Green Schemes For A Sustainable Singapore

Hawker Centre Singapore. Credit Holiday Point on flickr

Singapore has announced a number of new schemes designed to improve the sustainability of Singapore in the future.

Hawker centres continue to be hugely popular in Singapore and three new centres are planned to open in late 2021, early 2022, designed to learn lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic and with sustainability as a priority.

Singapore’s Hawker Culture was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last December

“Singapore’s hawker culture is a source of pride for Singapore and all Singaporeans. It reflects our living heritage and multiculturalism, and is an integral part of the daily lives of everyone in Singapore regardless of age, race or background.”

Edwin Tong, Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

Planned to open in late 2021 are the Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre in Canberra off Sembawang and the Fernvale Hawker Centre and Market in Sengkang. These will be followed by the Senja Hawker Centre in Bukit Panjang early next year which will include food waste digestion, rainwater harvesting and solar panel systems.

The new hawker centres will be managed by socially-conscious enterprises to help hawkers remain competitive.

“We will work closely with the hawkers, operators and other stakeholders to refine the model.”

“aisles and tables will be better spaced to minimise crowding… (and) we will work towards deploying sensors for crowd monitoring and to facilitate maintenance….This will create a more conducive environment for patrons, hawkers and cleaners, as well as to enhance the use of technology and to support digitalisation efforts.”

Amy Khor, Singapore Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment
Hawker Centre Singapore. Credit Ken on flickr

Meanwhile plans were announced for 130 hectares of new parks over the next six years, as part of a wider effort to make the urban environment more green and sustainable. In addition around 1,000 hectares of green spaces will be added across the island over the next 10 to 15 years. By 2030 Singapore plans to ensure that all residents will live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

The plan includes a new 62km-long walking and cycling route linking Tuas to Changi, a 25km-long Coast-to-Coast Northern Trail, linking Sungei Buloh to Khatib Bongsu; a 34km Central Corridor that will link Woodlands to the city centre, and an 8km Eastern Corridor that will link East Coast to Pasir Ris.

There are also plans for Sentosa to be transformed into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030, as part of its long-term sustainability plan with key priorities to decarbonise energy systems, reduce food waste and introduce green travel options. The project will engage Sentosa businesses, including hotels and attractionsd in a carbon profiling initiative to guide future carbon mitigation efforts. .

In addition plans were unveiled for 80% of new building developments to be classified as super low energy buildings and the majority of current buildings will be “greened-up”.

“Sustainability is a marathon which we cannot run alone. We must be in it for the long haul, to be responsible stewards not just for our children, but their children after them.”

Desmond Lee, Singapore National Development Minister

Transport throughout Singapore is also seen as a priority and a drive for cleaner vehicles will result in no more new diesel cars and taxis allowed to be registered from 2025.

Currently motor vehicles emit around 6.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent per year, by converting vehicle use to electricity could reduce that to 1.5 to 2 million tonnes per year.

Source The Straits Times

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