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The three themes for this year's challenge were:
Food & Agritechnology
Nature-based Solutions

All solutions submitted to The Liveability Challenge must fulfil the following criteria to be considered:
• Must have proof of concept •
• Must be applicable to Singapore and urban environments in the tropics  •

The Liveability Challenge Application process: 

Step 1

Find out if your solution fits the bill for The Liveability Challenge!

Step 2

Submit your application on The Liveability Challenge by 13 April 2359h (GMT +8)

Step 3

Finalists announced by 13 May 2022


The current rate of reduction of carbon emissions is insufficient to meet our climate goals. To accelerate the transition to a net zero future, there is an urgent need for breakthrough innovations in the drastic reduction or removal of carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

We are looking for disruptive innovations that can capture and utilise carbon to create scalable products for global markets, as well as solutions that can capture and store carbon at scale. We also want solutions that produce hydrogen at low cost; or solutions that revolutionise the hydrogen economy.

Submitted solutions should:

  • Significantly reduce the carbon emissions produced by industries; or effectively capture, and convert carbon emissions into useful products such as food protein, building materials, reclamation sand or synthetic fuels 
  • Be technology-based solutions (e.g. physical, chemical) 
  • Conduct the pilot in Singapore and integrate into its existing infrastructure
  • Be carbon negative in the overall lifecycle and have zero/minimal externalities
  • Be scalable and commercially viable

Tune into our upcoming webinar on Decarbonising Cities

Food & Agritechnology

The world’s population is projected to increase to 10 billion by 2050, with demand for food predicted to spike by 56%. One third of the world’s food is wasted each year, and the sector is responsible for  between 21% to 37% of human-induced carbon emissions. Meanwhile, obesity or undernutrition affect over 2.3 billion people in the world today and Covid-19 has also highlighted the possible transmission of pathogens through food.

In response to this challenging landscape, we are looking for novel plant-based proteins or alternative foods that can increase production drastically to meet global food demand while maintaining a low carbon footprint. Equally desired are disruptive solutions that dramatically reduce food waste such as upcycling waste streams. Other sought-after solutions are new foods that provide healthier alternatives for consumers.

Submitted solutions should:

  • Produce novel foods with improved nutritional quality without compromise on taste and texture
  • Deliver breakthroughs in food production over current methods of production
  • Minimise resource requirements for production and waste outputs (e.g.through circularity of materials)
  • Enhance food safety and quality
  • Be commercially viable and scalable in a dense urban environment

Watch a webinar on Accelerating AgriTech



Nature-based Solutions

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are almost 50% higher than when the industrial age began. Amid the global urgency to decarbonize our economies, nature-based solutions (NbS) have emerged as a key pathway to achieve climate goals. According to The Nature Conservancy, NbS can provide up to 37% of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming under 2°C. Beyond acting as carbon sinks, NbS also provide other benefits such as improving air quality, protecting biodiversity and providing livelihoods for local communities.

Southeast Asia plays an important role in this sector as it accounts for 20% to 25% of the global supply of NbS and boasts the world’s largest blue carbon stock due to its mangrove swamps and seagrass meadows. Yet, its forests are also hotspots for deforestation and biodiversity loss and they need urgent monitoring and management.

We are looking for innovative business models that can conserve and restore tropical forests or coastal ecosystems within Southeast Asia. We are also searching for disruptive solutions that are able to support the creation of verified carbon credits and address gaps in the growing carbon credit markets.

Submitted solutions should:

  • Create value from the conservation or restoration of natural ecosystems in Southeast Asia (e.g. peatland, seagrasses, mangroves) through business models; or improve measurement, reporting, and verification of environmental, social, and economic impacts of NbS (e.g. carbon sequestration, co-benefits)
  • Have a pilot in Southeast Asia
  • Improve the livelihoods of local communities
  • Secure the support of local government stakeholders
  • Be scalable and commercially viable (including establishing off-takers for crops/products of smallholder farming communities)

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