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Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)

MEWR’s mission is to deliver and sustain a clean and healthy environment and water resources for all in Singapore. We also aim to grow and nurture a vibrant environment and water industry that contributes to sustainable economic growth in Singapore. A total budget of $1,006.7 million has been allocated to MEWR in FY2008 to achieve this mission.

MEWR seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

  • High standards of environmental health
  • Good ambient air quality
  • Sustainable solid waste management
  • Energy efficient Singapore
  • Sustainable and affordable water supply
  • A vibrant environment and water industry

High Standards of Environmental Health

$271.1 million will be used to ensure a safe, clean and healthy environment to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in Singapore. This is achieved through effective surveillance and control of vectors, keeping public areas clean, establishing a high standard of hygiene in food establishments, upgrading of infrastructure such as hawker centres, investment in R&D as well as the promotion of community participation and ownership among stakeholders.

Such programmes include:

  • Dengue Prevention and Control;
    Dengue Prevention and Control
  • Research in dengue and vector-borne diseases;
  • Provision of Street Cleansing services;
  • Singapore-Litter-Free Campaign;
    Singapore-Litter-Free Campaign
  • Foodstall/Foodshop Grading;
  • Enforcement of the prohibition of smoking at designated places;
  • Management of 124 hawker centres;
  • Management of government cemeteries, crematoria and columbaria.

Good Ambient Air Quality

$41.1 million will be set aside to ensure that air quality continues to meet international standards, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and provide timely and reliable meteorological services.

These programmes include:

  • Emission control at source;
  • Promotion of green vehicles;
  • Weather forecasting and early warnings of natural events; and
    Good Ambient Air Quality
  • Regional collaboration on the transboundary smoke haze pollution.

Sustainable Solid Waste Management

$132.2 million will be allocated to ensure daily collection of waste, dispose 2.6 million tonnes of waste by incineration and landfill, and promote waste minimisation and recycling.

These programmes include:

  • National Recycling Programme;
    National Recycling Programme
  • Voluntary Packaging Agreement to reduce packaging waste;
  • Promotion of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) such as waste minimisation in industrial and commercial premises and reducing wastage of plastic shopping bags; and
  • Operation of refuse incineration plants and Semakau Landfill.

Energy Efficient Singapore

Energy efficiency is Singapore’s key strategy to mitigate the impact of climate change and at the same time ensure good air quality, improve economic competitiveness and enhance energy security. Energy efficiency will also lower costs particularly in a period of high energy prices. A multi-agency Energy Efficiency Programme Office (E2PO) led by NEA and comprising representatives from the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Economic Development Board (EDB), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Building And Construction Authority (BCA) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has been set up to drive energy efficiency improvements in Singapore. The E2PO will harness the combined expertise of the agencies to develop and implement a holistic national plan for Singapore to improve energy efficiency in five key sectors: power generation, industry, transport, buildings and households.

The national energy efficiency plan, also known as E2 Singapore, will aim to promote energy efficient technologies and measures, develop energy efficiency capability and raise awareness of energy efficiency among businesses and the public.

$5.2 million will be used to fund some of the existing programmes under E2 Singapore, such as:

  • Mandatory Energy Labeling Scheme for air-cons and refrigerators;
  • Mandatory Fuel Economy Labeling Scheme for passenger cars;
  • Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme (EASe) to promote energy efficiency in the manufacturing and building sectors;
  • Innovation for Environmental Sustainability Fund to support innovative projects that improve energy efficiency or reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Public awareness and education on energy efficiency and climate change.

A new fund called the Sustainable Energy Fund will be set up to promote energy efficiency initiatives, such as:

  • Grants to help companies to engage energy efficiency experts to advise on how to incorporate energy efficiency considerations into the design of their industrial facilities;
  • Grants to encourage the adoption of energy efficient technologies;
  • Grants for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) documentation to encourage clean energy and energy efficient projects;
  • Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) training grants to encourage development of energy efficiency capabilities; and
  • Energy efficiency conferences, workshops and seminars for knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices among industry players.

Sustainable and Affordable Water Supply

$396 million has been allocated to PUB to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Building a City of Gardens and Water
  • Flood Alleviation
  • Used Water are Collected for Proper Disposal

Building a City of Gardens and Water

Building a City of Gardens and Water

$55 million will be spent to help realise this vision. The Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters Programme is a key programme in efforts to transform Singapore into a City of Gardens and Water. The intricate network of reservoirs and waterways will create new community spaces and bring people closer to our waters. With more opportunities for interaction, we hope to connect Singapore residents with our waters, giving them a greater sense of ownership so that they will better value our waters.

PUB’s ongoing reservoir schemes to dam up the rivers at Marina, Punggol and Seletar will support the ABC Waters Programme, by keeping the water level in these rivers at a constant level, instead of being subject to tidal influences. This will allow PUB to create ever-flowing streams and rivers, which can be beautified so that water becomes a pervasive and welcomed feature in Singapore’s landscape.

Flood Alleviation

Marina Barrage

$180 million will be allocated to reduce flood prone areas. PUB’s continual drainage improvement efforts have reduced the flood-prone areas in Singapore from 3,200 ha in the 1970s to 124 ha today. With the completion of the Marina Barrage in 2008, the flood-prone areas will be further reduced to less than 100 ha. In addition, the drainage programme is being accelerated to manage unprecedented flash floods and this will further bring down the total flood-prone areas to less than 80 ha.

Construction of Marina Barrage
Construction of Marina Barrage

Collection of Used Water for Proper Disposal

$161 million will be set aside for the collection of used water for proper disposal. The used water network will be extended to serve new developments in Marina South and Pasir Ris, and existing pumping installations will be upgraded to enhance operational reliability. The existing used water network in the Marina Catchment areas will be rehabilitated to strengthen its structural integrity and to keep water in Marina Reservoir clean.

The Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS), which is our long term solution to meet Singapore’s needs for used water collection, treatment and disposal, will be completed in 2008 with the commissioning of Singapore’s largest Water Reclamation Plant at Changi.

A Vibrant Environment and Water Industry

The Environment and Water Industry Development Council spearheads efforts to grow the water industry in Singapore and supports the National Research Foundation’s efforts to build up our R&D capabilities in water as driver for economic growth. 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 achieve this outcome, we have adopted the following strategies:

  • Capability Development: Build up the technology base of the industry, and develop the necessary talent and manpower to meet the needs of this growing sector.
  • Cluster Development: Develop a vibrant eco-system of local and foreign players spanning the entire value chain of activities in the water sector.
  • Internationalisation: Facilitate efforts by Singapore-based companies to expand their businesses and operations overseas so as to capture a share of the global market.

To find out more about the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and our initiatives,  please feel free to visit our website.

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