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UIC secures first $300 mil in green and sustainability-linked loans

UIC has secured its first green and sustainability-linked loans totalling $300 million. The loans from UOB and DBS comprise two three-year revolving credit facilities. The first is a $200 million sustainability-linked loan, which is for partial refinancing of…

Construction work begins on long-awaited Hume MRT station

Construction work has begun to set up Hume Station in Bukit Timah ahead of its planned opening by 2025. Most of the work will be done at night after train services have stopped as the station is on…

Going green and high-tech, construction sector draws youth who bring plans on paper to life

Ms Danilah Norahim’s curiosity about construction projects was piqued as a child when she went overseas with her family and got to see architectural marvels such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. After she graduated with a degree…

Mindef to go greener, set up sustainability office: Ng Eng Hen

As part of the national agenda on sustainable development, Mindef and SAF will reduce the growth of overall carbon emissions by two-thirds by 2030, and half the 2030 emissions by 2050. Speaking during Mindef’s COS debate on Mon,…

Developers urged to keep up workmanship quality standards

We thank Mr Peh Chwee Hoe for his letter, “Consider liveability and environment when giving out awards” (Feb 9). BCA Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of industry stakeholders in various areas, including construction quality and environmental sustainability.…

After a decade of fits and starts, it’s all systems go for S’pore’s electric vehicle dream

When contractor and part-time Grab driver Koh Jie Meng started driving an EV in 2019, he had to make special trips to a flatted factory in Ang Mo Kio every two to three days to charge the Hyundai…

Meeting all the needs of the country within a small city

Singapore is both a city and a state, which means that all that it needs has to be located within the city, says MND Minister Desmond Lee. In explaining the unique challenges the nation faces in striking a…

Outcry over Kranji woodland clearing reflects love of nature, fears of procedural lapse: Observers

The outcry over the premature clearance of swathes of Kranji woodland reflects a greater community appreciation of nature as well as concerns over possible lapses in due process, say observers. Said Associate Professor Leong Chan-Hoong from SUSS’ Centre…

S’pore’s many shades of green: How should green spaces outside of protected areas be valued?

When viewed from above, the lush, broccoli-like tree tops of the Kranji woodland give the impression of an ecosystem as rich as other tropical rainforest plots in Singapore. So when photographs of cleared parts of the woodland flanking…

Feeding wildlife a major reason for spike in wild animal numbers: NParks

Feeding is a major reason for a spike in wild animal numbers, NParks noted, and preventing their feeding by people is one of its key animal mgmt strategies. With more development projects in the works, animals are coming…

Government adopts consultative, calibrated approach in balancing heritage preservation with development needs

MND reveals that URA closely works with NHB as well as expert panels and key stakeholders to integrate heritage considerations upstream in its land use planning process. With built heritage strengthening Singaporeans’ sense of identity and history, the…

Nature advocates will be invited to take part in work studying ecological connectivity: Desmond Lee

Members of the nature community will be invited to take part in work to build a more comprehensive picture of Singapore’s islandwide ecosystem and connectivity, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Fri. This would contribute to efforts to…

Plant ionisers, air filters can curb droplet transmission: Study

Researchers looking at ways to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission have found that plants, natural fibre ionisers and air filters are effective in reducing aerosol concentrations in the air, and can take safe mgmt to the next…

Budget debate: NMP calls for measures to ensure proper working conditions for cleaners, security officers

Laws requiring building owners to provide proper rest areas for outsourced workers should be implemented sooner, said a NMP on Thurs. This was one of several measures that Mr Raj Joshua Thomas suggested to ensure proper working conditions…

Budget debate: Get details on EV charging points right to drive greater adoption: Workers’ Party MP

While the revised target to build 60,000 EV charging points by 2030 is welcome, it will still be insufficient to drive the adoption of battery-powered cars if the authorities do not get the details right, said MP Dennis…

Things to consider in planning to expand cycling path network

Why is there a need to expand the cycling paths in Singapore (Over 20 roads to be assessed for space to provide cycling paths, Feb 22). LTA needs to provide the rationale and justification before embarking on such…

Budget debate: MPs stress need for prudence as S’pore borrows to fund major infrastructure

Singapore has to move with the times in how it manages its finances – just like how it introduced its NIRC framework in 2008. But it is just as important to remain steadfast to the values of prudence…

How did a wild boar venture into the heart of Punggol housing estate?

When two separate incidents of wild boar attacks occurred at Punggol Walk on Sat, residents were surprised that a wild boar had managed to venture so far into the housing estate. Wild boar sightings are not uncommon in…

Industry collaborations key to unlocking S’pore’s carbon neutral ambitions

Industry players are tackling Singapore’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions in a range of ways, from calling on innovators to conjure up sustainability solutions to setting up incubation labs to help develop start-ups with an eco-friendly bent. Temasek…

Nature groups welcome facts on Kranji clearing, but say area’s importance to biodiversity shouldn’t be discounted

While nature groups largely welcomed the clarifications by the authorities over the erroneous clearance of a patch of forest in Kranji, they said that the importance of the site — mostly scrubland — to Singapore’s biodiversity should not…

Build world-class aviation metropolis

With the new dedicated facility to provide for safe business travel at the Singapore Expo, it is now possible to consider turning Changi Airport into a world-class aviation metropolis, or aerotropolis. Jewel Changi Airport could be an anchor…

Home Team Academy’s new chillers save enough energy to power nearly 350 4-room flats

Efforts to achieve sustainability goals for the public sector are getting a boost with the switch to chillers with lower greenhouse gas emissions, something done at HTA two years ago. HTA installed two low global warming potential (low-GWP)…

JTC releases timeline of Kranji clearing works, says it decided to make error public after ‘undue speculation’

Setting out a detailed timeline of the erroneous forest clearing at Kranji, JTC said on Mon that when it discovered the error on Jan 13 it immediately ordered work to stop and gave the contractor a stern warning.…

All land clearance projects to check processes after erroneous Kranji clearing, review underway to prevent repeat: Chan Chun Sing

All land clearance projects will need to carry out an immediate check on their work processes so as to “avoid any repeat of the mistakes” that resulted in the erroneous tree clearing in Kranji, MTI Minister Chan Chun…

JTC accepts ‘supervisory responsibilities’ for Kranji woodland site; about 4.5ha cleared by mistake

JTC said on Mon it accepts its “supervisory responsibilities” in the case of a Kranji woodland site that was partially cleared by mistake, adding that it is conducting an internal review of its processes to see what could…

Dover Forest case: Debate over alternative sites highlights core land, housing issues

Would anyone want to live right next to a noisy train track? For Dover resident Kelvin Leong, the answer – and the choice between clearing a shady forest around an MRT station or building on empty plots of…

Dover Forest case: Levelling the playing field between development and conservation

In WhatsApp texts, FB messages, e-mails and face-to-face meetings with residents in his Ulu Pandan ward, MP Christopher de Souza found a vast majority in favour of retaining Dover Forest – with only “very few” requests seeking its…

Over 20 roads to be assessed for space to provide cycling paths

More than 20 roads in the northeast of Singapore and the eastern parts of the island will be assessed to determine if portions of them can be reclaimed for cycling paths, in what is likely to be the…

LTA to study removal of streetside parking to build cycling paths

Streetside parking spaces in certain parts of the Tai Seng area could be removed to make space for the construction of cycling paths within the next decade. Besides possibly removing parking spaces along Joo Seng Road, MacTaggart Road,…

A trip down memory lane in Tanglin Halt, soon to be demolished

When Tanglin Halt resident Venkatachalam Gomathi, 57, used to work late at the office, her neighbour made a point of checking whether her daughter was home alone. It is one of her precious memories of the next-door auntie,…

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