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 B y 2030, Singapore will be greener, especially with new sustainability efforts to push forward transformation
in the way people live, work, study and play.
Imagine a greener Singapore – with more land dedicated for nature parks; more solar power deployment; electric vehicles on the roads; schools that are carbon neutral; a built environment that is eco-friendly and can support the development of cost-effective green technologies that promote energy efficiency; sustainable energy and chemical parks and many more.
This vision was unveiled by the Government on 10 February 2021, with the release of the Singapore Green Plan 2030, a whole-of- nation movement to advance the country’s national agenda on sustainable development. Mapping out ambitious and concrete targets over the next 10 years, the Green Plan not only builds upon past sustainability efforts but will further reinforce Singapore’s commitments under the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, and positions Singapore to achieve its long- term net-zero emissions aspiration as soon as viable.
The wide-ranging plan which spans across all sectors of society, from infrastructural development, research and innovation, to training and education programmes, will be spearheaded by five ministries - the Ministries of Education, National Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Trade and Industry, and Transport.
The comprehensive plan is said to “strengthen Singapore’s economic, climate and resource resilience, improve the living
environment of Singaporeans, and bring new business and job opportunities, and 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.”
Under the Green Plan, sustainability efforts have been broken down into five key pillars - City in Nature; Sustainable Living; Energy Reset; Green Economy; and Resilient Future.
Here is a snapshot of the five pillars and the key targets for a greener Singapore come 2030.
City in Nature
To create a green, liveable and sustainable home for Singaporeans.
• Develop over 130 hectares of new parks,
and enhance around 170 hectares of existing parks with more lush vegetation and natural landscapes by end 2026.
• Set aside 1000 hectares of green spaces by 2035, of which 20 percent will be new nature parks.
• Extend 160km of park connectors
• Enhance 30 hectares of forest, marine, and
coastal habitats
• Add 80 hectares of skyrise greenery
• Have 300km of Nature Ways along roads • Ensure every household lives within a
10-minute walk from a park.
• Plant one million more trees, across the
island to provide cleaner air and more
• Work with communities and Non-
Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to develop programmes to allow people and wildlife to live in harmony.
Sustainable Living
To make reducing carbon emissions, keeping our environment clean, and saving resources and energy a way of life in Singapore.
Singapore is aiming to be a zero waste nation powered by a circular economy, with a high rate of recycling. It is the only country in the world to freeze the growth of vehicle population; one of the few countries to have closed its water loop by recycling used water to make NEWater; and will make a strong push towards circularity in waste materials to transform trash to treasure.
Water and Waste
• Reduce daily household water consumption to 130 litres per person by 2030.
• Cut down the daily waste sent to landfill by 30 percent per person by 2030.
Carbon-Neutral Schools
• Roll out Eco Stewardship Programme involving all schools to strengthen school curriculum and programmes on sustainability.
• Work towards a two-thirds reduction of net carbon emissions from the schools sector by 2030.
• Aim for at least 20 percent of schools to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Green Commutes
• Bring 8 in 10 households within a 10-minute walk of a train station by the 2030s.
• Increase the use of mass public transport by commuters to 75 percent by 2030.
• Expand rail network to 360km by early 2030s, from 230km in 2020.
• Triple cycling network to 1,320km by 2030, from 460km in 2020.
• Acquire only cleaner-energy public buses.

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