Singapore Green Plan 2030
What is the Singapore Green Plan 2030?The Singapore Green Plan 2030 is a national sustainability movement which seeks to rally bold and collective action to tackle climate change.
What Does the Green Plan Seek To Achieve?The Green Plan charts ambitious and concrete targets over the next 10 years, strengthening Singapore’s commitments under the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, and positioning us to achieve our long-term net zero emissions aspiration as soon as viable.
Why Is the Green Plan Important?Climate change is a global challenge, and Singapore is taking firm actions to do our part to build a sustainable future.
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City in Nature
We will set aside 50% more land – around 200 hectares – for nature parks. Every household will live within a 10-minute walk of a park. By planting one million more trees across our island, which will absorb another 78,000 tonnes of CO2, we will enjoy cleaner air, and cooler shade.
With more green spaces, there will be more wildlife amongst us – from migratory birds and hornbills, to otters and mousedeers. But some animals may get into conflict with people too. We will be working with communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop programmes to allow humans and wildlife to live in harmony. By 2030, Singapore will be a green and beautiful City in Nature.
While the space for large-scale renewable energy projects is not readily available, we strive to become more energy efficient. We have already shifted to the cleanest fossil fuel available, natural gas. By quadrupling our solar energy deployment, solar energy deployed will be five times that of today by 2030.
Beyond HDB towns, we will green 80% of all buildings over the next decade. Our urban setting will also create the ideal environment to fully embrace electric vehicles (EVs).
Combined, all these efforts will reduce our energy consumption by more than 8 million megawatt hours per year – sufficient to power almost every household’s annual energy use. That in turn reduces domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3 million tonnes per year by 2030.
Tackling climate change is a key competitive advantage, and will present new opportunities for growth and job creation. We have introduced a new Enterprise Sustainability Programme to help enterprises, especially SMEs, embrace and develop capabilities in this area to ride this green wave.
With our 2019 broad-based carbon tax, we have been able to support projects that help enterprises reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We have already made good progress in green finance. Our vision is to become a leading centre for Green Finance in Asia and globally.
Home-grown innovations will be encouraged under the Research, Innovation & Enterprise Plan 2025, as we attract companies to anchor their R&D activities in Singapore to develop new sustainability solutions for the world.
We are starting our preparations now to deal with climate change that will last into the next century, and building up our national resilience for the future. Though Singapore has always been hot and humid, we don't want temperatures to be unbearably high. By increasing greenery and piloting the use of cool paint on building facades, we will moderate the rise in urban heat.
As a food loving nation, we have to make our food supply more resilient. We have announced our 30-by-30 target – to meet 30% of our nutritional needs through locally produced food by 2030. We will do this in partnership with a vibrant agri-food industry and our communities.
Living in a circular economy, with a high rate of recycling, means that our precious resources can be used many times over. We have already achieved that with NEWater. We are looking at turning incineration bottom ash into NEWSand for use in construction, which will contribute to our target to reduce waste to landfill by 30% by 2030.
We are looking at ways to raise trips taken on mass public transport from 64% to 75% by 2030. Meanwhile, we will encourage walking, cycling and active mobility by expanding our cycling network from 460 km to around 1,320 km by then.
These habits will need time to take root in our society. That’s why we must inculcate them early in our young through education – such as our Eco Stewardship Programme involving students from Primary to Pre-University levels to genuinely understand sustainability and climate change while feeling empowered to reduce their carbon footprint, make responsible decisions, and create a ripple effect on their families and friends.