Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is gaining traction among the companies in Singapore. This is evident from the significant increase in companies joining the Singapore Compact for CSR, a tripartite body charged with promoting CSR in Singapore. Its membership grew 42% from 239 last September to 341 this year. There is also an increase in sustainability reporting using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, from zero companies in 2007 to more than 20 currently.
Singapore Compact explains that CSR is picking up in Singapore due to several reasons. The public are increasingly looking at companies’ environmental and social responsibility, and more consumers are expecting companies to be ethical. Companies are also starting to understand that CSR makes good business sense as it enhances their credibility, increases their employee retention, attracts global talent, and helps them better address environmental concerns. Read more
Packaging Council Of Singapore (PCS) and Singapore Packaging Agreement To Host Asia Sustainable Packaging Summit 2010 – Asia’s First Conference On The Future Of Packaging
The Packaging Council of Singapore (PCS) and Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) have put together an elite organising committee to rally the Asian Packaging industry to meet current packaging challenges, build bridges and drive sales through sustainable packaging. The Event called Asia Sustainable Packaging Summit 2010 will be held in the Pines, Singapore on 25 – 26 October 2010 and is supported by the following entities:
a) National Environment Agency (NEA)
b) Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (Sma)
c) Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association (SFMA)
d) World Packaging Organisation (WPO)
e) Asian Packaging Federation (APF)
The conference will also be held in conjunction with the 3R Packaging Awards 2010 and the Singapore Packaging Star Award. Some key stakeholders of the packaging industry, primarily from the food, electronics, pharmaceutical and beauty sectors are expected to attend the event.
Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister For Environment and Water Resources, is the Guest of Honour and will be delivering the Opening Address and presenting the 3R Packaging Awards.
This event aims to develop a new design paradigm to fortify the Asian Packaging industry’s “waste to resources” system and generate ecological, social and economic value. The knowledge acquired is intended to be immediately useful and applicable. The conference is structured as such:
1. Packaging awards to give recognition to signatories who have made outstanding achievements and contributions towards the goals of Singapore Packaging Agreement.
2. Info-centric knowledge sharing among industry players, NGOs, governments and academics across different regions and continents.
3. Dynamic social networking among participants.
4. Educational site visits to functional plants on day 2 such as NEWater Visitor Centre, Semakau Landfill, Tetra Pak and Tuas South Incineration Plant
Packaging is one of the major contributors to urban waste and with increasing population growth and limited landfill and waste management facilities, governments worldwide are searching for ways to reducing packaging waste.
About 300 delegates from the region are expected to attend this event. Delegates may register at www.packagingasia.tpgi.org
For more information please contact:
DID: +65 6846 2725
The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has appointed Accenture Pte Ltd (Accenture) to design and implement an Intelligent Energy System (IES) pilot project. The IES pilot will involve around 4,500 customers in various residential, commercial and industrial locations, including the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus, the CleanTech Park at Jalan Bahar and the Punggol Eco-Precinct. This is an important step towards a smarter power grid, which will provide consumers with more information, choice and control over their electricity usage, thereby improving energy efficiency for Singapore as a whole.
2. The IES pilot will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 (2010-2012) will focus on the implementation of the enabling infrastructure for the IES. The key infrastructure components are the advanced metering infrastructure (commonly referred to as “smart meters”) and the communication system. Smart meters are equipped with communications capabilities, and provide both energy providers and consumers with detailed information on how much electricity is being used and fed into the grid. A good communications network is crucial for such information flows to be handled seamlessly. Hence a key emphasis in this first phase of the pilot will be to establish the smart metering communication protocols and standards. This will be done by leveraging on the Next Generation National Broadband Network and other communication platforms. Read more
Location: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
The annual Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is a leading energy event that provides a platform for policymakers, business leaders and academics to exchange ideas, strategies and best practices that will help shape global and industry energy agendas. Jointly organised by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) from 27 October to 4 November 2010, SIEW features a comprehensive schedule of energy-focused conferences, exhibitions and networking sessions from a diverse cross-section of energy industry leaders.
Speakers include: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore; Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Co-founder and Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Visit the SIEW website for details and registration.
GREEN ECONOMY – A GREEN NEW DEAL
Climate change has become one of the biggest international challenges in the 21st century. This emergent global problem has led the world’s attention to Going Green. In view of this, the Malaysian Government has established the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), the first Green Technology led Ministry in the region focusing on green technology and environmental principals in the national economic agenda.
As the Government is committed to foster the development of green economy, KeTTHA has taken initiatives to organize the inaugural International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2010 (IGEM2010) to be held from 14 – 17 October 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Read more
15 September 2010 – Almost one year into its operation, the Zero Energy Building has achieved zero power consumption and a surplus of 16.3 MWh (megawatts/hour) of electricity. The power surplus translates to savings of about $3,900 per month for 35 units of ¹HDB 5-room flats at residential electricity tariffs at ²24.13 cents/kWh (kilowatts/hour). With the power surplus generated, this BCA’s flagship R&D project is on-track to achieve its target of net zero energy consumption in October 2010, at its first year anniversary. Read more
There are about 100 companies exhibiting their green building technologies and products at BEX Asia 2010. Here are some products that we like:
A wash basin above the toilet cistern allows used water from the wash basin to be directed into the cistern and used for the next toilet flushing. It is easy to install and saves water.
Trane Set Up Its First Asia Pacific Centre Of Excellence For Energy Efficiency In Singapore For Sustainable Green Building Solutions For Urban Living
Singapore, September 13, 2010 – Trane, the global leader in climate solutions including air-conditioning solutions, has embarked on a trail-blazing initiative to promote energy efficiency solutions for buildings in urban living.
The first Trane Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficiency is part of Trane’s continuous efforts to reinforce its leadership in innovating new green energy concepts and carbon emission reduction. Read more
The 2nd Green Building Week opens today with three concurrent events – the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) International Congress 2010, the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) Green Building Conference, and the BEX Asia 2010 exhibition. Some 7,ooo visitors are expected during the week, including architects, engineers, consultants, developers, regulators, contractors, interior designers and building professionals. Read more