On one day in April next year, residents instead of cleaners will be tasked to clean up the city-state, to raise public awareness of the 21,000 tonnes of rubbish generated every day by the wealthy, convenience-minded nation of 5.8 million people.
The mobile app from Sembcorp, called Ezi, aims to make recycling more convenient for residents in Singapore, where only 4 per cent of plastic waste is recycled. Users are paid for the materials they collect—but get nothing for plastic.
After searching for a new packaged water supplier, Singapore's largest hospitality group has chosen plastic bottles over aluminium and paper options, citing life cycle analysis that shows it has the least long-term environmental impact. How are hotel groups responding to changing consumer sentiments towards the PET bottle?
About 10 per cent of Southeast Asia lacks access to stable electricity, and many people live on remote islands. Emerging technologies could help bring power to far-flung locations and meet the region’s growing energy and waste management needs. But challenges abound.
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For a rich country, Singapore is not doing nearly enough to tackle climate change, and has chosen to spend billions on adaptation rather than prevention. Here's what the city-state could and should do to rise to the climate crisis, writes Assaad Razzouk.
With increasing urbanisation, Asia faces enormous challenges to ensure environmental sustainability and the liveability of its cities while maintaining economic growth. But the solutions are already within our reach, says Ken Kawai of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Advances in technology is making it possible to make the bioeconomy—defined as the agriculture and forestry industries—more sustainable without sacrificing productivity. Frank Rijsberman of the Global Green Growth Institute highlights examples of green growth.
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After China banned waste imports, Malaysia has taken up the slack with worrying consequences, a Greenpeace investigation has found. Much of Malaysia's imported trash—most of which comes from the US, UK and Japan—is not recycled, but dumped or burned.
Countries will be confronted with an increasingly complex challenge over the next 15 years. Major risks such as poorly managed urbanisation, climate change, and unequal rather than inclusive growth in ...