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Singapore Green Plan
The Singapore Green Plan was issued in 1992 as Singapore's first formal environmental blueprint. Its objective was to ensure that Singapore, through sound environmental management, achieves economic development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.
In 1999, a review of this first green plan was initiated to take into account new ideas and concerns that had emerged since 1992. The outcome was the SGP 2012 launched in August 2002. With the new plan, Singapore wanted to move beyond just being clean and green and towards attaining environmental sustainability.
To keep the SGP 2012 up-to-date, an extensive review was conducted in 2005. Representatives of the 3P (public, private and people) sectors were consulted and public feedback was sought through various platforms such as an internet survey and a public exhibition. After the review, MEWR released the revised edition of the SGP 2012 in March 2006.
Today, many of the SGP2012 targets have already been met. However, there is still a pressing need to do even more for sustainable development as both the international and domestic contexts have changed.
In order to ensure that Singapore can achieve sustainable development for future decades and beyond, the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint was unveiled in April 2009 which will serve as a guide for our sustainable development strategies for the next two decades until 2030.
An evolution of the Singapore Green Plan
The Singapore Green Plan 2012 (SGP2012)
The SGP2012 highlights our commitment to ensuring Singapore’s environmental sustainability and our targets in this regard till 2012. It was launched in 2002, and formulated with inputs from the People, Private and Public (or 3P in short) sectors.
There are six focus areas under the SGP2012: (i) Clean Air & Climate Change, (ii) Water, (iii) Waste Management, (iv) Public Health, (v) Conserving Nature, and (vi) International Environmental Relations.
[Download SGP2012] (11 MB)
SGP2012 Three-Yearly Review
To ensure that the SGP2012 remains relevant and up-to-date, a review was carried out in 2005.
The Singapore Green Plan 2012 (2006 Edition) was published after an extensive consultation exercise with the public, private and people sectors, consulting more than 17,000 people in the process.
[Download SGP2012 (2006 Edition)] (1.8 MB)
Update on meeting SGP2012 (2006 Edition) Targets
We have provided an update on the current progress towards meeting the targets set in the SGP2012 (2006 edition) and also to highlight new efforts towards sustainable development set out under the new Sustainable Singapore Blueprint.
Click on the action areas below to read about the status updates to these SGP2012 targets:
We will continue to maintain and improve on the efforts made in past years to meet the targets set under the SGP2012 and ensure a high quality environment in Singapore. Many of the SGP2012 targets have already been met, while the others are on track to be met by 2012.
Looking ahead, there is a need to do even more for sustainable development as both the international and domestic contexts have changed. Within Singapore, higher economic and population growth will exert pressures on our limited land resources and our environmental quality in the years to come. Global environmental challenges such as climate change are also key concerns on the international agenda.
In order to ensure that Singapore can achieve sustainable development for future decades and beyond, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD), co-chaired by Minister for National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, was set up in January 2008 to develop a holistic sustainable development strategy for Singapore going forward. The Inter-Ministerial Committee also includes Minister for Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Transport Mr Raymond Lim, and Minister of State for Trade & Industry Mr S Iswaran.
The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint was launched by the IMCSD in April 2009. It sets out the national framework and strategy for Singapore’s sustainable development for the next two decades until 2030. Click here to download a summary of the existing SGP2012 targets and the related new targets under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint.
Going forward, MEWR and other agencies will continue to monitor progress towards meeting the SGP 2012 targets, and embark on the new initiatives as laid out in the Sustainable Singapore blueprint to ensure that Singapore continues to develop sustainably in the decades beyond 2012.
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