Issue 222    |   24 February 2017
News Highlights 

Pictured is Singapore, one of the world's largest oil refinery centres, looking resplendent in the setting sun. But is the sun setting on its glory days as a fossil-fuelled paradise? Singapore is providing leadership for its South east Asian neighbours as its steers a course towards a low carbon future. The city state is committed to introduce a carbon tax. Along with its Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, it calls for a car-lite and zero waste society. It already has an all-electric rapid transit system and is encouraging the introduction of solar energy.

SINGAPORE: Reactions to the announcement of the introduction of a carbon tax in Singapore in 2019 have been generally positive, with stakeholders and observers calling the move timely and one that will transform Singapore’s economy for the better. Shell Singapore said it has long supported a “strong and stable Government-led carbon price” as this mechanism stimulates technologies for those industries that can decarbonise quickly; while providing time for other sectors that will take longer. Read what Channel News Asia has to say. 

WASHINGTON: The Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator Scott Pruitt regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities when he was Oklahoma's Attorney General about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they called government “overreach,” according to thousands of pages of emails made public. The Washington Post has the story.

CANBERRA: The Australian Government isn’t really interested in funding new coal fired power stations, it wants to destroy investment in renewable energy and the agencies responsible for driving the transition away from coal. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Energy-Environment Minister think the politics of climate change and energy means renewable energy is enemy number one. Matthew Rose writes for Reneweconomy 

WELLINGTON: New Zealand is a world leader in renewable energy generation, effective energy markets, and robust policies for electricity security. This is related to the unique natural resource base and geography of New Zealand, according to a new assessment report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). John Johnston has the story in 9 Billion. 

LONDON: The UK Government hopes that smart grids will pave the way towards a renewable energy future. The key to creating a smart grid is flexibility. Professor Sir David King, special representative for climate change at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said: “In order to move to a low-carbon power system, incorporating more renewable energy, we also need to create a smarter, more flexible power system,” adding that the government should “encourage smart technologies such as storage through changes to policy, regulation and market design”.  Nnamdi Anyadike investigates for Power-Technology. 

Have you registered yet for the Technology and Sustainable Landscape Design Conference in Singapore on Friday 3 March?  

Sir David King is brought to Singapore for this lecture by British Council and British High Commission, in partnership with the Energy Institute and Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS): 'Climate Change: The Greatest Opportunity of our Age'

To find out more about this special lecture and to register to attend go to this link

Greening the Urban Environment

Have you booked in yet for this. Green In Future and Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA) are organising for the first time a one day conference on Technology and Sustainable Landscape Design in Singapore on 3 March.

This provides a unique platform for professionals to discuss latest technologies and opportunities covering the landscape industry in Singapore and the region. Key focus is on design and use of new technologies like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 3D printing. 

Chairman of the World Green Building Council Tai Lee Siang is guest of honor and other industry experts will be on hand with up to date advice and practical steps.  

Go to Eventbrite to book your place. 

Thought Leaders Dialogue at and
i Light Marina Bay

The Fantastical World of eco·me, in conjunction with i Light Marina Bay, aims to creatively communicate and promote Art and Sustainability. Many businesses have been encouraged to adopt sustainable practices, through the growth of green buildings and energy efficiency schemes, but how can they be motivated to do much more to make Singapore a smart, liveable and sustainable city.

Chaired by Ken Hickson, the panel includes Adrian Bukmanis of TEALE, Eugene Tay of ZerowasteSingapore and the Circular Economy, Stephanie Dickson of The Wedge, organiser of the Green is the New Black Festival and Phan Ming Yen, Global Culture Alliance, author and co-organiser for The Fantastical World of eco·me. 

A new event at the annual lighting festival, exhibits a recycling and upcycling marketplace, a kinetic energy playground and urban farming showcases. It's on from from 3 to 5 March and 9 to 12 March.  After the festival, the upcycled furniture at the hub – comprising 70 tables and 80 benches – made of wooden pallets, as well as 300 colourful planters made of painted beer crates, will be made available for public adoption to minimise wastage. Donations will go towards the Culture Plus Fund managed by Global Cultural Alliance Ltd.

More about the programme.

Nothing Goes to Waste!

Oceans are full of it. Our streets are cluttered with it. Who knows what to do with all the plastic and other waste we are filling the earth and our seas with? Sky News out of the UK has been telling us the horror stories and some of the moves to set things right. The UN is making another campaign of it.  In Singapore there's another chance to be a zerowaste hero. 

Energy and mining are interdependent and miners are recognising more and more the significant benefits that renewable energy can provide their mine sites and the wider local communities.

So reads the introduction to an announcement about the planned inaugural Future Energy and Finance conference set to take place in Hong Kong, 5-7 April, co-located alongside the 10th annual Mines and Money Asia.

The event will look at the Asian energy market and review its position from a macroeconomic standpoint, the investment opportunities and financing options available within the sector as well as the commodities dependent on the energy market.  Read more

Last word from Ken Hickson

Sharing the Good News 

I thought you'd like to know about this. A one day workshop on News letter Production in Singapore on Monday 6 March.  I'm sharing my experience in producing print and online newsletters. I was asked by K Bhavani - an old friend and communications industry professional - to conduct this workshop in Singapore in association with her excellent International PR Training business. Read all about it and share the good news. I'm sure you know someone who would welcome the chance to pick up the "tricks of the trade" and learn how to produce an impactful newsletter.  Read More  

                                                                      Registration Form is here 

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