ClimateActionSG Newsletter (Jan)

A monthly e-newsletter on Singapore’s sustainable development and climate action efforts


Supporting the Multilateral System of Climate Action

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, delivered Singapore’s National Statement on 10 Dec 2019 at the UNFCCC COP-25, where he spoke on four key aspects to strengthen the multilateral system of climate action:

(i) Honouring and implementing pledges; (ii) Completing the Paris Agreement Work Programme; (iii) Mobilising national climate actions; and (iv) Strengthening solidarity through partnerships.

Read Singapore’s National Statement here.

Solar Powered, Sunny Singapore

Our nation is making big plans to harness more power from the sun. Here’s the lowdown on how we’re gearing up for solar.

As the Earth continues to experience climate change, countries all across the globe are ramping up their efforts to employ cleaner energy sources.

Singapore is no different, having taken measures that date back to the early 2000s, and numerous plans for the future. Out of the myriad non-fossil fuel energy sources, solar energy will become one of the Lion City’s most important renewable options in the future (proving that not only Superman can harness the power of the sun).

Read on for the scoop on why solar power is the most promising source of renewable energy for our sunny island, the various projects and goals that have been undertaken, and ways that you can be a game changer in the fight for our environment.

Strengthening flood protection in Singapore

It’s easy to be disheartened when one hears about the impacts of climate change on our environment.

On TV, we’re confronted with the devastation of fires in the Amazon and Australia, as well as the severe flooding that has hit Venice and Jakarta. Films like An Inconvenient Truth and The Day After Tomorrow run the gamut from factual to fantastically frightening, but hammer home the anxiety we’re feeling about the consequences of harming Mother Nature.

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Closer to home, Singapore has experienced its own share of extreme weather too, such as  intense rainfall events that lead to more frequent flash floods, and prolonged dry spells that threaten our water security. It is estimated that it may cost $100 billion dollars over the next century to protect ourselves against rising sea levels in the future.

Saving Semakau — One island’s role in managing Singapore’s waste

Can all of Singapore’s trash fit on one little island? The answer’s yes, but not for long!

The Little Landfill That Could

Think of Singapore’s outlying islands, and you’ll probably imagine petting the tortoises on Kusu island, diving at Pulau Hantu, or camping on Saint John’s Island. But have you heard of Pulau Semakau?

Located eight kilometres off Singapore’s Southern Coast, this little island is home to Singapore’s only landfill—a 3.5 square-kilometre space that holds all the trash of Singapore’s 5.6 million people.

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That’s no mean feat, considering that as a nation we generated 7.7. million tonnes of waste in 2018. Imagine just a fraction of that weight filling the Semakau Landfill each year, and you can probably imagine why our waste problem is piling up.

So, how does one little island hold all that trash? We delve into what makes this ingenious landfill tick, and clear up some misconceptions you might have about Pulau Semakau.

Going Green — Transforming Transport

From cleaner vehicles on the road to an expanded rail network, Singapore is firmly on track to a more sustainable transport system.

Often lauded for its affordable, efficient and highly-interconnected public transport network, Singapore is certainly well-equipped to combat carbon emissions when it comes to greener forms of commuting.

The compact, interconnected nature of our city is a boon in the fight against climate change, as it makes public modes of transport not only possible, but highly convenient.

By 2040, we hope to have 9 in 10 peak-period journeys made through walking, cycling or riding public and shared transport.

Commuters should be able to complete their journeys in 45 minutes during peak periods, while amenities within the neighbourhood should be no more than 20 minutes away.

While this sounds like an ambitious goal, changes are already underway to turn this into a reality. Here are some plans that are being put into place: