Key measures in sustainability plan

The public sector aims to, by 2020, use 15 per cent less electricity and 5 per cent less water compared with 2013 levels.
The public sector aims to, by 2020, use 15 per cent less electricity and 5 per cent less water compared with 2013 levels. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The public sector, Singapore's biggest employer, plans to slash its consumption of electricity and water in accordance with the Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 announced yesterday.

The plan aims to see the public sector, by 2020, use 15 per cent less electricity and 5 per cent less water compared with 2013 levels.

Among the measures to be taken are:

• Ambient indoor air temperature of all air-conditioned public-sector premises to be maintained at 24 deg C or higher, as far as comfort level allows.

• All agencies to implement recycling programmes on their premises.

• Lamps, air-conditioners, refrigerators and television sets to be replaced by more energy-efficient models.

• Agencies can procure only printing paper that carries the Singapore Green Label, which means the paper is sourced from suppliers that practise sustainable land and forest management.

• Water flow in toilets to be reduced through the installation of water-efficient fittings such as dual-flush, low-capacity flushing cisterns and waterless urinals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2017, with the headline 'Key measures in sustainability plan'. Print Edition | Subscribe