n small and resource-scarce Singapore, it is paramount for us to maintain the delicate balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability. The mindset of waste as something to be disposed of should change to one of waste as a resource that can be recovered. This means transforming Singapore’s predominantly linear economy to adopt the approach of a circular economy. To this end, our environmental services industry has a key role to play in helping Singapore achieve its vision of moving Towards a Zero Waste Nation.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) will continue our efforts in supporting technological innovation and collaboration to develop solutions to seize opportunities in the future economy. Under the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map (ES ITM), we work closely with industry partners, trade associations and technology providers to grow our environmental services industry in pursuit of a circular economy. Several initiatives have been rolled out since the launch of the industry transformation map in 2017, including the Productivity Solutions Grant, INCUBATE partnership, the Skills Framework for environmental services, to name a few. Today, many of our local companies listed have enhanced their technology and professional capabilities, to maximise sustainable production and consumption.
Yet, the global nature of the manufacturing supply chain means that the concept of circular economy does not end at our borders. There are new opportunities for government leaders and industry captains around the world to actively shape a global circular economy. With this in mind, Singapore organises the biennial CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), the global platform for environment leaders, policy makers and industry practitioners to discuss and share global best practices to address the environmental challenges of tomorrow’s cities. The recently concluded CESS 2018 was held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit (WCS) and the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), which collectively attracted over 24,000 attendees from over 120 countries and regions, and witnessed the announcements of over $26b in business deals.
The next edition of CESS in 2020 promises to showcase leading clean environment technology across the various sectors, including waste management, cleaning, sustainable energy, pest management and pollution control. Global leaders and industry champions can look forward to specially curated high-level plenaries, business forums and an innovation showcase, which will certainly facilitate knowledge and business exchanges. We warmly welcome industry partners to join us in co-creating innovative solutions for a sustainable and liveable environment.
I would like to congratulate Marshall Cavendish on the publication of this latest Singapore Environmental Industry Directory. I believe this directory will serve as an invaluable source of information for those looking for business opportunities in Singapore’s environmental sector. NEA is pleased to continue our support for this publication.
Mr Tan Meng Dui
Chief Executive Officer
National Environment Agency, Singapore