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Published on 29 July 2016
The plan was outlined in two booklets, jointly titled Climate Action Plan, announced yesterday by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the opening ceremony of the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. "The Climate Action Plan outlines bold steps that Singapore is taking to achieve our 2030 carbon mitigation plan, as well as to strengthen our…
Published on 1 March 2016
Under Singapore's plan, commercial and industrial power users can purchase solar-generated power from the power grid. The power is generated through rooftop solar panels owned and operated by Singapore's Sun Electric, the first solar company given an electricity retail license, it was announced at an event held by Sun Electric and Singapore's electricity regulator, the Energy Market Authority (EMA). Building owners can agree to…
Published on 4 January 2016
The 26-year-old was among 20 young Singaporeans at the Paris Climate Conference last month, where she delivered a passionate speech calling for all nations to adopt a legally binding agreement to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius. "Action, not empty promises, will save our populations from starving, dying of thirst, and perishing in floods," she told country representatives and non-governmental organizations…
Published on 21 December 2015
Singapore played a key role in facilitating discussions in Paris. This was possible because countries recognized our longstanding commitment and efforts to achieve green and sustainable growth. We have shared our experiences with other countries to enhance global capability. Almost 11,000 officials from developing countries have been trained in climate change issues in Singapore. Following public consultations early this year and prior to the…
Published on 14 December 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs and head of the Singapore delegation, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, told the final plenary session that Singapore was proud to be part of a major global agreement in which all nations will play a part in limiting the pace of climate change. "It is not often in the lives of politicians, diplomats or [members of] civil society to be present at…
Published on 1 December 2015
Giok P. Chua, 63, told Yahoo Singapore his new invention, “Growow”, will ensure carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by increasing the probability of a tree being successfully grown. “For most of the trees you plant, for out of 100 seeds, only about 5 grow. My system makes sure that if you plant 100 seeds, 100 seeds will grow,” he explained. Saying trees are overly…
Published on 16 November 2015
When its landmark solar power contract with a local supplier starts in January next year, Apple will be the first company in Singapore to rely entirely on solar energy. The deal of an undisclosed amount was signed with Sunseap, one of Singapore's largest providers of solar energy, which manages solar installations on more than 800 buildings. In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times…
Published on 26 October 2015
A team comprising 40 Singapore Armed Forces’ and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers returned home on Saturday after more than 10 days battling forest fires in Palembang, Indonesia. In response to media queries, MFA said the Government intends to enhance bilateral, regional and international cooperation to tackle the fires, and will continue to take legal action against errant companies responsible for the haze…
Published on 19 October 2015
"In economic terms, we are very challenged when it comes to alternative forms of energy - hydro-electric - it's not really feasible for us," Mr. Shanmugam said, speaking at a Nee Soon GRC grassroots event on Sunday (Oct 18). "So we are really dependent on carbon. But we have to make sure we use it efficiently, and we have to try and make sure…
Published on 3 August 2015
But it's a very different story today. The world's most densely populated country now collects rainwater from two-thirds of its land, recycles wastewater and is even developing technology that mimics human kidneys to desalinate seawater. "In about a lifetime, we have transformed Singapore," said George Madhavan, an engineer who has worked for the national PUB water agency for 30 years and is now communications…
Published on 23 July 2015
Natural gas now makes up 95.5 per cent of Singapore's fuel mix, up from 74.4 per cent in 2005, according to the latest statistics from the Energy Market Authority (EMA). Petroleum products' share this year has been whittled to 0.7 per cent, down from 23.1 per cent in 2005. This will put Singapore in a better position to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, experts say…
Published on 23 July 2015
Organized by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) from July 22 to July 24, WES emphasize the role of engineers from across the world in shaping innovative and technological solutions on sustainable urban development for global climate resilience. “With so many challenges in front of us, the message is clear: We need more engineers and we require them to be innovative and competent,” said…
Published on 21 July 2015
In particular, our "water story" has won numerous accolades internationally. It is remarkable how we have managed to attain self-sufficiency in water with the addition of two new sources of water: Newater and desalinated water. Such innovations have put us in the international spotlight for water management issues. We won the coveted Stockholm Industry Water Award in 2007 for being the first country to…
Published on 16 July 2015
In a written answer to a Parliamentary question from MP Christopher de Souza, Dr. Balakrishnan cited results from Phase 1 of the Second National Climate Change Study, which concluded in early 2015. The study found that without mitigation actions, mean temperatures in Singapore could increase to 32°C, he said. “The actual extent to which these temperature increases are realized in Singapore will depend on…
Published on 16 July 2015
The Stephen Riady Geosciences Scholars Fund will be used to aid in the education of students pursuing PhD geoscience degrees at NTU. NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore was founded in 2009 as a national Research Centre of Excellence to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and climate change across Southeast Asia. The income from the endowed fund will support research proposals by EOS…
Published on 10 July 2015
He said: “I started as an engineer in the Building Technology Department, and conducted research and development on vertical greenery systems. I worked with the project director on the construction of Treelodge at Punggol, HDB’s first Eco-Precinct. During the course of HDB’s research and development projects, engineers are able to apply what they have learnt in school, such as project management and communication skills.”…
Published on 6 July 2015
Singapore submitted their target plans to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Thursday, July 2, in preparation for the upcoming global talks to be held in Paris on December 2015. The said meeting aims to reach out to countries and establish commitments that can help to alleviate global warming and prevent its dangerous consequences in the future. The targets that…
Published on 26 June 2015
Engineers design, operate and maintain the infrastructure, housing and transport networks that we all depend on daily. As cities continue to develop, new engineering solutions are needed to address constraints posed by the physical environment and the changing climate. As a small city-state that has built itself to a world-class standing in less than 40 years and gained significant know-how in sustainable urban engineering…
Published on 23 June 2015
"Taxi drivers can now quickly recharge for the next part of their shifts during a break," say the creators TUM create -- a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Germany's Technische Universitat München -- on their website. According to TUM Create, taxis make up less than 3% of the vehicle population in Singapore, yet account for 15% of the total distance covered by…
Published on 9 June 2015
The scheme, which was launched at the Engineers and Sustainable Development Forum 2015 at the NTUC Centre Auditorium, has three tiers: one for engineers who have just joined the workforce; an Advance Engineering Leadership programme for professional and chartered engineers; and the Global Engineering Leadership programme which grooms senior engineers to take leadership positions within the industry. IES president Chong Kee Sen said that…
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