What it's about:
Singapore is considering its future amid the dual challenge of a growing urbanised population and the need to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, writes Tan Szue Hann of infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.
To build a resilient, sustainable future, Singapore is seeking to align investment in housing and commercial property with investment in transport and public infrastructure.
For example, it plans to bolster its aviation hub by adding two terminals. It will also relocate its port facility from Keppel to Tuas to free up land and coastal areas, while highways and roads will be redesigned to integrate cycling lanes and encourage electric vehicles.
Singapore also wants to marry its physical assets with digital infrastructure as part of its plan to become a “smart” nation.
Why it's noteworthy:
A small city-state, Singapore is seeking ways to overcome its physical land limitations and its bulging population.
It is already retrofitting existing buildings to make them greener, with the Building and Construction Authority aiming for 80 percent of buildings to be Green Mark-certified by 2030.
It is also encouraging urban farming to strengthen food security, and is home to a number of solar farms.
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The Straits Times