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Singapore Green Building Council names architect Tang Kok Thye as president

SGBC, a non-profit that works to advance the sustainability of the built environment in Singapore, has appointed a new president and executive board. Tang Kok Thye, senior principal at architecture firm ADDP Architects, has been appointed president for…

Southeast Asia’s first lithium battery recycling plant opens in Singapore

A facility for recycling lithium-ion batteries has opened in SEA, the world’s dumping ground for discarded consumer electronics. Located in the industrial district of Jurong in Singapore, the S$30 million plant aims to recycle 14 tonnes, or the…

Transport giant ComfortDelGro to set science-based targets

ComfortDelGro, one of the world’s largest transport companies, has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by signing up to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SGTi). The Singapore-headquartered firm, which runs taxis, buses and trains in seven countries, announced on…

Entrée for lab-grown meat

Lost in the unending stream of news about the COVID-19 pandemic is the recent report that Singapore has just approved lab-grown meat for human consumption. The approval was granted to food company Eat Just for their cultured ‘chicken…

Grab is hatching a carbon-cutting plan

Grab, the Singapore-headquartered ride-hailing and delivery app, is working on a plan to decarbonise its operations. The eight-year-old company has been seeking advice from experts to set science-based targets to reduce its carbon footprint, according to sources familiar…

Singapore government unveils 2021 budget with sustainability focus

After a year that saw the nation’s pandemic-hit economy suffer its worst recession since independence, Singapore’s public spending will focus on its recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, but measures to tackle the climate emergency, too, will be front…

Singapore renewable energy finance firm Positive Energy scales back as Covid stymies investment

Singapore-based renewable energy financing company Positive Energy has scaled back operations after enduring a difficult year impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Positive Energy is a digital platform that connects renewable energy projects to investors and aims to simplify…

CDL declares 2030 net zero target

CDL has made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. The multinational, which owns more than 24 million sqft of floor area in residential, commercial and hospitality assets in 29 countries, declared on Wed that it aims…

Is Green Mark the answer to greener buildings?

Today, buildings are reasonable for nearly 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately two-thirds of the built environment that exists today will still be in use in 2050. In Singapore, the built environment’s contribution is estimated…

Singapore retailers that charged for plastic bags saw 60% reduction in use

Retailers in Singapore that make customers pay for plastic bags have seen a 60 per cent reduction in their use, according to a study by WWF. Eight retailers in the study, including pharmacy chain Watsons, cosmetics chain The…

Singapore real estate firm Frasers Property commits to net zero emissions by 2050

Frasers Property has committed to be carbon neutral by 2050. The company, which made the announcement on Thurs in its sustainability report, is the first publicly listed Singaporean company to set a net-zero carbon emissions target for the…

Renewables firm dishes out free EV chargers with solar and energy efficiency projects. Will this propel the energy transition in cities?

With Singapore’s EV charging scene getting more crowded, the newest entrant to the market has come up with an offer to entice private condominium and commercial and industrial building owners. Clean energy developer Urban Renewables will install EV…

Singapore Exchange names ING’s Herry Cho as first sustainability chief

SGX has appointed its first head of sustainability. Taking on the role of MD, head of sustainability and sustainable finance is Herry Cho, the long-time head of green finance at Dutch MNC bank ING. She will report to…

In the Covid era, circularity can be a new frontier as well as a desert: TRIA chief Ng Pei Kang

Sustainability is in a difficult space where you have to make sure (your product or service) is scalable. Sustainability and scalability have an inverse relationship. There has been a lot of sustainability, corporate social responsibility movements, but they…

Five facts about unsustainable waste management in Singapore

1) Most of Singapore’s trash is incinerated – It provide no incentives to reduce waste volumes or encourage responsible recycling. Singapore has extremely low recycling rates, and creates massive waste volumes for such a small city-state; 2) Recycling…

How has container reuse scheme Muuse survived Covid?

It certainly wasn’t ideal! We launched in Singapore in Jan 2020, and the first Covid-19 infections in Singapore were recorded at the end of Jan. Restrictions came in Mar. We had just started to gain momentum, but that…

Louis Ng steps down as CEO of ACRES

Louis Ng, the founder of ACRES, has stepped down as CEO. He will now focus on his duties as MP. Mr Ng is Singapore’s most prominent politician focused on sustainability issues. He has pushed for a reduction in…

Engie kicks off new Singapore research project to make net zero carbon happen

On a small island south of Singapore, a green hydrogen-powered electric vehicle rolls past a solar farm leisurely soaking up the sun’s energy. Towering over the scene is Singapore’s tallest wind turbine, humming quietly as its blades rotate…

What do youths really want in their fight for climate action?

As youths become increasingly aware about sustainability issues, they want greater transparency and engagement with various organisations—including universities, corporations and government—said speakers at the virtual launch of a mentorship programme called Sustainability Exchange on Fri. “Universities should understand…

Shell Singapore unveils decarbonisation plan—what does it mean for the nation’s energy industry and workforce?

Royal Dutch Shell will cut its crude processing capacity in Singapore by half and expand its portfolio of lower-carbon energy solutions, the company announced on Tues. It comes about six months after the coronavirus outbreak caused oil prices…

Do you have an idea to make buildings part of the fight against climate change?

In less than a decade, 60 per cent of the global population will live in cities. How can the built environment innovate and adapt to accommodate 360 million more people projected to live in urban areas by 2030…

Singapore eateries that use sustainable palm oil asked to carry ‘haze-free’ signage

F&B businesses in Singapore that use sustainable palm oil are being asked to carry signage indicating they are “haze-free”, as part of a new campaign called “Haze-Free Foodstand” by local green group People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze).…

The future of data centres in the face of climate change

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an unparalleled acceleration in digital transformation and underscored the invaluable role of data centres in the face of global disruptions. At the same time, there is rising awareness of the urgency to address…

Is industry doing enough to tackle Singapore’s waste problem?

Countries around the world have been taking increasingly bold measures to curb plastic pollution in recent years, but one small, meticulously clean tropical island nation has taken a noticeably light touch in tackling an environmental concern that is…

Singapore opens sustainable finance research and talent development hub

A centre for research and professional development in sustainable finance has opened in Singapore. The Singapore Green Finance Centre (SGFC) aims to build a green investing ecosystem through research and training programmes, and addresses a knowledge and capacity…

How Singapore’s biggest supermarket player plans to unpack the packaging waste issue

In 2018, an investigation by The Guardian found that Britain’s leading supermarkets generated about 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste each year. How much plastic and other packaging waste do supermarkets in Singapore — with a population of…

Vertical farms are overserved: Global food resilience needs a rebalancing act

Recent moves by Singapore’s state investment firm Temasek in the food and agritech space have prompted a rethink of what the political economy of food could look like over the next decade. Urban farm models—which Singapore is intent…

Individual action is climate action

What is climate action? The answer has taken a sharp turn in the past two years. It has evolved rapidly from a set of eco-friendly, individual-centric behaviours—using less plastic, turning air-conditioners off, taking public transport—to a wider movement…

Are ‘flights to nowhere’ a necessary environmental cost to save the aviation industry?

A number of Asian airlines have started selling flights without a destination to generate much-needed revenue, to the consternation of community groups and environmentalists. SIA is the latest carrier to consider offering “flights to nowhere”, whereby planes take…

Researchers use pineapple leaves to extend shelf life of fruits and vegetables

Researchers from NUS have found a way to turn pineapple leaves into a biodegradable, non-toxic and ultra-light product that can extend the shelf life of harvested fruits and vegetables by 14 days. Pineapple leaves are a waste product…

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