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Woodlands MRT station is Singapore's first eco-friendly train stop

Minister for National Development Dr Khaw Boon Wan (left) together with SMRT Director of Station Operations Teo Wee Kiat (second from left) and SMRT Deputy Director of Commercial Development Chan Wye Keong (right) inspecting and trying out the new ec
Minister for National Development Dr Khaw Boon Wan (left) together with SMRT Director of Station Operations Teo Wee Kiat (second from left) and SMRT Deputy Director of Commercial Development Chan Wye Keong (right) inspecting and trying out the new eco-friendly toilet which features efficient water management and fittings at the Woodlands Xchange on Monday, Nov 4, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The new eco-friendly toilet at the Woodlands Xchange features efficient water management and fittings. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The new eco-friendly toilet at the Woodlands Xchange features efficient water management and fittings. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Minister for National Development Dr Khaw Boon Wan together with SMRT Deputy Director of Commercial Development Chan Wye Keong (left) stops briefly to greet a young girl during his tour at the Woodlands Xchange on Monday, Nov 4, 2013. -- ST PHOT
Minister for National Development Dr Khaw Boon Wan together with SMRT Deputy Director of Commercial Development Chan Wye Keong (left) stops briefly to greet a young girl during his tour at the Woodlands Xchange on Monday, Nov 4, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A shop with the Eco-Shop Label at the Woodlands MRT Xchange. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A shop with the Eco-Shop Label at the Woodlands MRT Xchange. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Tenants such as Share Tea and Burger King are the first shops in Singapore to be certified with the Project: Eco-Shop label, which recognises their efforts at adopting green practices. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
Tenants such as Share Tea and Burger King are the first shops in Singapore to be certified with the Project: Eco-Shop label, which recognises their efforts at adopting green practices. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
Tenants such as Share Tea and Burger King are the first shops in Singapore to be certified with the Project: Eco-Shop label, which recognises their efforts at adopting green practices. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
Tenants such as Share Tea and Burger King are the first shops in Singapore to be certified with the Project: Eco-Shop label, which recognises their efforts at adopting green practices. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
Woodlands MRT station was unveiled as Singapore's first eco-friendly train stop by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, an MP for Sembawang GRC, on Monday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Woodlands MRT station was unveiled as Singapore's first eco-friendly train stop by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, an MP for Sembawang GRC, on Monday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Woodlands MRT station was unveiled as Singapore's first eco-friendly train stop by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, an MP for Sembawang GRC, on Monday morning.

It is SMRT's first station to receive the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark (Gold) in April this year.

Environmental impact of its facilities and operations was assessed in six areas - energy efficiency, water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality, other green features and innovation and sustainable operations and management.

The station has implemented energy efficient escalators and lift which are sensor-operated. Bathroom fittings also help reduce flow-rate of water for more efficient water management.

Most of the 33 tenants at Woodlands Xchange, a shopping area that has retail and food and beverage shops within the station, were also the first shops in Singapore to be certified with the new Project: Eco-Shop label at the event.

Under this label, shops like Starbucks and Burger King were recognised for environmental initiatives. The other tenants are expected to be certified by year end.

Jointly developed by SMRT and the Singapore Environment Council, the label encourages shops to adopt green practices. This includes eco-friendly practices and installing such green fixtures in shops.

President and chief executive of SMRT Corporation Desmond Kuek said: "These achievements encourage us to take greater strides in our quest to reduce our environmental footprint and we seek to adopt this model of 'green' operations at our other MRT stations and Xchanges."