Singapore's Commitment to Sustainability Targets for the MICE Industry

Singapore is a City in Nature where large experiences come with small footprints. We are minimising our impact on the environment and shaping a greener future for events with lasting legacies.

Singapore's Commitment, in line with: 

Sustainable Development Goals      SG Green Plan

Singapore’s dedication to become a leading sustainable urban destination has gained global recognition. The city ranked #17 globally and #2 in Asia-Pacific in the 2023 Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), out of 100 participating destinations. In the same year, Singapore also achieved certification for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Destination Criteria, after being the first to apply the certification process on a country level.1

This recognition is further reinforced by the proactive efforts of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS), which have set clear targets and strategies to raise sustainability standards across Singapore’s MICE industry:

Decent work and economic growth Develop a set of sustainability standards by 2023 that the industry can readily apply and aim to be internationally recognised by 20242.
Climate action For all purpose-built MICE venues and 80% of SACEOS members to obtain internationally or nationally recognised sustainability certification – or both – by 20253.
Responsible consumption and production For the Singapore MICE industry to start tracking waste and carbon emissions by 2023, to reduce waste as aligned with the Singapore Green Plan by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the national net-zero target4.



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2 SDG Target 8.9 By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

3 SDG Target:

  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

4 SGD Target

  • 12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
  • 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • 12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
  • 12.b Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

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Success Stories

RehabWeek 2023

RehabWeek made its first-ever debut in Asia in 2023, with Singapore playing host to the 7th edition of the biennial event. The well-established international conference facilitates meaningful cross-disciplinary discussions on advancing rehabilitation and showcases how technology can be harnessed to deliver better patient outcomes. It shone a light on the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, fostering critical dialogue for solutions that will deeply impact their lives and reintegration into society.


World Congress of Dermatology 2023

Held in Southeast Asia for the first time, the 25th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) was the largest medical congress Singapore has ever hosted. The event developed and implemented its own Green Policy with sustainable guiding principles for all stakeholders involved. It also adopted extensive sustainability measures such as providing recyclable booth stands and digitised materials, and fundraising in support of Singapore’s OneMillionTrees movement.


Food and Hotels Asia - Food & Beverage (FHA-F&B) 2022

Asia’s leading F&B business-to-business (B2B) trade show drew more than 57,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors. This year saw the introduction of a new Alternative Protein Asia zone, exploring innovations and trends in sustainable food alternatives. FHA-F&B also embraced sustainability throughout the event, from reducing disposable carpet usage to utilising recycled paper and renewable electricity.


Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

The biennial Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is a premier global event for sharing and co-creating innovative solutions in water, coastal, and flood management to address urban water and climate challenges. It serves as a key platform to accelerate climate action, catalysing initiatives and public-private partnerships that make a substantial impact on environmental and sustainability issues.


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