During the course of a joint segment on sustainability conducted Thursday (Mar 4), National Development Minister Desmond Lee told Parliament that buildings emit more than 20 per cent of Singapore’s emissions. He said that the city must become more sustainable by using cleaner energy and enhancing energy efficiency.
In accordance with this concept, the green building masterplan, titled “80-80-80 in 2030”, was developed by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Singapore Green Building Council, as well as industry stakeholders.
The SGBMP conveys a collective commitment to achieve better sustainability standards in the Built Environment, said Lee.
TARGET 1: GREEN 80% OF BUILDINGS BY the year 2030
A standing goal is to achieve green 80 per cent of buildings by gross floor area (GFA) by the year 2030.
This guarantees that most of the buildings people use in their day to day lives will be sustainable and energy efficient, Lee stated.
As of the end of last year, the figure lingered at more than 43 per cent, which marks “good progress” – but more can be done, he said.
TARGET 2: 80% OF NEW BUILDINGS WILL BE SUPER LOW ENERGY
In addition, more building owners should be encouraged to attain “best-in-class standards”, and attain the status of Super Low Energy (SLE) buildings, stated Lee.
These structures, which attain a minimum of a 60 per cent improvement in energy efficiency as compared to 2005 levels, representing “the next wave” of the green build movement—and, in turn, a more sustainable, low-carbon built environment.
This explains as to why the masterplan’s second target aims for 80 per cent of new buildings to be SLE from 2030.
Lee added that the Government will assume the lead in this movement.
TARGET 3: 80% ENHANCEMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The third target aims for best-in-class green buildings to undergo an 80 per cent improvement in energy efficiency, as comparable to 2005 levels, by the year 2030.
This marks a boost from the improvement of at least 60 per cent that can presently be attained.
The government will boost research and innovation efforts to expand energy efficiency, and quicken deployment of cost-efficient green technologies, said Lee.
This will especially be accomplished through the addition of more funding for Green Buildings Innovation Cluster (GBIC), a research, development and demonstration platform to accommodate energy-efficient technologies established in 2014.
Lee also specified other plans to render Singapore’s urban environment more sustainable, like greening HDB towns and investing in R&D.
The ultimate goal of all of these plans is to render Singapore a City in Nature—and a city of sustainability.