2015 Guide to Singapore Government Funding and Incentives for the Environment

February 16, 2015 by  
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2015 Guide to Singapore Government Funding and Incentives for the Environment Singapore is well-known as a clean and green city with the government striving for environmental sustainability while growing the economy. The government has also identified Environmental and Water Technologies including Clean Energy as strategic areas where Singapore has a competitive edge and which could generate future economic growth.

To accelerate the growth of the environmental industry and to maintain Singapore’s image as a City in a Garden, the government has initiated several funding and incentive schemes related to energy efficiency and clean energy, green buildings and construction, water and environmental technologies, green transport and shipping, waste minimisation, environmental initiatives, and capability development.

To help businesses understand what’s available, we have compiled a list of 35 government funding and incentives for the environment:

  1. Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme (EASe)
  2. Grant for Energy Efficient Technologies (GREET)
  3. One-Year Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Energy Efficient Equipment and Technology (ADAS)
  4. Design for Efficiency Scheme (DfE)
  5. Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Training Grant
  6. iSPRINT
  7. Energy Innovation Research Programme (EIRP)
  8. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Documentation Grant
  9. Building Retrofit Energy Efficiency Financing (BREEF) Scheme
  10. Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings (GMIS-EB)
  11. Green Mark Incentive Scheme – Design Prototype (GMIS-DP)
  12. Green Mark Gross Floor Area Incentive Scheme (GM-GFA)
  13. Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings and Premises (GMIS-EBP)
  14. MND Research Fund for the Built Environment
  15. A*STAR-MND Joint Grant Call for Green Building R&D
  16. Skyrise Greenery Incentive Scheme (SGIS)
  17. Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund (SC Fund)
  18. Quieter Construction Fund (QCF)
  19. Water Efficiency Fund (WEF)
  20. Fast-Track Environmental and Water Technologies Incubator Scheme (Fast-Tech)
  21. TechPioneer Scheme
  22. Environment and Water Research Programme (EWRP)
  23. Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS)
  24. Innovation for Environmental Sustainability (IES) Fund
  25. Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS)
  26. Green Technology Programme
  27. Green Ship Programme
  28. Green Port Programme
  29. 3R Fund
  30. Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP)
  31. 3P Partnership Fund
  32. Call for Ideas Fund (CIF)
  33. HDB Greenprint Fund
  34. Capability Development Grant (CDG)
  35. Innovation & Capability Voucher (ICV)

If we missed out any funding or incentive scheme, do let us know. Thanks! Read more

Identify and track key future trends with the Futures Centre

February 14, 2015 by  
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Futures Centre by Forum for the Future

Futures thinking in Singapore is usually associated with the work of the government, which is well-known to make use of futures techniques and planning for identifying key trends, challenges and opportunities. Most local businesses and non-profits, however, are not familiar with the use of futures thinking in their work. But this could change soon with the launch of the Futures Centre in Singapore last week.

The Futures Centre, developed by global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future (Forum) with support from EDB and other Forum partners, is a digital platform for decision makers to track trends, share resources and identify opportunities for sustainable innovation and collaboration. This free platform allows businesses and non-profits to tap into Forum’s futures knowledge. Read more

3 things you can do today on food waste

February 12, 2015 by  
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Singapore generated almost 800 million kg of food waste in 2013, and only 13% of it was recycled. We can all play a part in understanding the issues and reducing food waste. Here’s 3 things you can do today:

1) Watch this video by Channel NewsAsia Connect to understand the food waste problem in Singapore.

2) Visit our Save Food Cut Waste website to find out how individuals and households can play a part in reducing food waste in our daily lives and at home. Follow the tips and start reducing food waste along our food cycle.

3) We are working with NUS students from the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme to conduct a survey to understand consumer’s attitudes towards food waste in the food and beverage (F&B) sector in Singapore. We hope to show the survey results to the F&B companies in order to nudge them to reduce food waste.

Pls help to participate in this short survey at http://bit.ly/16PURlm. Thanks much!

Singapore Green Landscape 2015

February 10, 2015 by  
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Singapore Green Landscape 2015

At Green Future Solutions, we do our best to keep track of the sustainability news, communities and industry in Singapore, which are compiled in our annual Singapore Green Landscape. For this 6th edition of the publication, we decided to make it more accessible by publishing it on our website instead of as a pdf file.

The Singapore Green Landscape 2015 provides a list of 160 key environmental news in Singapore last year, and highlights the 11 key government reports that are related to sustainability.

It also gives an introduction to the 44 non-governmental organisations and non-profits; 49 green groups; 17 business associations and groups; 53 green websites; 26 government agencies; and 47 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.

Feel free to share this publication with others, thanks.

Contents

Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - 2014 News
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Key Reports
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - NGOs and Non-Profits
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Green Groups
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Business Associations and Groups
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Green Websites
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Government Agencies
Singapore Green Landscape 2015 - Institutes and Centres

The information listed in this publication is obtained from the web. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no liability will be accepted by Green Future Solutions for errors that may appear in this publication.

Published in Feb 2015. Copyright © Green Future Solutions Group Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Image source: Singapore Green Landscape 2015, photo taken at the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 exhibition

What the green community could do better this year

February 8, 2015 by  
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A week of interesting meetings and events, which got me thinking about what the green community could do better this year. Here’s 3 things:

1) Think Long Term

While green NGOs in Singapore depend heavily on volunteers with passion to drive their work, they must also consider long term career paths and capacity building to attract people to join the environmental sector. Besides requiring passion, creating a viable green career for passionate people is also important. Having full-time staff with relevant skills to drive the key work ensures continuity and better engagement with stakeholders.

NGOs could adopt futures thinking to identify key trends, challenges and opportunities. Thinking long term is not just for the government, NGOs should also think about how best to advance their causes in a changing Singapore with more diverse voices.

2) Have More Conversations

The green community is often busy working on their own causes and silos, without slowing down to speak to other groups in the community and find collaborations. The occasional meetups at events hardly enable proper conversations to develop.

We need to develop spaces where the green community can come together and have deep conversations to discuss, plan, collaborate and synergise. We also need spaces where the green community can have conversations with other communities, NGOs, businesses and government agencies.

3) Nudge the Government

We can help the government help the green community. Some government agencies need to see public support before setting certain policies. The green community can identify these potentials and work on campaigns to increase public awareness and support, so that this groundswell can nudge the government in doing their work faster.

Some government policies might be backwards in today’s evolving society and needs. The green community can proactively engage the government on these policies, with recommendations and constructive feedback.

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