Green goals 'on track to being met by 2030'

Mr Masagos Zulkifli (in white), Minister for Environment and Water Resources, planting the tembusu tree, with Tampines residents as part of the Clean and Green Campaign on Oct 25, 2015.
Mr Masagos Zulkifli (in white), Minister for Environment and Water Resources, planting the tembusu tree, with Tampines residents as part of the Clean and Green Campaign on Oct 25, 2015. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Progress made under blueprint, such as increase in length of green corridors in urban areas: Masagos

Much progress has been made under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015, which contains a series of environmental goals that the country ought to work towards over the next 15 years, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday.

These achievements, he said, "can be credited to the collective interests of Singaporeans in caring for our environment".

Giving an update on the work that has been done to meet targets under the blueprint, which was launched last November, Mr Masagos said most of the targets that were set are on track to being met by 2030.

He was speaking to reporters at the Clean and Green SG50 Carnival in Punggol, launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Masagos noted that the length of nature ways - green corridors with biodiversity in urban areas - increased from 21km in 2013 to 61km as of Sept 30 this year. The target is 180km by 2030.

Also, the length of park connector networks increased from 216km in 2013 to 300km as of Sept 30. The target is 400km by 2030.

And to foster a society that is less reliant on cars, enhancements are being made to existing rail and bus networks. More cycling paths have also been built - there were 345km of cycling paths as of Sept 30, up from 233km in 2013. The goal is more than 700km by 2030.

Meanwhile, a pilot bicycle-sharing scheme will be launched in Jurong Lake District, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Marina Bay progressively from 2017.

Plans are also under way to raise the adoption of solar power, with the first solar leasing tender called in June.

"It is important that everyone gets involved," Mr Masagos said.

"This is not just a government effort - a large part of it is how members of the public buy in to a Singapore they are very proud of. If you don't do anything, a city like Singapore will become brown and grey."

The only blemish on the record was recycling rates, which dipped by one percentage point between 2013 and last year.

Non-domestic recycling went from 77 per cent in 2013 to 76 per cent last year. Domestic recycling fell from 20 per cent to 19 per cent. The respective targets are 81 per cent and 30 per cent by 2030.

Mr Masagos said that as Singapore progresses further, so should "our attitude, love and care for our environment".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 01, 2015, with the headline 'Green goals 'on track to being met by 2030''. Print Edition | Subscribe