More than half of the world’s population now work or live in urban areas – and this increases by an estimated 60 million people each year. Additionally, more than one-third of this increase will be from Asian countries, with China, India and Southeast Asia in the lead. By 2026, the United Nations forecasts that half of the world’s population of Asians will consist of city dwellers1.
The sheer size of this urban population increases competition for scarce resources such as land and clean water, making the task of managing this urbanisation daunting. As the global population in urban cities continues to rise, the pressing need for governments and city planners to overcome the resultant problems such as environmental pollution and traffic congestion has never been more crucial.
A city-state with limited resources, Singapore has developed and implemented some of the world’s most advanced solutions, successfully turning urbanisation challenges into economic opportunities. Sound government strategies, well-placed investments and forward-thinking collaborations have boosted the quality of life of Singaporeans over the past decades.
Currently ranked 4th in the Environmental Performance Index by Yale and Columbia Universities2, Singapore remains committed to maintaining its leading environmental performance.
Singapore is a stepping stone for environmental and water solutions companies looking to tap into Asia-Pacific. Global companies such as General Electric, Siemens and Veolia have leveraged the extensive trade and communications networks to access the Asia Pacific market. Local companies such as Hyflux, SemCorp Industries and Keppel Integrated Engineering have benefited from these networks too, rising to become regional leaders in their fields.
Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), is committed to collaborating with companies in using its national water infrastructure to test the latest water treatment technologies. This commitment to innovation resulted in a first-of-its-kind breakthrough in developing membrane systems for water reclamation on a large scale. Such partnerships are made possible through events such as the biennial Singapore International Water Week and World Cities Summit, which bring together thought leaders to discuss and share integrated solutions.
Many companies leverage Singapore’s strategic location and continued efforts in R&D and innovation in order to stimulate growth. Platforms like CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, CleanMET Asia and WasteMET Asia give local and global players an effective launching pad into Asia, further catalysing the growth of this industry.
Singapore has established a target of having 80% of its buildings achieve the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark certification by 2030 under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2009. Business events such as the Singapore Green Building Week capitalise on such developments to provide global companies with a myriad of opportunities to gain access to regional markets. They also serve as ideal platforms to test and develop innovative green building design and technologies.
A liveable city is prosperous, healthy, harmonious and vibrant, while sustainability reflects the resilience of our environmental, social and economic systems in the long run. To complement Singapore’s efforts in these areas, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008. Through research, capability development and promotional work, CLC tries to distil, create and share knowledge on the requirements to build liveable and sustainable cities. CLC also co-organises the biannual World Cities Summit (WCS), which brings together leading urban thinkers and practitioners to discuss contemporary challenges. Singapore is home to numerous urban solutions exhibitions and conferences, which attract government delegates and policy makers from all over the world.
PEEL Tours are learning experiences that gives a behind-the-scenes look at environmental facilities around Singapore. Learn how Singapore manages and maintains a clean environment to achieve the objectives of clean air, land and water, along with quality public health standards. Find out more
The Marina Barrage guided tour showcases Singapore’s first reservoir in the city, which interweaves greenery with the sky-scape, taking a different spin on the conventional nature theme. Come face-to-face with stunning engineering equipment and discover the key role the barrage plays in the city’s water and flood management systems. Find out more
Visit the NEWater Visitor Centre and the NEWater Factory to understand the science behine NEWater, and witness the operations of advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies in the production of NEWater. Find out more
Embark on a “Singapore Storeys” tour, which starts with a walk through the URA City Gallery and continues throughout the city. This tour brings to life the city planning strategies and the ongoing development journey that Singapore is taking to become a liveable city and sustainable home, one building at a time. Find out more
The Zero Energy Building (ZEB) showcases Singapore’s R&D efforts in sustainability, and is the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) flagship project. At 4,500 m², the fully functional building aims to achieve net zero energy consumption through a combination of green building technologies and innovative design. Find out more
(organised by Energy Market Authority)
The following events are held in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week.