Nurturing a Clean and Green Environment
Developing and Promoting the Industry
NEA will continue to groom Singapore companies into world class “champions”, enhancing environmental solutions for Singapore and promoting them to other cities through international platforms and projects.
Workforce Skills Qualifications Framework for the Waste Management and Recycling Industry
To raise the competency levels and service standards of Singapore’s waste management workforce, NEA and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) launched the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Framework for the Waste Management and Recycling Industry on 12 August 2011.
As Singapore develops into a global city, there is a need to meet the increasing demand for cost-efficient and sustainable waste management as well as raise the productivity levels of the waste management workforce. The WSQ Framework is a first step towards professionalising the industry, which currently comprises some 500 companies and employs about 12,000 workers.
To underscore the commitment to train the workforce, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed amongst NEA, WDA, the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore, the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employee’s Union and the four main public waste collectors in Singapore. The MOU recognises the joint efforts to improve the waste management workforce and enhance its competitiveness in the industry.
Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City
NEA and its industry partners have been working closely with the agency’s Chinese counterpart, the Eco-City Administration Committee (ECAC), on the environmental master-planning of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City – a flagship project between the governments of Singapore and China.
Geared towards the vision of building a thriving city that is socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient, the team has achieved the initial successes of having met two out of seven environmental key performance indicators (KPIs) since the inception of the project. These are in the areas of waste treatment and noise pollution control. Both NEA and the ECAC have put in place comprehensive plans and robust guidelines to achieve the five remaining KPIs.
These will be better monitored after 2013, when there will be an increase in economic activities, as well as an influx of residents.
Singapore-based Companies in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City
NEA has introduced two Singapore-based companies to the ECAC to be part of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, viz. the Eco-Wiz Group and LHT Holdings.
The Eco-Wiz Group has proposed a food waste recycling system for the Eco-City, and the ECAC will consider purchasing and installing the system for test-bedding at the Eco-Business Park.
LHT Holdings signed an MOU on 17 April 2011 to invest up to RMB20 million to establish a wood waste recycling plant in the Eco-Industrial Park for the manufacturing and assembly of eco-wood products.
The products produced by LHT Holdings will help developers in the Eco-City achieve the standards stipulated in the Green Building Evaluation System, through the use of recycled materials in the buildings.
Consultancy Studies for developing and promoting Singapore-based waste management companies
The Clean Environment Industry Committee commissioned two consultancy studies to raise the professionalism and productivity of the local waste management industry and to identify the opportunities for our waste management companies in overseas markets.
This committee was formed in 2010 with the objective of positioning Singapore as a hub for innovative clean environment solutions. Chaired by CEO(NEA), with AMD(EDB) as Deputy Chairman. Members include representatives from EDB, IE Singapore, Spring Singapore, JTC and NEA.
Environment Technology Research Programme
NEA’s Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP) is a $21 million research fund focusing on sustainable waste management solutions and technologies.
Started in 2009, the ETRP seeks to boost the technological know-how and manpower capabilities in Singapore’s waste management sector. The research focuses on resource and energy recovery for mixed and dedicated waste streams, as well as on special waste treatment.
The grant is open to researchers from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), public-sector agencies, not-for-profit research entities, Singapore-registered companies and for-profit research organisations.
The programme’s fund is managed by the Environment Technology Office, which finances approved projects from requests-for-proposal (RFPs) in January and July.
Since the introduction of the ETRP, a total of $12.3 million has been pledged for 11 projects, and NEA is currently evaluating projects from the sixth RFP.
Innovation Project Fund
NEA’s Innovation Project Fund (IPF) was launched in June 2010 to support NEA-led projects that will directly address operational functions within the agency and enhance its technological competencies.
The objectives of the IPF are to enhance the effectiveness of NEA’s operations and build new capabilities to meet future challenges. Every year, NEA sets aside $2 million for the IPF, which is managed by the Environment Technology Office. To encourage participation from the ground, NEA regularly organises roadshows for the various departments within the agency, to facilitate the submission of innovative projects.
A total of $895,000 was awarded to six NEA-led projects aimed to improve the organisation’s operational and scientific capabilities.