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Singapore Green Plan 2030

Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement are committed to sustainable development and have devised policies, plan and strategies to realize this objective. One such prominent initiative in a NAM Member State is the Singapore Green Plan 2030. Launched in February 2021, the Singapore Green Plan 2030 seeks to galvanize a whole-of-nation movement and advance Singapore’s national agenda on sustainable development. Spearheaded by five ministries – the Ministries of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), Trade and Industry (MTI), Transport (MOT), National Development (MND), and Education (MOE) – and supported by the whole of Government, the Green Plan charts ambitious and concrete targets for the rest of this decade. Some of the key targets of the plan are to plant 1 million more trees, quadruple solar energy deployment by 2025, reduce the waste sent to landfill by 30% by 2030, ensure that at least 20% of schools to be carbon neutral by 2030 and ensure that newly registered cars to be cleaner-energy models from 2030.

The Singapore Green Plan 2030 has five pillars: 1) Transform Singapore into a City in Nature which entails expanding the Nature Park (N Parks) Network, intensifying nature in gardens and parks, restoring nature into the urban landscape, strengthening connectivity between Singapore’s green spaces and enhancing veterinary care and animal management; 2) Energy Reset under which the aim is to use cleaner energy sources across all sectors.; 3) Sustainable living by reducing carbon emissions, embracing sustainability by consuming less, recycling more, and taking public transport and aiming to be zero waste nation with circular economy; 4) Seeking green growth to create new jobs, transform the country’s industries and harness sustainability as a competitive advantage; 5) Resilient Future, shoring up Singapore’s coastal and flood defence, strengthen food security and moderating the rise in urban heat.

The five pillars of the Singapore Green Plan support a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These efforts support SDGs 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), 11 (Sustainable Cities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), and 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

Singapore remains committed to implement the initiatives of the Green Plan 2030. For example, to achieve the targets of the first pillar, N Parks has adopted biophilic designs in restoring habitats and has been engaging the community to sustain our greening efforts. N Parks has safeguarded more than 7,800 hectares of green spaces – nature reserves, gardens, and parks, linked by some 370km of park connectors – across Singapore.

Under the energy reset pillar, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable software solutions across industries in Singapore and beyond.

Singapore is accelerating the deployment of solar energy and sourcing for renewable electricity from the region Striving towards clean energy, Singapore has increased the installed solar capacity from 125 megawatt-peak in 2016 to 670 megawatt-peak in Q1 2022. The country is on track to meet the 2030 targets of 2 gigawatt-peak of installed solar capacity. EV adoption is also growing robustly, with electric car registrations for the first 9 months of 2022 exceeding 10% of all new car registrations. Almost half of the country’s new car registrations in 2022 so far are cleaner-energy vehicles, which include hybrids.

The Green Plan has set targets for various industry sectors such as electric vehicles, green buildings, clean energy, petrochemical sector and even schools which will also change the way Singaporeans live, work and play. Singapore wants to be a model for the region and was ranked ahead of all Asian countries by the World Economic Forum in its 2021 Energy Transition Index.

By Dr. Ankit Srivastava

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