n order to achieve a clean and liveable Singapore, it is essential to have a vibrant and sustainable environment industry with strong businesses and good jobs. By adopting strategies such as growing Singapore’s position as a hub for innovative environmental services solutions and continually upgrading the skills of our workforce, Singapore is able to transform its environmental industries and ensure a clean environment and sustainable future.
Toward that end, one key initiative developed in partnership with various Government agencies, unions, industries, and other stakeholders is the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map (ES ITM), which was launched in December 2017. The roadmap will ensure that the industry remains competitive and attractive. It comprises 33 initiatives categorised across 12 strategies under the four pillars of Technology and Innovation, Jobs and Skills, Productivity, and Internationalisation. Businesses, including service providers and service buyers, can look forward to more opportunities for technology collaboration and adaptation, skills upgrading, and optimisation of their resources through the use of innovative solutions and data analytics.
The biennial CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) is another example of positioning ourselves as a hub for innovative environmental services solutions. CESS is a global platform for industry and government leaders to identify, develop and share practical, replicable and scalable solutions to address environmental challenges in the context of the waste-water-energy nexus in tomorrow’s cities. Themed ‘Transforming Tomorrow’s Cities with Clean Environment Solutions’, CESS 2018 will be held from 8 to 12 July 2018, in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week. The previous edition of the three events was well-received, with more than 21,000 attendees from 125 countries and regions, as well as over S$18.71 billion in business announcements.
New exciting features in CESS 2018 include the exclusive Clean Environment Leaders Summit where government and industry leaders will be sharing best practices from around the world. There will also be business forums, high level plenaries, the Clean Environment Convention, innovation showcases, and our exhibition featuring solutions from waste management, cleaning, sustainable energy, pollution management, and pest management. We warmly welcome our friends and partners from all over the world to join us in July 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.
I would like to commend Marshall Cavendish on the publication of the 11th edition of the Singapore Environmental Industry Directory. This directory serves as a useful repository for governments and companies sourcing for opportunities in delivering environmental services solutions for a clean and liveable environment. NEA is pleased to continue supporting this publication.
Mr Ronnie Tay
Chief Executive Officer
National Environment Agency, Singapore