Singapore unveils Green Plan 2030, outlines green targets for next 10 years

SINGAPORE (CNA) – The Singapore government unveiled the Singapore Green Plan 2030 on Wednesday, a “whole-of-nation movement” to advance the national agenda on sustainable development.

The plan, which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of National Development (MND), the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT), charts Singapore’s green targets over the next 10 years.

It also strengthens Singapore’s commitments under the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, said the five ministries in a joint media release on Wednesday.

The plan also positions Singapore to achieve its long-term net-zero emissions goal “as soon as viable”.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that while Singapore might be a small country lacking in natural resources, it can still press on with tech and policy solutions for sustainable development.

“We need to ensure a Singapore for our future generations. All of us have to work together, and make Singapore a bright green spark for the world,” he said.

In a separate Facebook post, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that climate change is an existential challenge for Singapore. As such, the country “will be making a determined effort to address this challenge head-on”, he said.

“I hope the Green Plan will catalyse a broader national movement to take action to secure a sustainable future for Singapore. With each of us playing our part, I have every confidence that we will be able to build a more vibrant and greener home for future generations,” said Heng.