Chairman's Foreword

NEA Chairman Mr Lee Chuan Seng

Singapore has come a long way in our sustainability journey. 2022 was a significant milestone, with NEA marking 20 years of environmental stewardship, and our parent ministry celebrating its Golden Jubilee.

Together with the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, we have made significant progress towards our pursuit of a clean, liveable and sustainable Singapore. In the face of the pressing issue of climate change, we seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy efficiency efforts in households, industries and the private sector.

We are committed to meeting our various international obligations, such as the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. NEA has established Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with several international offset programmes, in operationalising Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Guided by Singapore's public sector and national plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 and 2050 respectively, NEA signed a MOU with Keppel Seghers for a Joint Feasibility Study on carbon capture for wasteto- energy (WTE) facilities in Singapore, enabling WTE plants to achieve net zero emissions in their operations, and potentially net negative emissions. Our collaborations reflect continuous efforts in exploring innovative technologies to strengthen our commitments to global sustainable development and climate mitigation efforts.

As we work towards a Zero Waste Nation, Parliament has approved several measures to reduce Singapore's priority waste streams under the Resource Sustainability (Amendment) Bill 2023. This includes the disposable carrier bag charge, beverage container return scheme, and food waste reporting framework. We are also developing the next generation of waste management infrastructure and capabilities. To extend Semakau Landfill's lifespan beyond 2030, we are exploring solutions for reusing incineration ash and non-incinerable waste, as well as landfill materials.

With the commencement of TuasOne, a more efficient WTE plant, the Tuas Incineration Plant was decommissioned in 2022. Since commencing operations in 1986, it has treated approximately 18 million tonnes of general waste. NEA is studying the possibility of using the site for other waste management facilities.

To help Singapore plan ahead and continually improve our climate mitigation and adaptation methods, NEA's Centre for Climate Research Singapore will be releasing its Third National Climate Change Study in the coming months, which will give climate projections for the coming century and its relevance to Singapore.

As we look to the years ahead, we remain committed to our mission and mandate. Together, we can create a more sustainable future.