Green Technology

Green Technology


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Green technology describes technology that is less environmentally harmful based on its supply chain, production process, or embodied energy. There are many benefits to adopting green technology, such as long-run cost reductions. Given our increasing reliance on technology and significant environmental impacts, green technology is an increasingly important area.

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Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business


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Business sustainability is often defined as managing the triple bottom line - a process by which companies manage their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities. These three impacts are sometimes referred to as profits, people and planet.

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Environmental Communications

Environmental Communications


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Environmental communication refers to how individuals and societies craft, distribute, receive, understand, and use messages about the environment and our interactions with the environment.

It plays an important role in creating meaning as it shapes how we see and value the world. For example, mass media shapes our understanding of environmental issues and the problems that underlie them, the people and organizations involved, the possible approaches that can be taken, potential futures, and most importantly, the natural world itself.

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Networking and Building Communities

Networking and Building Communities


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As Singapore has designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action, we need to come together as a community to take collective action. As a community, we can share ideas and resources and collaborate together to find innovative solutions to combat climate change.

Sustainable Food, Farming and Agriculture

Sustainable Food, Farming and Agriculture


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Food security is achieved when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy life. Food security is becoming an important topic in recent years due to reduced agricultural productivity caused by climate change, explosive growth of the middle class in Asia and the resulting spike in food consumption, as well as unpredictable geo-politics and international relations.

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Environmental Education and Awareness

Environmental Education and Awareness


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Environmental education teaches individuals about the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. It equips them to explore environmental issues and to take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. Key components of environmental education include:

- Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges.
- Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges.
- Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality.
- Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges.
- Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges.

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Clean Energy and Transportation

Clean Energy and Transportation


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As a small, resource-constrained country, Singapore imports almost all its fuel and electricity and has limited renewable energy options. They include:

Wind: Commercial wind turbines operate at wind speeds of around above 4.5m/s but the average wind speed in Singapore is only about 2m/s.

Tidal: Singapore's relatively narrow tidal range and calm seas limit opportunities for commercial tidal power generation. Much of our sea space is also used for ports, anchorage and shipping lanes, which limit the application of ocean energy technologies.

Hydroelectric: hydroelectric power cannot be harnessed, as Singapore does not have a river system with regular fast-flowing water.

Biogas: our small physical size (715.8 sq km), high population density and land scarcity limits our potential for sustainably-grown domestic biomass.

Nuclear: our small physical size (715.8 sq km) constraints the safe deployment of nuclear power in Singapore.

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Green Living

Green Living


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Individuals play an important role in protecting the environment. Every choice you make as a consumer is significant and has an environmental impact -- from the food you eat to the clothes you wear. Green living refers to a lifestyle that does less damage to ecosystems and the millions of nonhuman animals around the world. It focuses on the role that consumers play through their everyday choices, from household products to recycling to transportation.

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Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling and Waste Management


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Recycling refers to the process of converting waste material into new materials and objects. Across Singapore, there are shared recycling bins at every block in public housing estates and private landed properties have one recycling bin each. Yet, Singapore's household recycling rate remains low at 20%. In comparison, Taiwan's household recycling rate is 55% and South Korea's is 59%. In South Korea, it is mandatory for food waste to be separated by households so it can be recycled into animal feed or compost. This has helped the country to cut its food waste from 5.1 million tons in 2008 to 4.8 million tons in 2014. Why is Singapore's household recycling rates so low?

Clearly we can do better. What steps can we take to improve recycling efforts?

Find out about how you can reduce waste here:

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Biodiversity and Conservation

Biodiversity and Conservation


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Biodiversity refers to the variety of plant and animal life; nature conservation involves the protection of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems. There is an urgent need to preserve biodiversity as it serves important ecological functions like maintaining ecosystems (a group of life forms that live together in a balanced and stable community). For example, forests help to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Beyond these ecological functions, it is important to preserve biodiversity so that future generations can experience the same world that we enjoy.

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