Singapore Governments 7 bold initiatives for tackling climate change

7 bold sustainability initiatives for a greener Singapore

The Singapore Government's initiatives to mitigate climate change impact include cutting bottled water use and implementing energy-efficient measures. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) reports

Climate change poses a significant threat to Singapore, prompting the government to take decisive actions. Despite potential short-term economic sacrifices associated with environmental policies, these measures are essential for Singapore's long-term well-being. These efforts exemplify the government's commitment to sustainability and its active role in the nation's climate agenda. Let’s look at seven ways in which Singapore is heading towards a greener tomorrow.

1) Phasing out Bottled Water at Meetings:

 In an effort to reduce plastic waste and conserve water resources, the Singaporean government is gradually eliminating the use of bottled water in meetings.

2) Reducing Air Conditioning Usage:

Government buildings are now maintaining an indoor temperature of 25 degrees Celsius to minimize energy consumption from air conditioning systems.

3) Cutting Public Sector Emissions:

Despite a 5.3% reduction in emissions compared to the baseline year of FY2020, the public sector emitted 3.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2022. The closure of the Tuas Incineration Plant significantly contributed to this decline.

4) Anticipating Emission Trends:

With expectations of rising emissions due to ongoing infrastructure construction, including eight new polyclinics by 2030 and major transportation projects, the government aims to peak emissions around 2025 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

5) Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Buildings:

A key priority involves making public sector buildings more energy-efficient. Initiatives include reducing the operation of lifts during non-peak hours and installing energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems.

6) Decarbonization Plans in the Public Sector:

The GreenGov.SG report outlines various decarbonization plans, including a transition to 100% cleaner energy cars by 2035, 100% cleaner energy public buses by 2040 (with electric buses comprising half the fleet by 2030), deploying at least 1.5 gigawatt-peak of solar energy by 2030, and incorporating sustainability considerations in all government procurement by 2028.

7) Addressing Residual Emissions:

While acknowledging residual emissions from essential public services, efforts are underway to develop solutions such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology.

The Singaporean government's commitment to sustainability is evident in its multifaceted approach. It demonstrates the government's dedication to climate action, urging collaboration from individuals, businesses, civil society, and community groups. By transparently reporting sustainability efforts, the government aims to inspire similar actionsand cultivate environmental responsibility. These initiatives not only benefit the environment but also align with Singapore's long-term economic stability and its national commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. As Singapore pioneers these sustainable practices, it sets a positive example for other nations grappling with the
challenges of climate change.


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