NEW SG ECO
OFFICE AND $50 MILLION SG ECO FUND TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN
1. The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
has set up a new SG Eco Office. It will undertake efforts to promote Singapore’s
sustainability agenda in our communities, so as to address evolving
environmental challenges such as climate change and increasing resource
constraints. MEWR will also launch a $50 million SG Eco Fund to support the
co-creation of sustainability initiatives with Singaporeans.
2. The SG Eco Office will be the central body driving and coordinating sustainability initiatives across
communities in Singapore. The Office will develop holistic benchmarks and
indicators to measure and track the progress of these projects, taking into
consideration factors such as energy and water consumption, waste generation,
and other aspects of sustainability such as food production and carbon emissions.
3. By adopting a systems-level approach that cuts across the
3P – People, Private and Public – sectors, the new Office hopes to support the
achievement of Singapore’s national sustainability targets, in partnership with
4. The SG Eco Office will also administer the $50 million SG
Eco Fund which will be disbursed over a
period of five years. The fund will focus on supporting sustainability projects that nudge people
and communities towards environmentally-friendly behaviour. Through the
funding of such projects, the SG Eco Office hopes to motivate and enable
Singaporeans to take collective action for the environment, and build a
Sustainable Singapore for future generations.
5. Examples of possible projects that the SG Eco Fund could
support include a community farm that offtakes food waste from the nearby
community for composting, or a collaboration with industry partners to testbed
new sustainable technologies in an HDB town.
6. The fund will be made available to all the 3P sectors. More
details on the fund, application procedures, and evaluation criteria will be
announced in the second half of 2020.
7. A key project under the SG Eco Office is to transform our existing towns into Eco Towns.
Under HDB’s new Green Towns Programme, HDB will make enhancements to the built
environment in our HDB towns to make them more environmentally sustainable, and
also more liveable for residents. The plan will focus on three key areas:
reducing energy consumption, recycling rainwater, and cooling our HDB towns. To
complement HDB’s enhancements to the built environment, the SG Eco Office will
focus on encouraging environmentally sustainable practices through:
sustainability benchmarks and targets for all towns so that each resident is
aware of how their individual efforts contribute towards a larger goal;
environmental consciousness through community touchpoints such as ‘zero waste’
hawker centres; and
sustainable solutions with the community and private sector.
8. Tampines, Choa Chu Kang, and Nee Soon towns have been
earmarked as Singapore’s Eco Towns. The SG Eco Office is currently working with
the SP Group (SP), with support from Temasek, to transform Tampines town into an
Eco Town. One initiative is the installation of Eco Boards in several HDB
blocks. These Eco Boards are digital displays which will utilise data from
smart meters to enable residents to get real-time updates of their block’s
aggregated electricity and water usage. Residents can also track the amount of
carbon emitted from their consumption practices, and pick up tips to lower
9. In addition, the Eco Boards will feature block-level
competitions, to spur adoption of a greener lifestyle (residents can also use
the SP Utilities app to compare their own consumption against their block’s
patterns). The Town Council will also be more aware of their resource usage,
enabling more efficient estate management, and quicker spotting of anomalies
that could cause resource wastage. Through town-level projects such as the Eco Boards,
MEWR aims to promote values of sustainability in the community.
SG Eco Office will work closely with various stakeholders, including the
People’s Association (PA), Town Councils, grassroots organisations, and the
private sector. Together, we will develop more sustainable community assets and
programming in the three selected towns, to realise the vision of an Eco Town.
MEWR hopes that these efforts will serve as a blueprint and inspire other towns
to transform into greener, more sustainable towns.