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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Green Drinks (April) – Reducing Carbon Emissions

Green Drinks x NCCS present – Reducing Carbon Emissions: Opportunities and Challenges for Singapore

This April, Green Drinks and the National Climate Change Secretariat collaborate once again in a very special panel discussion and consultation event.

As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Singapore is actively involved in ongoing negotiations for a new international agreement on climate change.  In preparations for the new global agreement, expected to be agreed upon by the end of this year, the government is consulting stakeholders to gather feedback on mitigation measures that will allow Singapore to further reduce its carbon emissions in the post-2020 period.  These dialogues might help to surface low-carbon strategies, technology and other opportunities that Singapore could explore.  They could also inform national research and policy directions, as well as areas for potential public-private collaboration.

The event agenda includes an opening presentation by NCCS to introduce the background to the dialogue as well as set the context for the night’s discussion.  This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by GreenDrinks before comments and questions are opened to the floor.   Be there and let your constructive ideas be heard!



Mr Tang Tuck Weng, Senior Director, NCCS on: Challenges and opportunities for Singapore

Ms Melissa Low, Research Associate, Energy Studies Institute on: Updates on the ongoing climate change negotiations post-Lima

Mr Lawrence Wu, Director/Co-Founder, Sunseap Leasing on: Increasing traction of the solar industry


(other speakers TBC; updates to follow)

Moderator and Host: Mr Chris Tobias, Green Drinks


Date: 15 April 2015

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Venue: The POD @ NLB, 100 Victoria Street

Transport: Bugis MRT

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/GGK1eaMHXO [note: RSVP is mandatory for those wishing to attend.  Only 120 pax can be admitted to The POD; first come, first serve basis so sign up if you’re serious and show up because you care]

Food: Light dinner will be provided

#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!


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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