SINGAPORE — The government on Wednesday (10 February) launched the Singapore Green Plan 2030 with a wide range of ambitious goals across five pillars to advance the national agenda on sustainable development.
Among some of the 2030 goals under the Plan are setting aside 50 per cent more land for nature parks, planting 1 million more trees across Singapore, expanding the rail network from around 230km today to 360km by early 2030, greening 80 per cent of Singapore’s buildings (by gross floor area) by 2030, increasing electric vehicle charging point targets from 28,000 to 60,000 charging points, reducing the waste sent to landfill by 30 per cent, and meeting 30 per cent of Singapore’s nutritional needs through locally produced food.
The plan is spearheaded by five ministries – the Ministries of Education, National Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Trade and Industry, and Transport.
In a joint statement, the ministries said, “The comprehensive plan will strengthen Singapore’s economic, climate and resource resilience, improve the living environment of Singaporeans, and bring new business and job opportunities. It will influence all aspects of our lives, from how we live to how we work, and play, as we work together as a nation to make Singapore a greener and more liveable home.”
The Green Plan has five key pillars:
a) City in Nature: to create a green, liveable and sustainable home for Singaporeans;
b) Sustainable Living: to make reducing carbon emissions, keeping the environment clean, and saving resources and energy a way of life in Singapore;
c) Energy Reset: to use cleaner energy and increase energy efficiency to lower carbon footprint;
d) Green Economy: to seek green growth opportunities to create new jobs, transform industries, and harness sustainability as a competitive advantage; and
e) Resilient Future: to build up Singapore’s climate resilience and enhance food security.
The government will embark on a series of Green Plan Conversations this year, hosted by the Ministers overseeing the Green Plan, to seek the views of Singaporeans and to explore potential partnerships. Other engagements will also be planned through the year.
Ideas generated from these engagements can be taken up through platforms, such as the Alliances for Action while the $50 million SG Eco Fund will support community-led projects.
To mark the launch of the Green Plan, a video featuring the Ministers for Education, National Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Trade and Industry, and Transport has been released, which outlines Singapore’s sustainability vision. The video can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
The video and more details on the Green Plan can also be found at www.greenplan.gov.sg
The government will release more details on the Green Plan at the upcoming Budget 2021, and Committee of Supply Debate in Parliament.
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