The Straits Times: Green Mark certification expanded to include eateries

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has just launched a a Green Mark certification to include restaurants.

The Straits Times story below.

Green Mark certification expanded to include eateries

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has unveiled its latest initiative in the drive to make Singapore’s physical landscape greener.

Its chief executive John Keung on Monday launched a Green Mark certification for restaurants to recognise eateries here that comply to high environmental standards.

Four McDonalds restaurants and American diner Brewerkz were the pioneer batch that have been awarded this certification.

Dr Keung announced this on the opening day of the Singapore Green Building Week, which kicked off on Monday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Maliki bin Osman, senior parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of National Development, noted that greening Singapore would take a ‘collective effort’ and there are several barriers, such as high upfront costs and a lack of environmental awareness.

But notwithstanding these challenges, Singapore is committed to its target of greening 80 per cent of all buildings here by 2030, and this will need about 18,000 to 20,000 green building professionals, he said. Currently, 12 per cent of the country’s buildings have been certified.

BCA also announced a collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, which will see Singapore become a centre for sharing knowledge and best policies in sustainable development in Asia.

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