Government agencies are conducting more consultations and dialogues with stakeholders and the public, and using the feedback and suggestions in policymaking, sometimes even co-creating solutions together.
This consultative process is better than the top-down approach, though it is getting more difficult as issues become more dynamic and complex, and stakeholders and the public become more diverse and distracted.
The current way of tackling issues can and need to be better refined and improved. Here are 3 recommendations to improve the consultation and co-creation process: Read more
At Green Future Solutions, we do our best to keep track of the green groups and sustainability industry in Singapore through our annual Singapore Green Landscape, which is in its 7th edition this year.
The Singapore Green Landscape 2016 highlights the 11 key government reports that are related to sustainability, and introduces the 47 non-governmental organisations and non-profits; 57 green groups; 17 business associations and groups; 52 green websites; 26 government agencies; and 49 institutes and centres in Singapore, which are relevant to the environment.
We hope that this publication is useful for everyone who wish to know more about the state of the environment in Singapore, find and connect with the environmental organisations in Singapore, or explore personal and business opportunities.
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If MEWR and NEA wish to nurture more ground-up initiatives and increase the number of new environmental NGOs and groups in the new year, here are some suggestions for them to help the green community:
1) Provide Space
The green community needs office space to do their work, and meeting and training rooms to liaise with their partners and volunteers. Instead of spending their limited funding to rent spaces, the money could be better spent on their programmes. MEWR and NEA can come in to offer pro bono spaces for them, or help them connect with companies who are willing to host the groups.
2) Co-create Policies
Help them help you. The various departments and sections within MEWR and NEA may deal with various aspects of a single topic or policy (3P, Policy and Planning, specific Waste or Cleaning departments, Industry Development, etc). There is a need to work together and co-create solutions and tackle policies.
If the green groups have a meeting on a particular topic or policy, help them identify the other stakeholders within MEWR and NEA who needs to be on the same table. Explain to them why certain policies are the way they are. If there are things that the NGOs or groups can do, be bold enough to let them do it.
3) Adjust Funding
The current 3P Partnership Fund and Call for Ideas Fund by NEA do not include funding for manpower and selected categories. Instead of prescribing which categories can be funded, NEA can provide funding based on results. A performance-based funding scheme allows the groups to use the funding to pay for expenses, including for manpower, prizes, etc. Of course, the expenses in those categorues must be reasonable and agreed upon before approval. The amount of funding disbursed will be based on the KPIs agreed.
At the end of the day, the results matter more than dictating which categories can or cannot be funded. If a project can’t be executed properly because of a lack of funding for manpower (or other expenses that are not funded), then both the group and NEA would lose out in the end.
As we reach the final day of our SG50 celebrations in 2015, what kind of sustainable future would we hope for in SG100? The government is already starting a series of SGfuture engagement sessions to gather thoughts from stakeholders.
To me, my vision of a sustainable future for Singapore in 2065 is made up of 4 key economies: sufficiency economy, circular economy, sharing economy, and green economy.
The sufficiency economy is one where consumption is based on having just enough, and being simple and modest. Our overconsumption and accumulation of more or branded stuff is not sustainable. In a sufficiency economy, we focus on meaning (experiences and relationships) rather than means (money and stuff). There is also a shift towards being more sufficient in our national water, energy and food supplies.
The circular economy means that we move away from our current linear model of take, make, use and throw, to a circular model where waste is circulated back into the economy as technical or biological nutrients. In a circular economy, we rethink how products are being designed and made; we shift business models from selling products to selling services; and there are relevant government policies put in place. It also involves reuse, repair, sharing, redistribution, remanufacturing and recycling.
The sharing economy (or collaborative economy) involves the sharing of physical and non-physical assets and resources, which is empowered by technology and social and peer-to-peer networks. Sharing also includes renting, swapping and giving. It focuses on access rather than ownership, and enables utilisation of idle or excess capacity. In a sharing economy, there is sharing of spaces (accommodation rooms, co-working offices, storage spaces, etc); transport (carsharing, carpooling, on-demand drivers and vehicles, etc); items (rental of stuff, giving away stuff, waste exchange, etc); and skills and money (crowdfunding, peer-to-peer investment, on-demand services, online courses, etc).
The green economy is about reducing environmental impacts from businesses, greening buildings and people, and protecting our nature and biodiversity. The green economy is what we are currently doing.
For the last 50 years, I think Singapore has done well to develop a green economy. Over the next 50 years, let us start developing our circular economy and sharing economy, and most importantly, our sufficiency economy.
On 12 Dec 2015, the historic agreement to combat climate change was agreed by 195 nations in Paris at the COP 21 UN Climate Change Conference.
The laudable points of the Paris Agreement include the sharing of responsibility among all countries, developed and developing, to undertake and communicate ambitious efforts; the limiting of temperature increase to 1.5 °C, which is recommended by scientists; and the continuous improvement process, where countries submit new nationally determined contribution every 5 years that will be a progression beyond the previous contribution.
However, there are no binding national targets for countries in the Agreement, which means each country will determine its contribution voluntarily, and hope that the combined global stocktake of actions would limit temperature to what is required. In addition, with the implementation of the current Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted by countries at COP 21, that would only limit temperature increase to 3.5 °C, much higher than the required 1.5 °C. There is still a large emissions gap between current efforts and what is required. There is a need to do more at a faster pace. Read more