Fast-forward to a smart, sustainable Singapore
Despite its small size and lack of natural resources, Singapore has overtaken many larger countries to become a powerhouse of environmental sustainability. Here’s how a strong combination of government initiatives, green infrastructure and eco-friendly MICE events venues have contributed to our becoming a hub for sustainability.
Singapore has been striving to be a Garden City since its founding Prime Minister outlined this vision in 1967, and indeed, its flourishing landscape and clean environment have earned it its nickname as a City in a Garden.
In 2016’s Sustainable Cities Index, Singapore was ranked first in Asia and took the second place globally, just behind the Swiss city of Zurich – up a significant eight spots from its 10th global position in 2015. This accolade is a result of the government’s continued efforts in promoting sustainability. From transportation and infrastructure to resource management, Singapore’s government agencies are continuously looking for new ways to go green.
For example, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has a number of initiatives to reduce traffic-related emissions. By 2030, it aims to nearly double the length of its cycling paths to 700km in total – on an island just 50km across at its widest point. In a bid to reduce reliance on private cars, LTA also aims to add another 160km worth of rail networks to Singapore’s public transport system.
Aside from traffic, Singapore also has ongoing efforts in the areas of water sustainability, energy intensity (the measure of energy efficiency of a nation’s economy), and green living. The Public Utilities Board is working with SUEZ, a leading French water treatment company to create a smart water grid that can track and reduce water wastage.
Meanwhile, the Building Construction Authority (BCA) has an ambitious plan to green 80 per cent of the country’s buildings by 2030. Under its plan, more buildings will be certified with BCA’s Green Mark Scheme – to certify that they’ve incorporated the best environmental practices in their design and construction. For existing buildings, BCA also has the Green Mark for Existing Non-residential Building Scheme, which encourages energy and system efficiency in existing facilities.
Having established itself as a global leader in the field of environmental responsibility, Singapore is becoming a popular destination for sustainability-related conferences and events.