Over half of the world's population live or work in urban areas, a rate that is increasing at an estimated 60 million people every year. More than a third of this increase will be in Asian countries, topped by China, India and Southeast Asia. By 2026, the United Nations forecasts that half of Asia's population will consist of city dwellers. The rising population numbers put a strain on existing infrastructure and scarce natural resources. Now as never before, governments and city planners need effective and innovative urban solutions to counter problems such as housing shortages, environmental pollution and traffic congestion.
A liveable and sustainable city
Singapore is consistently ranked among the world's most livable cities. By 2030, the city-state aims to reach even more sustainability goals in areas including energy intensity, waste management, water consumption, air quality and green environments.
An urban solutions 'living lab'
A city-state with limited resources, Singapore has developed some of the world's most advanced urban solutions. From transportation and public housing, to energy management and water treatment, Singapore has turned urban challenges into economic opportunities and world-class solutions. For example, homegrown company Hyflux, a leading water and environmental solutions provider, is building the world's largest seawater desalination plant in Algeria.
The key to Asia
With its ideal geographical location, Singapore is the perfect stepping stone for environmental and water solutions companies with an eye on the Asia Pacific region. Global companies such as General Electric, Siemens and Veolia have tapped into the country's extensive trade and communications networks to access these markets.
Our Focus Moving Ahead
Thought leadership in urban solutions events
Singapore's sustainable development initiatives have turned it into a hub for important international urban solutions events. MICE events such as the Singapore International Water Week, CleanEnviro Summit Singapore and Singapore International Energy Week provide the world's leaders and experts platforms to discuss critical urban issues and share best practices. In pursuing the twin goals of liveability and sustainability, there is still opportunity for more thought-leadership platforms and marketplaces that deep dive into unique focus areas including clean and renewable energy, food security, social inclusivity and nurturing the next generation of urban leaders.
At present, 25% of Singapore's buildings are stamped with the Building and Construction Authority's (BCA) Green Mark certification. By 2030, Singapore's target is to have 80% of its buildings go green. Business events such as the Singapore Green Building Week offer critical sharing, learning and collaboration for the green building movement.
Improving quality of life
Singapore set up the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) to advance and share its expertise and experience in sustainable urban development. CLC co-organises the biannual World Cities Summit to bring together leading urban thinkers and practitioners to discuss contemporary challenges and solutions.