Singapore, October 6 – Businesses should view climate change not just as a challenge but also an opportunity and a chance for economies to move into sustainable growth, said a Singapore official at the International Singapore Compact CSR Summit today.

Mr. Andrew Tan, chief executive of Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) told the conference that economic uncertainty could further cloud this picture. “The debate over how to tackle climate change comes at a time when many countries, especially in the West, are recovering from a severe economic crisis,” he said. “In Asia, notwithstanding climate change, two big issues facing countries are political stability and economic growth,” Mr. Tan said.

Read more: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change


Singapore, September 14 - The inability of Governments to reach a binding agreement on emissions targets at last year’s climate change talks has delivered the building industry with the perfect platform to assume leadership in reducing emissions, said the World Green Building Council (WGBC) chairman Tony Arnel on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the WGBC Congress held in Singpaore this week, Mr Arnel said the building sector will be the key catalyst for change, especially in the Asia Pacific - the world’s fastest growing region.

Read more: Building sector key to reducing emissions


Environment-friendly architecture and construction gaining momentum but certification a challenge.

Growing awareness of climate change and stricter environmental regulation have given major impetus to the movement to promote green building by governments and businesses alike, says Asst Prof Dr Atch Sreshthaputra, a board member of the Thai Green Building Institute.

Read more: The green building boom


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