12-14 August 2016: Climate Innovation Challenge

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and JTC Corporation have organised a Climate Innovation Challenge, more details below!

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#change4future: The National Climate Change Competition is back!

Register for the National Climate Change Competition 2014!

Organised by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), this year’s theme brings to the fore that our climate is changing due to human activities, and there is a need for us to act together to address climate change, and learn to deal with the changing climate that affects us and the environment we live in.

Participants need to submit a 3-minute video on the theme #change4future to stand to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes. Check out last year’s submissions to get inspired!

Register before 22 April at www.nccc.gov.sg

There are four categories:

  • Open Category
  • Schools Category, which include:
  1. Primary Schools
  2. Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges
  3. Institutes of Higher Learning (ITEs, Polytechnics and Universities)

Do take part, and please spread the word!

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Singapore climate change documentary Cool Red Dot airs tonight!

Learn about Singapore’s strategy and plans to tackle climate change on ‘Cool Red Dot’, a two-part documentary commissioned by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) that will be aired at 9.30pm on 28 August and 4 September on Channel NewsAsia. The Chinese broadcast will be aired on Channel 8 at 10.30pm on 1 and 8 September.

Green Drinks Singapore is featured in the documentary and we are pretty excited about it.

NCCS has a great events page highlighting upcoming environmental events, do check it out at  http://app.nccs.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=104#docu

Green Drinks: Singapore’s National Climate Change Strategy 2012

Last month, the National Climate Change Secretariat released the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS-2012) document titled ‘Climate Change and Singapore: Challenges. Opportunities. Partnerships’, outlining Singapore’s plans to address climate change through a whole-of-nation approach.

At this special session, Director of the 3P Network at the National Climate Change Secretariat, Mr Yuen Sai Kuan will give a presentation on this document, before we go into a panel discussion on the document and look at how Singapore residents can collectively take action.

The panel consists of:
– Grace Chua, The Straits Times (Moderator)
– Michael Quah, NUS
– Allan Lim, Alpha Biofuels
– Faizah Jamal, Nominated Member of Parliament
– Eugene Tay, Green Future Solutions
– Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute

Event details

Date: 12 July (Thursday) 2012
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (talk will be followed by Q&A, then mingling)
Venue: NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, Level 9, Room 903
RSVP: olivia@greendrinkssingapore.com

To download a copy of the document, please visit http://app.nccs.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=123

Nothing But Green will be on site to sell light food and non-alcoholic beverages.

We hope to see you there!

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore’s strategy to fight climate change

The National Climate Change Secretariat released their national climate change strategy paper last week. You can download it here – NCCS-2012.

Channel NewsAsia reports.

Singapore’s strategy to fight climate change

SINGAPORE: Singapore has released a national climate change strategy document which outlines the country’s plans to address climate change through a whole-of-nation approach.

The key elements of Singapore’s climate strategy include reducing emissions across sectors, building capabilities to adapt to the impact of climate change, harnessing opportunities for green growth and forging partnerships on climate change action.

The 136-page document was launched on Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change.

Mr Teo said: “Energy efficiency is one of the key strategies because we are an alternative-energy-disadvantaged country because we do not have hydroelectricity (or) nuclear power. Even if it (nuclear power) is an option, it is a very long-term option because of our density.”

On reducing emissions, Mr Teo said the inter-ministerial committee will study how Singapore can stabilise its long-term emissions.

At the same time, he urged everyone to play his or her part to combat climate change.

“What can you do, what can we do, what can I do together? Ultimately how well Singapore does in our response to climate change will depend on the collective efforts across the people, private and public sectors,” he said.

Mr Teo added: “Everyone has a part to play whether through lifestyle adjustments or changes in business processes. This could be through buying more efficient appliances, taking public transport, using less air-conditioning or simply switching off the lights when we leave our homes, classrooms or offices.”

Isabella Loh, chairman of the Singapore Environment Council, said: “We are encouraging through ownership, through social media outlets as well as through events and programmes and partnering with corporates, to do more outreach whether it is in the school segment or the community. That goes for energy audits and consumer understanding of green products.”

It is projected that Singapore’s business-as-usual emissions are expected to reach 77.2 million tonnes by 2020. The business-as-usual level refers to Singapore’s projected greenhouse gas emissions without policy intervention.

The National Climate Change Secretariat said the manufacturing sector will contribute 60.3 per cent of these emissions, with global manufacturing companies set to scale up their operations in Singapore in the coming years.

Singapore’s refining and chemical industries are expected to contribute about half of Singapore’s projected 2020 emissions. In view of this, Singapore has put in place various schemes to facilitate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and processes in manufacturing plants.

The building sector is estimated to contribute 13.8 per cent of 2020 emission levels. The National Climate Change Secretariat said the increasing demand for commercial space and more intensive use of space are likely to contribute to an increase in emissions from this sector.

Recognising this, the government has implemented measures and incentives to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

The transport sector is projected to contribute 14.5 per cent to greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. Private cars contribute the largest share of 35 per cent of land transport emissions, followed by commercial vehicles, buses, taxis and the rapid transit rail system.

The secretariat said it will step up efforts to increase the attractiveness of public transport and encourage the public to make use of this energy efficient mode of transport.

Under the Land Transport Masterplan, Singapore targets to achieve a 70 per cent public transport modal split by 2020, up from 59 per cent in 2008.

Households will contribute about 7.6 per cent of emissions. That is because growing population size and household incomes are expected to increase the demand for electrical appliances like air-conditioners, televisions, lightings and refrigerators, which contribute to greenhouse gases.

The secretariat said it has put in place awareness programmes to educate households on ways to save energy. It added that it will consider more measures to influence purchasing and energy usage patterns.

The secretariat has published a booklet entitled “The fight against climate change begins with You”. Through this booklet, Singaporeans can find out how much money they can save in a year if they adopt energy efficient habits. For example, using a fan instead of the air-conditioner can help them save S$790 a year.

There will also be a series of public outreach programmes from September and a two-part documentary to educate the public on climate change. There are also plans for climate change education in collaboration with the Education Ministry and the Science Centre.

In his message published in the document, Mr Teo said Singapore needs to be pragmatic and practical, yet bold and visionary in addressing the issues surrounding climate change.

He said: “Making adjustments earlier will make the transition easier. Every individual effort such as buying more energy-efficient appliances, taking public transport and using less energy will count.”

He said efforts to reduce Singapore’s long-term emissions will be challenging as Singapore’s small size limits the country’s ability to draw on alternative energy like solar, wind or nuclear.

Nonetheless, he said Singapore will enhance energy efficiency efforts and develop low carbon technologies to overcome current constraints.

Singapore is also building up expertise and capabilities on climate science, in partnerships with local and overseas research institutions.

Mr Teo added that Singapore is well-positioned to tap the economic opportunities arising from climate change by creating high-value jobs for Singaporeans and enabling the economy to benefit from green growth.

Asked about the status of the Global Climate Change talks, Mr Teo explained: “It will be difficult because every country has its own interest which it wants to advance. But from being in Durban last year, there was a consensus that we should try to reach a global agreement.

“This is not something which country A does and country B doesn’t do. Then all that country A does almost gets nullified by what country B isn’t doing. So you do need a global agreement and that consensus on that. But the shape of the global agreement will be a subject of intense discussion.

“On Singapore’s part, we have followed the standard methodology and arrived at what our projected carbon emissions would be in 2020 if we just did Business As Usual, and we have made a commitment to reduce that between seven and 11 per cent unconditionally and the NCCS 2020 document maps out what we are going to do.”

As for the longer term target of 16 percent, he said Singapore would have to take more energy efficient measures. “One of the things we have to consider is carbon tax…we are still studying whether it is appropriate and what is the best way of doing so. We are looking at the experiences of other countries, as well.”

Channel NewsAsia: Student competition aims to find solutions to climate change problems

Channel NewsAsia today reported that the National Climate Change Secretariat has launched a competition which includes a Short Film Challenge and a Technology Project Challenge. More details below.

Student competition aims to find solutions to climate change problems

SINGAPORE: Students can now help to spread the message and raise awareness on climate change through the National Climate Change Competition (NCCC).

They can also propose ways to slow down the pace of climate change and reduce carbon emissions, either through the use of technology or individual actions.

The competition is organised by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), with support from the Ministry of Education, Building and Construction Authority, National Environment Agency, National Research Foundation, and the National Youth Achievement Award Council.

The theme of the competition is “Singapore: A Climate Change Resilient City” and the competition will feature two components, a Short Film Challenge and a Technology Project Challenge.

The Short Film Challenge is open to students in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, centralised institute (CIs), institutes of technical education (ITEs), polytechnics and universities.

They can produce videos of up to five minutes each, highlighting the causes and effects of climate change and how individuals can reduce their carbon footprints.

The closing date for the Short Film Challenge is 7 May.

The Technology Project Challenge is for upper secondary and junior college students, as well as those from CI, ITEs, polytechnics and universities, including post-graduate students.

In this category, the students will look for innovative project ideas that will result in workable solutions through the use of technology to reduce carbon emissions.

The closing date for the Technology Project Challenge is 25 June.

Teams that are selected to enter the final stage will have another four months to develop a prototype for final judging and will be mentored by experts from the research and innovation community.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the Short Film Challenge and the Technology Project Challenge.

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TODAY: Climate change authority responds to WWF’s ‘largest carbon footprint’ charge

The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) recently issued a response to World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) report citing Singapore as the largest carbon emitter in the Asia-Pacific. TODAY reports.

Climate change authority responds to WWF’s ‘largest carbon footprint’ charge

SINGAPORE – The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has responded to environmental group World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) findings that the Republic has the largest carbon footprint per capita in the Asia-Pacific.

The NCCS issued its response to “provide a better understanding of the facts” and took issue with the WWF citing Singapore as “a society that may be one of the best examples of what we should not do” – a statement which “seriously misrepresents the situation”, said the NCCS.

The secretariat cited how the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Asian Green City Index last year had assessed Singapore as Asia’s greenest metropolis and said Singapore ranked “well above average” for its policies on energy and carbon emissions.

The EIU study found that Singapore used three megajoules of energy to generate US$1 (S$1.30) of gross domestic product (GDP) – half the Index’s average of six megajoules. The Index had examined the environmental performance of 22 Asian cities in eight categories including environmental governance, air quality, energy and carbon dioxide emissions.

The NCCS also noted that the methodology used by the WWF in its upcoming Asia Footprint Report differs from that of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The latter attributes emissions from goods to the country where they are produced, while WWF attributes carbon emissions from the goods to the importing country.

Based on the UNFCCC’s method, Singapore ranked below countries such as Brunei, Australia and South Korea in terms of per capita emissions, said the NCCS.

Even so, the NCCS noted “inherent limitations” in the use of per capita indicators to measure carbon emissions. “Carbon emissions per capita as a measure disadvantages countries with small populations,” it said.

This is so for Singapore due to its small land area, with no readily available alternative energy sources.

Singapore ranks favourably when it comes to energy intensity, the NCCS also pointed out.

Its carbon-dioxide emissions per dollar or GDP is among “the lowest internationally” – or 123 out of 137 countries, based on data from the International Energy Agency.

“Singapore will strive to be an even more environmentally green city, even given out inherent limitations as an island state,” the NCCS said.

Last Monday, the WWF had revealed that Singapore topped the list of carbon emitters per capita in the Asia-Pacific, saying its high GDP per capita fuelled consumption habits and citing the corporate sector and construction industry as a significant contributor.

Exact carbon emission levels of various countries will be revealed when its Asia Footprint Report is out in June.

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