones we will meet collectively and individually. Discussion points:

Monitoring and progress report timelines
Communications opportunities – events, online media channelsbr
Measuring successbr
Reflections from participantsbr
Word of thanks from UN Environmentbr