A stagnant recycling rate and modest improvements in energy efficiency have prompted the Singapore government to introduce new technologies and regulations to speed up the country's progress in meeting its environment goals.
Experts at the recent Green Cities conferences in Sydney gazed into their crystal balls and identified six key trends that city leaders and building and real estate sectors cannot ignore if they want a sustainable and secure future.
Ian MacKenzie –
If recycling was run as a lottery scheme, would that encourage more people to recycle than a container refund scheme? The University of Queensland's Ian MacKenzie says we should take the gamble.
Tamara Avellán –
There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. The technology and financial case for recovering wastewater are already there, says United Nations' University's Tamara Avellan.
The BBC nature documentary portrays Singapore as a green urban utopia where man has invited nature back into the city. The development of Singapore's last forests suggests the opposite is happening, note conservationists.
The Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda report emphasises that the future of cities largely depends on the way urbanisation is managed and public-private collaboration is leveraged ...