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Security and External Relations
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
MEWR’s mission is to ensure a clean, sustainable environment and water supply for Singapore. A total budget of $1.3 billion has been allocated to MEWR in FY2012 to achieve this mission.
The outcomes that MEWR seeks to achieve are:
- Clean and healthy environment;
- Good environmental and water (EW) infrastructure and services;
- Long term resource sustainability;
- Access to clean water;
- Shared environmental ownership; and
- Safeguard Singapore’s EW strategic and economic interests.
Clean and Healthy Environment
High Standards of Environmental Health
The National Environment Agency (NEA) maintains a high standard of environmental health. $274 million will be set aside to fund programmes for the control of vectors, upholding the cleanliness of public places and hygiene standards in food establishments, upgrading the facilities in hawker centres and markets, investing in R&D and increasing community participation among stakeholders.
Effective control of vectors
In the absence of a vaccine for dengue, reduction of mosquito breeding habitats is the key strategy to prevent dengue transmission. NEA adopts an integrated evidence-based dengue control strategy comprising vector surveillance and control, laboratory surveillance and research, risk assessments, legislation and enforcement, and community outreach and mobilisation, to maintain low incidence of dengue in Singapore. In November 2011, NEA had also embarked on a new engagement plan which further enhances its existing dengue control operations with greater emphasis on education and outreach efforts to households. During such educational visits, NEA officers will highlight all potential mosquito breeding grounds in that particular home and the corrective measures the resident needs to undertake. In addition to the daily update of dengue clusters on the www.dengue.gov.sg website, since 2 November 2011, the public can also subscribe to be alerted via SMS if a dengue cluster forms in a neighbourhood they live in or frequent.
NEA also carries out surveillance and control of rats, which spread diseases such as Leptospirosis and Hanta viruses.
Collaboration in vector-borne diseases
In keeping with the collaborative spirit, NEA’s Environmental Health Institute (EHI) has been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the last five years to enhance the surveillance and control of arboviral diseases such as dengue in the Asia-Pacific region. On 22 February 2011, EHI was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research of Arbovirus and their Associated Vectors. The centre allows EHI to develop a dedicated programme with WHO, aimed at strengthening the surveillance and control of arboviral diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, in the region. Through research partnerships forged with both regional and international bodies, EHI aims to contribute to the reduction of arboviral disease burden in the region.
Upholding the cleanliness of public places
NEA cleanses over 6,900 km of public roads and pavements throughout Singapore daily. A large part of this is outsourced to private contractors who mechanised their cleansing operation to achieve greater efficiency.
In addition, NEA is reviewing the anti-littering regime to send a clearer message to litterbugs that the anti-social act is not acceptable. NEA will also put up for public consultation, ideas on how to improve the anti-littering regime.
To raise the standards and professionalism of the cleaning industry, NEA has rolled out a Voluntary Accreditation Scheme for cleaning companies. The scheme recognises companies that have put in place operating systems to provide quality cleaning services. It also allows service buyers to differentiate the quality of cleaning companies before engaging them. Moving forward, NEA will also be rolling out a Licensing framework for cleaning companies in 2014.
NEA administers the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act, which aims to protect members of the public from the harmful health effects of second-hand smoke. NEA officers conduct regular inspections of premises where smoking is prohibited to ensure that the law is adhered to. NEA regularly reviews the need to extend the smoking prohibition to other public places and commenced, in November 2011, a public consultation exercise on extending the list of smoke-free places.
Championing food hygiene
NEA regulates the food retail industry in Singapore to ensure that high standards of cleanliness and food hygiene are adhered to by operators. Inspections are carried out regularly and enforcement actions taken against those who fail to meet standards. NEA also promotes shared responsibility by requiring certain categories of food establishments to engage a Food Hygiene Officer. These are supervisors or managers of food establishments who are trained to oversee the cleanliness and food hygiene standards in their premises.
Maintenance of high standard in food hygiene through inspection and education
Beginning 15 February 2012, caterers licensed by NEA are required to provide a time stamp for all catered food. This time stamp would indicate when the food was cooked, and when the food should be consumed by. All cooked food should be consumed within four hours after it is prepared for consumption. The time stamp informs consumers to consume the food within the stated time limit. This is part of NEA’s efforts to raise the level of awareness on food safety among the caterers and the general public, to further minimise the risks of food poisoning.
The stringent regulatory regime for food hygiene standards is complemented by research and development in food microbiology. These efforts aim to identify and mitigate the risks that are presented in the process of food preparation.
Moving forward, NEA is looking into enhancing the inspection regime for retail food establishments. Factors such as type of food sold, food preparation method, availability of food safety management programme, history of food poisoning incidents and hygiene lapses, etc will be used to determine the risk profile of the food establishment. Higher risk premises will be inspected more frequently than medium or lower risk premises. The enhanced regime is expected to be rolled out by end 2013.
Environmental sample collected at different risk points and microbes implicated identified in the laboratory
Hawker centres and wet markets were built by the government between the 1960s and 1980s with the main objective of re-settling hawkers from the streets. They also provided eating and marketing amenities for residents in new towns. Over the years, hawker centres have evolved to play an important social role by providing a source of affordable food, a valuable shared space for community interaction and a source of employment for Singaporeans. Today, NEA is responsible for the management of 107 hawker centres and wet markets in Singapore.
Upgrading our hawker centres and wet markets
In line with the government’s effort to upgrade public housing estates, the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP) was launched in 2001 to give a facelift to these facilities, many of which were built decades ago. As at 2011, 95 centres have been upgraded. The HUP is expected to be completed by 2012.
Building new hawker centres
On 8 October 2011, Minister (Environment and Water Resources) announced that the Government will resume the building of hawker centres to cater to the needs of the community. Building efforts on new hawker centres will be focused on new estates which may currently face an under provision of eating options, such as Punggol and Jurong, although this will be contingent on land availability. The first new hawker centre will be built at Bukit Panjang, located at the junction between Bukit Panjang Road and Pending Road.
Providing care-for-the-dead services
NEA provides care-for-the-dead services, encompassing the management of public cemeteries (Choa Chu Kang), crematoria (Choa Chu Kang and Mandai) and columbaria (Choa Chu Kang, Mandai and Yishun). NEA is also redeveloping the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery to sustain the land-use for the next 100 years.
Good Ambient Air Quality
Good air quality safeguards public health and is an important component of our quality of life. Singapore’s strategy to achieve this is through prevention, enforcement and monitoring. Prevention of pollution involves land use planning to site pollutive industries away from residential areas and requiring industries to install pollution control equipment before they can operate. Stringent enforcement is conducted to ensure that industries maintain and operate their pollution control equipment properly and comply with emission standards. The air quality is continuously monitored to ensure that the pollution control measures are adequate. Through these efforts, Singapore is able to achieve good ambient air quality.
$56 million will be set aside to fund programmes such as:
- Emission control at source (e.g. from factories and vehicles);
- Monitoring of ambient air quality;
- Weather monitoring and forecasting, early detection, alerts and warnings of natural hazards; and
- Regional collaboration on the prevention of transboundary smoke haze pollution.
i) Monitoring of real-time images of emission from factories
ii) Observation of smoke emissions from factories to ensure compliance with emission limits
iii) Enforcement against smoky vehicles on roads using video cameras
Good environmental and water infrastructure and services
PUB’s continual drainage improvement efforts have reduced the flood-prone areas in Singapore from 3,200 hectares in the 1970s to about 48 hectares by end FY2011.
Going forward, PUB will continue to enhance the drainage infrastructure to reduce the risk of flooding. In particular, PUB will construct drains with higher drainage standards to cater for more intense storms. Over the next five years, the capacity of six major canals (including Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal, Geylang River, Alexandra Canal, Rochor Canal, Sungei Bedok and Sungei Kallang) will be increased by 30 to 45%. For FY2012, $293 million will be spent on drainage programmes, which will reduce flood prone areas to 40 ha by end FY2012. The key projects include improvements to old roadside drains, Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal, Alexandra Canal (between Zion Road and Kim Seng Road), Geylang River (Phase 1–Dunman Road to Guillemard Road), and Stamford Canal.
Notwithstanding the above, PUB will be adopting a holistic approach to enhance Singapore’s flood resilience. This entails looking at the entire spectrum of the system, from implementing high design standards, to exploring solutions beyond conventional widening / deepening of canals (e.g. managing storm water run-off at source through green spaces and detention tanks), and working with stakeholders to improve building protection against floods.
PUB will also expand its modelling capabilities in the coming year to better assess the performance of the drainage system, analyse flood risks, and more importantly better forecast the occurrence of flash floods.
Improved Used Water Management
Since 2009, works have commenced to extend Singapore’s used water network to serve new developments in Jurong Eastern Catchment/Jurong Lake District, Bukit Batok, Punggol Town, Marina South, Changi East and Pasir Ris / Tampines areas. The Used Water Network Rehabilitation Programme is also being carried out to enhance network structural integrity and operational reliability. This helps to prevent any potential leak from the sewerage system.
For FY2012, $208 million will be spent to improve our used water infrastructure.
Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Singapore's solid waste disposal infrastructure consists of four waste-to-energy (WTE) plants: Tuas, Tuas South, Senoko and Keppel Seghers Tuas, as well as the offshore Semakau Landfill.
There is a need to reduce the amount of waste disposed of at Semakau Landfill as there is limited space for landfill in Singapore. Incineration, which reduces the volume of solid waste by about 90%, is part of our strategy to minimise the amount of waste sent for disposal at Semakau Landfill. An amount of $332 million will be set aside for:
- Operations of two of the WTE plants (Tuas and Tuas South), the marine transfer station and the offshore Semakau Landfill; and
- Service and incineration capacity payments to the two private WTE plants.
The Keppel Seghers Tuas WTE Plant (KSTP), which was commissioned in 2009, was developed on a Public-Private-Partnership model for private developers to Design, Build, Own and Operate (DBOO) the WTE plant in return for service and incineration capacity payments from NEA. The Senoko Incineration Plant was divested in 2009 and the private sector owner now operates the plant in return for service and incineration capacity payments from NEA under terms similar to the DBOO model. The plant has been renamed Senoko Waste-To-Energy Plant (SWTE).
Keppel Seghers Tuas Waste-to-Energy Plant (DBOO plant)
Senoko Waste-to-Energy Plant (divested in 2009)
NEA continues to operate the Tuas Incineration Plant (TIP) and the Tuas South Incineration Plant (TSIP). These plants are in their 25th and 11th year of operation respectively and there is a need to carry out major overhaul and refurbishment works to ensure safe and efficient operations, and minimum disruptions due to equipment malfunction. Some of the major works to be carried out in 2012 include:
- Refurbishment of incineration units;
- Overhaul of feeder and stoker systems;
- Refurbishment of electrostatic precipitators;
- Replacement of cab-tyre cables, resistor banks, control systems and electrical parts of the refuse and ash cranes; and
- Overhaul of turbo-generators.
Tuas Incineration Plant
Tuas South Incineration Plant
Incinerable waste in Singapore is collected and sent to the four waste-to-energy plants for incineration. Non-incinerable waste and the incinerated ash are transported by barges to the offshore Semakau Landfill where they are disposed of at the tipping sites.
Long Term Resource Sustainability
Waste Minimisation and Recycling
Singapore adopts a three-pronged strategy to reduce the need for waste disposal facilities. They are waste minimisation, recycling, and maximising waste volume reduction via incineration at waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. Through waste minimisation such as encouraging manufacturers to use less packaging, less waste is generated from source. Next, by recycling as much as much as possible, less waste needs to be sent for disposal. Finally, all incinerable waste is sent to WTE plants to maximise volume reduction and therefore minimise landfill needs, while maximising energy recovery for power generation.
$5 million will be set aside to promote and administer waste minimisation and recycling initiatives and programmes.
In the National Recycling Programme, households in HDB and private landed estates are provided with recycling collection services. To reach the young, the NEA administers the School Recycling Corner Programme to encourage students to participate in recycling activities that are organised throughout the school year. For condominiums and private apartments, NEA enforces the mandatory provision of recycling receptacles which enables residents to recycle their waste. NEA organises the Recycling Week annually in partnership with the grassroots organisations to promote awareness in recycling among the community.
Recycling bins have been deployed for every HDB block in the new public waste collection contracts awarded in 2011 for the Pasir Ris-Tampines sector and Bedok sector.
Recycling Week 2011 targeted residents to educate them on the 3Rs–Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Apart from setting up recycling bins, students also organise exhibitions to create awareness as part of the School Recycling Corner Programme.
NEA also works with industry stakeholders to promote recycling. This includes recycling programmes for tenants in JTC industrial estates; take-back schemes for disused items by computer, hand-phone and printer cartridge brand-owners; and the Singapore Packaging Agreement to minimise packaging waste. NEA also administers the Sarimbun Recycling Park that is leased out for recycling activities that require large stockpiling areas, such as for wood, horticultural and construction and demolition wastes. In order to promote new recycling technologies and kickstart new recycling initiatives, various waste minimisation and recycling projects are funded under the Innovation for Environmental Sustainability Fund and 3R Fund.
Dedicated recycling skids in JTC flatted factory estate
Twenty-three 3R Packaging Awards were given out to companies that reduced waste in 2011 under the Singapore Packaging Agreement.
Energy efficiency is Singapore’s key strategy to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. Energy efficiency also helps to improve Singapore’s economic competitiveness, energy security and environment sustainability.
$35 million will be set aside to fund programmes to encourage energy efficiency improvement in Singapore. Some of the key programmes are illustrated below:
Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP)
The EENP is a voluntary partnership programme that seeks to encourage businesses to put in place an energy management system and adopt practices and measures to improve energy efficiency at the organisational level. It provides a training framework to develop energy efficiency competencies within the industry, and includes a recognition system to award EENP partners that have done well in energy efficiency improvement. These initiatives will also help companies prepare for the Energy Conservation Act (ECA), which will come into effect in 2013.
Recognition for EENP partners who have improved their energy efficiency levels
Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Programme
The SCEM Programme, which is jointly administered by NEA and the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES), offers formal training and certification in the area of energy management, and is designed for engineering professionals who intend to build their career as energy managers. The programme helps participants develop the technical skills and competencies needed to manage energy services and perform energy management work within their organisations. In support of the SCEM programme, NEA also administers the SCEM Training Grant, which is a co-funding scheme to help defray the course fee of the SCEM training programme.
NEA administers a number of incentive schemes to help companies make energy efficient choices from the design phase to the operational phase. At the design phase, the Design for Efficiency (DfE) scheme provides funding to encourage investors in new facilities in Singapore to integrate energy and resource efficiency improvements into manufacturing development plans early in the design stage. At the operational phase, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme (EASe) provides funding for companies to carry out detailed studies on their energy consumption, and identify potential areas for energy efficiency improvements. In addition, the Grant for Energy Efficient Technologies (GREET) scheme provides funding to encourage owners and operators of industrial facilities to invest in energy efficient equipment and technologies.
Public Sector Taking the Lead in Environmental Sustainability
The public sector continues to be committed to take the lead in environmental sustainability. By demonstrating the associated environmental and economic benefits of utilising resources optimally, the public sector hopes to spur similar efforts among the private and people sectors. The environmental sustainability measures that public sector agencies adopt encompass energy efficiency, water efficiency and recycling.
Access to Clean Water; Shared Environmental Ownership
Diversifying the Water Supply Through Four National Taps
Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply through the Four National Taps, namely water from local catchments, imported water, reclaimed water known as NEWater and desalinated water.
The supply of water from local catchments was boosted in 2011 when the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs were officially opened on 3 July and became our 16th and 17th reservoirs. Together with Marina Reservoir, Singapore’s water catchment area increases from half to two-thirds of its total land area.
The expansion of our water catchments has to be done hand-in-hand with keeping our reservoirs clean. This is achieved by improving the quality of water in the tributaries leading to our reservoirs, and includes pre-treating and creating flowing waters in the major canals and rivers leading to the Marina Reservoir in order to keep the water clean.
Besides water from local catchments, Singapore’s capacity for producing desalinated water has also increased with the groundbreaking for the second desalination plant in Tuas. The plant is expected to commence operations in 2013 and will add another 70 mgd to our water supply.
Building a City of Gardens and Water
The Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters Programme is a long-term strategic initiative to bring Singaporeans closer to water so that they can better appreciate and cherish this precious resource. The ABC Waters Programme will help transform Singapore into a City of Gardens and Water through the transformation of utilitarian drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes that are teeming with vibrancy, thus creating a sense of collective ownership of our water resources.
Some of the key ABC Waters projects constructed in 2011 include Alexandra Canal and Ang Mo Kio–Bishan Park.
Alexandra Canal was opened by then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on 19 March 2011. The 1.2 km stretch of canal from Tanglin Road to Delta Road has been transformed into an attractive open waterway with softened banks that integrate seamlessly with adjacent developments. A short stretch of open waterway was decked over to create an interesting water cascade. Wetlands help cleanse the water and provide an excellent opportunity for outdoor learning.
Ang Mo Kio–Bishan Park will be transformed into a meandering river, with trees and shrubs on its banks. The additional facilities in the park include a river promenade, as well as three new playgrounds, each with a distinctive theme. The new park is also home to diverse wildlife with habitats created to encourage certain species to settle and thrive.
Our Environment: Safeguard, Nurture, Cherish
NEA’s 3P partnership approach fosters collaboration between different segments of society. It promotes environmental ownership by encouraging the People, Private and Public (3P) sectors to work together and take responsibility in caring for the environment.
Engaging the Community
The year-long Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) campaign is a flagship programme which aims to inspire Singapore residents to care for and protect our living environment by adopting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Several key events, such as the CGS Launch, Schools’ Carnival, Recycling Week and four district-wide community events are held annually to promote greater environmental ownership and community participation.
NEA educates and engages different segments of the community to take necessary steps to dengue prevention measure, through various partnership programmes: (1) Partnership with retail outlets, such as Sheng Siong Supermarket, to reach out to residents at points of purchase during the dengue season and Chinese New Year festive season. (2) Partnership with the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) (LIAS), plant nurseries and NParks to reach out to plant owners. (3) Partnership with the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) and travel agents to reach out to outbound travellers. (4) Partnership with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Singapore Police Force (SPF), and private construction companies to reach out to foreign workers. In addition, NEA works closely with grassroots volunteers to promote dengue prevention messages to residents.
NEA also reaches out to children and their families with Operation M.A.C.E. (Monster Annihilation, Control and Enforcement). It leverages the power of new media platforms and the use of web-animations, computer gamings and inter-school competitions to promote dengue awareness among youths. Operation M.A.C.E. achieved the Distinguished Award at the International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC) 2011 held in Yokohama, Japan.
NEA launched a new anti-littering campaign in 2010 comprising stricter enforcement, better infrastructure and more targeted public outreach and education efforts to change behaviour and prevent littering. To reinforce efforts, Litter-Free Ambassadors (LFAs) continue to conduct house-to-house visits to educate the residents on keeping the environment clean; patrol littering hotspots; and engage the community to keep the public spaces litter-free. The Students Embrace Litter-Free (SELF) programme engages students to conduct clean-up initiatives outside their school premises and adopt the community space to keep it clean and beautiful. The SELF programme was extended to preschools in 2011. In FY2012, NEA will focus on facilitating community-led efforts to Keep Singapore Clean.
The cleanliness of our common spaces relies on the collaborative efforts of different segments of the community. Hence, to complement the government’s efforts, the Public Hygiene Council (PHC) was formed in November 2010 to encourage greater 3P partnerships in support of public hygiene. The Council, comprising representatives from the 3P sectors, focuses on issues such as anti-littering, clean public toilets and good personal hygiene.
Specific initiatives by the PHC in 2012 include:
- Series of public forums to garner feedback on cleanliness and hygiene programmes;
- Raising standards of cleanliness and hygiene through educational programmes; and
- Instituting multi-stakeholder cleanliness and hygiene programmes at the community level.
Inspiring the Young
The inaugural Youth for the Environment Day (YED) was launched on 20 April 2011 as a key platform for young Singaporeans to champion environmental ownership, as well as renew their commitment to care for the environment. On the annual YED, young Singaporeans are encouraged to take action under the themes of safeguarding, nurturing and cherishing the environment. More than 130 schools participated in the first YED.
NEA collaborates and works closely with our key stakeholders in the co-creation of contents for outreach programmes. Some of the 2011 initiatives include:
NEA facilitated the formation of the Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement (KSBM) in September 2010, which serves as a platform for passionate individuals, community groups, schools, non-governmental organisations and businesses to share experiences and jointly mobilise ground-up activities to keep Singapore clean and beautiful.
The debut issue of 3P SYNC was launched in August 2011. It is a periodic publication targeted at NEA partners in the 3P sectors, to keep our partners abreast on Singapore’s environmental initiatives and to recognise partners’ efforts and contribution in environmental sustainability.
The Eco Music Challenge signifies NEA’s new approach in using music as an emotional link between youth and the environment, touching their hearts and minds on environmental awareness and ownership. It underpins the CGS campaign to inspire Singaporeans to adopt eco-practices as an integral part of their daily lives.
Recognising Environment Champions
NEA also develops recognition platforms to acknowledge the contribution and efforts of our 3P partners in helping to achieve environmental sustainability. The annual CGS Awards recognise grassroots organisations for their efforts to achieve its environmental goals in the areas of Public Hygiene & Cleanliness, and Energy Efficiency & Resource Conservation. The annual EcoFriend Awards recognise individuals from private and public sectors, non-governmental and grassroots organizations, youth and students, as well as educational institutions who have made significant and sustainable contributions to our clean and green environment. As for the Corporate and School Partnership (CASP) Sustained Partnership Awards, it was given to corporate and school who have sustained their partnership for at least three years. These recipients form a growing pool of environmentally proactive individuals that NEA can work with to make Singapore a liveable and sustainable city.
Safeguard Singapore’s EW Strategic and Economic Interests
On the international front, MEWR engages its partners to:
- Address environment and water issues that may affect the region;
- Share Singapore’s environmental and water capabilities;
- Help fulfil Singapore’s international obligations; and
- Explore commercial opportunities in the areas of environment and water.
For FY2012, MEWR will continue with Singapore’s constructive participation in various international and regional fora to address environmental and water issues of concern, maintain close collaboration with counterparts in the region and beyond, and facilitate trade and investment in environment and water goods and services in the on-going FTA negotiations that Singapore has embarked on.
Singapore will showcase its achievements in balancing rapid urban development with environmental sustainability at the International Exposition Yeosu Korea which will be held from May 2012. MEWR will lead a multi-agency project committee to manage the Singapore Pavilion at the Exposition.
Separately, MEWR also supports the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) efforts to build up Singapore’s R&D capabilities in water and grow Singapore into a global environment and water hub for business, investment, research and technology.
The Clean Water Programme funded by the National Research Foundation received an additional boost of $140 million in 2011, bringing the total funding for growing the Singapore water industry to $470 million. We target to grow the value-added (VA) contribution from the water industry from $0.5 billion in 2003 to $1.7 billion by 2015, and double the number of jobs in this sector to 11,000 over the same period. To this end, we have adopted a Whole-Of-Government approach along three strategic thrusts:
- Capability Development: Build up the technology base of the industries, and develop the necessary talent and manpower to meet the needs of this growing sector;
- Cluster Development: Anchoring major foreign players and grow local companies, including start-up companies to develop a vibrant eco-system spanning the entire value chain of activities in the sector; and
- Internationalisation: Profile Singapore as the platform for water solutions and facilitate efforts by Singapore-based companies to expand their businesses and operations overseas so as to capture a share of the global market.
NEA, with the support from the Economic Development Board (EDB), Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING), International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore), JTC Corporation and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will continue to spearhead the development of the local environment industry cluster and the promotion of these companies regionally and internationally. In 2012, focus will be placed on establishing platforms to showcase Singapore’s environmental capabilities, and rolling out programmes to raise the productivity of the industry. Specifically, NEA will be organising the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) in July 2012. It aims to be the global platform for leaders, senior government officials and policy makers, regulators and industry captains to identify, develop and share practical solutions to address environmental challenges for tomorrow's cities.
Sustaining a clean environment in tandem with urbanisation has become increasingly pertinent in a rapidly developing Asia. To address Asia’s search for solutions to a clean environment, the theme for CESS 2012 is "Innovative Clean Enviro-Solutions for Asia's Growing Cities". CESS 2012 will facilitate the sharing of insights on the latest environmental market trends through its plenary sessions and business forums. A myriad of activities that visitors can expect at the CESS 2012 will include the Clean Environment Leaders Summit, Clean Environment Regulators Roundtable and WasteMET Asia exhibition and conference that showcase the latest innovations in sustainable waste management, environmental technology and recycling solutions for Asia.
The Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP) was launched in 2009 with $15 million in funding to support the research efforts in developing cost effective and sustainable waste management solutions that are applicable in Singapore as well as other urban cities. The ETRP continues to build up waste management technological competencies and capabilities in Singapore in the areas of waste-to-energy, waste-to-resource and special waste treatment research. An additional $6 million in funding (for a total of $21 million) has been made available to ETRP and it will continue to run calls for research proposals until end 2013.
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