Every year on Earth Day, we are reminded of the need to take individual actions for our environment. This year, besides taking small individual actions, let us also start thinking about how we can work towards systemic changes with more impact.
While it is important for each of us to take action, it is even more important to focus on systemic changes. We need systemic changes such as building sustainable urban infrastructure and green buildings; increasing the resilience of our energy, water and food security; redesigning and developing new ways of making, reusing and recycling products and materials; and conserving our biodiversity.
These large systemic changes are likely to be achieved mostly through the efforts of the government, but it can happen faster with individuals pushing for these actions to be discussed and implemented. Read more
Do you wish to see a more sustainable Singapore and have good ideas to share? We’re pleased to announce that Nature Society (Singapore), SMU verts and Green Future Solutions are co-organising 3 Conversations on Sustainable Singapore for you to discuss specific topics and share suggestions.
The aim of the conversations is to generate constructive and specific suggestions, which would be submitted for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
You’re invited to join us for the conversations! The sessions will be held at the SMU Administration Building, Level 6 University Lounge, on the following dates and time, with a specific topic for each session:
26 Apr 2014, Sat (0830 – 1300)
Energy and Climate Change
4 May 2014, Sun (0830 – 1300)
Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
24 May 2014, Sat (0830 – 1300)
Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste)
We’re opening up 50 seats to the public for each session. For more info and to sign up for the conversations, click on the link below:
We look forward to your participation in the Conversations on Sustainable Singapore!
We recently visited the Eco-Products International Fair 2014 (EPIF 2014) held from 13 to 16 Mar 2014 in Taipei. The exhibition was organised by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade. The exhibition has been rotating among APO member countries since 2004, and is in Taiwan for the first time.
Implemented by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, with the Taiwan Green Trade Project Office and the China Productivity Center, the exhibition saw a record-breaking number of 207 exhibitors with 437 booths participating in the Fair to promote green trade, sustainable development, and green lifestyle. Read more
Which government department in Singapore is in-charge of pushing for sustainable business? The answer is none.
There are several government agencies and departments working on different environmental policies, and green initiatives and funding schemes, but there is no one department in-charge of helping businesses in Singapore to be more sustainable in a holistic way.
Although there is a whole-of-government approach to the environment at the top level, there are still silos and gaps at the operational level. Businesses that are interested to be more sustainable usually have to speak to different agencies and departments separately. Read more
The Singapore Budget 2014 speech will be delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in Parliament next Friday.
At Green Business Singapore, our top wish for this year’s Budget is to see the government introducing a Sustainability and Innovation Credit (SIC) scheme, similar to the existing popular Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme that is supposed to end in FY 2015.
With rising public awareness on sustainability and increased risks from climate change, food disruptions and energy price fluctuations, most businesses including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand the need to reduce their environmental impacts, especially in terms of energy, water and waste. However, they are usually constrained by the lack of trained manpower and resources to take action. Read more