Ministries Addenda to the President's Address - Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources
PUBLISHED ON 08 May 2018
Building a green and liveable Singapore for our future generations

As Singapore’s population and economy grow, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources will continue to transform the environmental services industry and rally Singaporeans to pursue the vision of a liveable and sustainable Singapore, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) Mr Masagos Zulkifli.

In his ministry’s addendum to the President’s Address, Mr Masagos Zulkifli said Singapore is especially vulnerable to climate change as it is a low-lying island state. Hence, the Republic will continue to advocate for and contribute to global climate action. “We will undertake our Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations in July 2018. To rally the region, we will organise the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA) and Expanded SAMCA (E-SAMCA) in July 2018,” he shared.

Mr Masagos also explained that the 2016 Climate Action Plan have set out adaptation measures to build Singapore’s resilience to climate change and the carbon tax, which will take effect in 2019, is a signal to reduce carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry will continue to invest in climate-resilient infrastructure, such as enhancing storm-water management systems and diversifying Singapore’s water supply with more desalination and NEWater plants. “We will also deepen our local research capabilities on climate science and weather through the Centre for Climate Research Singapore,” Mr Masagos added.

To achieve a zero-waste culture in Singapore, Mr Masagos shared that the Government will take the lead to develop infrastructure and frameworks, such as the Extended Producer Responsibility framework to enhance recycling and manage electrical and electronic waste. This includes implementing mandatory reporting of packaging data and packaging waste reduction plans by 2021 and supporting the use of on-site food waste digesters at commercial premises and hawker centres.

“We need to kindle in Singaporeans a national consciousness towards the environment, where everyone takes individual and collective responsibility and plays a part through practising sustainable consumption and recycling at home,” Mr Masagos stressed. In tandem, the Ministry will also step up its research and development, improve resource efficiency and expand the use of solar energy.

Mr Masagos also highlighted that local hawker centres are an important community spaces and an integral part of Singaporeans’ daily life and national identity. As such, the Ministry will continue with initiatives to ensure the viability, vitality, and continuity of the hawker trade. He added, “We will continue to invest in developing and enhancing our hawker centres to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy our unique and vibrant hawker culture.”

While the Government continues to strengthen the regulatory regime to safeguard Singapore’s environment and public health, Mr Masagos reiterated that creating a liveable and endearing home also depends on everyone taking ownership of the environment. “Our pioneers have laid a solid foundation and left us this wonderful City in a Garden. We will work together to build on their precious legacy, and leave our children with a smart, green, and liveable home,” he added.

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