How did Singapore become such a green city?
It's a small, dense, island nation where the population is 100% urbanized. And yet, Singapore is the greenest city in Asia. And has few competitors in the rest of the world.
As Singapore's population and economy grew, so did its green cover. It was about 36% in the 80's and is now at 47%. The word green can take on a variety of connotations. Singapore encompasses them all. Lush environments, renewable energy and future sustainability.
They take steps to ensure self-sufficiency. In Singapore, they have a lot of initiatives to promote sustainability.
It's crucial. Singapore lacks any form of natural resource. Half of the water supplies gets imported from neighboring Malaysia. The rest comes from:
- desalinization plants
- efficient catchment of rainwater
- recycling of sewage
Fuel is also imported to meet energy needs. That means making alternative energy a national priority. But greenery in the literal sense is also prioritized.
Singapore is the only country to incorporate green building requirements into its legislation.
The government sees environmental protection as an integral part of city planning.
Singapore loves nature and green spaces. They opened a 15 mile stretch of hidden parkland containing an unused railway, known as the Green Corridor.
Renewable energy sources and rainwater harvesting have become standard on all buildings.
They aim to reduce the use of energy. Thus, reducing carbon dioxide deposited into the atmosphere.
Singapore pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 16% 2020.