The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 outlines our national vision and plans for a more liveable and
sustainable Singapore, to support the diverse needs and growing aspirations of Singaporeans. This blueprint is
a plan for action and provides all of us a unique opportunity to work together to create a better home,
a better environment, and a better future that we can all be proud of.
With the Government, our people and our businesses working together as committed
participants, we can realise our vision for
A Liveable and Endearing Home
A Vibrant and Sustainable City
An Active and Gracious Community
More smart technology and eco-friendly features will be embedded into our towns and homes. You will also be never too far away from green and blue spaces. A green lifestyle will be second nature, with more ways for people to recycle as well as save energy and water at home.
With a denser rail network and extensive bus services, we will be able to travel seamlessly and efficiently around Singapore. Cycling and walking will also become popular forms of transport and electric car-sharing services and driverless cars will be piloted.
Better design through simulations of wind flow, temperature and heat gain
Develop new generation of sustainable, smart and liveable housing, such as Punggol Northshore
Extend Greenprint and other neighbourhood enhancement projects to mature HDB estates
Incorporating rooftop greenery, dual chutes for waste and recycling, and other sustainable features
Implement mandatory energy and water efficiency labelling as well as minimum efficiency standards for household appliances and water fittings
More new hawker centres
The majority of homes to be within 10-min walk of a sports or recreational facility
Expand areas in and outside the city area where streets are temporarily or permanently closed to private motorised vehicles
A 360 km rail network
8 in 10 households within 10-min walk of a train station
80 new bus services and 1,000 more buses
More than 200 km of sheltered walkways to transport nodes
Over 700 km of cycling paths, together with enhanced cycling infrastructure and code of conduct for safer cycling
Test-beds of cleaner technologies like electric vehicles
Trials of autonomous mobility concepts, such as driverless buses
Maintaining public cleanliness
9% of land for Nature Reserves and parks
Work hand in hand for a quieter living environment
400 km of Park Connectors
Enhanced ecological connectivity with 180 km of Nature Ways
Over 100 potential ABC Waters projects identified for implementation island-wide
200 ha of skyrise greenery, equivalent to about 650 school fields
We will work towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation by reducing our consumption, as well as reusing and recycling all materials to give them a second lease of life. The Government, the community, and businesses will come together to put in place infrastructure and programmes that make this our way of life.
Our businesses will adopt greener practices, our City will be a hub for the cutting-edge business of sustainable development, and Singaporeans can enjoy jobs in this exciting and meaningful sector. We will create living labs to test-bed ideas and be a leader in green, sustainable buildings.
Growing sustainability solutions
Increasing productivity and standards for cleaning and waste management industries
Investing in R&D
Test-bedding technologies in Living Labs
80% of all buildings to be BCA Green Mark certified by 2030
More buildings achieving Water Efficient Building (WEB) Certification
400 certified Green and Gracious Builders by 2016
Tighter emission standards
Incentives for cleaner vehicles
Testing of clean vehicle technologies
Power stations and refineries implementing process improvements to reduce emissions
Greener industrial estates – JTC aims to green its current estimated Gross Floor Area of 1.3 million m2 of industrial space by 2018
Partnering resource-intensive companies to become best-in-class in resource efficiency
Programmes to help companies be greener
Better use of underground space – extensive network of pedestrian links, Common Services Tunnel, Deep Tunnel Sewerage System
Energy – 90% of our electricity generated from natural gas
Tapping on water-energy-waste nexus – co-locating the Integrated Waste Management Facility with the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant
Maritime Singapore Green Initiative
Improving understanding of potential effects of climate change
Developing adaptation plans for Singapore’s physical environment
Singaporeans must become exemplary stewards of our environment. We must participate in shaping our neighbourhoods, and build a more gracious society together as a community. It should be second nature for people, businesses and the Government to come together to care for our common spaces and environment, take a long-term perspective in conserving precious resources, and champion a sustainable way of life.
Community Development Councils’ Green Plans
Education and awareness
2,100 HDB Heartland Ambassadors
15,000 Keep Singapore Clean volunteers
4,000 Litter-Free Ambassadors
>300 Litter-Free Bright Spots
3,200 dengue prevention volunteers
>1,000 active green volunteers
20,000 community gardeners
>700 Community in Bloom gardens
570 participants in 3 hackathons
Garden City Fund
CSR Journeys portal by Singapore Compact
Public Sector Taking the Lead in Environmental Sustainability
Creating new public spaces and rejuvenating existing ones for the community
>280 individuals and organisations in the Friends of Water initiative
Amount of skyrise greenery
Length of park connectors open to recreational activity
Length of waterways open to recreational activity
Proportion of households within 10-min walk of a park
Length of Nature Ways
Amount of park space open to recreational activity
Amount of waterbodies open to recreational activity
Length of cycling paths
Modal share of journeys during peak hours made via public transport
Length of rail network
Proportion of households within 10-min walk of a train station
Proportion of buildings to achieve BCA Green Mark Certified rating
Energy intensity improvement (from 2005 levels)
Domestic water consumption per capita per day
National recycling rate
Domestic recycling rate
Non-domestic recycling rate
Annual mean: 12 μg/m3 (Long term: 10 μg/m3)
24-hour mean (99th percentile): 37.5 μg/m3 (Long term: 25 μg/m3)
Annual mean: 20 μg/m3
24-hour mean (99th percentile): 50 μg/m3
24-hour mean (Max): 50 μg/m3 (Long term: 20 μg/m3)
8-hour mean (Max): 100 μg/m3
Annual mean: 40 μg/m3
1-hour mean (Max): 200 μg/m3
8-hour mean (Max): 10mg/m3
1-hour mean (Max): 30mg/m3
Number of active green volunteers
Number of Community in Bloom Gardens
Number of litter-free Bright Spots
Use a fan to keep cool instead of an air-conditioner. If you have to use an air-con, set the temperature at about 25°C. The higher the temperature setting, the less energy used by your air-con!
Many home appliances such as your TV, set-top boxes and laptops continue to draw power even after they have been switched off. Conserve energy by switching off these appliances at the power socket after use! Here are more tips to save energy at home!
Renovating your home? Choose energy-efficient models of air-conditioners and refrigerators. Remember, the more ticks, the better! Switching to LED light bulbs can also help you save energy and cost in the long run. Download NEA’s Energy Audit app to manage energy usage!
When purchasing household appliances, look out for the Water Efficiency Label and select water-efficient models to ensure that you can save water and trim your water bill!
Showers and doing the laundry take up 29% and 19% of an average family’s monthly water consumption respectively. Save more water by shortening your shower time and collecting a full load of clothes before you do your laundry. Remember, every drop counts! Here are more tips to conserve water at home!
Prepare a basin of water to wash and rinse your fruits and vegetables, then collect and reuse the water to water your plants. You can also control the water flow of your taps by installing a thimble. Request for your free water saving kit today!
796,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore last year - equivalent to the weight of about 145,000 full grown elephants! There’s much we can do to reduce food waste like sharing extra food with our friends, not over-ordering, and ‘dabao’-ing extra portions back home.
Before you toss out anything, think of creative ways your stuff can be repurposed into! Or you can also give back to the community by donating gently used clothes, books, toys and accessories to charity!
Make recycling a way of life! Every HDB block is equipped with a recycling bin and items collected will then be sorted for recycling. Diverting resources away from our landfill can help to extend its lifespan. Together, we can reach our recycling target of 70% by 2030! More recycling tips can be found at myENV!
After your meal at the hawker centre, leave your tables clean and return your trays to the Tray Return Point! You will help our cleaners be more efficient at their work, reduce waiting time at dining areas and promote a cleaner dining experience for all.
Keep public spaces clean for the enjoyment of others. Hold on to your litter until you see a rubbish bin! Use a recycling bin if it is an empty bottle or can. Together, we can keep Singapore clean!
Even in an urban city like Singapore, lush greenery and recreational waterways are never far away from home. Spend your weekends park-hopping via 200 km of park connectors or get up close with nature at Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) sites around the island.
Instead of driving your car out today, why not consider greener modes of transport? Not only is public transport a much cheaper option, the carbon footprint of buses and trains are only 10% that of cars. You can also bring your carbon footprint down to zero by walking and cycling to your destination!
If you still need to use a car for your transport needs, consider green vehicles that are more fuel-efficient and emit less air pollutants than their conventional petrol or diesel equivalent.
Leaving the engine running when the vehicle is stationary results in fuel wastage and unnecessary emission of polluting exhaust gases, so switch off your vehicle engines when your vehicle is parked.