Singapore tops in building policy, water management


Asia-Pacific 'Green Cities'

“SINGAPORE is among the top four in a new study ranking Asia-Pacific cities in terms of their 'greenness',” writes Lin Zhaowei in an article published in the Strait Times newspaper.

“The first comprehensive study of this kind in the region, it names Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne ahead of Singapore for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and live in a sustainable manner.”

“The other cities in the top 10 are Osaka, Sydney, Auckland, Busan, Taipei and Hong Kong.”

“The study, conducted by consultancy firm Solidiance, looked at economic, environmental and social factors that contribute to how eco-friendly each city is.”

“The criteria included carbon dioxide emissions, renewable energy use, waste output and management, public transport ridership and water management.”

“The study highlighted that the urban population has been rising rapidly in the region in recent years, driven by economic growth.”

“Coupled with the fact that urbanites account for up to 80 per cent of humanity's global greenhouse gas emissions, Asia-Pacific cities have had to turn to green infrastructure projects to ensure environmental sustainability, said the study.”

“Singapore came in No. 1 in terms of water management and green building policy, a further nod to its efforts in these two areas. Last September, the World Green Building Council, based in Canada, gave Singapore high marks in green building efforts and water efficiency in a climate change report.”


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Posted February 2011