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.
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:
Everyone can make a difference to fight climate change! Here are 3 simple ways you can reduce your energy usage and carbon emissions.
#1 – Increase your air-conditioner temperature by 1oC
Less energy is used by your air-conditioner when you increase the temperature setting. For every degree raised, you can save an additional $15 a year!
#2 – Reduce your shower time by 2 minutes
Doing so saves you close to 20 litres of water each time! Conserving water also reduces the energy needed to treat and deliver water to homes.
#3 – Practise the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
By practising the 3Rs, we can reduce the amount of waste we generate and incinerate, which reduces carbon emissions.
The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, conducted a survey from May to July 2019 to gauge public perception and views on climate change. About 1,000 Singapore residents aged 15 and above were interviewed face-to-face for their views. This survey has been conducted by the Government once every two years since 2011.
The survey found that over 90 per cent of Singapore residents are aware of climate change and its impact; and close to 80 per cent are prepared to do more to fight climate change. Key findings from the 2019 survey are:
a) Higher public awareness of climate change and its impact:
- More than 9 in 10 (94.9 per cent) have heard of, read, or come across the terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”, up from 89.5 per cent in 2017 and 80.6 per cent in 2015.
- Most respondents are also aware of the impact of climate change, such as disrupting ecosystems (95.3 per cent), increased vulnerability to heat stress and diseases (93.7 per cent), and problems caused by rising sea levels (93.4 per cent).
b) Strong support for Singapore to shift to low carbon economy:
- More than 9 in 10 (95.4 per cent) support Singapore making a shift to a low carbon economy.
- About 8 in 10 (78.2 per cent) are prepared to play their part towards a low carbon Singapore, even if they are expected to bear some additional costs and inconvenience as consumers.
c) More individuals are taking climate-friendly actions. Most are motivated to preserve a liveable world for future generations:
- More than 6 in 10 (60.9 per cent) strongly believe that individual action makes a difference in fighting climate change.
- More respondents are taking climate-friendly actions such as conserving water (90.7 per cent, up from 85.8 per cent in 2017), reducing food wastage and tracking food expiration (79.7 per cent, up from 77.6 per cent in 2017), and switching off electrical appliances at the wall socket (91 per cent, same as 2017).
- “Preserving a liveable world for future generations” is respondents’ top reason to perform climate-friendly actions.
- More than 8 in 10 (84.8 per cent) strongly believe that climate change is already happening and will affect our future generations if we do nothing. However, only about half of them (48.3 per cent) know what to do to help address climate change.
d) Collective action is needed: Respondents believe that Government, Businesses and Individuals all have a part to play in tackling climate change. Respondents also view Community Groups and Non-governmental Organisations as having a part to play in tackling climate change.
Addressing climate change is a whole-of-society effort, and requires the Government, Businesses, the Community and Individuals to work together. The Government will continue to encourage collective climate action, and work closely with businesses and citizens to co-create solutions to build a resilient and sustainable Singapore.
As a low-lying island city-state, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.
We are already experiencing the impact of climate change, such as more intense rainfall and prolonged dry spells.
By 2100, we could experience:
- Mean sea level rise of up to 1 metre
- An increase in daily mean temperatures as high as 4.6°C, and
- More extreme and intense weather events, which may lead to more frequent floods.