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Singapore, February 10 - There is little doubt that climate change is a pressing global environmental challenge, bringing awareness of the need to reduce our impact on the environment.

In order to effectively curtail and mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change, a collective and concerted response involving individuals, businesses and governments is necessary.

Businesses are aware of the merits of pushing the green agenda. A 2010 Ernst & Young survey titled Action amid uncertainty: the business response to climate change found that despite uncertain economic conditions, global executives are committed to the climate-change agenda and expect investment in climate-change initiatives to rise in the next few years. The survey had polled 300 global executives spanning 16 countries and 18 industry sectors. Respondents believed that climate-change strategies can make money, save money and mitigate risk as businesses transform to a low-carbon economy.

Read more: Boosting green agenda via tax breaks

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SINGAPORE - In the absence of a global agreement, Singapore will still take steps to implement energy-efficiency measures announced under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint in April last year, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament yesterday.

These include implementing minimum Green Mark standards for all new buildings in Singapore, Minimum Energy Performance Standards for household appliances by next year and the Energy Conservation Act by 2013.

Read more: S'pore to go 'green', with or without global agreement: Dr Yaacob

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Singapore, October 10 - Fresh out of university and armed with a newly minted degree in mechanical engineering, Ms Chen Wan Ying had the world at her feet.

Surveying the job landscape, she wanted something that would match her interest in technology with her desire to make a difference. She found it - in wind energy.

‘I wanted to do research in wind turbines to help drive down the cost of wind power, making such renewable energy more competitive and on a par with oil and gas,’ she told The Sunday Times.

Read more: 'Green collar' jobs in Singapore: 8,000 and rising

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