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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 Singapore
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…
Published on 13 May 2015 Singapore
Biomass waste is created when palm fruits are processed for their oil and the leftover fibers, known as empty bunches, are discarded. Other biomasses are created in the plantations when old palm trees are felled for replanting and when palm leaves are pruned, usually during harvesting of the palm fruits. Malaysia's palm industry has some 83 million tons of biomass waste available. The palm…
Published on 5 May 2015 Singapore
“This partnership will lead to highly innovative energy efficiency solutions that will help overcome specific environmental challenges faced in tropical megacities like Singapore,” Lam said in the release, noting that NTU has historically “played an important role in (Singapore’s) clean energy landscape.” Some of these specific challenges include dealing with high levels of heat and humidity in Singapore and other cities near the equator…
Published on 29 April 2015 Singapore
One key area where we need examples of green, sustainable living is in cities. We are living in an age when the world is adding 1.4 million people a week to urban areas, where half its population already lives. This rapid global urbanization, especially in developing nations, threatens to poison the air people breathe and the water they drink. Singapore has something to teach us…
Published on 22 April 2015
The models projected findings based on two scenarios: one assumes action is taken to control emissions and the other is based on a business-as-usual scenario where fossil fuels continue to be used with no mitigation efforts. The study projected that between 2070 and 2099, average daily temperatures across Singapore will increase by 1.4 to 2.7°C under the lower emissions scenario to between 28.8 and…
Published on 7 April 2015
The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in its latest fortnightly weather forecast that Singapore is expected to have short-duration thundery showers in the afternoons on six to eight days over the next fortnight - with heavy showers at times. The next two weeks are also expected to have some warm days with temperatures reaching 34o C, and slightly hazy conditions. The island recorded 45mm…
Published on 19 March 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam announced this at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday as he offered Singapore's humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu, the South Pacific nation devastated by the "monster" Cyclone Pam last Friday. On the training programme to be held in Singapore, Mr Shanmugam said it was targeted at helping developing countries, particularly Small Island…
Published on 16 March 2015
Although not as bad as last year's dry spell, it is still the second year in a row the Republic is experiencing such weather conditions, on top of other symptoms of climate change, such as heavier rain and flash flooding. But there is hope for this concrete jungle. An internationally renowned urban planner has suggested that in built-up Singapore, its buildings could do more to…
Published on 26 November 2014
The Government will commit S$1.5 billion to support the roll out of the programmes under the blueprint. This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the launch of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 on Saturday (Nov 8). The blueprint, first released in 2009, maps out strategies for Singapore's sustainable development. As part of the review, close to 6,000 people were involved in consultations…
Published on 5 November 2014
This announcement followed President Tony Tan Keng Yam's visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Friday morning. At the gardens, Dr Tan viewed landscape and plant paintings of Singapore by the prolific English botanical artist Marianne North during her travels around the world. Kew and the Singapore Botanic Garden began collaborating from as early as 1875. In 1877, a batch of Para Rubber seedlings…
Published on 9 October 2014
Rolled out in 2012, the Doha Amendment extends to 2020 the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that establishes binding obligations on countries and regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ratification is a "further sign of Singapore's continued commitment to the multilateral system," Balakrishnan was quoted as saying in an address to the United Nations Climate Summit. The minister said that Singapore has shown its…
Published on 19 September 2014
During the opening of the event, Singaporean Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that $52 million will go to a Green Buildings Innovation Cluster which is hoped to push breakthroughs in new green technologies with experimental buildings. As part of their third Green Building Master Plan, also announced yesterday, the minister said that $50 million will go to phase 2 of their Green…
Published on 26 August 2014
Among the dismal results: Of the 160 companies who communicated on sustainability, only 19 of them published CSR reports that used a globally recognized standard such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). And of these, only eight companies sought external assurance on their reports. In comparison, in 2013 China (including Hong Kong) produced 199 GRI reports, in Korea 109 and Japan 138. This has left…
Published on 23 July 2014 Singapore
The efforts will be coordinated by the Resilience Working Group (RWG), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) told FutureGov. The RWG is an inter-agency led by the MERW and the Ministry of National Development. It is responsible for assessing Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. Speaking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Regional Outreach Event this week, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for…
Published on 15 July 2014
Officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development shared on Monday that all ministries and statutory boards will participate in this study, which will examine how rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more intense rainfall and flooding could affect the city state’s physical infrastructure. The initial findings are expected to be released by 2016, and will feed…
Published on 15 July 2014
The Resilience Framework, announced in 2012, provides a holistic guide to inter-government agencies on how to assess Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. By 2016, these agencies are expected to release long-term plans to safeguard Singapore against projected climate change effects. It was revealed on Monday that the framework incorporates risk assessment and adaptation planning. For example, under the framework, roads are assessed for vulnerabilities…
Published on 2 July 2014
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/06/30/Spore-may-get-hotter-and-wetter-Extreme-weather-today-could-become-the-norm/ Source: The Star | 30 June 2014
Published on 16 May 2014 Singapore
Through both projects, PUB will conduct a test-bedding study on the cost-effectiveness, potential benefits and scale limitations of investing in solar power infrastructure. PUB said the 1 Megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar panel at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks will harness solar energy for the plant’s water treatment operations, while Tengeh Reservoir will house floating solar systems which double up as an energy catchment to channel…
Published on 8 May 2014 Singapore
NTU said it hopes this move will transform it into one of the most environmentally-friendly campuses in the world. The EcoCampus initiative was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, S Iswaran, on Wednesday. Typically, the temperature in a room in one of NTU’s buildings would be turned up when it is empty, to save electricity. But the seven chillers which remove heat from…
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