After all, people are starting to be more aware of global warming and the current state of the environment apart from the cool and sleek look of Elon Musk’s range of Tesla cars!
Aptly called the Garden City, Singapore has truly developed into a city with lush greenery weaved across our concrete landscape.
From the beautiful vertical gardens in Gardens By The Bay to the flora and fauna in our HDB estates, residents and visitors alike marvel at how Singapore today is a green and sustainable city.
Every country and continent today is affected by climate change. From the melting of arctic glaciers to droughts, global warming is affecting nations across the globe and the negative impacts are accelerating even in Singapore.
By 2100, Singapore could very well experience a mean sea-level rise of up to 1 metre and a temperature increase of up to 4.6 degrees celsius – definitely not an ideal situation for our island nation!
With nearly 1 million vehicles on our roads today, Singapore has been finding ways to become a more eco-friendly city.
After all, climate change is a crucial global problem and we should do our part to save the environment.
On our roads, out of almost 600,000 private vehicles, only 3% run on lower-emission hybrid engines or are fully electric vehicles.
Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to make an impact when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.
From Germany to Singapore, solar power is fast transforming how nations, cities, and communities get their energy needs met.
However, the world still has a big reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity and power international trade. In fact, fossil fuels still supply around 84% of the world’s required energy – 33% comes from oil, 24% is from natural gas and 27% is attributed to coal.
Many people are unaware of the current food wastage situation in the country and how this can have detrimental impacts on the environment. Here in Singapore, each household generates an average of 1.5kg of food waste daily—most of which could have been prevented.
While the government is active in implementing various recycling programmes, only 18% of all food wastage is actually recycled while the rest is taken for incineration.
As a nation, Singapore is moving towards an energy future that is cleaner and more efficient while respecting the climate change challenges facing the world.
While around 95% of our electricity is still generated by natural gas (the cleanest of all fossil fuels), EMA has developed the ‘4 Switches’ to better guide Singapore’s energy future through diversifying our energy sources.
At some point, you’ve probably heard about the rubbish situation in Singapore – whether in the form of a photo of Pulau Semakau island covered in garbage or overflowing rubbish bins at the shopping mall.
Despite the nation’s recycling efforts, Singapore’s rubbish has unfortunately increased seven-fold in the last 40 years. Thus, it is still an ongoing problem and it is now more crucial than ever to recycle and pick up some eco-friendly habits.
But wait, it gets even better! Did you know that you can recycle for cash in Singapore?
While as a nation we are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels – in fact, in 2015, 95% of our electricity was being generated from natural gas alone and natural gas will continue to be a pillar of our energy generation as we move towards a 2-gigawatt-peak solar capacity target by 2030.
Christmas season is here once again! Before you go ahead and buy gifts and decorations, take a moment to stop and think about whether you are making the best choice for the environment.
To tap into your inner green warrior, here are our 12 tips for an eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas!