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TOPICS: Waste Minimisation
Question by Mr Pritam Singh: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
when will the NEA life cycle assessment study on plastics be made public in its
entirety for the use of academics, professionals and the lay public so as to
promote an evidence-based approach to climate solutions suited for the
Answer by Minister:
The National Environment Agency
(NEA) commissioned a lifecycle assessment (LCA) study on carrier bags and food
packaging in September 2016, in order to take an evidence-based approach to the
issue of disposables in Singapore. It was conducted by Associate Professor Kua
Harn Wei from the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and
Environment (SDE) and his team of researchers from SDE and NUS Environmental
released a factsheet on the key findings in 2018. The key findings showed that every type of material (including
bio-degradable and paper materials) imposed different environmental impacts,
and that consumers can reduce their impact on the environment by opting to use
reusable bags and food containers, instead of disposables. We therefore encourage
the public to reduce the excessive consumption of all types of disposables and
to use reusables where possible.
will work with NUS to release more information on the study, focusing on the
methodologies and assumptions. This approach will enhance readability and ease
of understanding by the general public. We will release the additional
information when ready.
Last updated: 07 Oct 2019
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