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Published on 15 June 2017
The public sector is Singapore’s largest employer, comprising 16 ministries, 64 statutory boards and about 145,000 public officers. As a significant consumer of natural resources, the public sector is taking the lead to contribute to the nationwide Sustainable Singapore Movement, and the goals articulated in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. The PSSP outlines the public sector’s collective efforts to go green. This includes embarking on innovative…
Published on 5 June 2017
As a small, densely populated island nation with no natural resources, Singapore’s own sustainable development experience has focused on four key areas: Building a sustainable economy; creating a sustainable living environment; ensuring sustainable development for our people; and contributing to international collaboration. Sustainable economy Economic growth generates the resources to invest in education, research and development, security, infrastructure, and public services. With no natural resources…
Published on 19 April 2017
The scheme will tax large emitters - such as power stations, refineries, and petrochemical and semiconductor manufacturers - based on the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, likely in the range of $10 to $20 per tonne. They will also have to be more active in seeking opportunities to improve energy efficiency, and ensure common industrial equipment and systems meet minimum energy performance standards. From…
Published on 3 March 2017
Mr Heng said the Government is looking at setting a carbon tax rate of between S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions, which is within the range of what other jurisdictions have implemented. The move will make Singapore the first country in South-east Asia to implement such a tax. “There are different ways to reduce emissions … But the most economically efficient and…
Published on 1 March 2017
Announcing the move in the Budget on Monday (Feb 20), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the new scheme would replace the Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS), which expires in June but will be extended until the year end. Under the CEVS — last revised in 2015 — buyers who get vehicles with a low carbon footprint (135g of carbon emissions per km or…
Published on 14 November 2016
Mr Teo, who is also chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, was speaking at the awards ceremony for the National Climate Change Competition, a student video competition organised by the National Climate Change Secretariat. "Each country has to account for the greenhouse gas emissions that it's making, so it's important in particular that the big emitters have good measurement and verification systems in…
Published on 19 October 2016
Singapore’s ratification of the Agreement is a further affirmation of our support and commitment for climate action. This follows the signing of the Agreement by Minister Balakrishnan in New York on 22 April 2016, together with representatives from 174 other countries. The unity of purpose demonstrated by the international community marks a major milestone in global climate action. It has contributed towards bringing the Agreement…
Published on 14 September 2016
Ensuring cities in Asia are more sustainable and able to mitigate climate change is a difficult task, but Singapore has ideas that can be shared with its neighbours, says Tai Lee Siang, group managing director of architecture company Ong&Ong Group and the first Asian chair of the Board of Directors at the World Green Building Council (WGBC). In an e-mail interview with Climate Challenge, Tai…
Published on 13 September 2016
Saving electricity at home and at work could soon be a cinch thanks to two prototypes recently created by Singaporean youths. One is a power monitoring system that could enable users to track their energy use, while the other is an extension multi-plug that switches off all devices connected to it with a push of a button. The two innovations were brainstormed and developed over…
Published on 23 August 2016
It is also working towards stabilising its emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030. How this ambitious plan going to be achieved is detailed in the Climate Action Plan released on July 10. “There is tremendous potential for the private sector to play a major role in our journey towards mitigating and adapting to the devastating effects of climate change. The Singapore Sustainability Academy…
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…
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