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1 introduce roof-top gardens , also to HDB buildings Andreas 7/28/2008 12:47
2 don't burn petrol to produce electricity is maybe the main one as everything we do here use energy which produce co2 so this Xavier 7/28/2008 12:44
economy is risky since it is petrol dependent. Encourage more and more the solar panels. Try to build a nuclear power plant
(problematic but solve co2 problem). Build wind turbine or use sea tides for getting some energy out(is there enough wind?).
Through the burning of waste produce energy. Put more bike lanes to encourage people to bike to work. reduce air con in
shopingmalls and bus(put back non air con bus in play specially at high monsoon season). Encourage saving hot water in thermos
can. encourage walking more. Use exclusively hybrid cars for taxi transport. Educate people on how much Co2 they produce daily.
Recycle more(follow the german model). Keep planting more trees
3 CNG vehicles - If the government is truly sincere about wanting to make Singapore more green, then pls remove the uncertainty Goh W. C. 7/28/2008 13:19
for CNG motorists once and for all and permanently waive the 'special tax' on CNG vehicles. For more background, see recent
articles and debate in Straits Times on the difficulties faced by CNG motorists.
4 ·Energy Conservation - phase out energy-consuming light bulbs thru legislation, mass produce and market energy-efficient bulbs Justin 7/28/2008 13:43
for all homes, office, etc.
·Water Conservation - Phase out single-flush cistern thru legislation and promote and market dual flush cisterns for all toilets in
·Clean Indoor Air Quality - Ban all high-VOC paint and formaldehye-coated wood products, only produce or import low-VOC paint
and formaldehye-free wood products.
·High-rise greenery - gives incentives for dwellers who add greenery to their balconies, gardens, PES, etc.
·Eco-tourism - encourage and incentify setting up of eco-tourism in Singapore.
·Eco-Education - propose compulsory indoor/outdoor lessons in primary and sec schools to spread eco-awareness and
sustainable developments in Singapore.
·Public Transport - incentify motorists who switch from driving to taking public transports.
·Driving - incentify drivers who drive lesser (detected by ERP) by reducing their car road tax accordingly.
·Bicycle Lanes - set up a comprehensive network of safe cycling tracks to encourage cycling to work or for leisure.
·Bicycle prices - subsidise bicycle prices to make it more attractive for potential cyclists.
·Sea Taxis - encourage taking cheap and comfortable sea transfers to and fro work. Build more boarding jetties - changi, bedok,
pasir ris, singapore river, marina bay, kallang rivers, sentosa, tuas, jurong island, woodlands, sembawang.
·Specialised cars in MRT for designated stops - eg., dhoby ghaut, city hall, raffles place to minimise peak hours IN & OUT
movement which cause congestion and inconvenience.
·Car-pooling - coordinate and promote car-pooling networks among estates, condos, etc.
·Hybrid cars - increase tax rebates and price subsidy for purchase of such cars.
·Recycling - encourage and further promote recycling activities in schools, workplace, etc. Incentify this effort.
·Plastic Bags - phase out plastic bags. Recyclable bags to be given out free to shoppers who did not want plastic bags.
·Recyclable bags - make it a fashion and trendy thing so as to encourage more young adults and students to use them.
·Recycling - encourage return of plastic bottles, metal cans, glass bottles and even plastic bags for monetary discounts.
·Parks - organise more activities in our parks to attract more people.
·Pollution - increase fines and demerit points on construction vehicles which spills debris, waste, oils, etc onto our road surface.
·Mandatory cover-up of container trucks which can be carrying debris, aggregates, sands, etc - over carry of these materials can
cause pollution to our air, roads and causes hazards to road users.
·Have more flea markets so that people can trade in their unwanted properties - another form of recycling.
·Education - a lot more can be done at primary school levels to promote water conservation, energy conservation and recycling
5 install automated payment machines so that queue at major retail stores and shopping centres will be lessen during sales and Bryon 7/28/2008 13:44
6 Install solar panels on top of all HDB flats to harness the unlimited power of the Sun. The electricity generated can be used to Man G. C. 7/28/2008 14:03
supplement the lightings at night.
7 The key is to have more energy efficient homes. Ong X. D. 7/28/2008 14:05
The public needs to be educated on the energy and cost savings they will derive from have energy efficient homes. For example,
homes will stay cool longer and there's less need for the air-conditioner or fan.
The whole construction industry will have to be re-educated on this as it will involve every single one of them to pass on this
information to the consumers.
8 Convert more open car parks to multi-level covered car parks. The space freed up can be used to build more recreational facilities Man G. C. 7/28/2008 14:14
such as parks and playgrounds for the residents. Also, the covered car parks could reduce the washing of cars (no bird shit),
hence reduce wastage of our precious water.
9 Is it interesting that we are trying to be 'green' yet economically indifferent. Ong X. D. 7/28/2008 14:09
There are 3 main systems in the world-economical, social and ecological/environment.
All of those system can collapse and be rebuilt through time, except the ecological system which is the environment.
There should be more effort and emphasis put on being GREEN, which is not limited by issues such as "economic growth". As
without the environment, there's no economy to talk about.
10 Give more subsidies to owners of hybrid (petrol+electric) cars. Man G. C. 7/28/2008 14:21
11 Build more car parks near and accessible to MRT stations. Reduce the cost of season parking at these car parks to promote "park Man G. C. 7/28/2008 14:24
12 1. The committee is encouraged to spend some time touring and visiting night lives and activities so as to appreciate current Andy 7/28/2008 14:44
situations and devise action plan to improve.
2. The committee shoudl gain first hand information to visit various heartland areas throughout days and nights, again to
appreciate actual situations and devise action plans.
My concerns for the above are:
1. Geylang area is in the mess. SO as Balestier area. Bugis area is another concern. We need to obtain more feedback for
activites around these areas.
2. Many so called retired or senior citizens are playing horse racing games as well as footballs through most probably bookies as
observed. What can we do to divert their die-hard habits?
13 Everyday we see huge amount of food waste from food centres. A system to convert these food wastes into biomass should be Aloysius 7/28/2008 15:29
considered, to generate methane for our energy needs. The residual mass can also be utilised as fertilisers. Given the large
number of food centres in Singapore, the potential cannot be dismissed.
14 Introduction of green lungs and reduce built-up density for living spaces. E.g. Minimum distance set between HDB blocks/ Aloysius 7/28/2008 15:46
buildings. Setting up a sky garden at certain levels, or on top of public carparks. This will cool down the building and the
15 Rain water collection bins atop buildings. water collected can be used to flush toilets and be used for washing to reduce reliance of Aloysius 7/28/2008 15:44
treated water for such purposes.
16 I think schools can help our future generations value the idea of the 3 Rs - recycling, reusing and reducing. Simply by making it fun loren 7/28/2008 16:18
for them, by having an alloted time, possibly, during school hours for shooting some crumpled newspaper balls into a hoop that is
actually the opening of a big sack (to be later hauled to the recycling centres).
We can have a Recycling Friday to facilitate this, say for every 20cm's worth of newspapers brought when stacked up, they get
1cm's worth of newspapers to toss into the hoops (as mentioned above). Have a class competition once every fortnight, or once a
month, invite parents to come down and join their children for these little activities if time and venue permits.
If children like doing something more often than not their parents would support their child, and more so if the activity is for the
good of the environment or the society. This also helps take away the image of schools, that it is a place for only studies and not
the place for play - this is one of the ways to counterbalance the current lack of work-school/play balance.
Tossing crumpled paper balls into the hoop (or whatever it is that you may want to use) may be incentive for younger children as
they can have more chances to interact with each other other than during recess time.
A more complicated form of that may be implemented in Secondary Schools or even in JCs. Alternatively, we can also consider
having "Green Credits" - and those credits can be exchanged for items at the bookshop, maybe, or give a discount to the students
who may be eyeing that iPod, that laptop, or whatever it is that they may be eyeing. Of course, this has to be within reason and it
must be an item of interest (no point giving them bookstands when they may be more interested in say, that cool little mp3 player),
especially for those who are in Secondary Schools and JCs.
17 I have been to Japan recently to observe their public transportation system- one which is amongst the most advanced and Wong S. Y. 7/28/2008 17:08
succesful one in the world. Japan focuses on building a sustainable city and I would say Singapore can look to Japan as a model.
To start off with, I believe that promoting moe eco-friendly mode of travelling is the key to success, but again Singapore is a
country with limited land, thus creating more bicycle lanes or more CNG stations may be a problem, but again, nothing is
impossible. The CNG taxis was a great move but sadly why only 2 stations? Is it not possible to combine pumping up ith NG at
normal petrol stations? Also, bicycle lanes may be possible like that in Tampines, considering the additional roads, the
government might be having headache of where to get the funds from? We can issue bicycle license or charge a flat rate for
bicycle users just like what! we are doing with ERP. However, charging a fee would only make sense if everywhere in Singapore is
made accessible with well-constructed bicycle lanes and probably bike-friendly bridges too.
I would love to cycle to school everyday on my bicycle if there is a special-reserved bicycle lane/allowance for cyclist. It is also
important to educate the people about eco--friendly travelling modes. Together I believe that with more feeback from the public
18 Create a platform to showcase student's work/ideas on sustainability. Michael 7/28/2008 17:09
If some of these projects could be "realised" into real products/ideas by some companies, it'll raise the awareness even further.
I have tasked students to look into sustainability design and come up with ideas about it.
19 I support the idea of going green by encouraging more cyclists. However, I have reservations on the thought of allowing them to Timothy 7/28/2008 19:02
share the pedestrian paths using the current infrastructure. Just look at the condition at the Yishun MRT station (path next to taxi
stand at NTUC side). The foot path is already so narrow. During peak hours, between 7.40am to 8.10am, the path can hardly
support the 2 way human traffics (coming over fr the interchange traffice light and those going over from the MRT stn).
Pedestrians are already trying their best with the limited path space and the Cyclists add on to the chaotic situation by ringing their
bell to signal "MAKE WAY FOR ME", stare at people who do not do so or they just bulldoze their way through. To make matter
worse, there are also a lot of factory workers waiting for their factory buses there.
I feel that unless foot paths can be widen or to build designate path for the cyclists, else after protecting the cyclists from the cars, I
am afraid that the government will then have to think of ways to protect the pedesidrians from the cyclists. Let's not rush into
decisions just because Tempinese is doing it and Yishun has to quickly catch up. I will be glad to provide more information
if so required.
20 To lessen the impact of air-quality in Singapore, public transport as an alternative to driving is an issue that despite much Eric 7/28/2008 18:56
promotion and encouragement - has led to very little success. ERP charge is an excellent method of penalising drivers from
causing air pollution. However I propose the following "fine-tuning" to the system as follow:
a) Continue to increase charges levied on private cars to compensate for air pollution and congestion. However, remove ERP IU
devices from Taxis and other forms of public transport. Most taxis (from experience) are not willing to drive into town to pick up
passengers during peak periods due to ERP charges they otherwise have to bear on their own expenses. This has caused
clustering of taxis in out-of-town areas where demand is low during peak periods leading to unequal distribution of taxi availability.
b) With the taxes gained from ERP, instead of giving road tax rebates to all road users, set incentives for drivers to switch from a
higher engine capacity car to a lower capacity. Also added road tax holidays for drivers switching to hybrids or other green cars.
c) Provide tax incentives for existing operators of taxis to move away from their diesel fleet of taxis to hybrids.
21 Can something be done to persuade companies who are blatantly not eco-friendly to change their ways? For example, Mustafa Go S. K. 7/28/2008 19:30
still has the practice of making people put their bags in bigger plastic bag, tie it up with a plastic strap before the customers are
allowed to go in. I've taken out my reusable bag at the cashier and have been turned down because they say they don't allow
reusable bags! It's ridiculous, I've spoken with the manager on duty but no one seems to care. Mustafa is a tourist magnet and
both locals and foreigners go there. It's almost always packed. They really should be more eco-friendly. They don't seem to take
customers' feedback very seriously. I don't know what else can be done.
22 Like the experts say if SG can put in as much effort into alternative energy as water and bio medical fields. I am sure we can come CS 7/28/2008 19:59
up with excellent results. Given that SG is in the tropics, It would seem like an excellent location to develop solar energy. Like the
recent MIT innovative idea about using dye to improve solar energy efficiency, i am sure if we put in the resources we can come
up with ideas like that.
23 Join earth day Anonymous 7/28/2008 20:36
24 Deep Under ground/sea-bed Nuclear Power Plant. Desmond 7/28/2008 20:57
25 Why didn't the HDB or PUB reduce public lighting or set them to turn on at later hour. We may need to install motion detector with Anonymous 7/28/2008 21:07
dimmer down features to reduce light in public places. Pass back the saving to the citizen. What a wasteful S'pore society we are .
26 1) Since Singapore is in the tropics with lots of sunlight, the government could make sure that all new buildings - whether Lim A .L. 7/28/2008 21:28
commercial or residential like condos and HDB - are fitted with solar panels to cover part of the buildings' electricity needs. Better
still, if each household has an allocated balcony/access area for their own solar powered energy before cutting over to electric
supply when that is exhausted.
2) Also look into making energy efficient buildings and give companies incentives such as tax rebates, etc.
3) Similarly, introduce green cars at lower tax rates and cheaper CNG sources. Even though there are checks on vehicles, we still
see some vehicles - usually vans, lorries, buses or motorbikes - polluting the environment by trailing lots of black smoke from their
4) The government should ban the use of styrofoam containers. Millions are used and thrown away each day. I think this has
made Singapore the most ungreen city in the world. That and the use of plastic containers and cutlery.
5) Food courts and stalls should not be allowed to use plastic cutlery or disposable chopsticks at their premises, unless it's for take-
away. Even then this should be reduced as much as possible, including the use of plastic containers.
6) Singaporeans should do their part by bringing their own bag when shopping as well as their own containers/tiffin carrier when
buying food from food stalls.
27 I would suggest building more recreational parks not only around neighbourhoods, but also on the roofs of certain buildings. Ryan 7/28/2008 21:36
building a rooftop garden, like on the buildings of commericalised buildings, not only cools the building on a hot day, but it also act
as a greenery effect to its environment. Further more, the park can be used as a place to rest during lunch or breaks, reducing the
amount of people travelling out for food using their own private cars.
28 ADD-ON to earlier feedback: Lim A. L. 7/28/2008 21:41
Government should slowly ban products that use harmful chemicals -- whether insecticide, cleaners or even detergents -- which
are released into our water supply eventually.
In the US, the green movement already encourages people to use alternatives that are in the market -- eg. to replace detergents,
cosmetics, etc that have harmful chemicals. However, in Singapore, I think it would be extremely difficult to find one, not to say a
few, alternative green brands for similar products. The green products in the US now may cost slightly more than the normal
"ungreen" products, but when lots of people use it, there'll be economies of scale.
29 Personally, i think that Singaporeans should drive lesser. In a small country such as Singapore, public transport should be Adrian 7/28/2008 21:46
sufficient to travel from one place to another. Vehicles would also contribute to air pollution as it releases harmful gases into our
atmosphere. Cars also require fuel, which Singapore does not have (naturally). By depending heavily on fuels, our reliance on
other countries in order to lead our daily lives would be extremely high. In the case of any severe supply shock or international
dispute, Singapore would be affected severely. The usage of solar energy should also be further researched into and be
implemented in Singapore. Solar panels can be installed on various buildings in Singapore. Although this would be costly, it would
definitely save costs and be more environmentally in the long run
30 In my opinion, more topics and engaging activities to be introduced in curricula to students since young about the best practices Phyo M. T. 7/28/2008 21:43
for sustainable Singapore.
Ordinary Singaporeans and residents of Singapore, can also play a part by using energy more efficiently at home/work place, take
public transport, etc.
In work place such as offices, use of paper can also be reduced by the use of electronic documents as nowadays IT is developing
at very fast rate in Singapore.
31 The current pressing problems of a greying population and declining birth rates can be attributed to a more forward looking Ben 7/28/2008 22:07
population, a by-product of education. This caused many potential parents to first look into their pockets as well as the society at
present. If the society is not family oriented, there'll be no social incentives of starting a family. Financial incentives can only get a
person somewhere, it does not help in the completion of the entire journey. Having a child means everything from education to
Therefore, to solve this problem, I advocate or propose that the government create a less stressful environment for the workers in
Singapore. It is only when the people have time from work, free time, that they start thinking about other things others than
themselves. This climate or atmosphere can be created by allowing families to have a heavily subsidised holiday or vacation
anywhere in Singapore or overseas. There, these potential parents will have nothing to think about but about starting a family. It's
only when work and money is no longer the priority that starting a family comes into play in a modern and meritocratic
32 If you drive by Singapore Expo Changi at 23:00 at night you will see more than 500 bulbs and tubelights switched on for no reason Bonnie 7/28/2008 22:10
This was at a time when the Expo was closed there was no event going on. Lighting up trees and buildings at middle of the night is
NOT the best way to beautify the city.
Please take action ASAP.
33 The only reason why i need plastic bags is to keep my refuse. Joanna 7/28/2008 22:11
Surely there must be someway for us to dispose refuse without using plastic bags?
If so I would not have any need for plastic bags ever!
34 Recently, it was reported in the newspapers that there was a spike in the number of divorce cases in Singapore. These cases are Ben 7/28/2008 22:14
usually the result of a couple not having enough time to attend to each other's differences as well as being unable to
communicate. In Singapore, with it's more competitive nature and lifestyle, we cannot leave this matter unattended to. Every
person needs a partner, a friend, or someone who they are 100% sure of trusting without fear of betrayal. There must be agencies
or councilors or cooling down sessions in Singapore whereby these couples can go to settle or sound their differences. I am aware
of marriage councilors in Singapore, but not many people are aware of them. Some people even find it revolting to include a third
party to settle their disputes. Divorcing procedures can also be further complicated or made more difficult to undergo to prevent
break! ups. Of course, with exceptional cases excluded, such as abuse, etc.
35 Lifting passenger restrictions on public transport. Joanna 7/28/2008 22:23
Pets are becoming an integral part of all our lives. Allow crate pets on board the trains and buses. These crates protect humans
from the animals and vice versa. Muslims are okay with dogs as long as they don't get in contact with their saliva.
Foldable Bicycles to board the trains and buses at all times, not only off peak hours. Whats the difference between the space
taken by a fat man and a skinny man with a foldable bike?
36 Dear ministers, sirs and mdms.. Joe 7/28/2008 22:24
I am very heartened to hear our official looking into sustainability in our growth factor. I think if we can showcase to the rest of the
world how we got rich in 30 years....and many govt and people flocked to singapore to see our success story..wouldnt it be better
to also show them how we got RICH and GREEN at the same time?
Low Carbon Growth is our future....of course...we got to modify somewat as we still need to rely on our PORTS and Oil refining
industries...but we can always compromise and work on the other areas...here are some of them..
1)more measures to make sure our upcoming mega events and projects have a green angle
1a)F1 Formula Race-besides being the first nite race; maybe more can be down to reduce the carbon footprint? i remember the
authorities tested the race lightings during Earth Hour; when we were suppose to switch off our lights for an hour back in apr this
1b)YOG2010 Games - i think we still have time to market this not only as the first YOG but also the first Games which others can
learn from us how we organise it with a green angle in mind; be more mindful on the type/amt/over-commercialisation of the
collectorals and souvenirs; beijing claim theirs is a green games..but look at the array of souvenirs and collectorals they
produced...my goosh...the over-commercialisation i hope wouldnt be on the minds of the singapore officials planning the
YOG2010. Accomodations for the atheletes can also be eco friendly...right down to the food served (more locally growned
produced, seasonal fruits, meat from nearer sources etc)
All in all..less packaging and goody bags! which leads me to
1c)our annual NDP parades...i am sure anyone staying back any of our NDP parades in the last 10 yrs or so will faint at the
amount of rubbish; some not even used or eaten left behind...it's sad our society has transformed into a goody bag society with
so much wastage and so much one-time usage products...even hongkong and taiwan has banned styrofoams and many of
their supermarkets have charged plastics bags EVERYday. not only on the quietest day of the week, Wed.
1D)our 2 integrated resorts; already we see so much damage to the environment from the construction..hope the planners /
architects can incorp more eco friendly measures like efficient cooling of the structures; more double-glazed glass windows
2)More can be done with our existing Commercial bldgs...energy consumption in these concrete blocks consumes obscene amt of
energy and we can save energy cost by learning from the many cities in the world. things like reflecting the sun's heat so less is
absorbed, absorbing the sun's heat and aircon heat for heating the water, double glazing the windows, planting more green walls
and rooftops to absorb the heat. not over lighting the interiors, have more solar panels in the roof tops of these commerical bldgs
to help ventilate or light the interiors. have a "Green Tax" for shopping malls when shoppers want more packaging or bags or
straws or disposables.
2a)it's great dat we are finally looking at local production of vege, and other produces; maybe more foodcourts can have a green
element to it by educating our carbon footprint via the food we eat...and education also on the food wastages...i see with dismay
when half a plate of rice get wasted by the previous customer...(an avg singaporean throw away 450g of food waste a day!)
2b)start introducing the 4th "R" in schools...the even before we Reduce, Reuse or Recycle..we should inculcate this culture of
"Refusing" this we dun need...
and inform the public dat YES, recycling is impt...but among the 3 Rs...probably the least impt...and recycling still uses energy,
water and chemicals to recycle whereas the 1st 2 Rs of reducing and Reusing has much lesser carbon footprint...
2c) Speed up the park Connector project; i cycled last sunday with amazement from east coast all the way to changi village...
i think one of the ways to reducing traffic congestion is to build bicycle lanes (they can be half the width of the normal car lane)..
we can start pilot projects in housing estates first...to encourage more to cycle on weekends when they go to the shopping
mall or where travelling distance is within 5km...it boths promotes the healthy lifestyle and at the same time do our part for the
2d)introduce more eco-friendly cars....singaporeans travel so widely these days; we know wats the latest in european cities or
in japan...and we look at our fleet of cars here....my friend was driving a 1.3L diseal Opel back in 1998! enough said...
3)As environmental issues and choices are more and more becoming a morality qns and not just an option...i think we should
start regulating some of the commercials on our mass media; not only do they mislead the public, their main aim is to make
us feel bad about ourselves and it can be corrected if we listen to them...
Yes, Singapore's existance is based on the Free-enterprise model; but even in societies like the States, they are more
responsible advertising than in our state..
37 Introduce legislation that will mandate the use of the most energy efficient appliances. For instance, mandate that all light fittings in Y.Z. Zhuang 7/28/2008 22:17
bathrooms and kitchens in all new and renovated houses be CFLs or LEDs, and ban incandescent lightbulbs. Require all new
airconditioners, fridges and other appliances that are imported to Singapore to meet 5-star/tick ratings. Mandate the use of gas
and solar electric hot water systems. Require all new buildings and houses, and all renovations, to be built to maximize energy
and water efficiency. Encourage and support rooftop gardens and solar electric panels. Impose a 5 or 10 cent charge on plastic
bags. Introduce ambitious and aggressive minimum fuel efficiency standards for cars imported into Singapore. Impose greater
taxes on private cars.
38 Dear Singapore Government, Chan T. M. 7/28/2008 22:28
if you want a permanent long term solution to a sustainable Singapore, please consider the works of ecological economists such
as Herman Daly, Brian Czech, and Robert Costanza. Please re-examine the questionable notions that relentless economic and
population growth are always essential and favourable to our well-being. There are real limits to growth.
According to some peak oil experts, we have probably reached the peak in global oil production. World net oil exports and
production have plateaued since 2005 and according to some estimates will decline sharply from 2012.
I suggest the government carry out the following:
1. Negative population growth. Please understand that our carrying capacity is limited by food availability. If global oil production
declines from 2012 and natural gas after 2020, so will global food production. Considering that we import 90% of our food
sources, what will we eat then?
2. Intensify efforts to develop solar energy even if they are not currently economically feasible because it will be too late to
mitigate the severe consequences if we wait for market price signals. The Hirsch Report states that we need a crash program
at least 20 years before the peak to transition smoothly.
3. Implement sustainable organic urban farming by learning from the Cubans who successfully overcame their artificial peak oil in
the early 1990s after the collapse of the former Soviet Union.
4. A Steady State Economy: "An economy viewed as a subsystem in dynamic equilibrium with the parent ecosystem / biosphere
that sustains it. Quantitative growth is replaced with qualitative development or improvement as the basic goal."
Herman Daly: " 'Sustainable development' therefore makes sense for the economy, but only if it is understood as 'development
without growth'-i.e., qualitative improvement of a physical economic base that is maintained in a steady state by a throughput of
matter-energy that is within the regenerative and assimilative capacities of the ecosystem. Currently the term 'sustainable
development' is used as a synonym for the oxymoronic 'sustainable growth.' It must be saved from this perdition."
A truly sustainable Singapore calls for a paradigm shift in our position towards growth. If we don't carry out the necessary steps as
suggested above by some scientists and ecological economists, the outcome of our present policies in the years ahead will be
calamitous for us a nation. Stop thinking economically only and start thinking ecologically too.
39 Think the first and foremost is to get people to give up driving totally unless for commercial reason. Thus my humble propoal will Eric 7/28/2008 22:36
be as follow. As we can observe, the trains are usually fully packed during peak hours. This is the result of a highly efficient
transport model. It is simply faster to travel by train instead of buses. However, as a result of this, the trains are totally packed.
Thus drivers are unwilling to give up driving as they would not want to be confine in such a packed environment. If we can allow
season pass for buses under both SMRT and SBS for one flat monthly rate, we can attract more people who are cost concious but
not rushing for time to take the buses. This will help ease off some of the passenger workload on the trains. With the more
moveable spaces in the train, drivers will be motivated to switch to public transport. As it is cheaper to move around wit! h a
season pass, faster and comort able to move around in train. With so much ERP on the road, drivers are able to do their sum and
give up driving. This will result in lesser traffic on the road and a substainable living environment. At the same time do consider
to provide activities such as yoga session free during weekdays from 6pm to 9pm. This will also help to reduce the human
traffic during peak hours. I do hope that my humble opinion will be of use to you.
40 I am grateful the Government is taking this first step towards making Singapore sustainable. My suggestion would be to push for Jonathan 7/28/2008 22:49
greater effects to recycle basis household items. For example, glass, paper, cardboard etc. I lived in Melbourne for many years
and was impressed that people recycled such goods every rubbish night. I believe that it would not be hard to convince ordinary
Singaporeans to recycle such items if there exists bins near housing estates. Thank you.
41 Dear Government, Chan T. M. 7/28/2008 23:01
in addition to my previous 4 suggestions. I have one more and that is to consider having segregated cycle facilities or bicycle
lanes on the roads. Petrol prices and the cost of owning a car will become prohibitively expensive in the coming years and getting
around on a bicycle is one way to beat the transportation blues besides having to squeeze into our already packed buses and
trains during rush hour. It's also a good way to keep fit and reduce air polluation.
42 Singapore is a garden city - more greenery and space for outdoor leisure (URA is working hard on it). But every citzen has a role Desmond 7/28/2008 23:13
to play, it would suggest more SOHO units to be constructed both in the private and public housing scheme. This will definitely
minimise travelling and reduce transport overloading. I would to to suggest more link bridges
for pedestrain & cyclist connected over the small island to facilitate human traffic movements without polluting our beautiful
environment. This is my National Day resolution for Singapore!
43 Every night whenever I look outside our window and see the Empty corridors of HDB flats empty but lights are fully lit. It makes me Emmanuel 7/28/2008 23:25
wonder why can't we put a motion sensing device that will lit up when there is actually someone was there. We have so many
HDB buildings and condos that is not utilizing this technology. One time cost can be recovered thru certain period of time. I hope
you consider my suggestions. And maybe next time we can move on having our street lights using Solar power to light them up.
44 Just a thought, the jams at the woodlands custom every single night is really bad. Emission is polluting the area and thousands of Jeffrey 7/28/2008 23:36
gallon of petrol are waste in the jam. Could something be done to reduce this unnecessary wastage of fuel, time and contribution
to heat and pollution? Thanks for your attention.
45 Recently, I just got back from Student Exchange in England. I took the module Sustainable Development in University of Bristol, Quek Y.K. 7/29/2008 0:14
England. I understand that sustainable development is a multi disciplinary issue and CLEARLY it is not only an environmental
aspect. We can look from a lot of aspects. Just to name a few, there are economic concerns, engineering concerns, history
concerns, education issues and even the science point of view. There are certain practices in England or even in the university
that we can adopt. However, I feel that the fundamental step in achieving sustainable development is to educate the ctizens.
Citizens should know the implications of sustainability problems.
In places like Amsterdam, people still use bicycles with special allocated lanes on the road for short distances.(within GRC?) This
will provide a safe condition for these users.
There are other issues that I feel that it should be reviewed. Just to name one such, packets of milk are becoming more
unsustainable. In the past, milk bottles are used and recycled. Now, they are packed in cartons. Once used, they are thrown away.
I feel that we can still use bottles but educate the citizens to really recycle these bottles.
Also, to promote recyling, I feel that more can be done. Instead of the rubbish chute where any form of rubbish are thrown away in
it, separate chutes can be done for different waste like in Sweden. This is so because certain waste can be still recycled. However,
to make sure all these initiatives works, it starts from the education in schools then in the citizens.
I feel that more sustainable practices can be start in schools. Certain ideas from the University of Bristol can be used to
46 how about turning the temperature in the offices a few degrees higher? James 7/29/2008 0:17
i visited the hdb office in yishun a few days ago, and the office left me feeling chilly. i also noticed a few staff wearing jackets,
cardigans etc. singapore is notorious for keeping their offices, lecture theatres etc at temperature too cold for comfort. what is the
rationale behind this?
47 Sustainable development is not about money and population growth. It is about achieving intergenerational equity. Economic Z.L. 7/29/2008 0:18
growth is essential but it is not supposed to be the only purpose. In this age of climate change and massive social disparities and
environmental damage, we must realize how our actions affect people, not only in Singapore. At the present moment, we are quite
ignorant of the social and environmental externalities of our actions. The way we live now definitely cannot be sustained into the
next generation. It takes a massive paradigm shift on how Singaporeans view life for us to be sustainable
48 We need to cut down on waste and encourage recycling much more. Singaporeans are not conscious about the massive amounts Z.L. 7/29/2008 0:12
of resources they use. We are too much of a consumer-centred society.
Air con use in many public areas is excessive. Our kind of economic growth is definitely unsustainable. The effects of what we use
may not be directly felt here, but overseas, where all our products come from, environmental damage can be seen. Per capita
carbon emissions are also one of the highest in the world.
49 remodel singapore power company to do business in renewable power. have large scale production of solar panel to install on all likgin 7/29/2008 0:21
homes(compulsary). electric generated resale to power company. power company can sale to industries.
harness natural light for all underground project in singapore. architectural design that can channel light from ground to
underground. This will make a whole lot of difference in living of the people if singapore is to develop more underground.
why not building some turbin or fan pararrel along the MRT track to harness the speed of wind for energy?
support coral around singapore water. put dead people ashes under the seabed to promote coral development. with coral u have
more fish and no tsunami. it promote fishing industry and tourism too. like diving in future. Its a good idea since u have two resort
in singapore now.
the people must support GREEN !
50 Since few people are going out of singapore because of increase in house rent. I think govt can control the house rent of all Suresh 7/29/2008 0:27
approved HDBs thru JTC corporation itself or thru some proper channels like First Come First Server basis instead of brokers.
51 put recycling bins EVERYWHERE. and for heavens sakes, EDUCATE everyone. and i don't mean feeble media attempts. let the benjamin 7/29/2008 0:52
young ones be the seedlings of ideas as they are the most impressionable, so why not impress upon them GOOD things? more
education on the simple, practical and most importantly, DO-ABLE reduction in water and electricity use. set up resource
exchange or barter possibilities; subscribing to the old adage: one man's trash is another man's treasure. BTW, this feedback
idea: about BLOODY time =D
52 Can the population be reduced? Everywhere is too crowded now. Tan K.H 7/29/2008 1:07
53 Aligning individual interest with the environment conservation is the only way forward for any long last, economically viable ong k w 7/29/2008 1:14
solution. If future tax cuts are in the works to promote competitiveness in the economy, it should be tailored in such way that
promotes an lifestyle that is environmental concious and efficient in the use of limited resources. Such tax cut could slighty lean in
the favour of non-vehicle owners, which encourage individual to reconsider the need for a vehicle as oppose to public transport.
This would (though not entirely) reduce the rate of vehicle increase on the road and encourage greater usage of public transport
which is more efficient and in turn will make it viable for public transport operator to increase their services. As oppose to increase
taxes on vehicle ownership, which are more likely to generate negative sentiments, a targeted benefit for non-ve! hicle owner,
would in turn generat e an positive sentiment and create an environmental concious population in the process. However, the
above benefit exclude weath individual, whom may not even consider the tax benefit as material given time cost they saved and
an more efficient road system. As in all policies, there must be consideration placed for those who fall in
between the cracks. (i.e. sale person, non tax payer or boarder line tax payable - which happens to be the
group most likely to buy a vehicle and the group we should discourage)
54 Install solar energy on all new HDB flats and existing flats in phases to reduce the usage of electricity in day times. If it is rainy day Mrs Leong 7/29/2008 2:12
and no sunlight, then the people can choose to use and pay for the electricity usage. This will save cost on the electricity bill. We
should think for the long run and not the short term usage of solar energy. If the Government can install all the new and existing
HDB flats with solar energy, in the long run, it will sustain the energy efficiency. This should not limit to the HDB flats only.
55 HDB blocks waste a huge amount of energy in leaving the lights on all night. How about installing motion sensors to switch them James 7/29/2008 3:22
on and timers to switch them off?
Also, the roofs of HDB blocks could be used to install solar panels. If all HDB estates were covered with these, it will help generate
quite a bit of electricity.
56 -HDB can start by making it mandatory that all new flats have a rooftop garden. Syaiful 7/29/2008 6:53
-Continue to connect all the parks in singapore as they provide a transport network for people who choose to commute via bicycle.
57 We have been doing lots of reseaech and development in the area of creating technologies to produce drinkable and portable Kumaran 7/29/2008 7:21
water 9newwater, delasination plants) and have shared the knowledge with the other countries. Since the world is made up of
70% water, it should be for a reason. We need not depend on oil for fule and also to have clean air and zone depletion. As we
know, water is made of Hydrogen and Oxygen (H2O). Are there any scientists out there who had given thoughts or are doing
research on how to use the abundant water as fuel splitting it into Hydrogen and Oxygen where the Hydrogen can be used as fule
as alternative to oil (which means depending on oil only as a backup) and oxygen released to the air which will reduce the carbon
dioxide int eh air fixing the ozone layer and bring back a better climatic change leading to a more green life. I think Singapore
should look int! o this very seriously and that wil l create industries and spin-offs creating more employment and developing our
knowledge economy. Water, that is the key.
58 All roads should have bicycle lanes to make it safe for cyclists and therefore encourage more people to cycle instead of drive Gurbinder 7/29/2008 8:22
59 Reward those householsd with their monthly electric and water consumption below national average (with respect to their Sam P. K. 7/29/2008 8:27
5-10% below national average : $1/2% rebate for next month utility bill ,
10.1% to 15% below national average : $2/4% rebate for next month utility bill , and so on.
This will really encourages every Singaporean to conserve their monthly electric and water consumption and subsequently make
Singapore a Greener place to live on.
60 My suggestion is targetted towards saving energy. Many HDB units are today equipped with airconditioning units. However, these Wah J. K. 7/29/2008 8:32
units have small capacity and are not as efficient as larger units such as those operated by commercial/industrial buildings.
HDB can consider developing a centralised airconditioning system for new HDB units that supplies cold air to individual units.
Load management can be done by having additional units than come online only when the capacity of the first unit is insufficient.
Each unit can be charged by the amount of cold air it consumes, similar to electricity. Extending the idea further, the compressors
can be coupled with a water system to provide hot water to the individual units. Similar to the aircon, units can be charged by the
amount of hot water it consumes.
In this way, energy is saved through a more efficient aircon system as well as reuse of waste heat for water heating.
61 singapore build a large percentage of the world oil rig. Mucius 7/29/2008 8:32
how about a green city building a environmentally friendly oil rig using a environmentally friendly building method? the shipyard in
singapore is no where near environmentally friendly. Oil and Gas company would like their equipment to be environmentally
62 There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from the green measures taken up by Poh Ern Shih that was featured in CNA's Tan H. C. 7/29/2008 8:37
8.30pm yesterday evening - the way all rain water is collected and recycled, the use of solar panels that channel energy back to
the grid that can be used by all, the use of wind - sunny Singapore has many natural resources that can be utilised. Even if it takes
us 25 years to recover the cost of the solar panels, the long term cost-savings are definately worth the initial cost of setting them
up to convert sunlight into green energy.
63 1) There is one resource that Singapore has yet to really tap into and we have plenty of it: The SUN. We have sunshine most of IGNATIUS 7/29/2008 8:38
the time, can the government look into building a solar farm where sunlight can be effectively used to generate electricity instead
of using fossil fuels.
2) Why is the govt imposing "special tax" on those who choose to buy CNG vehicles?? If the Govt wants a greener Singapore,
then there should be INCENTIVES given to such vehicle owners instead!
3) Place more recycle bins in void decks. Maybe in every TWO blocks. That way, it would be more convenient for people who take
the trouble to recycle, to dispose of their recyclables.
64 Given that the number of vehicle population is increasing, I would suggest that the authority consider building multi-layer flyovers Roland 7/29/2008 8:47
over major road junctions. An example is at the MacPherson Serangoon junction. The present diversion will not solve the traffice
congestion. If there were bypass flyovers being built to cater for vehicles coming down from town towards Serangoon Rd and
towards MacPherson Rd, the problem would have been solved long ago.
Types of vehicles being allowed to travel along the expressways should be controlled. Slow moving vehicles eg trailers, heavy
vehicles should not be allowed during the peak period eg 8 am to 9.30 am and 5 pm to 7 pm on weekdays and 12 pm to 2 pm on
65 Do more to encourage tropical architecture - true tropical architecture, not architect's hype - that will lower the use of artificial Roger 7/29/2008 8:54
66 Make public transport better - instead of investing in "showy" but ultimately useless stuff like LCD panels displaying arrival times, Roger 7/29/2008 8:57
spend money on increasing frequency of services.
67 This may sound like a complaint, but just sit back and think for a while. Daniel 7/29/2008 8:59
I have written to the forum, even the authority, on the jam at the causeway every day. I work in JB and I drive through the
causeway daily. These are things I noticed for many years. During the morning (7-8.30) and evening(5.30-7.30) peak hours, I see
only 3 lanes (out of 4) open and only 2 counters at most of the lanes. This resulted in long queue of cars. Imagine the amount of
fuel burnt due to this reason. However, during office hours, (9am-5pm), almost all counters and all lanes are open when only a
trickling of cars drive through. Does it make sense for ICA to work only during office hours? Peak period sees a change in shift
and reduced counters, is this the appropriate time to do so?
If not for economic reason, at least for ecological one, cutting the queue here will save not only fuels, which is very expensive
nowadays, but also the environment. This makes for a greener Singapore. Putting in more personnel is definitely cheaper than the
amount of fuel wasted
68 Reduce the use of disposable plates & cutlery, which are widely use in coffee shops, food courts & hawker centres, for dine in. Serene 7/29/2008 9:01
These are unnecssary wastage. It's even worse than using plastic bag, which we are still able to recycle the plastic bag in many
69 Greetings, James 7/29/2008 8:22
As construction materials continue to rise, an alternative is using discarded car tires. The concept is called 'Earthship' building and
it is being refined in Taos, New Mexico-USA. Why not use discarded car tires filled with packed soil as an alternative to sand and
concrete? Used tires are all around. Take a look at neighboring Riau for an even larger source. The tires are nearly destruction
proof, they provide a thick wall that helps moderate against severe heat/cold. It is a bold idea, it may appear 'radical' but it can
work certainly for residential homes.
Here is a YouTube video of the concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9jdIm7grCY
70 Singapore does not have natural resources. To sustain Singapore, we need to inculcate into ordinary Singaporeans the spirit and Yip H.W 7/29/2008 9:04
benefits of RECYCLING. We must start from the young, to teach them recycling as an all-important, compulsory topic in social
studies, especially in primary, secondary schools and JC levels. As for adults, there must be recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass
bottles, in public places. We have to start now. Recycling + Research and Development (we have done well in producing
Newwater) in generating energy are keys to sustain Singapore.
71 We should only import goods that are environmentally friendly to our country in terms of packing, disposal, reusable and storage. Chan S.H. 7/29/2008 8:40
72 Green efforts towards property development is an area we should focus because an average Singaporean spends most of his/her Alan 7/29/2008 9:12
time in either homes/offices/shopping centres. Therefore, similar green & 'cooling' efforts like those we see in the new National
Library building will improve the well-being of an average Singaporean. Although such green initiatives will incur higher
construction costs, I believe the government could come up with a list of the best afforable and 'green' construction materials so
that property developers are able to perform bulk purchases and create savings from economies of scale. Property developers
could also be encouraged to purchase these materials collaboratively to lower procurement costs.
Secondly, I believe there are definitely initiatives to encourage 'green' entrepreneurship, but I also feel that there could be more
room for improvement. Companies that focus on 'green' efforts will not only allow Singapore to be more sustainable, but they also
helps our small nation to be more self-dependent.
73 There are many things that Singapore can do to make itself more efficient. I apologise but I am going to be rather frank in this Chua Y.H 7/29/2008 8:46
Having served in the army for NS for two years, I've witnessed first hand the inefficiencies of our very own military.
Some of the senior specialists and officers are incompetent and would have been fired in the private sector yet they are still in the
While they are in the army it is a drain on the resources of the nation.
Please ensure that
- Only efficient, competent and CAPABLE people are allowed to join and STAY in the regular army
- Re-think the Conscription concept or re-work it to be more efficient. I served as an instructor and I've seen many trainees who
despite receiving good training, didn't bother to 'retain' the knowledge resulting in substandard 'commanders' who remember
nothing of their training.
Army is one of the extremely important areas to improve because it is some what of a "rite-of-passage" for Singaporean males to
Here they experienced for the first time, how a 'workinig' environment is like and how much the government/military high command
values their words and promises on improving the military.
If majority of the Singaporeans leaves the army with a bad impression, being taught how to "keng", to "arrow work" to other
people, to "siam", to "not-do-more-than-your-paid-to-do", that "white horses" always have more priorities etc etc.
If they were to carry on this attitude into the work force, what would Singapore be like?
PS: I sincerely hope the government truly desires to improve itself. If things carry on like this as it is, any capable person will
just leave Singapore for greener pastures and only the incapable people, who do not have the skills or the financial
capabilities will be left behind. In other words, we will be left with useless people where as the better ones will seek a
better life as an expatriate.
74 No, Singapore has not any future, unfortunatelly all the efforts will be nothing to avoid the global warming issue. I am so sorry for Edu 7/29/2008 9:13
that but smaller Islands can't change nothing. Anyway good luck in your very uncertain future
75 1. Stop issuing receipts for minor items like newspapers and candy, etc. Robert 7/29/2008 9:14
2. Get rid of plastic bags and excessive packaging, especially excessive packaging that is then placed in a plastic bag!
3. Phase out diesel buses and introduce cng or electric ones.
76 - Contain and curb the amount of open air burning of paper money and incense during the various Chinese festivals, as this Cheryl 7/29/2008 9:19
contributes to air pollution.
- Too many office buildings and shopping centres have air-conditioning that is too cold. This results high carbon emissions from
the A/C and people are walking around indoors wearing jumpers to keep warm. Why not maintain a steady temperature that keeps
the indoor environment cool and yet, people are comfortable?
- Turn off office lights on the week nights and on weekends when there is no one in the office. Participate in the Global Earth Hour.
- Encourage recycling of plastic bags, glass bottles, etc. Place separate garbage bins in public places to make disposal
77 Maybe recycling (paper, bottles, cans, plastic, etc) could be an important initiative. Wolfgang 7/29/2008 9:21
78 Follow the Australian way, give a dateline for the ending the sale of lightbulbs and allow only energy saving lambs in Singapore. Ivan 7/29/2008 9:24
79 I think to start with, Singaporeans need a mindset change about how they live. Take for example, recycling. I believe most Sam 7/29/2008 9:24
Singaporeans knew about recycling, but how many really put it into action? I must say on one hand, people are not fully equipped
with knowledge and greater good of recycling, and on the other hand, the bigger environment is not conducive for them to practice
it. Recycling bins are not readily accessible by residents. They are too far and few in between. Ask how many Singaporeans are
willing to walk a few hundred meters under the scorching sun recycle their trash? I dare say so few that they are insignificant. So
to start with, we need an up-down approach. It has always been so in Singapore, isn't it? This work has to begin somewhere and
needs something or someone to kick-start it. We throw away so much food everyday, that they can actually be turned into bio
ener! gy in the form of gas, fertilisers , etc. Of course, there must be incentives for these businesses to come into Singapore as
well. We can even probably trade these bio products with our more agricultural neighbours for energy or food!
To encourage people to leave their cars at home and commute public transport requires better a far more efficient, reliable
and comfortable transport network than what we have now. Discourage people from buying cars, not by the soft approach
but by legislations. Erecting ERP gantries but allowing car loans be easily accessible and COEs attainable do not really
deter Singaporeans from getting cars. If one MUST own a car, then I thought incentives, such as road tax rebate, be given
to choose a more environmentally friendly one, despite probably higher purchase price. Certainly, this probably becomes
a strategic trade decision. Car dealers must have incentives too to bring in and promote the more expensive
environmentally friendly cars. Only when we contribute to the global demand ! for environmentally friendly vehicles,
can the automobile industry invest r&d profitably in this area, and eventually reach economies of scale and drive
down prices. Of course, I admit that this has to be in line with the development of renewable automobile energy as
well. Having one without another simply is not sustainable. But this is an egg-chicken situation. Have more
environmentally friendly cars to drive demand for renewable fuel or have readily available renewable fuel first then
the cars. Finally, education is so important as well. We need to indoctrinate our young the importance of this
work and the need to have a global perspective, understanding that using resources responsibly is a moral as
well as value that one should live by as a living creature on this earth.
80 2 suggestions to improve energy use and transport for a sustainable Singapore: Derek 7/29/2008 9:29
1. Make 'smart meters' available inside homes - as well as the usual meter outside for readings - so that the residents can monitor
and adjust usage of electricity, see exactly how much an aircon or kettle uses, etc.
If there are currently trials of these in Singapore, I'd be very interested to take part - I'm a Singapore Permanent Resident with my
own home here.
2. Establish Singapore as a leader in the use of electric cars. Start with subsidies or tax advantages, recharging points in car parks
or battery exchanges at petrol stations. Singapore is an ideal location to do this and is well-placed to pioneer a workable business
model for export.
81 WE can leverage the sun's ray to generate solar electricity and help make singapore a cleaner place. Francis 7/29/2008 9:28
WE can self-produce LED-Dinning Room Lights which consumes lower voltage and help make singapore a greener place.
82 Give more tax breaks to Electric Hybrid cars which runs with significant reduction of green house gaas. At current, the price of Goh JL 7/29/2008 9:29
Electric Hybrid cars is so much more than a normal fuel car. Its true that the electric hybrid car spend less on petrol to help offset
the high cost of purchase. BUT, the high cost of purchase + interest and maintainence, eats into savings in petrol cost. So much
so that the petrol cars are more economic to own than a electric hybrid car. I have work out an excel sheet on the costs. ITS JUST
TOO EXPENSIVE to own a electric hybrid car. In countries like the US (Califonia) the cost of owning a electric hybrid car is rather
compartive to owning a petrol driven car. Give more tax breaks to the electric hybrid car such that buying a electric hybrid car cost
the same (if not cheaper) as buying a petrol car. If you need I can send the excel file for study.
83 1. Alternative corridor lights and void deck lights to be turned on at night throughout Singapore HDB flats. Use photocell sensors Ko E.K. 7/29/2008 9:33
and motion sensors as triggers to turn on lights when it's "really" dark (and not by timings, as what is happening now) and only
when there are people in the areas so as to conserve energy.
2. Supply smaller Cisterns in all the WC for water conservation.
3. Personally, I place a small brick or standard "used" mineral water bottle (filled with water) in all my cisterns so that it "occupied"
some volume space and thus don't need that much water to fill up the tanks.
84 I have three points on saving energy: Tan C.L. 7/29/2008 9:36
1. Install count-down counter display for traffic green light on major roads. Many times on straight through roads where traffic light
is visible from a distance, drivers have to guess time remaining if one can make it before it change from green to red. It will be
help if drivers know the timing and plan ahead. Since most of the traffic lights have red light camera installed, counter display will
help drivers to make decision.
2. Synchronize traffic lights along major stretch of road to avoid star-stop.
3. At Changi Airport, provide waiting parking lots for cars with drivers waiting to pickup passenger. Otherwise, driver has to go
round and round the airport while waiting.
85 recycle recyle recyle. Rainy 7/29/2008 9:38
I would like to see more recycle bins in place, especially at all HDB blocks.
86 Create an environment more conducive for cyclists, in more parts of Singapore other than Yishun and Sembawang. Royce 7/29/2008 9:38
Having such an environment can create a positive chain effect, whereby people can cycle to work, hopefully easing congestion
and enhancing the quality of air.
This is evident in Cambridge, UK and although it is true that Cambridge is a small place and easier to manage, I'm fairly sure that
more can be done to encourage cycling in Singapore.
87 nomore COV pls... ernest 7/29/2008 9:39
88 I am proposing that we set up a focus group to look into the viability of creating half-lanes bicycle lanes on our public roads. Chris 7/29/2008 9:41
Amongst many good reasons for having bicycle lanes, i think it will greatly enhance and diversify our transportation modes and
choices. I will be the first to champion for bicycle lanes and will volunteer my services to see it turn into reality.
89 the recycling program for rubbish needs to be further publicised and the gov should actively engaged with residents thru local cho 7/29/2008 9:42
networks amongst resident to foster the recycling habits of separating waste. recycling bins must be positioned strategically and
clear periodically (depending usage) by the waste contractors. in that sense, thru recycling program, we pollute less and create
less waste (hence wasteland). the sorted waste may even provide a form of energy source (i.e. japan).
90 #1. To encourage "BMW" try to adopt cars registration numbers ending in odd and even numbers to be on the roads on odd and Pang KK 7/29/2008 9:43
even days (excluding Sundays and commercial vehicles) from 7am to 7pm. Compensate lost of ERP collection by introducing
higher road tax for private car owners who can afford and who would not want to be inconvenienced.
#2. Explore the feasibilty to employ those 55 to 65 years old in the essential services in jobs that do not require much physical
efforts eg. checking passports at the immigration check-points, monitoring of procedures/processes etc.
91 Make it compulsory for all stationary vehicles to switch off their engines when parked. This will help reduce pollution. Countries like Kenneth 7/29/2008 9:45
South Korea have such a law.
92 solar cooking Tony 7/29/2008 9:50
solar powered showering
purify sea water
solar power storage
93 singapore is located in a place whereby there is pretty of sunlight for most part of the year. water heating as i read from some cho 7/29/2008 9:49
commercial website attributes to about 16-25% energy use per household. perhaps, the gov should review the use of solar panels
on top of HDB blocks and considered giving subsidies or incentives for landed households to fix such devices.
94 1) Urban planners HAVE to be taught to stop paving grass patches over with concrete, patches that aren't even in use, not to Mint 7/29/2008 9:51
mention STOP cutting down perfectly healthy mature trees on those patches.
2) Turn off lights on time. Not just HDB void deck lights but feature spotlights that are erected to illuminate signboards and
displays. Those seem to be left on literally all day in some areas, in bright sunlight. Redundant!
3) More coming later.
95 Have bicycle validating machines at MRT / bus interchanges where bicycles can be clocked in to exchange for a concession 2- TAN S.H. 7/29/2008 9:53
way ticket to ride on trains / buses to their destinations. In so doing, two objectives may be achieved:
1. An encouragement for people to use public transport.
2. Less vehicles on the road translates to less pollution.
Thank you very much.
96 HDB provides the free gas water heater to household, which is costly consumption as a "slight" twist in the mixer activates the Jesmine 7/29/2008 9:53
usage of gas and energy wastage. Why not use solar panels to provide hot water to household especially in those new flats like
97 Instead of just opportunistic park connectors to improve cycling routes, deliberately build cycling connectors parallel (but away Michelle 7/29/2008 9:55
from) major thoroughfares like the expressways/Thomson Road/etc. These will help commuting cyclists get to work on time and
get them off busy, dangerous roads.
98 Create more cycling lanes. jacob 7/29/2008 9:58
Perhaps covered cycling lanes to ensure:
- safety on the road
- aircon provided
This will have more people help the environmnet by using a bicycle instead of the car and furthermore it will improve the health of
many Singaporeans when they can exercise to and from work.
99 How about converting all the bus fleets, SMRT, SBS, and all school and private operators to CNG? Some taxis have already done Jim T 7/29/2008 9:58
this... how about all taxis? Obviously, you need to give operators time and incentives to do this.
100 the gov should promote the use of fuel efficient vehicles that pollutes less. seemingly now, it cost more to buy a "green" car now cho 7/29/2008 10:00
than a conventional car. singapore is small enough a place to encourage the use of these green vehicles that make use of
alternative fuels but with a limited milleage. If the gov works with the private sectors on the provisions of this top-up stations, more
pple will attracted to use this. Public transport such as bus and taxis should be more environmentally friendly and be first to
explore these "new" technology. however, it is disheartening to hear abt the sorry developement of CNG cars in singapore (mostly
bad presses). Surely, the gov can do more abt the overall situation and be sincere in its approach to make singapore a greener
place - actions, not words, plse.
101 1. Convert all riversides of all the singapore rivers, especially the upper sections of the kallang river, into scenic pedestrian walks Choo S.W. 7/29/2008 10:01
with public seats for tired walkers/joggers to rest. This can best be achieved be relocating all the light industries and derelict
shophouses/warehouses away from the river.With the relocation, green parks can be created and the kallang river can be kept
free from pollution. Just like what had been done to the Singapore River, certain sections can be convert into food areas for night
2. Encourage more use of bicycles by having bicycle lanes and bicycle parking. Especially for areas next to the MRT stations,
multi-storey bicycles parking stations (stacking types) should be built so that bicycles can be safely parked for a small fee. (Free
from being pilferage or worse, stolen. Especially new bicycles with expensive accessories).
3. Relocate those industries that can foul the air we breathe away from the populated areas. Maybe relovated them deep into the
far end of Tuas. Especially, around the Boon Lay MRT areas and all the way to the West Coast Highway and Clementi, Teban,
Imm areas, foul smell can very often be smelt especially at night after the Environment people are not working.
Sometimes such smell started at 11.00 pm and can last all the way to 3 or 4 am.
102 Please reinforce the idea of maintaining aircon temperature at ALL public places at 25-27 degree Celcius. It's doable in all cities in Chua K.J 7/29/2008 10:01
Japan, and even Beijing and Taiwan is doing it. I don't see why Singapore CANNOT do it.
And also, let all shoppers pack their own groceries after shopping instead of the cashier doing it. The time spent queueing at the
cashier can be cut short, and lesser plastic bags can be given. Or, charge 10c for every extra plastic bag asked.
Singapore should really look up to Japan in being environmentally friendly. Time to teach all those complaining Singaporeans a
lesson in being environmentally friendly.
103 Hi there, I would like to make a suggestion regarding public transport. I have been commuting to work via MRT and it has been Justin 7/29/2008 10:05
very difficult to get onboard during the 7.30 to 8.30am rush hour. I understand that the 2 new MRT lines are designed to solve this
problem. However, for the time being, I was hoping that Taxi services could be made more attractive for instance, by waiving ERP
charges for taxi commuters and reducing the rush hour surcharge, at least until the circle line is running. This may help to alleviate
crowds on the MRT during rush hour periods as commuters may choose taxis instead. Taxi drivers can also benefit from the
increased customer volume. Thanks for listening.
104 i see alot of sound buildings being torn down and rebuild.not only commercial bldg but gov buildings (sngapore power bldg and cho 7/29/2008 10:08
HDB at bukit merah) and schools as well. frankly, i think it is a waste of resources and it is environmentally polluting whenever
there is a reconstruction. gov should look at ways to creative ways of revitalising these blgs.for example, the conversion of the 4
storey residential blgs into a hotel at tiong bahru is a good example. gov should see it a way of preserving our heritage instead of
leaving things to market forces or companies to dictate.
105 Sir, Marsellus 7/29/2008 10:08
The essence of sustainable development is energy policy. They're all about energy creations, savings and byproduct control. I
read so many workable ideas in magazines. I can name a few below to help you.
For the government (ideas specific to Singapore):
1. Deployment of highway wind turbine generator
2. Deployment of wave turbine/wave bob generator
3. Deployment of piezo generator in pedestrian walkway.
4. Deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for power plants.
For the ordinary people is very limited. Even if there seems to be alot, effect will be limited.
I'll let you know again if I have other inputs.
Thks and rgds, Yohz
106 this is for the how we travel: tee 7/29/2008 10:10
wide network of bicycle lanes
107 - stop issuing plastic bags at shops / supermarkets. Kamun 7/29/2008 10:15
- solar panels on buildings to be installed
108 Implementing rooftop gardens, or where there are mezannine floors in buildings where trees can be planted would help reduce the Aaron 7/29/2008 10:18
temperature in general. Afterall, we're a Garden City to speak of.
109 For drastic measures, like in Beijing, allow alternative(odd and even numbers) license plate cars on the road - across the board - Sebrene 7/29/2008 10:19
so it is independent of its owner.
Have a role model - feature ministers themselves being a role model. It demonstrates you have the citizens' best interests in mind
and you identify with them when you make tough decisions.
We see the examples, eg from media or news report of how humble our leaders are, and I think the impact will be great. Walk the
Each citizen can put in their bit, like recycling efforts, using less plastic bags, turning off car engine while waiting, using less of
elecetricity or use of alternatives etc.. not a problem when we see that it is viable and not too inconvenient to carry out in place of
what we have been used to.
Small steps to a great leap:)
110 When I was doing my exchange Programme in Germany, I realise that the citizens are very environmentally conscious. One point Niki 7/29/2008 10:19
incorporated in their lifestyle was that bottles of water sold in supermarkets or convenience stores had 2 prices. One was for the
water itself eg. 11cents and another was the bottle fund which was 27 cents. So altogether the consumer pays 38 cents after
which he/she would return the bottle to get the fund of 28 cents back in cash or in printed receipt form to be deducted at the next
purchase. Also, there are vending-machine-size recycling machines where people would put their empty bottles back and the
machine would scan for the code and print the receipt amount accordingly for the customers to deduct at their next purchase at
the supermarket. This method is efficient in promoting recycling, because if citizens would throw away these bottles, they would
feel a! s though money were thrown away. I n addition, if some Singaporeans still feel lazy to recycle and leave their bottles lying
around, it provides another source of income for the elderly who may collect these bottles to send for recycling. Either way, the
community as well as the environment benefits.
111 cancel en bloc development law at once. It is environmentally unfriendly and a waste of energy. I have a detailed write up which I Franz 7/29/2008 10:21
can mail to you if you give me your e-mail addresse. thank you
112 Electricity - Our city is full of energy from the sun, make good use of it by converting into solar form. Martin 7/29/2008 10:22
Transportation - reduce the no. of vehicle own by each family unit or to provide incentive to encourage that to happen.
113 There should be tighter control on the emission produced by the various chemical and oil facilities concentrated in the jurong Edmund 7/29/2008 10:25
island. Resident in the west coast can detect these pungent emission more frequently these days. Singaporean should do more in
recycling. One major point noted is the excessive usage of styrofoam boxes (esp in the food industries). In taiwan, biodegradable
boxes are widely used. As the weather seams to be getting hotter by the day, more shady trees or shelter are needed along
footpath leading to bus stops/mrt stations. This will encourage the population to make the switch to taking public transport.
114 Make cycling a common way of commuting. Designate proper cycling lanes on the road for cyclists without imposing a tax or fee Alva 7/29/2008 10:28
115 Tap on the sun and wind to generate energy. We should maximise the use of every roof top / building for this purpose. The cost Alva 7/29/2008 10:31
may be high, but there is much long term gain.
116 You need feedback? Come and collect it @ http://www.findsingapore.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=102991#102991 Singaporean 7/29/2008 10:33
First this is one great step forward - First time you million stars are coming together to work together. BUT even 5 of you get
together. I think you folks will be doing snail maneuver. Later you folks going to experience push-pull of responsibility because of
And 10 years? You guys don't know what you are talking. Renewable energy (stop referring to "clean energy" as you folks care
little about the environment!) is not something you can build-up in 10 years time.
The whole thing is a mega project. From building design to urban planning; from transports to roads; from renewable energy to
power-grid energy storage; from R&D to mass productions. You guys will take 30 years to implement if you are dead serious about
The pace you are going, perhaps the dream may fulfill in year 2070 when the population is halved. And if there is still last drop of
fossil fuel to use.
Now you tell me that "Energy is our biggest concern right now"? The very same person who say cost is high to implement
renewable energy? The very fact is you, the gov is ignoring the Singapore's continuous development need for long term
sustainability in the past 20years (when the fuel price was low). You guys had been paid to sleep!
And can you do something about cyclist lane?
Tell me about it, while you can clear pedestrian footpath to make way for F1 racing, leaving pedestrians walking along side on
the road, you can't build a 1.5m cyclist lane connecting whole island wide or even within the city?
I am imaging this, if I stay in Pasir Ris, and if I am working at Clark Quay, you expect me to take MRT from Pasir Ris to
City Hall, change to North-bound Dhoby Ghaut, then change to North-east bound Clarke Quay? How about giving me
a choice to drop at City Hall or Raffles Place and a safe bicycle ride to Clarke Quay?
Despite the fact that you are well-paid, you are not paying attention to the future sustainability of Singapore.
117 Currently, the electrical grid does not support selling back of electrical energy generated. Singapore should develop a world class Chee K.S 7/29/2008 10:36
grid system such that no one can bring it down(Much like the internet) and where everybody and anybody can sell their surplus
energy into the grid.
This will encourage and enabled ordinary citizens to be able to innovate new clean energy generating ideas that they can sell into
the grid systems thereby lowering our present reliance on fossil fuels(Natural gas Included) and helping Singapore acheive a
clean and green environment.
At present, the draconian rules of the Energy Market Authority does not support this idea. Building owners that generated these
extra energy(using Solar Energy) could not effectively use the surpluses of energy they've generated as it is being either charged
into a battery bank(not cost effective) or use instantaneously. By allowing a grid tie system, we could allow these systems owner to
fully realize the potential of generating clean energy for the good of Singapore. They could even be encouraged to install higher
efficiency and larger solar power generation systems. At present, a single solar panel with the
dimension of 1640 x 994 x 46 mm can generate 224 watts. (http://www.sharpusa.com/files/ND-224U1F%20spec_4-28-08A.pdf).
If every every building and covered walkways in Singapore(area wise) is fitted with these Solar panels, Singapore should have
enough clean energy to shutdown our fossil fuel burning generators.
118 the lovely animals and birds are gone, the forest are demonished, replaced by the means and tools of our human civilisation... sunseeker 7/29/2008 10:37
how can Singapore ever be a lively city ? It always looks "dead" to me. look at the plants and flowers that has been growth
islandwide, they seens "dead" , "lifeless". whenever i see them, i always think there is something missing, like an empty house,
with nobody inside, dead silence, totally if not almost , "dead".
119 The government could spearhead an initiative that recommend the following: HY Loke 7/29/2008 10:37
1. All CBD office buildings and shopping centres to set their air-conditioning to 25 degrees celsius. Currently air-conditioning is
usually set to a lower temperature.
2. Start another initiative to change the mindset of professional work dress to be without necktie or jacket to complement the
slightly higher air-conditioning temperature.
3. Design office buildings in a way that allows tenants to have under their direct control the air-conditioning temperature and the
times at which it switches on/off, and have rent not include electricity cost, which the tenant will pay for. This will induce the tenant
to not waste electricity through self interest.
The collective energy saved by not driving air-conditioning so hard and dressing in a way that suits the new conditions will reduce
emissions and resources without reducing efficiency and productivity of labour, as well as make work attire more comfortable.
Both the environment and workers will benefit with no other party losing out.
120 Hi, Goo P.B. 7/29/2008 10:40
to support our growing economy in service and industrial production, we need to cater for more dormitories or space to
accomodate workers, consolidating them would also mean easier control on human management and at the same time focus on
area which is near the industrial estate to build the dormitories will definitely cut down on transportation in the morning. this will
also prevent workers squeezing into housing estate to live and travel at longer time.
121 Transport:Taxi AirCon should be Normally OFF. Surchage $1 for ON Paul 7/29/2008 10:47
Disallow HC water mixing valve. Taps should be pringLoaded.
122 Given Singapore's unique situation, it has an opportunity to take truly transformative steps, rather than just incremental ones. Fernando
True green transformation would follow from converting Singapore's ENTIRE car fleet to electric power.
Such a change would be less difficult to mandate than it might seem. The 10 year depreciation period on autos makes a phased
approach quite possible. The island's relatively small size means that electrical vehicles already in production, with a range of 100
km per charge, would be more than adequate for the vast majority of users. Finally, the city's modern infrastructure would make
access to the electrical grid convenient for most buildings without extensive infrastructure enhancements.
In short, with visionary leadership and decisive action, Singapore could become the world's first fully electric city within 10 years.
Now THAT would be a transformation to be proud of.
123 1. Singaporeans and the government can work together to promote and practise composting. Phua G.K. 7/29/2008 10:49
2. Can't we use LEDs now for traffic lights and bus stops? Or at least install small solar panels to power the lights?
3. What about using the rooftops of HDBs for solar panels .
4. Install gutters on HDBs to catch rain-water and store them underground to be used for landscaping, toilet and other secondary
124 Use more biodegradable plastic, starting with user from home to industrial, inclusive waste disposal, national park waste plastic Elsie 7/29/2008 10:52
bags, construction site & local vegetable farming.
We supply the additive to convert plastic to biodegradable and we have available data to support the biodegradability of the
We are a green company and the earlier we start on a greener singapore, our future generation will enjoy more as a singaporean
being a green & clean island.
125 Make it even easier for people to recycle stuff by installing more recycling bins around the island. Introduce ways to recycle plastic Isaac 7/29/2008 10:54
126 Encourage the use the hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius. Ho S.K. 7/29/2008 10:55
This will help reduce emissions. This can be achieved through co-operation with the car importing firms.
In addition, the road tax on such cars can be reduced to encourage their purchase.
127 Much more can be done to make Singapore a more energy-efficient country. Lee C.S. 7/29/2008 10:55
Various steps include:
- Mandating the 100% switch to CFC street and home lighting by 2010. Various countries around the world have already banned
the use of energy inefficient fluorescent lighting.
- Ban the use of disposable plastic bags by 2009. Again various countries have banned their use such as Taiwan and China.
- Phasing out energy inefficient vehicles such as the large US-made SCVs. Eg. stop the import of any more such SUVs.
- Introduce "smart metering" so that households can more easily track their energy/water usage, and modify their behaviour
- Providing tax rebates / incentives to install solar energy panels. The excess energy can be fed back to the national energy grid.
The issue is not about solar energy costing more than fossil fuels now. By the time we wait for oil costs to soar to US$200-300 - it
will be too late.
- Accelerating the completion of the LNG terminal by 2011 or earlier. The EIA estimates that there will be a global energy crunch
by 2012. We must have that diversified energy supply asap. Esp since the Indonesian natural gas supplies are rapidly
- Build up a Sinagpore Strategic Energy Reserve of at least 6-9 months so that our power GenCos have the
necessary "fuel" to supply the nation's home/industrial electricity demands. This is Singapore's "safety-margin" in the event
of global energy crisis due to geopolitical events in the Middle-East (esp war against Iran, etc).
- Much more aggressively explore the various innovative renewable technologies. Esp the use of tidal power generation.
128 After noticing in my country and others regarding overland public transport, I think a major effort to convert all taxis and buses to James 7/29/2008 10:59
LPG/CNG, Bio-Fuel or electric would be a major step in the right direction. I find the buses here very polluting and with the
thousands of taxis on the road, this would help offset the growth in fossil fuel consumption Singapore is experiencing. In
Wellington NZ for example, all buses in the CBD run on electric overhead cables.
129 i think we are deluding ourself of a sustainable and liveable singapore. most people just dont care much about the environment, sunseeker 7/29/2008 11:02
the hassle. all they care is their own lifes, when their own life at stake. put it in a crude way, they just dont care, they are selfish
lot... people can be very selfish... of cos, there are always some nice and considerate ones, like angels coming from the sky. for
example, i saw some kind people offered to feed and take care of the cats on the streets found lying in some parts of the hdb
130 Cut back or abolish NDP. The resources spent every year cannot justify. Tan CL 7/29/2008 11:03
131 To encourage cycling to work, how about a designated lane for cyclists along all major roads. Hence, cyclists can be treated as Lynn 7/29/2008 11:02
actual "vehicles" on the road but have the safety of a designated lane.
132 I find Singapore a great place to live in. Due to my work I travel through many countries around Singapore and feel at home when I Onno 7/29/2008 11:04
return. By the way, my country of origin is Holland, which is also a lovely country.
I have a few suggestions to Singapore in how they can reduce energy consumption by working with double glazing in the
buildings. This is used on every building and home in Holland and reduces our power bills for heating enormously and I am sure
this will be just as effective here in Singapore to maintain the cool inside the buildings. Also would I suggest to have shops around
Singapore to keep there doors closed, specially the huge shopping malls and work on a double door system. The cool air that
escapes from the buildings is a complete waste of energy. The temperature settings in the shops are far too cold also. Like being
advertised on the various channels on TV, set the temperature at 25 deg.
I hope more people can share the thought with me and we can be on our way to a healthier Singapore with lower energy
133 1) Build wind farm on offshore islands Tristan 7/29/2008 11:04
2) Permanent closure of certain parts along Orchard Road and convert them into walkways (with greenery).
3) Continual education / encouragement on recycling program (and aim to be like Japanese / Swedish in that respect).
4) Limit height of new buildings so that we will not have the feeling of living in a concrete jungle - like in Hong Kong
134 I would like to make the following suggestion: William 7/29/2008 11:05
1. Ban all Non-Commercial Driving over the weekends:
- Besides improving the environment, there are many other benefits spinned offs:
- cut the use of energy significantly.
- Let those vehicle owners who are currently siting on the fence, comtemplating wheter to sell their car and take public transport or
not, a chance to try and get use to using plublic transport. I believe once they got used to taking MRT trains and buses and enjoy
the financial advantage of not owning a car, many will be motivated to switch to using public transports.
- For those who feel less mobile due the the ban, can choose to stay at home and spend more quality time with memebers of
family. - additional benefit - might improve the procreation rate as they experience the joy of more quality time with family.
- There will be improved qulaity of life. The resulting slower pace of life during the weekends allows people to relax and re-
stabalise their emotional and mental state. - as a form of rewinding. - good for developing family life.
- To motivate car owners to give up driving, some form of monetary incentive can be given, in form of food vochure for buying
groceries over a period of time ( like a store-value system) People are motivated by immediate gratifications. For example:
incentive amounting to one year season parking fee be given in terms of vochure for purchase of groceries at NTUC and
- To further encourage the affected car owners to use public transports, Fares for public transports could be reduced
during the endweeks to mitigate the inconvenience of not driving.
2. Build Public Housing conducive for 3-generations living.
- Refernce to: 1n 1990s, there were a few clusters of HBD flats in Woodlands that were converted in"Jumbo" flats. These flats
have as manay as six to seven rooms. These flats are very ideal for multi-tiers generations living. Such living would cut
down at least two car ownership per family (the whole family can share one car)
- Additional benefits:
- Such living can also absorb the need for engaging foreign maid as the whole family can help to maintain the home
and look after young ones.
- Again, this would improve procreation as young adults who can settle down sooner without having to face the challenge
of buying a flat at the start of their career life. they can progress into the next stage of life right where they are living.
Most importantly, by living togther as multi-tier family foster bond and provide social support system.
Note: I believe this switch in housing policies can have extensive and sustainable effect on improving the environmental
and social impact on our life.
3. Convert saving in energy usage at home,into monetary benifits, again like vochure for purchases at supermarkets
I sincerely hope the above suggestions are useful.
135 I find that Singaporeans should do their best as an individual to create a more sustainable Singapore. It's pretty clear that to Jasper 7/29/2008 11:09
maintain a sustainable Singapore we must adopt a more environmental friendly living habit as well as adopting renewable energy.
Besides that it must also be economically stable.
As an individual, i find that there are many things that Singaporeans can do. Just by our daily lifestyle, we can switch off electrical
appliance when not in use, use more energy saving light bulb and reduce the usage of water and resources. This is because to
produce water and gas for cooking, it requires a large amount of energy to produce water. And through this energy being used,
they produce a lot of carbon dioxide. Thus here is an increase in carbon emission that leads to global warming.
Further one hot topic that is touched globally is reducing the consumption of meat. It would be great if people could become
Vegan. This is one way that individual can do to create a more sustainable environment. If we do look at the meat cycle, right from
the start when deforestation occurs to produce pasture land for the cows to live on to the feeding of the cows and finally to the
preservation of the beef
when the cow is slaughtered. In all this 3 steps we can clearly see that high amount of carbon are being emitted into the
atmosphere. And it has already been proven that the increase in beef consumption actually contribute a lot to global
warming. This is even more than transportation which people use to think that it's the main cause as vehicles directly
produce carbon into the atmosphere.
As we know, the more we are using the more things will have to be produce over time. So the main issue here is to actually
reduce the usage of resources as well as everything that exist on earth. Such this includes excess packaging, water,
electricity etc. So ultimately when Singaporean is reducing the amount of materials that we are using, we can actually
see a net decrease in the amount of carbon emission over time. Of course we don't expect to see the effect straight away,
and it needs time to generate the effect.
What can the government do is to actually encourage the use of public transport rather than driving around the island.
If there is a need to drive around the island, recommend driving with more than 2 passenger on board so this can reduce
the carbon intensity.
There should also be public campaign that engage people of all age group to educate them on the right lifestyle. In this
case as a whole Singapore we can do a lot more. As we mention that unity is often the key to achieving something big.
thats what i got to share with the fellow web viewers. And do give your sincere feedback. i would like to discuss this further
with more people. Thank You!
136 This is a great initiative! My first suggestion is to add a moderated forum functionality to this website, where the public can review Chong C.V 7/29/2008 11:09
what others have suggested, post relevant information (e.g. links to case studies on what other cities have attempted) for others to
consider, and build on suggestions for others. The forum could also allow readers to click on checkboxes to register whether they
found a suggestion good/useful/feasible/worth implementing. This would aid the people collating the feedback to zoom in on key
suggestions to focus on, suggestions that resonate with many. As with most brainstorming exercises, the first cut of suggestions
can usually be improved on with further discussion among online participants. This would be akin to having online focus groups
and encourage wider participation than is possible with usual focus groups meeting face-to-face, as the partic! ipants can
contribute at any time during the day, and wherever it is convenient. Moderators in the forum would be key to ensure the
comments in the forum are constructive, and also categorized appropriately to allow users to quickly review areas of interest to
them. I would also suggest that the summaries of the focus group discussions be posted online, to elicit even
137 - Strictly no cycling on pedestrian path, cyclists do not give it a damn, they know they would not be the one seriously injured if Stanley 7/29/2008 11:14
accidents do happen.
- Beside dedicated areas, strictly no smoking elsewhere. Everyday while walking home from MRT station, smokers start lighting up
cigarettes after getting off train, those walking behind them inhale second hand smoke, how bad is this to pregnant people, old
people, asthma people, .
- Strictly no eating/drinking inside train. Plain clothes staffs should especially take note of young people on train.
- Strictly keep left on escalator, I used to think, only old people would hold back everyone, now I realize students/young people are
doing it more. Staffs should blow whistle and speak through loudspeaker when spotted anyone doing that.
- Erect shelters along all pedestrian paths leading to MRT station/bus-stop, this encourage people to take public transport.
- Erect full-screen doors on all MRT stations' platform to prevent accidents.
- Place recycle bins for bottles and secured-recycle bin for papers at life lobby on each floor.
- Fit solar panels at rooftop of every HDB flat, cost can be shared among households within each flat, energy collected distributes
to all households
- Woodlands Regional Library has the worse noise level, it is more like shopping, people openly having food/drinks, children
138 Having live in the HDB flats for most part of my life, I have seen many good improvements to enhance a more conducive living Simon 7/29/2008 11:17
area around the neighborhoods. Over the past few years with the upgrading of lifts to many of the flats also means that more
energy will be utilize to transport residents up and down the high rise flats. In order to ensure that this facilities are not abuse; I
would like to suggest a way to encourage residents on the low floors to exercise by walking instead of taking the lift unnecessarily:
? All lifts currently goes from ground level then proceed to x number of level incrementally. I would suggest that it should be
change so that it goes from the ground level and then transport the lift to the top highest level activated first and then make its way
back down to the next desired level activated.
? The Benefit is that:
o This way it discourages those living in the lower level to take the lift unnecessarily if they can just take a step up a few levels or
to waste the time going up to the highest floors then reaching down to the lowest floor?
o As less people from the lower floor takes the lift means less electricity being utilize to run up and down unnecessarily.
o It encourages lower floor residents to exercise instead because they have decided to walk up the stairs?
o You will have happier residents (at least 75%) who can reach their home faster because less stoppage in between the lower
o You have a healthy and greener city as more people are excercising and less electricity is being consumed?
o The lift will be better maintained with decrease in usage (at least 25% reduction) therefore a reduction in maintenance cost.
o As more than 75 % of those living in the high floor has not been complaining since the lift was invented, I do not see why the
lower floor resident should ever complains at all if it were to proceed in this manner?
139 Has the government (mainly HDB and BCA) considered using nano-titanium dioxide (TiO2) coated ceramic or glass tiles? TiO2 Cheng Y.F 7/29/2008 11:18
has been scientifically proven to decompose organic pollutants, is hydophilic and anti-bacterial. They are best suited for domestic
and hospital use. Considering the benefits that it offers, HDB should introduce it into the flats that they are building to improve the
living environment of the citizens.
140 The government should consider maximising land use around MRT stations and create an ecosystem of sorts. We know the Kuan W.C. 7/29/2008 11:20
government is already doing so, but they should consider increasing the plot ratios around MRT stations, say a 1Km radius. This
will allow more inhabitants to live near easily accesible transport. This will help people consider doing away with cars. Also, with
shopping centres, supermarket, etc around MRT stations, this will lessen people's need to travel.
In other words, there will less need for travel. Also, with greater use of land for housing, more land can be used for landscaping
and enhance the public road network, if necessary.
Currently, the government revises the land plot ratio for an entire district or area. Perhaps, it is time to relook into this practice and
as I mentioned earlier, a 1Km radius around MRT stations will allow more people to live near easily accessible transport. If the
government is afraid of having a glut in supply of land if it revises the plot ratio upwards, a 1Km radius will help negate such fears
to a certain extent.
In fact, if the government relook into how it revises plot ratios on the whole, there should not be fears of an over-supply at all.
141 The administration needs to get more Pro-Active rather than Reactive. Manjeet 7/29/2008 11:25
1- it needs a larger police force to deter criminal and juvenile activities and handle security related problems
2- it needsd to be sincere in wanting to promote the use of public transport by removing ERP for all Public Transport Vehicles.
3- all strata titled buildings must have compulsory balconies (free of inclusion in built-up-area) which have to mainatained as such
with greenery on it
4- the Govt must provide a medical insurance scheme funded by earnings in the GIC to pay for/subsidise mediacal treatrment.
Subsidy is a dirty word for the Govt but it is a need/right of the people who have created the wealth of the country.
5- the image of the taxi industry needs Critical attention...hand the taxis back to the drivers. Let NTUC Comfort be a financier in
allowing drivers to afford the cabs and provide the necessary recurrent servicing etc.
5a- Privatise the Taxi Call Centre of Comfort and have all taxi to have a compulsory connection to it whereby all taxis have an
efficient Mobile Data Terminal in their cabs. All taxi cocmpanies have the option to buy a buy a share in the privatised
cocmpany providing the Call Servicve.
5b- Rules and regulations governing Taxi driviers be sttrongly implemented - current lip service given by the operators is
the cause of all the frustration of passengers who get taken for a ride and often abused by the drivers.
5c- Limousine taxis be authorised to operate as Limousines...the flag down rate should be higher...if taci operators know
how to charge a higher rental because of a higher cost to them, should the cabbies not be allowewd to charge a higher
fare on account of the same reason and not only when the fafre is coming from a Taxi Company booking? The Taxi
Drivers are being severely abused by the Taxi companies.
5d- If we can takae pride in clearing up the Singapore & Kallang Rivers - why does the administration not have the
determination to clean up the taxi scene?
142 I am a retiree 63 years old, and am very conscious of the environmental problem in Singapore. I have sold my car recently and am Richard 7/29/2008 11:30
using a bike to commute from my home to the food shops at Upper Thomson Road which is about 15 minutes walking distance. I
also park my bike against the railings next to the bus stop, so that I can catch a bus to mrt or direct to town. How I wish there are
proper bike stands with a little shelter at the bus stop? This way the place will look orderly and there will not be ad hoc parking at
same. The idea of an environment friendly Singapore is not that of just the hardware and facilities, which should be in place
anyway, but the mental state of mind and attitude of the people, who should learn how to care for the environment. In this area the
government can disseminate information like on this web site and also to give mora! l support to those who care throug h constant
communications through the web & sms and be connected. Of course, the people must also be interested and want to be
connected. I wish you all the best ian your fine effort and I personally take this baby step to ride a bike first from my home to the
bus stop to take public transport. Cheerio and good luck.
143 Our bus routes are too long. This makes it difficult for bus drivers to keep their schedule due to heavy traffic along the way. Tommy 7/29/2008 11:31
Frequency is also poor. Waiting for a bus to come your way can give you high blood pressure.
144 It would be better if Singapore implement "Bring your own bag" every day, similar to Ikea who charged shoppers 5-10 cents for the Yeap C.Y. 7/29/2008 11:32
use of plastic.
I've seen consumers asking for more plastic bags at the checkout counters because it's Free Of Charge (FOC).
1) More advertisements for shoppers to promote the use of reusable bags.
2) Educate the younger generation to save plastic bags by conducting talks - conveying the message in the form of a skit.
145 Firstly let me say kudos on having an online response to environmental issues and I am glad that there is an effort on the part of Robert 7/29/2008 11:32
the government to promote "green" issues in Singapore.
I would like to suggest the following areas. If they have already been considered then I apologize in advance for the repetition.
1. Centralized hot water systems for apartments. One of the benefits of living in the tropics is the abundance of sunlight. One of
the simplest uses for this with current technology is the generation of hot water. Unfortunately, this is often deployed only in private
landed homes. It would be great if solar hot water systems could be deployed on the top of HDB buildings and private apartments.
Granted this would require separate plumbing and a system for charging usage. But there would be zero energy emissions. The
ROI on hot water systems is quite quick (and that is for single homes). If scaled onto a building size, it would likely have a much
2. Non potable water for toilets. Again the energy used to process water into a potable state is wasted when that water is used for
non potable purposes. Collection tanks on building with separate non-potable water supplies for toilets would reduce the energy
need to process the water and also reduce water consumption as a whole.
3. Name and shame. There should be a wall of shame for devices and products which are inherently inefficient. Off the top of my
head, the SCV cable box comes to mind. I used a kilowatt meter to measure the energy use of the device and when in use it
consumed around 20+ watts and in standby it was in excess of 10 watts. This is pathetic and well below any energystar standard.
TVs by comparison standby at less then 1 watt. Considering the number of users (some with multiple boxes) and the fact that they
are left on or in standby almost 24 hours a day, this is a complete waste of energy. A wall of shame would encourage companies
to improve their products, especially in areas where there are monopolies and where users do not even have the choice to buy
more efficient products.
4. Vehicular consumption. While there are some places where people can find out the fuel efficiency of cars, this information is
inconsistent and hard to decipher at best. I believe the best site to date is run by the US government. But the car models there
are not the same as those in Singapore. Car companies should be made to pay and provide standardized consumption
information which is then displayed by the government (onemotoring website perhaps). There should be a list of cars and
models with their respective consumption. Further, it should be a requirement that all vehicle advertisements should
display the consumption of the vehicle, whether in print media or on the television. Similar efforts to the labeling of
calories/transfat/sugar in food should be adopted. Cigarette manufacturers have long had to display not only tar and
nicotine content, but health warnings.
5. Increase the cost of fuel. As a driver, I hate to say this, but this is the most logical way to ensure adoption of more
efficient vehicles. If the government sets a target price for fuel over the next 5 to 10 years there will be incentive to move
towards more efficient vehicles. People who do their sums based on current "high" prices may find that there overall
savings for petrol will be reduces if fuel prices fall. If the government sets a minimum of 5% increases in petrol prices
regardless of the price of crude oil) on a yearly basis for the next 10 years, people will know how to do the sums when
it comes to buying their next car.
6. Paperless billing/statements. It should be a requirement by law that all major billing companies offer their customers paperless
billing or statements by email. Most people have email accounts. I recently called Starhub from whom I receive 4 monthly
statements and asked if the statements could be emailed to me. They said they were investigating such services. Singtel, Starhub,
M1, SingPower, Banks, LTA should all institute paperless billing or should be shamed if they fail to do so. People should always
have the option for this. It is a waste of paper and a waste of energy to deliver the paper. Every major biller should have on the
front page of their bill, instructions on how to opt out of paper based billing/statements.
7. Allow people to sell HDB flats and move closer to work/schools. There has always been a big push to encourage people to live
near to their families and I completely agree with the multi tiered family home as it helps instill values in children and provides
support for young working couples with children. However, with the restriction on sale of HDB flats after their purchase, it
sometimes means that people have to commute long distances between home and work. People should be able to move closer to
the place of work. If they can produce evidence of employment that is more then a fixed distance from their current home they
should be able to move. Not only should it be easier to move closer to work, there should be financial incentives as well. If you live
within 2 km (for example) of your work place, you get a certain rebate on your flat (just like primary school registration for children).
8. Hub to hub connectivity. Every time I read about the Government developing a new hum (whether it is in Jurong, Pasir Ris or
Yishun) I always cringe. There is no hub to hub connectivity in Singapore. If you really want to encourage people to move away
from the city centre, there needs to be hub to hub connectivity. A classic example of this complete failure was the recent
initiative to allow buses to follow the MRT line during peak times. This is truly a bad idea. The buses should leapfrog and
bypass the MRT stations. There should be an express train that goes from Yishun to Raffles City with no (minimal) stops.
A similar service from Raffles City to Jurong and Pasir Ris. It is sad to see that there is not a single express MRT service in
Singapore. I would be happy to go 10 mins in the "wrong direction" if that would mean I could take an express train to my
9. Free public transport. This is of course the most far fetched idea, and is more of a dream then a reality. The general reason
free services are not adopted by governments is that they are subject to abuse. True, the health and education services in
many countries are crumbling due to their desire to offer "free" services to their populations and the resultant abuse. But I
have often wondered, what is the downside to an abuse of public transport? How would it be abused, overuse? If increased
usage is the goal, can it be said that overuse is even better? Perhaps it should be considered in a hub and spoke designed
transport system. Hub to hub there are charges, but within a zone it is free. For example, if I live in Yishun, it is free to get
to the MRT station, there I can take an express train to town (which I pay for), but when I get to town, it is free to move around.
Yes, there may be some people who look for a free route by changing multiple "local" services and slowly ! making their way
to town, but by a n large, most people do not "enjoy" wasting their time and would be willing to pay for the convenience of a faster
146 Offices, malls, and other public places can stop BLASTING the airconditioning like crazy. People don't need to freeze to death in Maya 7/29/2008 11:33
the tropics, and it will save so much energy
147 Have more recycling bins in private estates as well. Defeat the main purpose of saving resources when you need to drive to HDB Tommy 7/29/2008 11:34
estates just to drop those items off.
148 Hawker centres (especially!), grocery stores like NTUC, and other food businesses should not dole out umpteen plastic bags Mr. Potato 7/29/2008 11:35
149 Maybe we can have garden on HDB rooftop or a street soccer or basketball court on low rise buildings. Colin 7/29/2008 11:38
have bicycle lane included.
150 Build special parks where people could exercise and produce electrcity at the same time.1.Some power units could go on to Jeff 7/29/2008 11:38
produce water from the air, some units could produce aircon to cool people as well as greenhouses for plants from temperate
countries.2. As water is produced from air, create an eco-system to be care for by students, retirees. 3. Foreign workers n tourists
could also be encouraged to participate and to be given momentos.4. By n by because water n power are produced we could have
a small self-sustaining industry for leisure.4. And this idea could be exported.
151 1. Make use of HDB roof tops - install solar panels, to generate electricity instead of leaving the concrete slab to adsorb the heat. Choo K.B. 7/29/2008 11:38
2. Make use of HDB void decks - use as gardening plots, artificial lighting from the solar panels installed on the roof. To
cpmplement food self-sufficiency and sustainabiltity
3. Roof top gardens; put lawns and shrubs instead of trees if roofs are not designed to support high loadings. This will reduce
island heat effects
4. Plant more trees. Trees nowadays not leafy and not cooling enough, more like for aesthetic purposes.
152 Provide designated areas for burning joss paper and joss stick. My neighbour living one floor below me burns their joss in their Tommy 7/29/2008 11:40
home, which is a fire hazard and also the smoke and smell, is bad for my family and laundry.
153 I hope the gov. agencies can set an example for the corporate companies by having dress down working days so that the aircon IZ 7/29/2008 11:43
temperature can be set at a higher temperature at above 25 degrees cels. And also by buiding more Roof top gardens at multi-
storey carpark. Study into solar energy usage for Singapore buliding fesbilities. Promote more green cars usage such as
hybrid/CNG & encourage more commercial vehicles to switch to petrol driven which is cleaner. And impose higher fees for foreign
vehicles coming in to Singapore to further control the total vehicle usage daily in Singapore esp Malaysia motorbikes which tend to
be more noisy & smoky.
154 Like the green/healthy idea of promoting use of bicycle for leisure/work.However,safety of cyclist and pedestrian is a major reynold 7/29/2008 11:48
corcern!Some europe country build dedicated cycle path parallel to foot path give everyone peace of mind. Hope you could take
this into consideration as I myself is both a cyclist and a pedestrian,and I don't cycle on the foot path as I know is not fair for the
pedestrian to commute in fear!!!
155 firstly there has to be a floor space census by all categories of enclosed usable floor space in order to access the extent of tay k.s. 7/29/2008 11:52
building space singapore needs in relation to the economy and the population. for example, if the percapita floor space is 50m2
per person and if the population is 5million, the total floor space including all that exists will be 250million m2. expressed against a
total land area of say 650mllion m2 the gross floor area versus land ratio will be .38:1. if the average hypothetical height if all
buildings is 1 storey the footprint will be 38% this gets smaller as the height increases. if it is 2 storey the ratio drops to 19%, if 4
storeys the percentage drops even further to 9.5% and so on....even on this basisof assumptions it is possible to suppose that
singapore has many options in building heights and forms. is it possible then to think that greening singa! pore and providing a
much more var ied lifestyle options is possible? integrating organic vegetable forming within the living environment and even in the
housing estates is possible. if so, a lot more recycling of organic wast through localised composting is possible and desirable. if
walking to work is possible because of more compact living space planning then a
more healthy life styleis available. all these ideas need to be investigated through design research open to the public.
design research should be funded so that ideas can be well illustrated and public drawn into the discussion.
156 I think we can reduce the commercial building energy usage by deploying alternative energy solutions based on 3rd generation Christopher 7/29/2008 11:56
solar panels technology. Even lightings of HDB flats walkway can be powered from such solutions. Based on the fact that
Singapore has so much sun n heat, solar energy is logical and practical. More should be done to develop this area of technology
and drive the cost down. More Singapore made solutions!
157 Let motorcyclists make use of highway road shoulders officially. Gilbert 7/29/2008 12:01
1) these are existing road infrastructure, no additional costs needed
2) motorcyclists need not weave in and out of traffic as they do now, endangering themselves. When accidents occur, it creates
traffic jam, costing time, money and lives
3) Motorbikes are less likely to obstruct emergency vehicles travelling on road shoulders since they are two-wheelers
4) Other motorists will feel safer with lesser motorcyclists travelling on the main lanes
158 I suggest you this For Good Living in Singapore. daniel 7/29/2008 12:04
Pls put a Gardens and trees in the top of every hdb Flats and Building in Whole Singapore.
Put also a Solar Panels in Every Hdb Building, on top of it.
and also put this Solor panels in every top of Mrt,Lrt,Bus,Taxi and Private Bus or Cars. so the Energy Will Save uo to 90%. Put
also this solar panels in Every Gadgets Like Cellphone(For Free Charging off) and Tv.
If because of this that the Cars shall be buyed because of solar panels that will Cause more Heavy Traffic pls put a more higher
Fee in paying Erp For Smooth Traffic and Fast Roads here in Singapore.
Can you also Gather also Good Ideas on SAving Environment in Every Country in the world like Phillipines,China,Asia,Europe,
Middle East,Africa,Russia,America(North and South),Canada,Australia,New Zealand and the Whole World Globe Ideas For
Pls Plant and Save Animals as possible as you can.
Preserved also the Small Farm area of Singapore like kranji country side and all that have been protected in the forest here in
Singapore like Bukit timah. Create More Wide Forest in Whole Singapore.
And Most important thing is to Teach People of Every Races that here in Singapore to be a Environment Concern by
cleaning,Creating programs and having unity of People on how to Protect the Whole Environment/.
So if You Do that it will Increase the Good Environment Here in Singapore.
About the Solar panel. it can help to stop using fuel more and more so the air Shall be clean Specially in Cars and TRains(Mrt,Lrt
159 The URA needs to change the coupon parking system and provide recycling bins for used coupons. We are wasting a lot of paper Galen 7/29/2008 12:03
- less than 1 % of the paper is used when we tear a coupon which only lasts 30 to 60 mins. So why do we need such big coupons
for? I have written to URA before and they have no plans to change this, but think of the amount of paper and money we could
save. Why not issue a pen and paper and have people write in their timings. These papers could be less than a quarter of the
present coupon size. There might be better alternatives but URA should take the lead. Coupons are outdated and environmentally
160 Green ideas Martin 7/29/2008 12:06
1) being a nuclear engineer I suggest we should consider nuclear power station for the long run
2) aggressive promotion to residences to use solar panels and sell energy to power grid who then sells to offices and industries
who needs them in the day. Because retaining solar energy is still expensive so utilising it immediately is the best solution, it will be
a win win situation.
3) develop and encourage heat exchangers for household use to complement air conditioning for energy savings
4)encourage the use of public transport but they are still horrible. Rude, couldn't care less, break jamming bus drivers.
161 Ban plastic bags. think of a time-frame to accomplish this... and alternatives when the plastic ban is in place Joseph 7/29/2008 12:07
162 Think of developing algae fuels as third generation biofuels. Go into heavy R&D in these fields Joseph 7/29/2008 12:08
163 everytime i travel to boonlay , i never fail to notice industrial factories burning wastes in their tall chimney 24/7. so i am thinking is wong j.r. 7/29/2008 12:11
there anyway possible to encourage these factories to use these waste energy to generate electricity and sell back to singapore
power ? also is it feasible for singapore to make use of empty HDB roofs as solar farms ? i believe most HDB roofs are used to
place water tanks, is it possible to upgrade these roofs to place solar panels across the entire roof to generate electricity. with the
large number of housing buildings in singapore, the energy generated would be substantial. moreover usually roofs are high rise
without any obstruction from sunlight thus are potential sites for solar farms.
164 Reduce the usage of Disposabel Food Containers and Cultery by Encouraging Singaporeans to bring their own reuseable metal, Lim W.B. 7/29/2008 12:12
porcelain containers for takewaway food and use their own metal and porecelain cutlery instead of disposable plastic cultery and
Encouraging Food-stall owners to give a small discount if people bring their own metal or porecelain containers for takeaway food
Similar to BOYD campaign, there should be a Bring Your Own Food Container Daily for Takeaways campaign.
This will help to greatly reduce the amount of disposable foam, plastic containers and disposable cultery that goes into our rubbish
bins each day.
It will also elimiinate the waste generated by these disposable items and reduce our dependence of such disposabel products
which are harmful to the environemnt.
165 ordinary singaporeans have many ideas and are intelligent. what is needed is to engage them through qualitative discussions tay k.s. 7/29/2008 12:16
based on quantitative information. without solid data, discussions are premised on old ideas and may lead to irrelevancies. on
transportation, the key strategy is to reduce the need to travel. how can this be better achieved? given the internet, what has been
the impact on home working? what can be done to make working from home much more rewarding.
166 A design competition can be called by the building authorities eg. URA, BCA, NEA for Architects and students studying in Peter 7/29/2008 12:15
Architecture to proposed a sustainable building.It can be a residential apartment block or landed property . The bldg authorities
can organise seminars to let the professionals know what are the latest technology available for sustainable designs for buildings.
The competition can be based on an actual site or a hypothetical site to allow the architects to show their designs and use of the
latest technology for the sustainable design. A prize money can be offered and if the site if real, then the project can be
167 I want to recycle cans, bottles, carton boxes, paper in my HDB flat but found no convenient recycle bins. My suggestions are to Davy 7/29/2008 12:21
give each HDB flat a recycle bin each in their home. Whenever we throw rubbish, we can also bring along the recycle bin and
empty it into a bigger recycle bin placed next to the rubbish tube on every floor.
Pictured instructions can be pasted on the recycle bins, with the notice that a volunteer is taking care of it.
Each floor's recycle bin can be checked by a volunteer living in that floor. I will gladly volunteer for my floor.
I can check that the correct recycle materials (not rubbish) are placed in the bin - and explain to my neighbours whenever I meet
them at the bins.
Easy and convenient ways to recycle is very important, else it can be very bothersome when I do not know where to place my
I believe we have throw away far too much recycle material in the rubbish bins.
There maybe a better idea than mine - but please implement them.
168 Frankly speaking, Singapore is such a tiny country. Cycling should be strongly encouraged as a mode of transport, to ease public Doris 7/29/2008 12:24
transport jam, reduce pollution, reduce family spendings on transportation and build up health. Cycling on the road is life
threathening to the cyclists. I strongly feel that cycling tracks or widen of pedestrain tracks should be done to make cycling as a
mode of transport within the island and not just town.
169 Enforce fine or even short jail terms to those who throw their cigeratte buds anywhere but the rubbish bin and also in prohibited Josephine 7/29/2008 12:25
areas. Smokers should not smoke publicly especially places near the coffee shop or bus stops without the non-smoking area as it
definitely cause non-smokers to have higher chances to have lung infection/cancer.
170 Teach also people to not Smoke Tabaco and Ciggarets Daniel 7/29/2008 12:25
so the pollution shall be help to stop. Put strict law on Banning Smoke or Creating Ciggarets here in Singapore.
Give also a Saturday and Sunday of Free of Work in Every Worker in Singapore including maids and Construction workers so that
they can Give Time to their Family to enjoy Each other and also To rest in the Buzzling City and Province of Singapore.
I hope to you that this is a Good Idea. Thank you For Listening and reading This comment and We hope that there is an action in
every good Comments we gave to you as a People of this World.
171 I have the following suggestions/requests that help make Singapore more liveable and healthier Ms Gan 7/29/2008 12:28
1) Ban smoking at stairwells and corridors of HDB apartments. My new neighbours (more than 1 person smokes in the family)
smokes at the stairwell all times of the day, causing smoke to stream into my apartment. Now, instead of fresh air, I usually have
to inhale smoke in and outside of my apartment.
2) Ban smoking at entrances of buildings. Smokers have a tendency to smoke just outside of buildings. Everytime, I enter/exit a
building, I inhale smoke. Also due to proximity, smoke somehow gets into the building.
172 I am an Indian living in Singapore for the past 9 years and call Singapore my home and proudly so. I have recieved a lot in my time Mishal 7/29/2008 12:31
here and would like to give something back so here are a few suggestions.
Education - Implement within the curriculum environment education.
Plastic bags - Create a campaign to ensure less usage of Plastic bags.
Toilets - In most malls and restaurants the public toilets are on sensors which are normally very sensitive and flush more than
required. There must be a way to control this yet keep them clean.
Poffessor Lee - I believe from NUS has invented an eco system that can be built on rooftops. why can we then not build them on
HDB rooftops. This way there is home grown produce. we can get corporates like banks to sponsor these so no investment from
the government needed.
SUV - Why not raise taxes on SUV's to ensure less usage.
There are many more such simple initiatives that can be taken to help the enviroment and showcase this fine country as one that
is concerned and will take steps to help.
I am willing to give time to help facilitate some of these ideas. Do let me know if I may do so and how.
173 Pls plant more Flowers and Trees in Every Road side, Inside Hdb flats Areas,City,Province and Whole Singapore, So that the Daniel 7/29/2008 12:31
people of SIngapore will not use Aircons because they have a Cool Environment,Green City/Province,Colorful
City/Province,Happy City/Province and Garden City/Province.
174 Comment : Joseph 7/29/2008 12:43
1. Promote use of bicycles, have dedicated bicycle lanes to encourage their use.
2. Promote use of hybrid cars by making them much cheaper to buy then regular cars.
3. Reduce all taxes on motorcycles as they hardly cause any congestion on local roads
175 drive solar initiatives for the people! - solar equipment are pretty expensive right now be it for govt or individual, but if its driven & Aziz 7/29/2008 12:43
can be produced / purchased in bulk, costs would come down, not to mention R&D for its improvements would then be
govt can make use of it not to replace fossil fuel energy, but supplement & reduce overload & moderate utility spending at the
individual town levels - already we know of traffic light or street lights that use solar; expand this usage! Build it into park sections /
neighbourhood congregation corners outdoor stages. Look into solar on top of some HDB flats placed in good catchment areas in
order to shore up battery power to help supplement night time peak hours (when everybody's home & watching TV, on the
govt buildings like town councils / HDB, etc can be fitted with larger panels & sell back electricity to the grid (& maintained by a
centrally managed (govt awarded) maintenance contract)
for the individual, by having cheaper solar chargers built specially for devices like ipod, handphones, laptops, electricity currently
wasted at the socket by forgetful owners (some even leave it on overnight) can be saved, thereby reducing not only individual bills
but overall loading on our energy grid. Backpacks are available in the States for carrying & charging ipods at the same time but it'll
cost almost SGD500 to bring it here!
176 The way we live and play(Part 1) LIOU C.L. 7/29/2008 12:45
As starter, some new HDB flats may look into root top design to install root top solar panels. These solar panels primary purpose
is for storing most or all energy needed to power building lightings such as corridors, staircases lights. Also the for begging, no
batteries is needed for storing as power tap can 'sell' to power grid and 'buy' back during the night.
When pilot projected is proven energy cost effective, then all new HDB flat can incorporate new design. Subsequently old flats are
177 Our carparks, gardens, walkways lightnings can be solar-powered. Once they are working well, we can try solar power on building Davy 7/29/2008 12:47
lighnings and maybe street lights as well.
Once we the common people can see how the solar power is working, our kids may think of how to improve such solar powered
systems and generate more ideas and more effective ways of using solar power.
It's good to have a small start, to generate interest.
178 Car pool is a good way to use a car more effectively. Yeo S.W. 7/29/2008 12:49
I notice that the current car pool matching service is not efficient.
Normally you start with a agreed timing of going and coming back.
However they are lots of occasions where people need to do OT, or go to work late etc and the timing cannot match after a while.
The solution is to have a pool of car pool cars.
A web site can be used to do a dynamic match of who is going to where and the website can do a dynamic match for that timing at
179 People Country of Singapore you can do this, so you will be still a Friendly and happy City in the world by: Daniel 7/29/2008 12:52
*Welcoming Any Kind of People like Children,Young Adults and Adults of Every Races/Country in the world,
*Welcoming Good or Bad people by teaching theme Good Moral Attitudes
*Welcoming Ugly,Beautiful(Face of people),Black,White,
Brown(Skin of People),Short or Tall People,Poor Worker to Rich Worker and Sick People of Every Nations,Races,Languages,
Cultures,Tribes,Religions,Government,Historical and Dress of Traditional/Native or Modern Dress by Giving them(Even PR,
Citizen or Tourist in SIngapore)
Justice,Equality of Both Women and Man, Love, Friendly, Hospitable,Not Judging People, not Selfish People, Unity, Welcomer
and Good Moral Attidues from Good Mighty God Jesus Christ(In respect to all your Religions and gods).
*Teach them to Preserved and Plant Trees in Singapore
*Double the Security against Terrorism or other Bad attack in This Country of Singapore.
*Full Protection and Preserving of Forest,Water,Energy,Air Quality, Farm Area (Kranji Countryside),Species of Animals in air,water
and land like Different kind of Fish,Land Animals and Birds and Wetlands Here in Whole SINGAPORE!!!!
i hope this Ideas would help So Much for the Improvenment and openness of this Country Singapore as a Hidden Centre of Whole
World and as one land area in the Whole Universe Created by God.
180 One way of reducing combustible energy and also to enhance and promote LTA master plan, we should encorage the usage of Shaik 7/29/2008 12:54
bicycle to office. Provide some ample space for bycicle parking at the basement carpark. Give some incentive for those cycle to
181 I had always wished to provide suggestions to enhance a lively and liveable cityfor the citizens. It seems that the PUB is not Chiang K.F. 7/29/2008 12:56
interested. I recalled once after the model worker trip in Oct 2002 given by PUB I submitted a suggestion to my office but my
officeturned it down and said it was not feasible. Even after several attempts I did not succeed. How am I to succeed this time.The
suggestion is to ask the PUB to organise an artwork competition. Select several good works and put them on metal drain
coverings found in the housing estates. The benifits are tremendous and not quantifiable You save on treament cost on water .
You educate the youngster not to polute around and also impress tourist that our people are creative & artistic, a colourful
Singapore.I had given photographs taken in Perth Australia to Water Dept. We can provde local theme for the work. I hope it can
work now. I am not looking for any reward. I looking forward to work with you but PUB unless they are! willing, otherwise it a waste
The idea is to advise people to keep our waterways unpolluted and clean.
182 Government already made such a great effort to ensure the sustainable city of Singapore. The alternative of using other energy to Isaac 7/29/2008 12:56
make it more efficient needs to be afforable for the people.
Singaporeans can support the government by seeing the benefit of the sustainable community. Knowing the benefit, we will
support all the effort to make the City of Singapore better, greener and vibrant.
183 Education , national wide campaign and incentive. Setup Policies and guidelines. Eric 7/29/2008 13:09
184 Learning from regional countries like Taiwan & Korea would be a great place to start on our eco-friendly approach. Believe that we Z.H. 7/29/2008 13:11
can start from the most basic ways of dealing with rubbish. First, start extending the non-plastic bags days. Rubbish sorting would
make it more viable for recycling & waste management industry here in Singapore. Also, CNG seems a good way to go, but it
remains now not a viable step to take for residents due to the distance and limit number of stations. There's aplenty we can do and
many ways-of-life practices can be adopted from our neighbouring nations who are already on track.
Finally, I think the recent energy conservation campaign is a great step forward.
185 1. Encourage more no plastic bags days at supermarket to cut down usage of plastic bags. Lee M.K. 7/29/2008 13:14
2. More strategically placed recycling bins in housing estates to make more convenient for people to recycle.
3. More frequent & regular collection of recycle bags from household. Currently, sometimes contractor don't collect the bags when
we leave it outside the house on collection days.
186 My suggessation is that if there is a pieace of land say a road island or corner lot some ware road why not allow some retiree to Ramlan 7/29/2008 13:22
maintain the garden with say $1000.00 per lot in which the land scape control by P & Recreation board in which all the plant and
manuar provided. This sceem is cater for retiree only. I do belived tbis wii occupied the senior citizen to appreaciate their good
eneviroment and some sourt of activities in forfilling their old age and this work did not required heavy machinery. Everyday come
and clear the ground and cut the grass and as i were saying appreaciate their green activitied. Might be they can form a group of
two or three retiree to enjoy the seenery & greenery.
187 Free sunlight are wasted.... why don install Solar Pannel on the HDB... We can take a step at a time... start with new HDB Derek 7/29/2008 13:21
development & monitor...
188 I believe we can support companies who are on the green initiative. We can start by having all single use plastic bags be bio- Christopher 7/29/2008 13:27
degradable bags. So instead of having people bring their own bags or charging people for bags, we are supporting the green
companies without a big change in lifestyle.
Another thing we should do is to have recycling bins in place of normal bins at all major institutions.(schools, hospitals, bus
I believe if we support green companies, overall, the our country would attain sustainability on a large scale.
189 one way is to allow passenger cars with full load of people (5 or 7 in this case) to be allowed on bus-lanes. this will definitely joe 7/29/2008 13:35
190 Education (starting from schools) about how and why there is a need to recycle, re-use and reduce in spore is critical to ensure Joe 7/29/2008 13:43
everyone does his part.
Cash/rebate incentives for households whose electricity/water consumption fall below national average consumption will further
encourage households to be more frugal and careful on resource consumption.
191 I like to propose the following suggestions Jonnalagadda 7/29/2008 13:47
1) Installing Solar panels, to store , conserve and use energy in the Floating statium (NDP) which can be used to light the stadium
electricity use when in need and also when statium is not in use the panel will be used to use store energy and use for special
purposes or designated uses. This can be extended to other stadisum (or future staidums) It saves space of using solar panles
when Staduim has no planned activties performed.
192 To live in a lively and liveable city we must help clear our traffic-choked city.It is time now we must stagger our working hours. Chiang K.F. 7/29/2008 13:48
Work with companies and commercial premise to stagger their staffs working hours and also allow vehicles with even and odd
licence plate to number to use on certain day. This will help to cut emission of obnoxious and toxic gas. In order to do that you
must have an efficient public transport. Every morning between 7.00am & 9.00am you will see a mad rush for transport at MRT
Stations & Bus stops. You sit at the bus bay you can observe buses emitting hot and smelly black smoke.The bus drivers must be
recalled for refresher course for driving. Many times I saw the drivers press the accelorator. Yesterday afternoon I happened to
take the bus service number 187 I observed the bus middle doors could not close the driver press the accelorator unncessary. If
the bus could close he should call for assistance rather moved on with the faulty doors ! and try shutting the doors from ti me to
time at several bus stops. You can have coffee shops and sundry stores at multi-storey car parks, why not not have some post
offices inside multi-storey car parks
193 RE: Drop energy consumption of air-conditioning in hospitals. Cheryl 7/29/2008 13:52
I used to work in National Cancer Center, where most radiation treatment rooms are often too 'chilly' to work in. Even patients
complain & request the adjustment of temperature, which unfortunately we have no control of due to 'central climate system' (the
sole reason maintenance staff gave). The other reason we were given is to prevent the machines (Linear Accelerators) in the
room from over-heating : true or not we can't confirm?
If it cost more energy to keep temperature impractically low, i don't see the reason so?
194 There is an error in your website under the section "Our Initiatives". The word "measures" is repeated. Gilbert 7/29/2008 13:56
195 Keep taxi fare simple. Our price system is too complex with CDB, peak hours, 30-50% of fare during certain hours of the day, Tommy 7/29/2008 13:57
airport levy, ERP, etc. Use one base fare instead. So what is the base fare is high, at least you don't need to be a rocket scientist
to understand the system.
196 Paint all the HDB flat in green color. Green 7/29/2008 14:08
197 The recycling bins all over the Bishan HDB estates are quite an eyesore and inviting to stray pest due to misuse of the bins. May I Chow YK 7/29/2008 14:11
propose the following: Set up centralized collection centre within the estates for resdence to deposit proper recyle materials there
at stipulated opening hours in exchange for small tokens like perhaps a tin of buscuilts, a bottle of juice, etc. so as to encourage
recycling, because the profits gained by the recycling company can be shared in small ways with those who help in the program.
Anyway, the cost of products are not offset even when the containers are returned to the retailer, unlike some small provision
shops which minus about 30 cents off the container of a detergent bottle.Secondly, it saves the recycling company the manpower
and transportation in going round the estate to clear the bins which are often stuffed with unsuitable recycling materials.
198 Dear Mr. Mah Bow Tan, Dien 7/29/2008 14:11
Singapore Governmennt must lead and do the following initiatives for the next 10 years:
1. Energy-Efficient Buildings
1.1. Encourage and/or regulate to use "Energy-Saving" materials on building facades & roofs to reduce the heat intake into the
1.2. Annual tax rebate for buildings owners for every dollar saved for "Cool Buildings"
1.3. The above initiatives also can be applied to HDB Flats.
1.4. Install "Solar-Energy Panels" on HDB Flats & Carpark Rooftops Islandwide to power all lightings at the common corridors,
parks, estate roads, and multi-storey carparks.
2.1. Install or upgrade all existing "Refute Bins" at all HDB Flats to provide "Green Refute Bins" for any Recycling Materials
2.2. Or to provide a BIG GREEN WHEELY BINS @ Refute Bins (Ground Floors)
2.3. Conduct regular public educations to all levels of people on "Green & Recyle & Benefits"
From your ordinary fellow-citizen
199 Transport: Wong L.F. 7/29/2008 14:17
Roads are becoming increasingly congested, and with rising oil prices and global warming, Singapore can do more in the aspect
1) Decrease number of cars by lowering quota of COEs released
2) Encourage the use of fuel efficient cars such as petrol-electric hybrids by decreasing taxes substantially. Fall in prices will
create a consumer driven demand for industry to follow in RnD.
3) Having smaller taxis (that are more fuel efficient) on the roads, while at the same time increasing the quantity. This encourages
people to take taxis instead of owning private cars. Drivers who choose to rent smaller taxis can pay lower rent, and charge lower
prices. Taxis on the roads are growing in size (more than 2L engines). Cleaner biodiesel can be used for taxi fleets.
4) Having more exits at underground MRT stations within the CBD area to increase accessibility.
5) To ease congestion, increase the number of "higher capacity" buses such as double decked or "bendy" buses on whichever
route that allows.
6) Encourage feeder bus services run by private sector. This increases competition and makes it more convenient for people.
7) Increase frequency of trains even further to encourage people to ride.
8) Encourage the use of bicycles within the city by implementing bicycle lanes.
hope my ideas are of help!
200 I suspect our Bus Lanes are grossly unutilised especially during bus-only hours. Gilbert 7/29/2008 14:20
Suggest making them into Bus/Taxi lanes instead.
- encourages greater use of public transport
- more car owners likely to switch to public transport now that taxi ride would be smoother and faster (time and cost savings)
- probably lesser accidents involving taxis as they keep themselves to the bus lanes (however boarding/alighting in bus lanes
should be prohibited)
201 Sustainable buildings: Wong LF 7/29/2008 14:37
1) Encourage developers to meet sustainability targets by implementing a system of rewards and penalties.
2) Push for the use of non-flush urinals in all government buildings (eg schools and offices etc). Water-saving motion-sensor
faucets and taps should also be encouraged.
3) Emphasise on both function and form in the design of buildings. Encourage natural lighting and ventilation so as to reduce the
use of airconditioning and lighting.
4) Building climate control should be encouraged. Eg: having sensors to increase or decrease intensity of artificial lighting needed
within a building.
5) Rooftop gardens and hanging gardens should be incorporated in all future HDB flats.
6) Encourage the use of solar power technology on buildings. Solar photovoltaics are improving in yield, and if sun-deprived
Germany can have a good solar program, surely Singapore can work Solar into our power grid. Trials can be run on our off shore
islands (eg Pulau Ubin and St John's) to test its viability.
7) Enforce the use of power-saving lighting (bulbs etc) in all new buildings.
202 1) Being a developed country, Singapore should be able to start working on her recycling initiatives. Many other countries had Hugo 7/29/2008 14:46
started to enforce the separation of garbage which can help on the reuse of recycle-able materials. I saw some initiatives in
schools and a few public area but I believe Singapore should be mature enough to have this practice implemented nation wide.
2) Reuse of recycle paper - it seems there are some independent initiatives on reusing one-sided printed paper for less formal
documents or notes by some institutions but it would be great if this movement can be more wide spread, perhaps starting from
government institutions. Our paper usage and wastage should be able to be improved by just this little change of attitude towards
3) One thing that I feel very concerned about in Singapore and many other developed countries is food wastage.
If we carefully observe the food courts, restaurants, hawker centers, the amount of food being thrown away is alarming. Although
there are some initiatives on utilizing the leftovers (for fertilizer or something along the way) I personally think that we can do
something before those food become leftovers. We already have enough source for fertilizer from the unsold fresh food,
vegetables and fruits from all the market.
Perhaps stalls and consumers can be encouraged to give medium sized portion - or ask the consumer if they would like a smaller
portion. For such request of smaller portion, the seller would have enjoyed slightly higher profit, and the government might take
mayb 5cts or even 1cts from such reduced transaction for a world hunger fund or any other international charity. This way,
203 To see the Siberian cranes flying across the sky in the heartland of Singapore in the hue of the beautiful dusk was as wild as a Peter 7/29/2008 14:50
wild dream in the past, now; we are enjoying their graceful presence with us to hurray life could be so beautiful with these
shimmering white birds gliding and tango-ing right before our eyes in the sky, wow, it is like in a fairy.land! If grazing of sheep and
herding of cattle in our West Coast, rampart along the stretch of road all the way down the w.c road beside the sea to prevent
them from jumping to the road to be crushed by passing vehicles, to sit down in the shades under the trees planted for their
noonday-cool to enjoy seeing the satisfaction of them in regurgitation, hand in hand with mine betrothed wife growing old
gracefully together, I don't mind sleep through the scene when the wild dream fulfills, cheers!
204 Motorists in Singapore have shown great support for greener CNG powered cars with recent significant increase in the number of Eddy 7/29/2008 14:58
such cars. Government should play its part by making full use of the momentum to fully & sincerely support these greener fuel for
cars and buses in Singapore by coming up with a clear & concretely supporting policy.
205 I don't know the existing education system. As far as I am concern. (I'm born in 1960,anyway). I am a LEFT-HANDED IN A JUDY 7/29/2008 15:01
DOMINATED RIGHT-HANDED ENVIRONMENT, then. From sciscor , to can-opener to writing table. I had difficulties, and not
supported. I HOPE THINGS HAD CHANGE NOW, as civil society. Care to reply ? PSYCHOLOGY DAMAGE AND LOW SELF-
ESTEEM, RESULTED ! I only learn as READ SINGAPORE today, the accessible new age. I thank you.
206 Hi, Sunil 7/29/2008 15:12
I am a Singapore PR, and wish to share followings, which might help to make Singapore more sustainable (Energy efficient /
(a)Current MRT train carries only 6 coaches. If the train is made to carry more (9, for example) it will help to reduce the load, and
also might be energy efficient. Of course, there is additional investment of extending the platforms.
(b) COE for the cars, with high engine capacity (>1.6L), should be raised significantly. They consume more fuel than small cars.
(c)Govt could try implementing the "Share-a-Bicycle" program (as in Paris), where people can just grab a bicycle to go to a
destination, and return the bicycle, to make it available for others.
Residents should make an effort to share their cars, and increase fuel efficiency. Most of the time, Public transportation should be
utilized. and cycling to places nearby, is the best, in stead of driving.
207 Congratulations on the launch of this site! I'm happy to see the public sector taking such visionary leadership. Singapore's Calvin 7/29/2008 15:19
reputation as a global city will only be enhanced with greater attention to a sustainable environmentally friendly habitat. One of the
great ways of improving this is to encourage more cycling as a form of transportation. It's clean, energy efficient, traffic reducing
form of transportation, that if supported proper traffic infrastructure, will only serve to enhance Singapore's reputation as an
inclusive global city. All the best with your future projects!
208 From my experience,riding bicycle is very dangerous and inconvenient in Singapore even government wants residents to have G.Y. 7/29/2008 15:20
other alternative transportation instead of driving cars. It's very sample that there are no ways for bicycles.You have to ride bicycle
beside cars if you do so.So,the transportation system has to be changed a bit before people can ride bicycles in very safe and
convenient way.Just my comments,hope it will help.
209 Please make it easier to recycle. I live on the fourth floor of an HDB flat. There is no lift, which makes it difficult for me to carry a JN 7/29/2008 16:14
heavy box of newspapers downstairs for recycling. Even if I were to do so, there aren't any recycling bins nearby that I now of. It
would be good if someone could come to the house once a month on a set date e.g. first Saturday of every month, and pick up
newspapers left in front of my door. I keep my newspapers but I don't know what to do with them right now.
210 There needs to be a far larger network of recycling facilities made available to all Singaporeans especially in residential estates. H.S. 7/29/2008 16:02
Convenience is a key factor when encouraging people to pick up the habit of recycling. Compared to other countries where there
are multiple points of collection for recyclables at residential areas, the far too few facilities in Singapore make it too troublesome
for people to recycle.
211 I notice recycling bins are a must for landed households. Those who reside in public estates are normally within walking distance MSA 7/29/2008 16:10
of recycling bins. Such bins are rare in private estates. The Government should consider making it mandatory to have recycling
bins in all public/private estates. Essentially it should be conveniently located, for example the bottom of each block. I used to live
in Melbourne and I got used to recycling about 75% or more of the trash generated. It was a shock coming back to Singapore and
finding that I have to travel to find recycling bins, since the private estate that I currently reside in does not have recycling bins,
relying on karang guni services for mostly paper and some plastic recycling. Other countries including Japan and Australia have
passed recycling laws so I don't see why Singapore, being a first world country, should lag behind on this! issue. Education also
plays a part in getting residents to use recycling bins. The initial stage will be tough as people are forced to change, some willingly
to be sure but the majority would be unwilling. Time will let the message spread and sink in. This
drive has to start somewhere. I don't need to elaborate on the utility of recycling - the benefits are obvious.
212 Sustainable, Livable Environment: Jonathan 7/29/2008 16:28
1. Ban use of disposable chopsticks, cutlery, bowls and plates for eat-in customers.
2. Charge customers for requesting disposable chopsticks/spoons for take-away.
3. Set up convenient collection points for recycling/disposing plastics, metals, papers, glass, batteries and electronic waste.
4. Use demolition debris to raise roads and coastlines to fight rising sea level.
5. Make it compulsory to grow low-maintenace vegetation on roof tops.
6. Turn off alternate road lamps and HDB corridor lights after certain hours.
7. Make it compulsory for all offices to send paper waste for recycling.
8. Designate entire island non-smoking zone except for designated smoking corners.
9. Make all smokers carry portable ash-trays to keep cigarette butts.
10. Build sound absorbing walls along sections of above ground MRT tracks or highways very near to residential blocks.
11. Educate all HDB dwellers, through compulsory briefing sessions when collecting their keys, on how not to be a nuisance to
their neighbours. Threaten them with eviction from their flats if they cannot comply.
12. Educate all foregin works, through compulsory briefing sessions when collecting their work permit, on anti-littering laws in
Singapore, and threaten them with work permit cancellation if their fail to comply.
13. All food courts and hawker centres should have centralized conveyor-belt tray collection areas and make it compulsory for
people to clear the tables and return the trays.
14. All office workers to work from home 50% of the time to cut CO2 emission due to commuting.
213 encourage small operators to operate intra-town feeder bus services, as the main bus operators do not give frequent services to kelvin 7/29/2008 16:16
the area, which makes people want to own cars instead.
214 Bring back the keep singapore clean campaign, educate the foreign workers, lastly step enforcement. Our road and parks are not Seng E.K. 7/29/2008 15:51
really in good shape.
215 Abolish noisy, polluting leaf blowers in parks especially in residential areas; brooms are quieter and cheaper. C.A. 7/29/2008 16:15
216 Dear Sir, Chiang K.F. 7/29/2008 17:06
I hope the Town Council would stop the indiscrminate fogging just because of the mosquitoes. The other insects and amphibians
also perished The butterflies, snails, damsel flies, dragonflies frogs toads and iguanas will disappeared. As you know if there are
frogs, toads and dragonflies larvae the mosquitoes will be eaten up. They are mosquitoes' natural enemies There will be no birds
if the insects are gone. There will no beautiful friendly envroment. How selfish we are, inorder to survive.
217 The 2 causeway(first and 2nd link) going out and into singapore for cars and other vehicles takes about 1 hour to clear Michael 7/29/2008 17:14
immigrations. From what I see- my car takes about 3 litres of petrol (travelling on a normal road - I can clock 28KM) to make this
short journey across the causeway. This not only cause a lot of petrol usage but a high level of pollution.
I also noticed that only 1/2 the counters are activated for this clearance even on the second link.
If the govt can be more efficient- this will certainly help reduce waste and improve sustainability.
218 I am a 16 year old student studying in Singapore. I think that the Singapore government can increase the use of road reflectors on Soh Y.D 7/29/2008 17:14
the roads, perhaps on smaller roads for a start. The Australian cities use such road reflectors on their highways so that they save
up on electricity to power the street lamps which they cannot afford to keep on all the time. There might be safety issues, but I feel
that it will work out well, since Australia is already a perfect example of such energy-saving systems.
Secondly, there should also be toilet seat sanitizers placed in the toilets in Singapore, especially in the ones which tend to get dirty
more often. These seat sanitizers can be placed over the toilet seats which are often stained or dirtied. Many Singaporeans
always waste much paper from the toilet rolls just to clean up the mess on toilet seats, so toilet sanitizers will help greatly in
reducing the amount of paper that we use as a nation. This may seem a minor issue, but I strongly believe that this is something
that many Singaporeans do; and we can save much paper just by using toilet seat sanitizers. The Australian cities also make use
I hope my feedback will be considered. Thank you!
219 Improving traffic light control yang A.L 7/29/2008 17:37
make traffic flow fluently at some place during sometime such as mid night.
Advocate riding bike for short distance travel and improve road .
It will reduce bus or car exhaust gas and noise.
220 Singapore is such a small country. It is possible for the average consistent cyclist to cycle across the island easily. My son is 14 Tan T.Y 7/29/2008 17:43
years old and he is able to do that the day he first tried. He has a few friends also around his age doing it occasionally. Our dream
is to have a whole lane on every road made into a cyclists lane. This will make it much safer to travel anywhere in Singapore.
Think of the savings in petrol and clean environment. Also people will be encouraged to cycle and cycling keeps the citizens fit and
healthy. For now, let cyclists share the footpaths with pedestrians. A cyclist will only go on footpaths if they are not confident on the
roads. Afterall the road is actually a better place for the cyclist as it gives you a smoother ride although it is more dangerous. Don't
forget that all cyclists are pedestrians while many pedestrians are not cyclists. And an injur! y caused by the cyclist to a pedes trian
is hardly ever comparable to the injuries caused by a vehicle hitting a cyclist. So seek the opinions of the cyclists and think of their
welfare. Instead of giving money to citizens, buy plenty of public bicycles that anyone
can use and park in convenient places for a small member fee or something and set up a team to service the bikes as well.
221 Recycle all the paper churned by stat boards and ministries. Recycle the newspapers as well. Restaurants can turn food waste Jins 7/29/2008 17:44
222 I think solar energy is the way to go. Some countries have already started using solar powered street signs and lights. Being the Jack 7/29/2008 16:58
advanced and forward looking country that we are, we should be looking at alternate energy sources more. I see that a lot of
emphasis is placed on the energy used by air conditioning and I happen to know of a firm that does solar powered air conditioning.
If just one industrial park is fully fitted with solar powered lights and air conditions, I think the amount of energy saved in one week
is enough to sustain an average family for one year. Do write me if you are interested in the contact of the solar powered lights/air
223 why is the government not considering using solar energy for our street lamps and also all the HDB building since one of the wong yk 7/29/2008 16:57
biggest solar energy panel maker is setting up the factory here. we have so much of sunlight and its a waste if you are not tapping
it especially with the high crude oil prices !!!!!! I had noted that Genting Highlands is using the solar panels to power their street
224 The recycling bins in my town do not seem to be effectively used. People throw rubbish in and some even search them for Alex 7/29/2008 17:52
valuable rubbish and create a mess. Perhaps it is timely to involve more agencies to run this programme. One idea is to have
centralised recycling centres in town manned by volunteers and perhaps give some form of 'reward' for people who bring in their
sorted stuff for recycling. The 'reward' may be crucial to the success of this effort. It can be in the form of points, e.g. linkpoint or
electronic cash topup.
225 My company has 2 interesting products that can recommend to the Government which can contribute to our Singapore living more Steve 7/29/2008 18:04
greener and liveable city.
1) A new technology patented Solacoated paint product (first and new in Singapore) that can apply to most of Singapore homes &
buildings, even on MRT railways, that can help to reflex heat energy, thus stop and reduces the vast amount of heat entering the
building from the roof.
Indirectly it provides a conducive working and living environments and helps to cut down Energy Cost.
2) A wireless energy saving monitor kit that can be easily install in every household in S'pore to monitor their daily electricty energy
usage, allows one to see the amount of energy we waste in our homes, as it measures the electrical usage of our home
appliances. If we then respond by changing our behaviour towards energy use at home, it will help us make a difference in the
fight against climate change and save more enerygy. This product can identifies ways in which a household can be more energy
efficient by highlighting the electrical usage of everyday appliances - literally showing the level of electricity we waste in
our homes. And in doing so, it is also showing the cost savings to be had as a direct result of being greener.
Let me know if the Government is interested in these 2 products which we can help Singapore to achieve better Eco-living
226 Bring a large tote bag for shopping to keep small shopping items shirin 7/29/2008 18:07
227 Bring own bags for grocery shopping shirin 7/29/2008 18:06
228 Recyle egg cartons, bottles, colourful packaging, etc for craftwork or re-use shirin 7/29/2008 18:08
229 We need more recycling bins! I was at the Night Festival recently and I wanted to recycle my empty NEWater bottle. I asked one Zheng YP 7/29/2008 18:10
the helpers there if I could recycle my bottle but he said there were only trash bins. I got the same reply at the Singapore Art
Museum. To think, the thousands of NEWater bottles trashed during those two weekends! In my university in the States there are
three bins in EVERY single room--one for bottles and cans, one for trash, and one for mixed papers. Bins for recycling batteries
can be found easily too. I am aware that recycled material is collected from households (although I forget which organization it),
and it even does all the sorting for you. But maybe a few more recycling bins in public places would help. I remember that there
used to be a lot more of those, say, along Orchard Road. Could we have them back again?
230 Walk more and use public transport whenever it is convenient or possible. shirin 7/29/2008 18:11
231 Pass a law to ban or restrict usage of any form of energy-inefficient appliances, e.g light bulbs, refrigerators, washing machines, Joshua 7/29/2008 18:12
air-conditioners, water heater.
232 Public bus operators could consider having a certain number of non air-con buses for selected routes, time slots (e.g. early Andrew 7/29/2008 18:19
morning, night hours). The ratio of non air-con buses to air-con buses would be determined by consumer demand. A lower fare
could be charged for such non air-con services.
Save energy consumption and lower transport costs for those who wish to economise. These buses could be called "Green Bus".
233 For a start, please encourage all the government offices and public places like libraries, community centres, hospitals etc to set Anonymous 7/29/2008 18:30
the air conditioner temperature to 25-26 degree celcius. China has made it compulsory for all government offices to maintain the
temperature at 25, I think Singapore Gov should also do the same. It will be good if shopping complexes and other private
companies can follow suit. Let's focus on other areas where there is the highest energy consumption based on utilisation and
ensure that we take measures to reduce the utilisation.
234 To reduce wastage of power, I would like to recommend that the billboard in the HDB neigbourhood or organisation in the Kuehsamy 7/29/2008 19:42
goverment office should switch off the signboard lighting after 2359 hrs by installing a easy available timer in the market. You can
save thousands of dollar and put to better used when it light up from 0001 to 0700 hrs which most of the population are sleeping
235 I propose banning all plastic bags, for example the city of Los Angeles in the United States. It only uses recycleable paper bags. Benjamin 7/29/2008 19:50
This means the bags can biodegrade, unlike plastic bags which contributes to a large amounts of trash and emmissions upon
burning, not to mention poisionous gaseous.If we can show the world a whole country, Singapore can do that, then surely many
other cities will follow suite.
236 Government should support the use of hydrogen vehicles so that we can save our earth's oil resources, reduce air pollution. One kenny 7/29/2008 19:52
of the example is the Honda Fuel Cell car :
237 We can have rooftop garderns in singapore. As many HBD flats have a flat surface, we can make a gardern using that space, and Benjamin 7/29/2008 19:59
allow residents to enjoy it. I saw it on Discovery channel once, showing a high rise building in Manhattan having a rooftop gardern
and reserch found out that many people from other nearby office blocks tend to look out of the window to look at the gardern. It
also has other benifits like increasing our land use, makes people feel connected to nature and de-stress themselves. The
garderns do not need to have trees as they may pose a lightining hazard. Thus only shrubs and plants are suitable. Imagine one
day, if you take a helicopter or plane ride to see singapore from the air, instead of seeing black or white concrete and cement, we
would see large amounts of lush greenery, making the place incredible beautiful, helping asorbing greenhouse gaseous and most
of! all, we get to enjoy them.
238 Australia would phrase out all incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. This means Benjamin 7/29/2008 20:04
less energy is used to power the same room, making us less dependent on fuel and freeing it up for other uses. If singapore
imposes this ban too, I would greatly support it. Flourecent light bulbs always last longer and comsumes less power, and hence
are a good alternative to normal bulbs. I i was a adult now, i would not care what bulbs i buy, as long as they are cheap. If the ban
is imposed, i can only buy flourecent light bulbs and this will help me cut my electricity bills and help singapore comsume less,
become more carbon neutral and be an example to the world. If Singapore could become carbon neutral and the rest of the world
following us, the world will see a slow in climate change.
239 To save energy we shouid make use of the natural resource that we are being blessed with ie. Sunshine. Think along the way how Chua E.L 7/29/2008 20:11
best we can tap this energy. Perhaps in the areas of solar panel in buildings, lightings etc. Our flats/offices should have bigger
windows, higher ceiling and full glass panel so as to allow light and wind to panetrate.Thus saving in lighting and airconditioning.
We also should look into integrated buildings. If offices,shops,school,supermkt etc are integrated under one roof people don't
need transport to go to work, shopping,schooling,etc. There will be saving in travelling time and expenses. Besides creating more
quality time with the family. People should be encouraged to work from home instead of travelling to office. This will in turn bring
down rental and attract more investors to Singpore. As Singapore is an aging society, having bicycle track may not! serve the
community very much. We should consider travellator. It is pollution free. All buildings should be user friendly such as they should
be constructed within walking distance radius to central town centre. Singapore land scarcity should be given much consideration
in its usage of lands and therefore greenery and air pollution are the key factors in planniig. I would
suggest more underground traffic and greenery on the surface.
240 I am unhappy with the level of recycling in Singapore. I have lived in Vista Park, a condo on South Buona Vista Road, for 5 years Sarah 7/29/2008 20:19
and there has never been recycling available to us. My husband and I are forced to sneak bags of recycling into bins in front of
landed estates nearby. Also, Singapore has not done nearly enough to curb the use of plastic bags. In every single store, bags
should cost between 10 and 25 cents, depending on the type of bag issued. The current program of bag reduction is
unsuccessful. Finally, if Singapore wants to curb aircon useage, why are there apparently no rules about building types? Nearly
every building put up in the 5 years I have been here are glass buildings, which require phenomenal amounts of aircon to keep
cool. Singapore needs to have stricter guidelines about sustainable buildings so residents of new condos and offices do not need
to rely on ai! rcon. While steel and glass buildi ngs are cheaper for developers to build, in the long run they are completely
unsustainable and energy inefficient. Also, all new buildings should have green roofs. This should be mandated by the
241 Dear Sir/Madam, Lim SM 7/29/2008 20:19
We would like to share our vision with IMCSD and to work together with the committee to encourage Singaporeans to recycle their
unwanted items by 'Swopping' instead of throwing them away after keeping in their storerooms for years.
This can be achieved via YouSwop.com, started in August last year by 3 Singaporeans with a vision of letting Singaporeans swop
their unwanted stuffs for something they want in a fun and interesting way. This will effectively promote recycling and reduce the
amount of trash ending up in the incinerator each day.
YouSwop was featured in the Sunday Times on 7th July as one of the ways for Consumers to Save money.
In addition to the above, we hope to educate the public that Swopping is also one of the ways to Save Earth.
We have around 8,500 members from Singapore currently and an average of 40 Swops performed each day.
Each Swop represents an act to save the environment. In fact, we do have some items which had changed hands a few times to
different owners (eg. baby clothes, books, CDs etc.)
With the assistance of committee, we hope to increase public awareness that 'Swopping' can also be one avenue of reducing
242 Promote a No-Car-Day every once in fortnight or once a month. Only allow public transport. Rosidi 7/29/2008 20:29
Encourage companies to send in more transport bus to pick up and send workers to work (like in Tuas)
Encourage schools (primary, secondary, tertiary) to have environmental-CCA and give them incentives to organise green activities
TOTALLY STOP using plastic bag for ALL shops. Ask them to create a bag of their brand and charge customers.
Have a competition between all schools and companies on recycling. Provide the recycling dustbins and collect every end of the
week. The top 10 schools or/and companies who recycle the most get some present (present must be something that is impactful
243 I refer to Business Times article on 29 Jul, whereby several ministers advocate a "pragmatic" approach to going green. Does the Wong T.C. 7/29/2008 21:01
government really think that the world has that much time to achieve the ideal without cost impact? Maybe the government has
done its maths and turn out right, but should we not err on the conservative for this cause? I'm personally petrified by the
documentary that I watched last Monday, whereby scientist predicts that 2 degrees increase will submerge Singapore. As much as
I support the government, I'm getting tired of the way that the government is talking to the citizens like kids - when the government
said that it has done its maths, pls show us the computation. It's not as if we are uneducated. Why would subsidies create artificial
demand? Why does the government call such demand "artificial"? Or is it some minister trying to sound ! like a smart Keyne and
expect dema nd and supply to determine the right pricing? The green balance is one of the many public interest that cannot be
determined by the market, and that's why we need a government! A few months back, I help to initiate installing recycling bin in my
condo, and the first response from the appointed recycling company is requiring the
MC to sign a commitment to keep valuable recycling materials for collection; otherwise it won't be profitable for the company.
I understand the plight for that company, but is the government simply going to stand aside and watch these companies go
bust and leave the waste unrecycled? Why shouldn't the government subsidize companies that collect recyclables, make
solar panel, eco-friendly cars etc? Why shouldn't there be an "artificial" demand for green products? I see the various
initiatives on this website, but I do not see the green initiatives around me. It's about bringing green awareness to the
people - either by carrot or stick. Given ! that the government has been so de ft with using sticks in many other
causes, it amazes me greatly why the government has not whipped out its stick this time round for this one great
cause. Why not make it mandatory for pple to separate the recyclables? I was disappointed with the government
since the last budget which seem to include little or no green initiatives. Thus, I am getting fed up (as you can tell
from my comments), but I do hope that this conversation can continue in a healthy and constructive way.
244 I live together with my spouse & 11 year old son in a 3-room flat in the Bt Gombak area where sales of contraband cigarettes are Khalid 7/29/2008 21:03
rampant. My own neighbour deals in this illegal activities for years without being touched by so called "Singapore strict laws".
Some Govt departments are certainly not doing their part to ensure Singapore is free of this menace right in the heartland.
Something needs to be done quickly so that family like mine can live in a safe & secure environment free of illegal activities at our
own doorstep. I believe I have done my part as a citizen & its about time certain Govt bodies play theirs!
245 I full heartedly support the green movement, not because it is fashionable today, but because our life depend on it. The way i see Wong K.W. 7/29/2008 21:08
myself contributing to the movement :
a. Consume less precious energy
b. Buy more energy efficient product.
c. Most important of all, buy product that runs on alternative energy. Unfortunately there is very little such product in the market. If
there are, I will buy it even if it cost more.
d. The govt. could help by introducing new legislation. Imagine every HDB block has solar roof panel and wind driven ventilator.
Every car on the road have a solar roof. All our garbage are recycled or burn to generate electricity. Every multhi storey car park
has a power point charger for recharging the car battery. We are a city state and most of the car owner only drive their cars for no
more than 2hr a day. Electric cars would be perfect. Every street lamp is driven by solar power. We are at the equator and we
have the most amount of sun light. We should take advantage of this god given asset and turn it into useful energy.
246 UPS annouce that by turning right at traffic (right turn on red) save they company million gallon of fuel. May be we should start our Chiam T.W 7/29/2008 21:07
own left turn on red to help reduce total fuel consumption on fuel.
247 Using bicycle as a transport to bus interchange and MRT stations as become more popular with transportation fares on the rise. Chiam T.W 7/29/2008 21:20
However many still do not wish to take up this mode of transport as mostly afraid that after a hard day at work, their bicycle may
have been stolen from where they left it. A more secure bicycle parking station should be available for the public instead.
248 The burning of joss paper around HDB housing estates, even though at the provided bins, produces very dusty, smoky, polluted David 7/29/2008 21:49
and toxic air to the housing estates and affects the residents very very badly. It is worse than the smoky air produced by the
Indonesia forest fire. It is a very serious issue but I believe the Government doesn't want to touch this issue for so long because of
political factor. People who like to burn joss paper should go to temples to burn but not at the compound below the HDB Blocks.
Very frankly speaking, the practice of burning joss paper is a very bad customary practice of Chinese (I'm a Chinese) and should
be discontinued if it is against the environment. We the Chinese cannot just follow every thing our ancestors did, irrespective of
good or bad. The argument put up by certain group of people that the burning of josss paper is our ancestor's practice ! and so
must be allowed is not logi cal.
Now. it is tiime for the Government to educate and teach people not to burn joss paper and do something practicable; e.g. to
restrict the burning of joss paper to Taoist temples (because most Buddhist temples also don't burn joss paper) and to enforce
this strictly. I understand the Chinese want to respect their ancesters but can do so by other means without
causing so much pollution to the environment.
The Government always talks about clean city, clean air and then allows people to burn joss paper at the housing
estates to produce dusty and toxic air. How conflicting !
249 1) Make recycling bins/chutes available in each estate. i.e. a bin for glass, biodegradable material, paper etc. In NY, you can be Natalia 7/29/2008 21:42
fined if you dont recycle.
2)Make it obligatory that office buildings/ stores etc all turn off their lights etc at night.
250 The recycling bins (plastic, glass, cans) downtown are fantastic, but there are not enough of them! If you put these Danica 7/29/2008 22:16
EVERYWHERE where they are easily accessible, people will use them.
Also, I think promoting cycling as a means of energy efficient transportation is vital. Cycling paths or routes are essential for this to
be successful to allow cyclists to feel safe while in transit.
Small steps can make a big difference. Keep up the great work!
251 The 3 recycle bins (paper, cans and plastic) can be places at all void decks. Lim L.S. 7/29/2008 22:16
By providing convenience for residents to support recycling, residents will think that lesser efforts are required for them to support
green easily. Since most newer HDB already have its refuse chute by the lift on every level, I believe that residents will take the
extra step to travel down to their void decks to dispose recyclable items.
Educative advertisement on going green should also be available.
Instead of the current tv advertisement by the 3 teenagers, a more impactful advertisement could be used to bring a strong and
serious message across.
I was strongly taken aback by a tv program commercial on channelnewsasia. Its content was on the effect of the increase of every
temperate degree due to global warming. And i remembered that with a 4 degree increase in temperate, Singapore would be
totally submerged in water.
Such message would be forced into Singaporeans' mindset, and thus informing them on the seriousness and importance of
sustaining the Earth and going green.
252 Continue to stress on recycling - many years back when visiitng US. The recycling activities has already been in their blood. eg Emily 7/29/2008 22:25
Weekly collection of Paper, glass, metals, etc. They have pratically weekly collection to Salvation army to recycle usable items.
Food or parisble are disposed off via the kitchen wash basin which in turn return to nature. In Singapore, recycle items comes in
all sort and forms which make sorting difficult or non-efficient. Recycling should start from home - get every part a part and bring
Singapore to the next leap.
253 1)Greener Eviromnment steven 7/29/2008 22:33
Use CNG for vehicle and continue to R&D so that heavy vehicle and contruction equipment can use it . More Rebate to the society
and more tax exemption for Singaporean who support the plan. How about those tourist cart , bum boats , cab that use CNG so
that every tourist that come here will know " Sing-CNG "
I came across 3 expats who came to Singapore to work . The common thing they mentioned is " Singapore has got greenery
every where" .
2)Buildings - Since buildings are built and have certain life span under the sun and rain where min Energy will still still need to
consume for the other 12 hrs . Have 24hrs lifestyle - such that shopping , cinema, offices , museums to open for tourist and more
service companies operate 24hrs. Because traffic lights work 24hrs since the day it started . Even in the night , a building still need
a guard and dog , probably this 2 will be out of job and we will need to find a place for them if we have 24hrs area. Those who
operate 24hrs and use the install solar cells will get tax rebate . By install Solar Cells in the day and use them in the night .
3)Singapore should be test bed for Developed Countries . Where Phototype or mock up ideas are put into this country where
the people, system , technologies , with various intellectual skills can test it out before they implement into the bigger society.
4)People who work in the night should pay lower income tax .
5)Tourists always tell me this " Once they touch down , they can find much night life or place to go and shop". one of the
woman say to the Cab driver , we heard of Geyland in the Website , please dont bring us there ".
yes , we have spent the 40 years to build a great Singapore. We should not stop there. the past 25 years was to house
us . The next 25 years is to build a future for our children . We will reach 50 in 7 years time and I hope Singapore will
celebrate and rememnber our 50 years of nation and future building and each Singaporean must work hard and enjoy
hard and should strive for more , innovate more even though we have come a long way. I too hope can contribute and the
above are the ideas and hope you guys can expand and continue to innovate .
254 1) Research grow in the dark grass and trees. Plant it along walkways and roads. BioLights in the dark. Choo KY 7/29/2008 22:36
2) Research Nano-machine to splice Carbon from CO2, grow carbon from air. Clearn Air.
3) Give me the opportunity to research in growing Rice on the roof of every HDB block. Me ordinary singaporean can do. Self-
sustainable food source.
4) Research in underwater habitat. Be ready for the next wave.
5) Buy a satalite reflector to oversee Singapore. Reflect sunlight to shine one Singapore in the night. FreeLight.
255 Recycle Free newspaper by placing read paper in collection bin for people who has not read. Claire 7/29/2008 22:37
256 collect rain water on all HDB roof top that has channels to households for flashing of toilets. Claire 7/29/2008 22:39
257 Encourage placing of certain food directly into the carrier plastic bag instead of using additional plastic bag to contain it. Claire 7/29/2008 22:41
258 Invent Refrigerator with option of switching off the freezer when you do not need it. Some household do not cook, they do not use Claire 7/29/2008 22:44
the freezer frequently, in this way, electricity can be saved.
259 Switch off electrical appliances like, TV, microwave,music sysrems, computers etc. when not in actual use. This will conserve suhas 7/29/2008 23:11
energy going waste.
260 Many people live in high rise housing and throw mixed rubbish down a single refuse chute. To sell plastic bags of different colours Loong M.O. 7/29/2008 23:13
and logos for the different kinds of waste from households e.g. blue for paper; grass green for green waste; brown for wood;
yellow for textiles; red for plastics; grey for metal; and bottle green for glass. The plastic bags should probably be sold in small,
medium and large sizes.
Thereafter the garbage collector can easily segregate the waste for recycling.
From a concerned resident that at present is powerless in helping to segregate waste from my 2nd floor apartment.
261 ERP hikes do little to ease traffic congestion or reduce the number of cars on the road. The reason being that people who buy Abdulqadir 7/29/2008 23:13
cars mostly feel it would be a waste to leave their vehicles at home and take public transport. Emphasis should now be on cleaner
vehicles, such as hybrid and CNG. The problem is hybrids are way too expensive while CNG stations are not accessible for most
people. These two problems can be easily rectified by the government. Furthermore, public transport is still very hard to use during
peak hours. People often have to wait for many trains/buses before they can manage to board one. As a public service, transport
services should concentrate more on the needs of the public rather than profit margins. The government cannot hope to
encourage people if they aren't seen to be taking major steps in the right direction. Buildings should be built with solar panels to
ea! se power consumption, and people c annot possibly recycle if their neighbourhood recycling bins are always full. If people can
easily recycle their recyclables, many will definitely do so.
262 How about introducing solar panels? Since Singapore is usually sunny, we can tap on solar power as our energy. We can first Su HJ 7/29/2008 23:14
start with private property and schools and slowly introduce to the city area. Lastly have it in the HDBs.
Ordinary Singaporeans should be encouraged to take up public transport. Perhaps the concession can be introduced to the
working people as well and not limiting only to students. (at different rates) This can encourage more people to use public
transport due to cost savings.
263 I work at Combine Trading specialise in aircons.My company have been looking ways to to save energy & environment.Finally we shaley 7/29/2008 23:21
found a aircon refrigerant that can save energy & save the environment cause it is none ozone depleting.The refrigrerant is R417A
from Dupont.We had retrofit at our customer place which at Sinda at Beatty & Overseas Family School at Paterson Rd.After
retrofit the new gas the ampere drop about 15% & the cooling temperature from the fan coil unit & condenser unit also drop.This
will make the temperature to cut off early & saving another 10%.We have all the safety & relevant documents to back our claim.I
really hope I can share my energy saving idea to Singaporeans.Cost of retrofit is one time which can can break even in a year of
the saving cost.
264 1)Civil servants that is office bound should take Public listed transport Jason 7/29/2008 23:34
2)Network Infrastructure equipment,IP Phone,Wireless Access Point should allow to turn off power when not in use.
3)IDA should calculate the true TCO of equipment,
265 At the moment almost NIL initiatives by the govt and private sector or SIngaporeans to play their part June 7/29/2008 23:53
1) Office no recycling bins and worse, even when I put a box for pple to throw their empty plastic bottles, they still throw in the bins
(and I had to be "desperate" and collect it from the bins. There is no public consciousness to play their part. Sad that PSA area
doesn't even have a recycle bin. I have to carry it to the nearest bin to separate out the recyclables.
2) WE have 12 HOURS OF sunshine almost 365 days of the year!!! Where are the solar panels? Why is the govt not taking some
steps to do more? I've approached HDB staff before saying they should put panels on HDB roofs. The reply? That birds will poop
on the panels and get it dirty. A load of rubbish I say. Solar panels are very expensive, but if the govt can take the initiative to
import in bulk for a lot of buildings all at once, they can make the cost less. I think if HDB for e.g. can do that, still charge the SCC
but once break even and the lightings in the blocks are paid off by the panels, you can reduce the SCC. Then you can get public
support. Private condominiums should also be forced to have such panels. In fact, it could be their selling
point to ECO conscious buyers - that their condo is environment friendly. For private house owners, there should be some
incentives so that they will be inspired to put in solar water heaters etc.
3) Govt should make it cheaper for children to travel on public transport. If we have a big family, we have to drag strollers, kids etc
on the public tpt. However, since my kids are young but yet taller than the 0.9m height limit, we have to pay for the whole family.
Since it's going to be such a big hassle and I still have to pay, I might as well buy a car and bring them all around in relative
4) Public TPT is unpredictable and sometimes the waiting time is amazingly long. Worse, there was a day that I was waiting for
anyone of 5 choices of buses and yet none came. Seems they come at the same time. Not sure why?
5) It's getting really dangerous for me to bring my kids out on the footpaths nowadays with the cyclists ringing their bells impatiently
and expecting me to get my kids out of their way when they are the ones on the footpath. There are so many accidents and yet I
suppose since none of the MPs' relatives got hurt, there is no concern to the govt. Why should the 2 road users have to share the
footpath? There should be a separate path as in NZ and Australia. It is unsafe for cyclists to use the road but it is also not right for
them to use the footpath. I walk with my kids to the MRT station instead of taking the
bus (which is 2 stops away). But it's getting so dangerous. As a mother I will not hesitate to use my umbrella to knock
down a cyclist should they come too close to my kids.
6) If govt wants to encourage cycling, please have some road rules for the cyclists. (Assuming of course that govt
makes effort to make a separate lane for them). Thus some of the rules should be (a) cycle on cycle path (b) wear a
helmet (c) have lights on the bicycle (d) wear luminous safety jackets. (b) and (c) are practiced in NZ and Aust. In
NZ since 1994 it's a law. As for the costs involved in making the cycle path - (i) registration fee for bicycles
(this will also deter thefts in bicycles) (ii) think of the environmental savings - (i'd love to cycle to work as I
believe a lot of other pple will and are deterred by heavy traffic on roads) if there are more cyclists cycling
safely, more will cycle. Thus less cars on roads, thus less pollution, singapore is cleaner and greener,
people healthier (from exercise, cleaner air means less asthma in children who are the future of singapore);
less greenhouse emissions etc.
7) Make it more economical for Singaporeans to raise children. There are many couples who need help with getting pregnant and
since there is no help from govt, some put off seeing gynae to see what is the prob and then it becomes too late
8) Please treasure our local born S;pore citizens. Govt seems to only care abt the new citizens - having parties to welcome them,
they get to meet MPs etc while we locals do not see them. Why is it also so easy to get PR status nowadays? What screening is
done? How do we know if their qualifications are genuine or forged? Are there checks? Seems approval is granted so easily. I
once had a gynae's nurse (who is supposed to have PRC work experience in the hospitals) who did not even know how to do a
prick test to test for diabetes. she squeezed the blood and expected it to flow upwards into the kit. She is a PR.
9) Singaporeans! Please wake up! What is happening to you? Materialistic, uncaring towards pple in public tpt, stressing out over
school work, not caring to environment, litering, petty, only polite to ang moh and rude to locals, MPs not listening, community
functions always compered in Mandarin (which is racist)the list goes on.
I feel so disppointed here. Yes there is no perfect country in the world but why are we going backwards?
266 1) Separate cycling paths are a necessity for cycling to become a viable transport alternative. Cycling on pavements endangers Khelvin 7/30/2008 0:32
pedestrians. Cycling on roads is also not a solution as motor vehicles must often change lanes in order to pass bicycles, even if
the bicycles are keeping to the left of the road. This effectively means that bicycles take up a separate lane and warrant a
specified bicycle lane.
2) A coherent set of safety regulations must also be put into place to ensure the safe cycling. Bicycle lights should be made
compulsory, in order to allow motor vehicles to spot cyclists. This requirement is even more important in the current situation,
whereby cyclists and motor vehicles share the same roads. Dangerous cycling, such as cycling against the flow of traffic on main
roads, should also be penalised.
267 If every household in Singapore is able to use a portion of our own bathing water to flush our lavatory, we can save a reasonable Ng S.K. 7/30/2008 0:55
amount of water resources for the country and still maintain an acceptable hygiene standard.
At the same time, every houshold can save a bit on its water bill. The cost of refitting the acessories is only one time off but the
benefits are substantial and everlasting !
268 encourage recycling at home and office; turn up the temperature in buildings (our air con temp is too low) it should be cool not cold Y C Wong 7/30/2008 0:57
269 1) Festivals that have flea markets and booths showing eco products Yvonne 7/30/2008 2:03
2) Encourage lease and rental systems
3) Environmental-friendly products designed by companies, taking into consideration repair, maintenance and upgrade.
4) TV programs that show people who have adopted eco-friendly ideas, such as
a) eco-cleaning for house, toilets, kitchen
b) eco-products used at home
(The purpose is to reach out)
5) Introducing flush toilet with spigot on top of the tank like those in Japan
6) In Japan, the plastic box that contains food, has seal which are easily removable. A small rebate is given if the box is returned
to the vendor.(This is in the case of campus)
270 Government can K.H. Chiang 7/30/2008 4:17
1. Encourage the implementation of renewable energy sources from day One before the building is built to ensure a minimum (eg.
10%) energy to be of renewable sources (eg, Biomass, Solar, Wind, etc).
2. Encourage regeneration of estates, creating mixed use development as a whole instead of seperate residential development.
This will encourage developer to create a community with commercial, efficient transport, recreational facilities within easy reach,
hence reducing the need for other mode of transport.
3. Encourage/ enforce the complusory implementation of responsible procurement and waste minimisation management system
in selected industries.
4. Maximise energy efficiency. Encourage use of energy during off peak hours instead, with the implementation of 2 tier charges
during off peak hours.
5. Establish eco-homes/ sustainable homes standards for all buildings to be built.
6. Encourage developers contribution to the transport, recreational, art, etc infrastructure of the estate when adding addtional
population to the community.
7. Statutory restriction and monitoring system for responsible waste disposal for identified waste, to be recycled & reuse.
8. Create awareness/ yearly campaign like our courtesy campaign to mould the mindset and culture of being green. Recognise
all types of establishment for contribution to the green effort, instead of only green mark for construction.
9. Compulsory segregation of domestic waste at source.
271 bicycle scheme is very good. please implement it asap. li df 7/30/2008 4:44
272 To make Singapore truly sustainable in all sectors including energy, transportation, economy, food & water, manufacturing, living Simon 7/30/2008 5:54
condition, peace, mental state of mind.
To promote bicycle as a viable alternative transport more can be added to the bicycle safety issue while riding on the road or
pedestrian. For example, a bicycle lane to cut through Singapore connected totally with parks dotted with bicycle facilities stations.
Bicycle rental & shops, parking, maintenance, pumping station, water cooler, leg massager and many more can be along this
"golden" interconnected national bicycle lane.
In order to make such lane possible the pedestrian pavement must be widen slightly and all obstacle removed that including big
trees, make bicycle unfriendly curbs into gentle slopes, road signs and easy to read maps and many more can be seen in East
Coast Park can be implemented easily.
This is a multi-billion projects that must be done as soon as possible until vehicles are no longer privately owned and only "critical
life sustaining or business or public transport" related vehicles are on the road. This is to ensure we can reach the sustainability
target at least by 2012.
Energy comes in many forms such as fossil fuels, electricity, human movement, wave movement, geothermal, solar, wind, nuclear
and many more exotic but not 100% cost effective or practical. But in the face of the future energy crisis situation, some drastic
measures must be identified early as potential source of energy to run the whole country to become sustainable.
Singapore is just like the trading hub in the 1985 movie "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" that can still function during extreme
conditions provided that innovative energy source are identified. For the movie, they had used pigs "poop" to create methane gas
to power their generators and provide essential energy. It may look trivial now to even consider "SHIT" as energy source but it may
273 # Stricter mandatory green and energy efficiency building codes to reduce air conditioning. Aong 7/30/2008 6:14
# Greater emphasis on tropical building designs that emphasize natural ventilation and shade. No more glass and steel aircon
# Plant creeping vines and trellises for pedestrian walkways.
#.More bicycle lanes and public bike rentals in CBD/Orchard road like in cities such as Paris. Encourage bike use for health and
#.Roof-top greenery and grass on top of buildings.
#. Solar panels on top of public buildings, car parks with bigger tax incentives.
# Construct buildings according to prevailing wind patterns to encourage wind channels and natural cooling.
#Cut down on street lighting on public roads during early morning hours.
# Reduce thermostat in aircon buildings.
274 My concern is with the widely usage of disposals by many food sellers, especially in heartland food centres and even coffee Vernon 7/30/2008 6:42
A lot of these food sellers still serve their food in styrofoam plates & bowls and of course plastic utensils like forks, spoons, etc.
Not only are they non eco-friendly, they are health hazardous too.
Aren't these utensils non-biodegradeable and also not as hygienic as a washed plastic plate or bowl?
Although water is also an important resource too, I think serving food in non-disposables like plastic and porcelain utensils and
washing them with water is still a better option in contributing to the conservation of our deteriorating environment, isn't it?
Morever, many a times, extremely hot food like fried stuffs, melt these styrofoam utensils and can be health hazardous too.
And styrofoam utensils seem to have this powdery feel on the surface. I really do wonder do these chemicals harm our body in the
long run? since I am sure tests carried out to check the safety of its usage, the concern is always only on the immediate effects. so
So I do hope something can be done to discourage the usage of disposables and switch back to the good old days in the
1970s/80s when these things don't even exist at all.
275 www.RenewablesReport.Blogspot.com Ng W.H. 7/30/2008 8:31
276 The ERP is getting too expensive. Perhaps, the Gov should consider to issue Parking License to those who needs to drive into the kok h.k. 7/30/2008 8:46
CBD area, whether to work or live within the CBD.
Those without a Parking Licence may be allow into the CBD area during peak hours but not allow to stay within for more than 2 hrs
to do their business. Of course, they will hv to pay a price for that.
This should ease the traffic congestion in the CBD area.
For public transport , the MRT has improved during peak hrs, what about buses?
Long buses should be used during peak hrs but not SMRT service 969.
Ironically, long buses is used during off-peak instead.
Perhaps long distance buses should hv a half way bus to pick up commuters along the route during peak hrs. In this way, those
down the route wll hv a chance to board the bus and perhaps get a seat too.
Eg, SMRT 969 from Woodland to Tampines will hv a bus cut off from Yishun.
277 1. Home-Sourcing : working out of home, or near home. This is technology off the shelf. Leemon 7/30/2008 8:52
2. Nothing beats bikes to move about. Might also want to consider dressing down as a norm. Not every office offers a shower.
3. Consider all stakeholders over the long term - do we have a plan for the refineries if oil becomes a pariah resource?
4. Enforce strict penalties for wastage and littering. Might want to consider making the cleaning services a profit center. There is
no shame to that.
5. Most apartments have one garbage chute...this is a stretch but how about color coded garbage bags? or even timing as means
of sorting at a bag level?
278 Singapore is to look into the good use of wind, tidal and solar power. We can tap this power on our coastal areas. For wind and Sam P.K 7/30/2008 8:53
solar power, they can also be tap right on top of every HDB flats.
279 Extend cycling path by the side of the roads. The path does not have to be wide. A slight 0.5m or lesser is more than enough. Tan S.L. 7/30/2008 8:59
280 I supported the promoting of using bicycle I also wanted to cycle to mrt and work.But it is not bicycle user friendly in Singapore. Doris 7/30/2008 9:01
The pathway for passenger are too small. When riding on road is dangerous which discourage alot of people from cycling. Riding
on pathway is not convenient to cyclist and pedestrians. People are not happy at cyclist cycle on the pathway. Suggest to have
bigger pathway or to build bicycle lane. This will encourage more people cycle to school or work. Also that near MRT or shopping
centre, no or not enough parking lots for bicycles. So I hope that government can improve on these 2 points.
281 Transport: Provide 20% of non aircon bus (tropical types) Paul 7/30/2008 9:14
Go back to old scheme where lifts stop on every 3rd floor.
282 NPark has done a good job in greeing Spore. I have another challenge for them. To green the barren land directly below flyover. Richard 7/30/2008 9:18
283 Set up dedicated cycling lanes and bicycle stands (to lock the bicycles) around major neighbourhood centres and the surrounding shirin 7/30/2008 9:23
main roads e.g. along East Coast Road to Joo Chiat, Marine Parade Road, Parkway Parade Centre, etc. It will encourage people
to use the bicycle to run errands & to send kids for enrichment classes instead of using the car. This will ease unnecessary traffic
congestion, promote exercise, reduce carbon footprint, cut down on fuel consumption and save money all at the same time.
284 initiate and enforce garbage categories like south korea or switzerland. jameS 7/30/2008 9:50
enforce littering rules.
technology innovation - solar panels on exterior of building
hydroculture farms on top of buildings?
285 I am a representative from a group XS Project Singapore. XSProject - a non profit foundation based out of Jakarta, we design all Hanis 7/30/2008 9:59
the products and continue to look for corporate funding to further develop our education and capacity building programs, it would
all take funding. We are not a manufacturer but a sphere of activities that finally result in producing products from trash.
We are actively looking for partners to develop a model for XSProject Singapore- a model that we can adjust and customize to
take to many countries. The overall objectives will remain the same - to reduce trash, create jobs for the poor, increase
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new place we work, the programs would require funding for development.
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286 Encourage businesses to adopt electronic advices/statements/annual reports. I brought this up to SGX and iFast earlier this year. Leong C.W. 7/30/2008 10:03
1) SGX suggested me to contact the listed firm's registrar to remove my name from the annual report mailing list, but this is not
efficient since different list firms engage different registrar.
2) iFast quoted some MAS regulations that it is mandatory to send the annual report of the fund houses, account statements and
confirmation notes (for all transactions) to the investors as stated in " Security & Future Act".
I did not study the regulations in exact detail but believe that the regulations may not specify a must for 'hardcopy delivery'. If this is
indeed mentioned in the regulations, I hope regulators can review this.
There are definitely benefits for all parties to adopt the electronic channels.
287 Quite a substantial number of multi-story carparks are not utilised at the root level. Suggest to plant more vegetation on rooftop? Leong C.W. 7/30/2008 10:06
288 One way is to continue to inculcate singaporeans about the importance of ecology and the intricate web of life through education. Glenn 7/30/2008 10:12
The government is doing a good job, but education is the key. Human beings are such, once we know that if we destroy trees, for
example, we eventually destroy all living things and that includes us, we will do something about it.
One way is recycling, which singaporeans are alreday doing, but not enough. I was at sungei buloh recently and saw a few people
throwing paper and some rubbish into the mangrove swamp. Another thing is to encourage singaporeans to read. But many
ordinary singaporeans don't read, i can imagine. That's okay, but doing small things, like recycling and learn how to consume
within our means in the long run could bring greater well-being and a way to support a sustainable Singapore.
289 Government should make cycling an easier choice for general public. Simple things can be done to vastly increase the healthy C.W. 7/30/2008 10:12
e.g. (1) create bicycle lanes from excessively wide roads - such as Lorong 1 Toa Payoh. narrower roads encourage the drivers
follow the speed limit and it is safer for other road users. (2) widen / create share footpaths into the grass patch - such as many
roads in Jurong west. (3) provide secure bicycle parking at hot spots - such as MRT stations, shopping malls.
Lots of potential cyclist will turn into real cyclist if they can find a safe route to work/school/shop.
Air will be cleaner, street will be safer, community will be more connected, population will be more fit regardless of age, if, cycling
become a common scene in Singapore.
290 We have the most high-rise apartments in all the major cities of the world. Eric 7/30/2008 10:28
We can harness wind energy from the top of all these high-rises at minimum cost for maximum energy usage.
Just place one or two wind harnessing towers at the top of all high rises to harness the great winds that blow normally at high
altitudes and we can have these energy to power the apartmets or office towers below.
291 Singapore is the ideal city to change all transport to electic vehicles. Once upon a time we had trolley buses which are much allein 7/30/2008 10:38
cleaner than deisal.
Encouragement could be give by reducing tax on electic cars and giving free parking as in London to such vehicles. Unless we tax
the car so high that only the rich can have a car ( which is socially undesirable) people will not give up the car because it is so
convenient. Try getting on a bus with three kids and shopping!
2. Reduce the flights to KL and move ahead with the city centre to city centre bullet train. 90 minutes. That is faster and cleaner.
292 Tampines Bus Interchange. Tow J.H. 7/30/2008 10:40
A new Bus Interchange built in the empty field beside the Tampines MRT Station to provide seamless transfer for commuters. The
current Tampines Bus Interchange is antiquated and not sufficient to cater to the heavy commuter traffic in current Tampines
This has to be provided to meet the demands of the aging population of the residents, and should be built within the next 5 years.
293 Halt all condo/HDB building on green sites. I live near Price Charles Square. Kids play football and baseball there. Jockers run allein 7/30/2008 10:41
around and dog owners walk their animals. But this green lung is scheduled for building more aprtments according to URA. Why
not turn it into a park with a pond and proper jogging track. I am sure there are other gems about to disappear under concrete.
294 Commuting by Bicycle in Singapore adam 7/30/2008 11:02
In a city state like Singapore, which has an almost flat topography, cycling should be the primary mode of transport for all
The advantages of the bicycle are many and they are also obvious - zero carbon-emissions as well as promoting health and
fitness among all sectors of the population.
I have been commuting to work by bicycle from my home in Holland Village to the CBD since moving to Singapore in September
2006, as well as riding around the island with bike clubs and on my own, from West to East Coast and all in between!
So, I have had plenty of time to observe the traffic situation in Singapore and to ponder how cycling can play an integral role in
improving the quality of life for those living in Singapore.
Singapore's provision for urban cycle commuting is pitiful, in fact it is totally non-existent.
One only has to spend some time in cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Melbourne or Tokyo (to name just a very few) to
see how many people commute and use the bike as a primary means of transport in and around the cities. In Holland 27% of ALL
passenger trips are made by bicycle!
We need a major shift in priorities away from providing for the car as the means of transport towards the bicycle. This means
creating safe and secure bike parks at all MRT stations and in the CBD and main commercial/industrial areas.
Companies should be offered subsidies to create employee shower and locker facilities and there should be a creation of
municipal facilities to address the masses.
My bike commute takes 20 minutes for 9kms, and it would be easily within 30 minutes for the average citizen - I have never made
the same trip in a car during peak hours in under 35 minutes and I know many people who take upwards of 45 minutes by car.
We already have the roads and they are wide enough to accommodate turning an entire lane into a bike highway (remember how
it used to be in China just 10 years ago?).
All main road arteries into the CBD are choked with traffic during peak hours - it is moving but it is definitely getting slower.
295 One way of decreasing the high temperatures in Singapore is to create rooftop gardens. We have a lot of skyscrapers and those Lawrence 7/30/2008 11:17
rooftops are not being used for much except to house water containment units and the occasional electricity regulator.
Why not convert these rooftops into gardens? We could use them to plant food using aeroponics or hydroponics, and even create
rooftop sanctuaries for couples to stroll in or even little soirees at night.
The benefits of a normal garden would apply, and it'd be done utilising space that's not being used anyway. If this is done,
Singapore would really become a little green dot if a picture is taken from the skies.
More information can be found in the links below.
296 Please promote cycling in Singapore. Build cycle lanes, secure bike parking at MRT, ask companies to build lockers and showers Jesus 7/30/2008 11:20
for employees. It is healthy, cleaner, cheaper than car commute
297 Resources: Mohan 7/30/2008 11:27
1. Pass a rule to keep the min. air conditioning temperatures at a maximum of 22 degrees Celsius for all offices and public
buildings. Make an exclusion list of hospitals, research centers etc.
2. All landed housing above S$ 1,000,000 value to install (a) solar heating (b) rainwater harvesting.
3. All new condos and HDB buildings to incorporate rainwater harvesting.
1. Compulsory separation of garbage by all residents into recyclable and non recyclable elements.
2. All plastic bags below a certain micron thickness to be banned. Singapore is seeing an alarming quantity of bags in the
beaches, even in areas like Chinese gardens, all of them are plastic bags of the thinner quality.
A 30 to 80 metre wide mangrove barrier can be planted to stop erosion and reduce the risk of rising sea levels inundating parts of
the country, especially the reclaimed areas.
298 Fans in hawker centres are turned on very early in the morning (at 0630). At this time, generally the temperature is still low, in the Lim T.W. 7/30/2008 11:32
mid-20s, and there is no need for fans. Maybe the relevant authorities would like to review the timing policy for fans' operations in
hawker centres. This will reduce our carbon trial and cost.
299 It is good! This direction at government level must flows down from top to bottom in the civil service. We do read about John 7/30/2008 11:40
government policies, and when we support them, we received red tape, bottle neck and negative reply from the department
concerned, and sometime even costly mistakes. As a Singaporean, we can make Singapore a better place to live in, but we need
the government to facilitates our effort and not barrier. We can work together! The higher the level, the greater the outcome.
300 Transportation. AlisdaiR 7/30/2008 11:43
Review the concepts of vehicles inside the CBD area at peak times. Allow electricallly powered "mini taxis" (like electrically powerd
3 wheel scooters with passenger compartment) to offer quick and easy individual transport as opposed to larger conventional taxis
or cars. One cannot avoid the need for an individual transport (taxi) but one can make make this far more effecient over the short
distance requirements in the proximity of the city center and indeed the the townships - this will cut down the number of
convetional taxis and cars in the city. - cleaner air - freer roads. One could even increase the size of bus lanes and allow these
mini taxis to use the bus lane.
301 The government could have the management of office/retail buildings set the air con temperature at 24 degress C. It could also be catherine 7/30/2008 11:43
made compulsory that there are recycling schemes in place for such buildings.
302 The Singapore authorities, especially the Urban Redevelopment Authority, have got it all wrong. Singapore is becoming a city Craig 7/30/2008 11:47
which is no longer pleasant to live in. It used to be, back when there were lots of trees and parks, less needless shopping mall and
condo developments, and far fewer cars on the road. Now Singapore is a complete mess. I walked down Orchard Road last night
and it was a disaster. I wonder what tourists think of it - i'm sure they ask themselves why they bothered to go anywhere near it.
There are baricades everywhere, gardens being torn up, trucks and jackhammers making noise and dirt, silly little retail huts
making the pathways congested, more construction....it just goes on. And that's just Orchard Road. Everywhere one walks these
days there are no longer pleasant outlooks across small parks with lovely trees. No, the authorities have decided that Singapore
ha! s to be re-constructed, trees cut down, park areas destroyed. Why? Who decided this? It's ridiculous! The things you are
destroying are the things that make Singapore unique, beautiful. If we want to live in a concrete, construction-filled, noisy, dusty
jungle we would all go and live in Hong Kong or Shanghai. But we want to live in Singapore. So please stop destroying it. Look at
303 As a former resident of Singapore for 4 years(relocated to Australia in April) I was always disapponted with the over-cooling of Courtney 7/30/2008 12:01
shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, etc. It is a terrible waste of natural rewsources and contributor to greenhouse gases. In a
tropical environment like Singapore the air only needs to be cooled to 23-24oC to make it pleasant. Having indoor temperatures so
cold that people have to wear jackets and pashminas is ridiculous. I suggest the government legislate that public places cannot be
cooled below 23oC.
304 I think one of the most important areas is to reduce the number of cars on the road. I have lived in Singapore for 5 years and Ned 7/30/2008 12:14
previuolsy in HK for 11 years. The use of bicycles in both cities is very low.
But if we could get just a small % rise in the number of people using bikes to commute that would make a huge difference to
pollution, sustainability, health etc.
In Paris they have a great scheme where you can pick up a bike from many areas in the city and pay a very low price (free if less
than 30mins use) and then just drop the bike at another area where it is automatically locked and off you go. they have bike lanes.
Everyone uses them and the traffic flows much easier.
I really think that promoting cycling would make a huge diffrence. Singapore is a small flat city. It is also a wonderful city and by
promoting bike commuting it will be be even better
Also please, please, please we need to eductae people to take less plastic bags. The supermarkets must start charging for them.
We have to change peoples habits with plastic. People take 5 bags for items that could fit into one. Supermarket workers should
get a bonus for giving out less bags. Charge customers for bags. have checkout lines where no bags are offered. it isn't hard if
305 1.Buildings like SMU, National Library could be built outside CBD to reduce traffic, and more gantries. Build alternative route to IR. W.L. 7/30/2008 12:21
2. To save energy, use certain types of rice available that take shorter time to cook.
306 Hi I feel more should be done to promote alternatives to petrol for private vehicles and public transport. John 7/30/2008 13:02
For private vehicles, the current rebates for electric or hybrid cars are insufficient for most Singaporeans to make the switch. More
can be done.
In public transport, why are public buses still run on diesel instead of natural gas or some other alternative. Other countires have
already made the switch. If the argument for such a switch is not compelling enough commercially for the private bus companies,
again the govt needs to step in.
Finally more bicycle paths shd be planned for in the CBD areas to encourage commuters to cycle instead of taking the car.
307 Thank you for creating this site. I believe for starters, we shuold start imposing the Bring Your Own Bag across the nation. Though Corina 7/30/2008 13:19
compliants will be expected, in the long term, this will make us a nation less dependable on plastic bags.
308 1. We have to bring in new immigrant & foreign wokers to sustain the Singapore population growth or the lack of it. While not Chew S.T. 7/30/2008 13:24
against it but felt that the gov must also keep up the campain of educating the new comer to impart to them the Singapore way of
life - clean honest and law abiding.
2. Our island state, due to its relatively flat terrain, is suitable for mass cycling track to be built over the whole island. The track can
follow the path of the expressway and major road and link up island wide. I will give up my car and cycle to work rather than own a
expensive car that is also very costly to upkeep.
3. The idea of sharing the same path for bicycle & pedestrian is a good idea BUT there will be a lot of improvement that need to be
done. The current path is simply too narrow to accommodate both. Fequent accident will result when both traffic increses due to
popular demand for usage of the same narrow passage way. Small asphalt road can be built along the pedestrian path and clearly
mark as cycling path. Any cyclist caught cycling onto the pedestrian path should be fined. To fund the building of the path, all
cyclist using the purpose built path must purchase a license plate. The lisense plate serve dual purpose: a). Paying for usage of
bicycle path. b). Traffic warden can book errant cyclist.
4. Underground tunnel can be built under our express way to store more water otherwise the land below all the surface express
309 Install solar panels on the rooftop of every HDB flat. Singapore got so much sunshine, and since alot of energy is used to cool our Roland 7/30/2008 14:23
buildings, makes sense to use solar, since the hotter it gets, the more cooling we need but at the same time we get more solar
310 Fully electric vehicles like the Tesla Roadster (http://www.teslamotors.com/) will be the wave of the future. The electric car is silent, Roland 7/30/2008 14:29
energy saving and non-polluting. I look forward to a day where i can drive one in Singapore. It will be a good idea to install
charging points at every carpark in Singapore (perhaps at the washing point in the case of HDB carparks). A full charge will cost
only about $5 worth of electricity.
311 I feel the idea of constucting the bicycle track/road path for commuting, either for work or leisure will be a wonderful way to reduce Glenn 7/30/2008 15:09
the current congested problem and will give our country an edge to becoming a green city. I hope the idea from the govt can
realise one day.
I'm willing to contribute my effort or to join any working committee to be part of this initiative.
312 Singaporeans are very materialists. If they are not touched in their material life everyday by the potential risks / threat to JF 7/30/2008 15:27
nevironment, they willnot move an inch...
risks / threats :
- pollution (air / noise...)
Possibles remedies :
- supermarkets give 10 cts discounts when customer comes with their own bag
- make a higher tax on personal cars / increase ERP toentice people to take public transport / bicycles / walk
- give tax incentive for people who have a proper insulation of their house : I do not see any doubleglas-window here, while
everywhere in europe we have it.
- promote solar pannel on private housing by tax incentive
- have a environment tax on highly polluting cars
- subsidize companies who have staff who commute by bicycle
313 I feel that Government should to promote recycling from household. Currently I find that recycling bins are always filled with Edmond 7/30/2008 15:27
rubbish and dirty. Maybe introduce a Legislative to make recycling compulsory. Lastly, I find it hard to recycle electronic waste like
used mobile phone, rechargeable batteries like LI-Ion based one.
314 In my humble opinion, there are lots of initiatives that can be taken up to make this country greener and more sustainable. It is a Bronk 7/30/2008 15:50
fact that Singapore does not have any source of raw resources, and so we have to make everything counts.
Transportation is a common issue when we talk about it. The pollution coming out of vehicles and traffic is a major problem for all
cities on Earth or rather big headache for Earth herself. There is a new kind of car that I would like to highlight is a car that runs on
compressed air. The output of the car is only cold air, and presumably can be use to chill the insides of the car. Details of such a
car can be found at www.theaircar.com.
Perhaps we should look at the cause before focusing on the effects. We need transportation because we need to travel. The main
reason we need to travel here is, of course, travelling to work. The thing is, do we need to travel to work? There are already offices
that do not require workers to report to offices and work from the comfort of their homes. Of course, they are still required to travel
at times to meet clients. It is time for the country to embrace such radical approach to working. Other than cutting down on the
need to travel, it is a pro-family job. This should work well in Singapore, for most of us are honest and hard-working, plus most of
us are well connected online, and even meetings with clients, co-colleagues or bosses can be done online.
Another alternative is to widen the reach of our public transport. Buses can only do so much, but we can improve on the reach of
MRTs. It is good to know that there will be two more lines coming our way, but more can be done. Stations can be upgraded to
increase the number of and lengthen exits. A very good example is the MTR stations in Hong Kong and our Raffles Place MRT
station. This will extend the reach to more commuters, rely less on feeder bus services and promotes walking.
Buses services, especially night time services, can also do more to reduce the intake of energy. One way is to deploy more non air-
conditioned services for night time services or to increase the temperature of the conditioning. There have been numerous
occasions where the bus is too cold for comfort. Of course, changes to conditioning temperatures have to take into consideration
the number of passengers.
315 1. The government can take the lead in incorporating more green design features into public buildings/facilities and HDB flats. For Choy SF 7/30/2008 15:51
example, the design of these buildings can incorporate solar panels into the facade, make use of natural daylighting and
ventilation to save energy. The lighting in bus-stops and common areas can be powered by solar panels with a battery.
2. Public transport can switch first to hybrids and eventually to renewable energy sources like solar-hydrogen fuel cells.
3. Make recycling easier for residents by having recycling bins at every block. Include one for used batteries.
4. Work with manufacturers to take back and recycle their products such as printer cartridges, PCs, used rechargeable batteries,
handphones e.t.c. Japan is active in this area.
316 Please consider the following points,.. Wong YC 7/30/2008 15:57
1. design buildings to be truly tropical-friendly, i.e. with high ceilings,..angle facade to not face direct sun-light,..minimal
2. encourage more planting greens,..plants
3. have a mobile-energy audit team to patrol and audit public places with excessive and unecessary air conditionings,..such as at
Holland Village Shopping Centre, Home team club at Bukit Batok, Far East Shopping Centre,..etc,...
..etc,..if You would conduct a public feed-back forum - with adequate notice, I shall have many more suggestions.
317 I have been happily living in Singapore since 2005. Firstly of all let me congratulate teh Singapore Government on this initiative. Evan 7/30/2008 16:12
What makes Singapore a popular country to live and work in, as well as raise a family is lead by the good environment, which is
truly a leader in Asia, but one would not agree it to be aleader in global terms. Continued growing traffic congestion is degrading
that benefit. Singapore should work harder to encourage a greater percentage of it's community to partake in cycling as a method
of transport. The Park connectors are a great start but actively encouraging safe cycling on Singapore's roads is a necessity. This
Creation of bike lanes on major roads (this just requires around 1.5m to 2.0m width on our roadways cordoned off for cycle traffic
only); creating a law that requires cyclists to wear helmets..what is the greater cost, a helmet or the death or major head injury
from a bicycle accident; Encouraging work places to provide storage and shower facilities for cyclists; More secure, undercover
bike parking at MRT stations; Allowing bicycles to be transported on MRT's.
These ideas and more actively encourage greater use of bicycles which would be a wonderful idea for Singapore which has
perfect topography for (largely flat land mass) the community to embrace the lifestyle. Think of the benefits to the environemnt and
health statistics with more bicycle usage and less car usage.
318 Our Park and Ride scheme has been around for some years but I think it has not really worked out in Singapore. I suspect it is Gilbert 7/30/2008 16:20
because the overall cost is still quite high for motorists to leave their vehicles behind and take the public transport.
In other countries or cities like Perth, they have free public transport entering the downtown areas. It is free for both tourists and
Suggest we have a similar system for buses entering CBD areas especially in Orchard Road, Marina Square and Chinatown.
It could either be free rides or a token sum whichever is more practical or realistic.
319 I am very happy that the government of Singapore is prioritizing bicycles as a mode of transport. Something needed badly are Patrick 7/30/2008 16:30
bicycle lanes on the roads. Some adverts to educate drivers about cyclists on the roadways is also needed to make it safer to ride
on Singapore's roadways. The new effort for more bicycle and pedestrian walkways is both admirable and commendable!
320 Here's what I think Singapore, through the leadership of its government, needs to do to ensure its future sustainability: Hoo SP 7/30/2008 16:54
1. >50% of its power needs to come from renewable energy source such as wind, solar and geothermal.
2. Encourage local production of all staple foods. Partnerships with local entrepreneurs to build massive vertical farms is one way.
A good target would be to produce 10-20% of our needs in 5 years' time.
3. Roll out 'real' incentive (i.e. not tax deductions) schemes to encourage Singaporeans to procure and own their own renewable
energy generation. Get Sing Power to buy back excess power production from these homes/offices.
4. Heavily subsidize broadband to more can work from home.
5. Make recycling work efficiently for our high-rise living communities. For a start, put one recycling bin in every building and
ensure daily collection.
321 Give tax rebates to private cars to convert to LPG/CNG. Voon TC 7/30/2008 16:57
New replacement public buses should run on LPG/CNG.
The Indian motorized rickshaw or Thai Tuk Tuk should be allowed on our roads, to service short distances within certain housing
estates. (Piaggio is manufacturing the motorired rickshaw in India)
To encourage motorists to use their cars less often, some means other than public transport or bicycles is needed. Motorcycles
with small engines and automatic transmissions are not difficult to ride, and does not require riders to undergo extensive testing
and licensing to be on the roads, especially Piaggio three wheelers.
322 We should first review the existing policy on the "en-bloc" redevelopment which is destructive to the green environment and also Wong P.O. 7/30/2008 17:11
caused dis-harmony to the neighbourhood. The en-bloc redevelopment benefit the developers and a small group of people
especially the speculators and en-bloc raiders. It does not make Singapore any greener nor bring econmy growth to Singapore, on
the contrary it destroyed values as the relatively new condos such as Horizon Towers and Grange Ford Towers were demolished
just because they sat on prime area and the allowable plot ratios are now higher than before. It is certainly not sustainable for
Singapore to continue such en-bloc fever without reviewing the current policy and tighten the control.
323 My contribution is for the gradual reduction and hopefully the eradication of mosquitoes on the island. Jonathan 7/30/2008 17:25
Target groups include Nparks, Theme Parks and HDB Towns.
The natural predator of mosquitoes is the dragnofly. If only we have a National effort to breed mosquitoes, we can effectively
control the mosquito effusion on the island. Ponds around the island only need to have small fishes that cannot prey on the
Dragonfly larvae and we can encourage the breeding of the insects. Small fishes can also feed on the larvae of mosquitoes.
324 Fact #1. Most households and businesses generate more recyclable waste than other types of waste. Tang C L 7/30/2008 17:36
Fact #2. In almost all homes and businesses, it is much more inconvenient (and often near-impossible) to dispose of recylable
The entire waste disposal system works against recyling.
It is much easier to drop everything into the chute or the rubbish bin and let them be incinerated.
We must relook at the entire waste disposal system to favour recylable waste.
325 Buildings corridor lightning, street lights, traffic lamps and buildings units lighting could be powered using both solar & wind Eu C K 7/30/2008 17:46
turbines with emergency electric backup from main power station.
To save cost and be green, all lighting change from bulbs-based to LED based. LED consume lesser power and last longer.
We can even have wind turbine & solar panels installed to regenerate backup power if not consume in 2 days, would be release to
use in place of fuel generated power and the storage will be replenish again.
This would greatly reduce the dependent on fuel for power generation and also reduces pollution. Citizens' power bills would not
need to be affected by rising fuel costs and such. It makes power more readily and more affordable. It protects the country and the
people from unrealistic reflection of oil prices in the future and ensure our basic necessity like power is still affordable in uneasy
The fuel saved can be channeled for other purposes and also for other usage.
We are a tropical country so this means that there is sun all year round. Even if this is no sun, there will be rain and wind. Not
utilizing those 2 natural resources is a waste of resources.
326 The country could save energy if more buildings used thermosts to control the airconditioning. People take coats to the cinema! Allein 7/30/2008 18:24
SunTec wastes electricity by having the aircon pushing out freezing temperatures.
Next. I live near Crescent Gir;ls School. Evey morning the road is jammed up with cars delivering children to school. This is major
pollution. The MRT is just a few minutes away. When I was a kid I rode a bike to school as did most of the children thus getting
great aerobic excercise. The kids need more exercise so why not walk or rid a bike to school?
327 Sir, I believe no one dispute that bicycle has a role in our transport system now and in the future. Kelvin 7/30/2008 18:28
Thus LTA and the Traffic Police Department should come out with clear strategy, plan and rules and regulation to augment and
support this form of transportation. Otherwise is it best to phase this form of transportation out totally and limit it only for
As a starter a publication of highway code in the form of booklet and easily assess by internet should be available
immediately.This will help everyone understand the rules and regulations for cyclists and a code of conducts that cyclist and other
road user can follow. The punishment for breaking the law should also be clearly spelt out.
Police officers should be seen actually enforcing the rules to inculcate the discipline and overtime achieve high conformance and
order for this form of transportation.
Surely it is against the traffic rule for cyclist to ride on the pedestrian path but I have noticed that police officers (including traffic
police) ignor these offenders completely. Encouraged by this blindness(of the police officers) cyclist now think that they have the
right of way by ringing at old man walking too slowly, brushing mother carrying baby, pedestrian carrying heavy bags etc... To
make matter worse for the pedestrians, cyclist comes speeding from every direction on the pedestrian path creating danger and
nuisance to pedestrains.
More parking facilities should be provided and proper rules on parking should be implement to avoid haphazard parking that
obstruct others and create a mess and eyesore to our community.
Where possible bicycle lanes should be provided for cyclist.
School should conduct cycling classes and issue certificate for highway code and practical tests.
328 Progressive cities are making cyling a genuine, safe and practical alternative form of transport. They provide the relevant Anthony 7/30/2008 20:18
infrastructure, safety/pritection and incentives to encourage the general population to commute under pedal power. This is a
credible, Co2 free alternative that promotes community health.
329 Plantation of air purifying trees:- Girish 7/30/2008 20:54
In Singapore food items perish fast? Is it only due to tropical conditions of high temperature and high humidity or anything else in
What is the bacteria count of singapore air, I am not sure.
I suggest to plant air purifying trees. I suggest plantation of VAT, PIMPAL, NIM, TULSI and allied. Each of these have their own
merits. For example, NIM is mosquito repellent. PIMPLE , I believe, consumes CO2 all time. Tulsi is medicinal.
I suggest take help from appropriate gov. or non gov. agencies from Bharat.
330 When I drive on the highways I see also those old dirty trucks with their black fumes. Are trucks actually checked on a yearly basis Remko 7/30/2008 22:22
to see they don't exceed the max. allowable particles?
331 Although being an island Singapore lacks a nice beach/resort comparable for example to those at Bintan. If we had a nice beach Vincenzo 7/30/2008 23:57
with all the facilities (hotel, restaurants etc) in a remote location of Singapore (i.e. where one would feel being on a holiday and not
in a city), it would probably prevent some Singaporean travelling abroad for a beach stay. Having a decent beach resort in
Singapore would certainly increase the quality of life and at the same time reduce travelling to other locations just for the sake of
being at a nice beach.
332 Awareness (jue xing) Lim L.L 7/30/2008 23:51
Responsibility (Who Am I?)
Self-sovereign (zi zhi)
FOR A CARING SINGAPORE
Forces of Nature vs Man
Force for Good vs Pollution
Not many people cared.
Designated areas for collection of reusuable and recyclable materials to be reinstalled in my neighbourhood.
Significantly decrease the number of rubbish bins to discourage wastage of all sorts for a try out in my neighbourhood still so
dependant on cleaners to clear the mess.
Bring our own carrier. Bring our own waste disposal carrier. Designers' perfectly okay. Garbage trash bag to be transparent to
OUR SKIES (tian kong)
More knowledge and facts about Nature from media production eg. Let us know when a rainbow reappears in our skies. Thanks to
the skies, blossoms and trees of our Singapore City are healthyand happy.
More documentaries of (our) fauna and flora, merryweather and people, ordinary but make a difference because they care, their
effort and their message. Thanks for the goodnight sleep.
THE AIR (yuan qi)
More people are smoking.
If they care for fresh air, respect their choice and they should of non-smokers'. design smoking areas. No smoking when walking.
Fresh air health.
As with BEGINNING - we tend the stage fresh produce at home, hence leaving behind substantial organic waste. I have read
333 IN THE Asian families, A lady onto process (yuan) Kelly 7/31/2008 0:24
from National Geographic or compost making website sometime back, there are simple compost maker that involve a specially
designed bin with some kind of earthworms in it to breakdown the organic compound. It will be good if NParks can look into the
feasibility and help us obtain it.
With new housing projects, please top up lawns and side walk planters with sufficient good soil instead of construction rubbles so
plants and especially trees can grow healthier. We can also upgrade soil of existing estates later with help of compost maker.
Neighbourhood vegetable farm is a fantastic idea, can we expand it to be some kind of national competition. But we have to be
careful to keep it small and donate the produce to charity, so as not to threaten hawkers.
334 What a great way to kick this intiative off in Singapore! As a 8-year resident, I've seen commuiting by bicycle grow, despite heavier BlakE 7/31/2008 8:54
traffic and more impatient drivers. It would be great to see this as a commuting priority. Here are a few ideas:
1) Give a tax break to companies that provide showers/locker facilities and make them eco-friendly. This would encourage more
people to commute, and help drive water conservation efforts (and save a bit on my own water bill, too). I'm sure this would be
used by people who prefer to run or walk to work and mid-day excercisers, too.
2) Make it clear to drivers that bicycles belong in the road, and are part of the pedistrian--bicycle-car hierarchy. Cyclists need to
understand this too and obey traffic laws to ensure saftey. Singapore's stance on bicycles is too ambiguous.
3) Equip buses with bicycle racks (see Seattle's Metro service as a great example). This enables individuals to cut thier commute
time if necessay and gives them options for rainy days. These are easy to install and cheap.
4) Tax break or other benefit for cyclist who commute to work. Reward behaviour that takes cars off the road, lessens the
dependance on other mass transit options, and improves our populations overall health.
335 I would like to see cycling encouraged more in Singapore, specifically the provision of cycle lanes in order to make commuting to Nick 7/31/2008 9:30
work by bicycle safer.
336 I think Singapore government has already done a great job to keep Singapore as a green city. I believe there are still some sectors KJ 7/31/2008 9:39
that Singapore be better of. Here are some feedbacks from The GreenAsia Group, a Singapore based voluntary carbon
management solutions provider.
Promote habits and establish the system for recycling to the whole society.
The company Sulo Group has a fantastic free service to come down to collect used paper, old clothes, etc for recycle. But very
few people know this service, like NUS, NTU for example, these two university throw away countless paper into rubbish bin which
can be recycled every year.
Increase the bus frequency. The long waiting time prevents many people away from taking public transport.
Introduce more CNG/Hybrid cars. There are already some CNG/Hybrid cars on the road, but comparing to Europe and Japan,
Singapore still can introduce much more.
Promote energy conserving behavior among public, in particular set the air-con temperature at a reasonable comfortable level,
instead of freezing cold.
There are so many business opportunities in a coming sustainable era. Only people take proactive way to pioneer these
opportunities rather than waiting others to try first, Singapore can maximally benefit from these business opportunities.
337 Ban 2T motorcycles from the roads due to noise and air polution. There is plenty of choice for 4T motorcycles rick 7/31/2008 10:11
338 I would strongly recommend that the traffic situation in Singapore will be addressed. It is more than obvious that it is getting worser Gérard 7/31/2008 10:16
and worser. More, wider, roads, more tax on cars, enlargement of CBD, higher fuel prices, only a timely solution. Beside good
public transport, personal transport by bicycle should be prioritized!
In Singapore no facilities at all for this effective mode of transport do exist. In all aspects of our daily life it should be promoted. It
would have a great positive affect on the evironment, it would improve drastically the populations obesity problems, noice pollution
and so on.
339 On many occasions, I've come across the following situations:- Swee YC 7/31/2008 10:40
1. Taxi Drivers sleeping in their taxi with engine and air-con 'ON', in some shady spot in the Park or Carpark.
2. Company-owned Vehicles parked with engine and air-con 'ON' during noon time. Presumably, the employee driver is having
lunch at the hawker centre. This is also the case for Taxis.
Needless to say, is it's adverse impact on the Environment and Resources.
Why do they do this? One can easily deduce it's either diesal price is still cheap or the driver is not paying for the petrol out of his
Instead of subsidizing Diesel price, Taxi Operators should provide better alternatives in reducing costs for Taxi Drivers eg. by
lowering rental rates.
As for irresponsible Company Drivers, perhaps the govt bodies can work with Companies to educate their employees or take
punitive measures as a last resort.
340 Day in day out, Singaporeans generate a lot of waste, choosing to live in convenience than sustainability. Olivia 7/31/2008 11:44
I believe that a campaign should be rolled out to inform Singaporeans where their waste goes, and how Pulau Semakau doesn't
have that many more years left. They should be reminded to reduce where they can to begin with, before they consider the
reusing and recycling bit of the 3Rs.
I've also found that people don't know that there are proper channels to dispose of e-waste. I think this is another facet you may
341 1) Please have separate bicycle path and pedestrian path due to aging population. Please go to Japan, Mitaka and you can see Charles 7/31/2008 13:08
many bicycle accident. China Pudong area has separate lanes for cars and bicycle.
It is also a danger to young children.(go to Pasir Ris MRT station and you see many bicycle park at pedestrian walkway.
Sometimes you also see Pizza or MacDonald delivery at HDB void deck. Go to pasir ris park and watch how young cyclist rides
dangerously in groups and to other user especially when it is painted which are for bicycle and pedestrian.
Person responsible for creating this bicycle path to Pasir ris MRT station has either not enough budget or do not think about
practical usage(winding bicycle path)
2) When doing landscaping, please do not create blindspot and hidden view especially at busy section.
342 Tourists who visit Singapore via Changi Airport will definitely not missed the beautiful landscape (eg bougainvillea) at the central Loh P.L. 7/31/2008 13:14
divider of the ECP.
Can we have more of these greenery at our housing estates? It will definitely soothe the senses for our hectic working
environment and serves as an extension of our beautiful city into our heartlands.
Kindly consider this suggestion. We have upgrading of flats programme for more than 10 years. Now we can consider this
programme as "upgrading our environment".
343 It goes without saying that the ministries have to work together to achieve a green Singapore. The first thing the government Mrs Wong 7/31/2008 13:23
needs to do is to address the habitats in which Singaporeans live.
I don't have official statistics to back this up, but a straw poll and observation, plus comments from friends and relatives will tell you
that more families are installing air-conditioners and buying dryers for their clothes. These household devices guzzle electricity,
and contribute to warming of the environment.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to see that this is due to the design of the flats and apartments the public has to live in. Ceilings are
built low; windows are small and usually number just 2 panes; the drying area for clothes (if there's a drying area in the first place!)
is small, airless and dark. The buildings are also built closely to each other, thus trapping the warm air. There isn't much privacy,
and so residents close their windows and switch on their aircons.
HDB, URA, and whatever building authority should consider incorporating higher ceilings and bigger windows to facilitate air
circulation. That is one reason why older flats in mature estates are popular -- these flats are built less closely to each other, and
are usually of a flat block orientation. Less warm air is trapped between the buildings, and the wind blows through the front (living
room) windows and blow out the kitchen windows.
There is also a misplaced sense of prudishness in not allowing HDB residents to sun their clothes (and underwear) on bamboo
poles. If you look at the older flats, the bamboo poles allow the clothes to be dried in the sunlight, or at least, the wind helps to dry
them. Newer designs of flats and apartments have a "closed-in" concept, where kitchen windows face the wall, or there is a
recessed area which is usually too dark and windless for the clothes to dry. So they have "no choice" but to buy a dryer to dry their
Pretty ludicrous, seeing as how Singapore enjoys a tropical climate and the sun's energy is there for all to use. Then again, what
can you do if your flat is designed in such a way.
Besides, sunning clothes is an old-fashioned way of killing germs, dust mites. Low tech, yes. But it worked for generations before
344 To whom it may concern, Soh YH. 7/31/2008 14:25
In line with the vision of sustainability, we thrive to be self-sustainable in terms of water supply. This is a good idea in time of
emergency situations such as war. How about food? With the acquisition of the latest know-how on fish farming the high returns
Cobia (fish) opens up the possibility of achieving this objective, at least one step closer. However, there are some limitations in my
1. We still need to import fish feed from other countries, and we cannot control the quality of it and this will directly affect the
quality of the farmed fish and well being of humans after consumption.
2. Too much eggs into one basket; possible foul play by polluting the connected waterways will wipe out all stocks.
Here's what I propose;
1. Farm our own high quality Omega 3 rich feeder fish. By introducing fast growing high protein feeder fish such as Tanganyika
lake sardines (Limnothrissa Miodon) or Sri Lanka 's Amblypharyngodon meletinus. These fishes feed on the vast amount of the
naturally occurred planktons that live in abundance in our freshwater reservoirs. Being lucustrine species they will not intrude into
freshwater streams or survive in saltwater where our indigenous fauna and flora thrive. To be safer these species can be
introduced to our many reservoirs built or building outside the nature reserve zone, even in the live firing area. The harvesting is
simple and can be carried out at night with lights. Please visit FAO (food for all nations) website for more information. Since the
harvesting is at night, the same waters can be shared by other 'day users' such as wakeboarders.
2. With the introduction of fast growth food base (feeder fish), there will also be an increase of predatory fishes such as Toman,
which is good as they act as our additional food source during emergency situations such as war.
3. The introduced plankton feeding fishes will also eliminate, or at least minimize the problematic Algae Blooms through their
effective feeding behaviour. This means the PUB will not have to spend money introducing Big Head Carp periodically to control
the plankton, another saving of tax money.
4. The increased productivity of fishes will equate to better catches for recreational anglers in designated fishing ground. Happy
anglers = happy Singaporeans. There is also a strong possibility to promote Singapore as a fishing destination to lure in more
tourists abroad, along with their shopping spouses.
345 Regarding the 150 km round island cycling track,please look into the possiblities of incorporating rest stops, shelters for the night, Chin ZN 7/31/2008 14:28
lots of plants and flowers ,trees and maybe food centres.
With the complete track we could have a venue for cyclist to ride without fear of being knock by vehicles.Provide clean healthy
sports and also possible world/regional events.Or make it a national passion to walk or cycle round Singapore.This could be
another attraction for visitors to explore Singapore on health eco tours,a show case of nature Singapore instead of building
,Orchard road only.
Presently part of the tracks are on -going but takes too long to lay,maybe a master plan should be shown and allocate each
portion to be undertaken by the respective township so each township could build their own character into the track route linking to
the master track.In another words every one plays a part
to a more healthy and sporty Singapore.
Thank you your consideration.
346 I believed security is an issue that we need to look into. I was happy that the recent Boat Quay gang clash members were Allan 7/31/2008 14:35
captured by surveillance cameras installed by the police.
I hope the next step will be to install surveillance cameras at HDB multi storey carparks to monitor suspicious characters loittering
and causing vandalism; like the recent fire on motorcycles.
These cameras need not be monitored round the clock, but all video capture will be recorded. It will only be played back when any
real incident occurs. That will most likely act as a deterent to scare off would-be-offenders, thus reducing crime rates.
347 Singapore should promote the use of natural gas like Boston, where all buses and public transportation run on natural gas. Robin 7/31/2008 14:46
1) promote the use of natural gas especially in public transportation, this may incease the number of natural gas pumps in
2) reduce pollution (black smoke) from buses which is currently running on diesel.
3) cars do not need to turn on air-conditioning and the windows can be wound down as there is less air-pollution by buses.
Public bus companies should look into using smaller buses during off peak hours as most of the time these buses are not full
during off peak.
Promote the use of PV (solar panels) for public housing and government building. Using of solar heated water tanks for hot water
for HDB flats are also a way of saving energy as water heater does consume a fair bit of electricity.
Make recycling more accessible. Charge a bottle fee for drinks and redemption available at supermarkets.
348 What else can the Government do to ensure Singapore continues to be a lively and liveable city? Chen T.L. 7/31/2008 15:03
1) Organise more activities in community centres for neighbourhood residents to join on weekdays and weekends, weekends
2) Reduce or freeze ERP.
3) Build more recycling bins in the void decks of housing estates especially nearer the letterbox areas.
4) Give more free parking areas.
5) Encourage more people to visit the nature places to escape the urban area to relax.
6) Organise more activities in parks.
What can ordinary Singaporeans do to support a sustainable Singapore?
1) Give more leave for pregnant women.
2) Organise more activities involving exercising for residents.
3) Send feedback forms for residents every week/month.
4) Give free medical care for elderly.
349 Remember the old fisherman village located at Pasir Ris Park (Elias there) and it long stretch of makan stalls. They were good Anthony 7/31/2008 15:34
and people like it so much and of course including me. Is great esp during the wkend so crowded not the local people but also the
westerner. Is a great family gathering place. But I do not the whole area gone. Now I don't see the that kind of crowd anymore. I
wish and I believe family members to see more this kind of places seaside with adventure children play ground, fishing pond, and
wonderful makan places.
Seaside toilet. Our country is surrounded by sea. Going to the beach for picnic, cycling, jogging, roller skating, swimming,
fishing.......is as easy as it can be. But then there is a lack of toilet facility. Even there is, the cleanliness and facility our toilet has,
there is still room that need to be improve. Just like the park/beach that I mentioned above.
Cycling is encouraging. Last time I used to cycle from AMK to Kallang to work. I am now working in Science Park, I can see quite
numbers of people including the Western cycle to work. I was a cyclist as well. I find that and I rec'd feedback from my foriegn
350 a) make compulsory that all residential areas have recycling areas - glass, paper, plastics (including styrofoam) in designated Raymond 7/31/2008 15:39
areas. In fact, there should no longer be the normal waste disposal system, but every waste disposal should be for recycling.
Current efforts are lax, ad hoc, inconsistent - for e.g. the recycling bins in my estate are not cleared regularly, the bins are very
small, there are no provision for glass recycling, and some recycling areas have been abolished (for no reason) whilst private
residential estates have no recycling areas or requirements.
b) create campaigns for Singapore residents to inculcate a habit of recycling their waste and in the longer term make it compulsory
and subject to a fine if they do not comply - in my estate residents don't separate their waste and merely dump paper, plastics and
glass in one bag. Even perishable waste are included, making the whole recycling efforts difficult and pointless.
351 Remarkable achievement by the govt for the last 40 years for Singapore. We can go a another mile to make Singapore more Balasubramani 7/31/2008 16:17
beautiful place in the East. am
I have one suggestion, though, our beaches and parks are getting better, there is still much room for improvement to make it more
green and clean for the general public. We dont have much good beach (except Sentosa), govt can further improve the beach and
its surroundings to have the green effect felt more (amenities). More people will use and distress and relax by the beach. Beaches
like East Coast, West Coast, Pasir Ris, Changi, Nicoll drive, etc,. have much to be desired.
It is upto the people to take care and maintain what the govt going to invest and upgrade. We must also thank depts like National
Parks Board, Parks and Recreation, and others, who contribute to the upkeep. Good job done on the whole so far, cheers.
352 1. To convert HDB block roof to green field for street soccer or garden. Ricky 7/31/2008 16:50
2. Recycle collection. Give different colour trash bag to separate recycle rubbish into paper, plastic, can, and even agricultural
waste. White (Plastic); Brown (Paper); Blue (Can) and Green (Agricultural). Instead giving one big trash bag for all. To prevent of
abuse of trash bag, give upon request.
3. Get more social responsible individuals to maintain residential cluster greenery. Can get thru' Green Culture Singapore and
other Green networks to 'hire' individuals.
4. HDB flat should also have planter box.
5. Toilets can add a small sink for normal hand wash and water is recycle into the toilet bowl water tank.
6. Residential apartment (both HDB & Pte Apartment) should build with more windows. This is to promote better ventilation and
induce more light into the house. When house is cooler mean you don't need so much of fan or aircon; when more light is induce
mean you don't need to switch on light. This is especially for toilets, we have to switch on light even during daytime. I also install
exhaust fan for additional ventilation.
353 The hot island is hot.. and the heat is free.Solar panels on all HDB flat you can imagine how much energy is collected?? Tony 7/29/2008 0:46
354 1) How can existing buildings use water and energy more efficiently? Seah, KW 7/29/2008 8:14
Can we collect the water using for washing hands (from the basin) and showering (from the bath) into a tank, and reuse this for
flushing. The flush water do not need to be fresh water. Or create 2 inlet for flush - fresh and recycled water.
2) How can we make better use of Singapore's limited land resources?
Is it feasible convert or create part of HDB building rooftops into mini gardens, but with safety consideration.
3) How can HDB estates become cleaner, greener and more energy efficient?
Can we install solar panels to block off sun by creating a shade but at the same time capture the solar energy for home use?
4) How can we encourage residents to recycle?
Let's start by having some recycle bins in a cluster of blocks, and dedicate a day a week for recycle items collection. If it's
successful, 2 days a week.
355 Singapore is a very beautiful country. I hope to see continous effort to explore and educate environmentally friendly ways to keep Ho B.B. 7/29/2008 9:01
our country clean, especially in reducing wasteage.
A nice and clean place to live in is then called a 'home' to us. Start from our people (people-oriented ideas), the messages across
will drill in more faster than methods that uses dollars and cents to drive in.
I am very keen to know how organisation like Singapore Pool reduces wastages on paper (the betting slips) as I observed that
utilised slips collected for recycle (if any by SP) are way more lesser than those threw on the floor or left on the outlet's table.
There must be a better way to encourage buyers to take only what they need and to recycle their betting slips (just like what I am
doing). Thank you.
356 - install sensor lights on selected area, which lights only be on if movment detected. For security reasons, lights on main area will Lai SY 7/29/2008 10:19
need to ON.
- Enforce high tax on waste collection based on weight, however, our existing waste collection system is not suitable to implement
- Recycle collection points have to be available and convinence to residents, not like now, it's either no available or is always full
and no one collect recycle items.
- Educate residents to keep clean, starting from school, market place, foreign workers training...
357 How can we encourage them to keep their estates clean? Tan PK 7/29/2008 10:32
1. Totally ban junk mails and flyers. Make it illegal. That is the biggest source of littering. In exchange, provide for sometype of
advertisement board to allow people to promote their services. A useful reference point is to look into what Cold Storage is doing.
They have a notice board where customer can post notice on sale of personal products and services.
2. Singapore are not ready for the common rubbish chute. From my estate, many people still prefer to leave their garbage at
common area (lift lobby) that to "stain" their hands ons rubbish chute handle. Perhaps it is time to return to the old design where
the rubbish chute is inside the house instead. .This will reduce the reason for any residence to take rubbish out into the open area
358 how about a bridge connecting to a nature park in malaysia ? the people will just walk across the bridge to visit the plants and sunseeker 7/29/2008 10:47
359 I strongly believe that citizens have put in great efforts to recycle. But sad to say, the efforts and support given by the gov is Chang P.S. 7/29/2008 11:33
insufficient. For example, the recycling bin situated at the Geylang Baru void deck is not stationed at specific location. It constantly
moves from one place to another, so if you want to send your things for recycling you have to play the hide and seek game first.
I've also noticed that at Toa Payoh Blk 49, there isn't any recycling bins available. No doubt recycling bags are given to citizens for
them to put in the itmes, however there is always a delay in the collection and the delay could be as long as a mth. And usually
residents are put off by this cause the rubbish will accumulate and not only is it an eyesore, it also attracts unwelcome guests.
For a start, I would suggest that recycling be made friendly and easy for the residents. This way, it would encourage more people
to do so when it's hassle free. So I would suggest that more recycling bins be placed at convenienet locations and probably we
should learn from the Japanese how they segregate the items for recycling.
360 I think that to encourage residents to recycle, we must first bring recycling to them as in having more recycling bins present in busy Alex 7/29/2008 11:47
areas and places were people are most likely to notice them and use them."Out of sight, Out of thought". If these recycling bins
are placed all over Singapore, i believe that Singaporeans and even tourists will still make the small effort in deciding the nature of
their rubbish before throwing them into the respective recycling bin.
Firstly, i would recommend the presence of the various recycling bins at perhaps coffee shops and convenient stores where the
use of plastic bottles or can drinks are more common. Such bins can also be designed to make it more obvious and distinct from
the other normal rubbish bins. With coffee shops and hawker centres being the bulk of the plastic bottle and can users, they would
be playing an important role in our nation's effort to recycle.
Another suggestion is to place small bins connected to drinks vending machines. It would then be easier for the buyers to throw
them into these recycling bins straight after drinking them.
361 Green vegetation should be planted on top of all HDB rooftops. Studies had shown that this will reduce the temperature of the ZK KOH 7/29/2008 12:10
rooftop, and will reduce electricity usage. It will also make Singapore a greener city, and contributes to the reduction of CO2 and
increase of O2 levels in the air.
362 Home Garden - I've recently started trying out vegetable planting in my HDB flat. I'm currently moving forward with some possible Lyon 7/29/2008 12:19
solutions using Hydroponics - vegetable/plant cultivation in limited space using water and dissolved nutrients (soilless). I believe in
today's current environmental climate, with overuse of pesticides, chemicals, natural disasters, forest degradation, biofuels using
crops and even inflation, food scarcity/security and land limitations, it is vital Singaporeans become more self-sustainable.
Growing our own vegetables may not be a land-intensive activity. Our balconies, windows and corridors may be transformed into
high-rise gardens suited for vegetable growth. There are some overseas companies which have even solutions for vertical
vegetable gardens which would further reduce land/space required. I think this is something all Singaporeans should adopt. I! f
successful, we would reduce, but may not eliminate the need for vegetable imports, be less susceptible to inflation, and even
improve our health/lifestyle with home-grown organic vegetables.
363 Solar panels in HDBs - I recently attended a Solar Energy conference and learnt about the advantages Singapore's location and Lyon 7/29/2008 12:19
weather in the tropics places her in solar power generation. I noticed HDB or high-rise buildings in general, have provisions to
shield, to a certain degree, direct sunlight or rain for each level. E.g. Protruding concrete blocks (20cm) above windows. Why not
replace those with 45 degrees angled protrusions that can accommodate solar panels? I believe that is not allowed currently, but
this would provide some energy independence in households. It is also not compromising on safety - it is akin to outdoor air-con
compressor units. The costs may be high, but advances in solar technologies would drive cost down - as widely reported on many
online sites on new technologies in manufacturing, and efficiency improvements. We should act and provide the framework for
such provisions, so early adopters may trial it, and when the technology is more accessible, no hindrance for adoption due to ab
364 Littering - I've noticed a trend among Singaporeans. That they take pride in their homes and would take great pains to keep it Lyon 7/29/2008 12:19
presentable/liveable and ultimately clean. But once outside the walls of their home, their meticulous ways dissolve into one of
negligence and convenience. If one can instil some sense of belonging, that the grounds outside your home - your garden (garden
city? ?) - is also your duty to uphold and preserve, maybe Singaporeans might have a change of attitude.
365 Recycling - Recycling in Singapore is a karang-guni affair. I think most Singaporeans are most comfortable with "selling" old Lyon 7/29/2008 12:19
newspapers, TV sets, and computers and more to them. The recent introduction of recycling bins in housing estates, fortnightly
collection of recyclables at our doorsteps are a significant improvement from the old habits of calling out to karang-guni men. Of
cause now, recycling encompasses more household items and you are also not paid for doing that good deed. Whether certain
items are recycled or not, they still come under waste/rubbish that households want to get rid of. And yet, the trouble of the need to
sort your waste is something not many households can be bothered with. Ultimately, I feel household recycling will only be
successful if people are educated on the merits of recycling (waste reduction, environmental stewardship and more) and that
people will be willing to change their habits and lifestyle and get acquainted with waste sorting. Th! is brings to issue another
problem . The items accepted by recycling companies are at best generic. Granted, this was done to do away with complicating
people on the specifics. However, to achieve a higher level of recycling and waste reduction, households need to be educated on
what is recyclable, what is not, what is accepted by the recycling company that deals with your estate and more. In other countries,
366 We can better use of our canals by connecting all our cannels together and make it wide and deep enough for boat to sail thru and Ben 7/29/2008 12:56
fro (this route also can link to reservior or to the sea). Plant trees along the canals and decorate the canals or river side with nice
art pieces. Just imagine, tourist or local pple can jump onto a boat and sail within Singapore. It will be a very impressive and daring
project, show the world that we dare to dream.
367 Use non-greenhouse-effect-inducing building materials. The Sail@Marina, Esplanade, Changi Airport T3, Raffles Quay buildings, Anon 7/29/2008 14:48
NTUC Income Building are recent examples of buildings incompatible with the tropical climate!
368 Hi, may I suggest that the recylcing bins be placed near the rubbish chute on every floor of the HDB flat, since nowadays there's a Janice 7/29/2008 14:52
centralised rubbish chute. Although it might be costly, but it might encourage more people to put in the effort to differentiate those
recyclable vs non-recylclable, since the bins is virtually at their doorstep and they need not go down to somewhere else, lugging
heavy cans or bottles or paper just to put into the right bins.
369 Require shops to impose a 10cts charge for the issuance of every plastic bags. Esp. at the supermarkets/deparmental stores. This Yeoh HT 7/29/2008 16:16
will help to reduce plastics use.
370 HDB should take lead in installing solar panels when building new flats to reduce reliance on fossil fuel. Pek WM 7/29/2008 16:31
371 I would like to see a positive move towards use of solar energy particularly for residential purposes such as airconditioning, Petrina 7/29/2008 17:04
lighting, etc. We live in one of the hottest regions in Asia and yet we are not utilising the natural resource available to us. In the
U.S. homes that "go green" and use solar energy even get 'credits' from their utilities company. i would be happy just to lower my
372 Those electrical appliances which use more energy consumption can be levied with more taxes while those with lesser energy Pek WM 7/29/2008 16:37
consumption with reduced tax to affect the buying patterns of buyers who prefer big, luxury items (e.g. 34" TV)
373 In many European Countries, old or broken wooden furnitures are sent to recyling centre instead of refuse collection centre. In Vivienne 7/29/2008 18:11
such practice, not only the wood get to be recycled, probably into paper products or reused into building smaller wooden furniture,
the demand on waste management can also be lightened.
374 Rope in residents who are frequently at home (e.g. elderly, housewife and children) as they are more likely to have time to do Pek WM 7/29/2008 16:47
recycling. Be more specific in giving them pointers what can be recycled and what not to help them to make recycling easier and
be part of their lives. School recycling initiatives should be more sustainable instead of making it a one-off project. The teachers
and pupils' interest usually wane after some time.
375 How can existing buildings use water and energy more efficiently? Leow YH 7/29/2008 19:11
Install "rain collectors" on building rooftop and channel the water to toilet flushing system. Channel water condensed from air-
conditioner system to toilet cistern or cleaning purposes.
376 We can educate and encourage people to purchase or make their own Bokashi Bins for recycling of biodegradable material. Deshawn 7/29/2008 19:34
To make full use of Pulau Semakau and its waste, we can generate electricity from the landfill gas.
More details: http://www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/recycle
Get people residing in HDB flats to vote whether they want to have Solar Panels installed on top of their blocks. Residents will
each pay a sum of money for the panel installation but their monthly electricity bills will have a certain fee waived according to the
amount of electricity generated by the solar panels.
377 MY SUGGESTION ON HOW TO KEEP LETTER-BOX AREA CLEAN FROM FLYERS: Jasmine 7/29/2008 20:23
there should be a paper recycling bin at every letter-box area around housing board estates in Singapore.
there always seems to be flyers littered around that area & even if the flyers are thrown into the rubbish bin, I personally find it is a
waste as papers can be recycled instead of being thrown away.
378 To create the largest underground mall in the world under Orchard Road Jennifer 7/29/2008 22:36
- Integrate the Basement levels of the buildings to the MRT stations along a certain stretch, for instance from Orchard to Dhoby
Gaut MRT such that people can walk and shop from one building to another without exposure to rain or shine.
a) Reduce the jam along the roads by removing all the traffic lights so that cars can move at faster speeds
b) Encourage more people to walk, eat and shop at the central even on rainy days with the seamless flow from public transport to
c) Tourist attraction in itself - an underground mega mall
d) Increase the buzz in the city without the strain at the surface roads and pavements
e) A quantum improvement over the limited number of underpasses built
f) Increase the supply of prime retail space
- Need the government to assemble and prepare a substantial parcel for tender
- Probably to compulsorily acquire the subterranean land
- Address the private landlords of buildings along the road concerns on a perfect integration - monetary and construction concerns
- Need to get a really creative developer to commit to excellent design for the mall
379 To encourage residents to save electricity and water--> have competitions see who save the most, attractive prizes. educate them chua P Q 7/29/2008 22:36
importance of saving electricity and water.
To encourage them to keep their estates clean--> also have competition to see whose estates cleanest, attractive prizes to be
won. educate them on having a clean environment.
encourage residents to recycle--> pay them money for recycling. competition on who recycled the most. educate them on
How can existing buildings use water and energy more efficiently?
well perhaps place solar panels on the buildings to get solar energy. staff to switch off lights when not in use. use energy saving
bulbs. dont put computers and electrical appliances on standby.
380 I've got 2 ideas. Daniel 7/29/2008 23:08
Turning household waste into energy:
Use bio-reactors to convert household waste into energy. This may require a separate chute for kitchen waste. Kitchen waste
contribute to around 20% of household waste, thus being substantial.
-Energy generated would reduce our reliance on fossil fuel
-Landfill space can be conserved
-Methane gas, that would instead released from these wastes in landfills, will no longer contribute to greenhouse gases
-Less waste will need to be transported to landfill (lessening air pollution, fuel consumption)
-Solid and liquid fertiliser are also produced which support our plans of increasing our greenery
-The waste will also not attract pest such as cockroaches and rats, hamper disease transmission and create cleaner estates
-Cleaners can be trained to man the bioreactors, increasing their pay and give them greater pride in their job as it is now more
-Discourage the use of plastic bags which are popularly used to contain kitchen waste as the chute no longer accepts it
-Similar technology can be used to waste from our water treatment plant
381 The second idea: Daniel 7/29/2008 23:08
First a quote from a Neale Donald Walsch book from which this idea came from:
"What if I said that someday soon, everyone (on earth) could have the use of a vacuum cleaner and a washing machine without a
single extra vacuum cleaner and washing machine being made or purchased?"
"Not everyone needs their own vacuum cleaner/washing machine. They simply need the use of one. What would happened if four
families living in immediate proximity to each other decide to share one vacuum cleaner? Do you think their carpets would be any
Have a common area, just outside the life lobby maybe, where people can share resources. As many household applications are
left idle most of the time, sharing makes them more efficient.
-Lessened the environmental impact we have on mother earth as we will be needing/throwing away less resources per person and
produce less waste through the manufacturing process.
-Build trust and goodwill amongst neighbours as sharing would require that
-Create space, as space previously used to place the application can now be used for other stuff, this indirectly makes better use
of Singapore's limited land space
-Gives Singaporeans more time, as they will not need to work as hard to acquire these material possessions. The time can be
spent with their family and to make babies too!
Points to take note:
-Sharing may increase the risk of the transmission of disease, good hygiene should be emphasised
-A platform to facilitate the sharing is though a website where neighbours can communicate with each other, state their prefered
382 Recycle - Foster habit in people of separating plastics, papers and glass (main recyclables) from other non recyclables with chEng 7/30/2008 0:59
reward factor. Follow Taiwan's idea of music trash trucks by having these recycling runs once a week through the neighbourhood.
Compare each neighbourhood combined resident recycle weights across s'pore to identify top recycler areas (be amazed by top
recycle neighbourhoods in unexpected areas), and reward citizen with heaviest recyclable weight for the mth for their
neighbourhood (via IC scan for database tracking) with vouchers (be amazed by what one person can do for environment).
383 I have seen the lights in the common corridors of HDB buidings are kept swtiched on for 24 hours. Since most of the the days are Reshmy 7/30/2008 9:34
sunny here, those lights are not required in the morning. Electricity can be saved if those lights are switched off in the morning.
384 do not cut down tree. tan Wh 7/30/2008 15:40
do not waste water
stop throwing rubbish on the floor
we can encourage people by putting recycle bin under the HDB flat
385 Impose a law on residents to recycle. All trash must be sorted accordingly (eg, plastic, metal, paper, food). Only sorted trash will GreenTea 7/30/2008 22:02
be accepted for collection. Families who don't sort their trash will be penalised by not having their trash collected and impose a
fine by Town Council. Types to be collected are designated on a certain day of the week, eg Monday is for plastic only, Tue metal,
Wed paper, etc. Food waste has to be daily. Some countries like Taiwan, Japan are practising this already. We should start asap.
386 Recycling bins available in CCK Blk 307 housing estates need to be cleared more frequently. I see that they are always fully filled GreenTea 7/30/2008 22:08
and extras are laid on the floor around it, very unsightly and unhygenic, too. There are no bins around Blk 50x. Hope they can be
387 I think singapore reputation as a clean city is at stake.Take the parks and HDB void deck TOM 7/30/2008 22:59
for example.Cans,bottles,food packets etc..left behind by uncivilize peoples are a common sight.Trying to change their mindset by
educating them or through campaign is an infinite process.For immediate effect,heavier fine,survilliance camera or even volunteer
enforcer should be deployed.
388 The whole value chain of recycling has to be considered in totality and the initiatives have to be comprehensive to cover gaps. For Rowene 7/31/2008 10:35
example, my estate refuse disposal service company does not provide recycling facility or recycling services unlike my neighbours'
sembcorp service provider. Beside drumming up the demand for sorting out the trash & recycling from residents, the waste
disposal industries need to be incentivised to "start up" and look at recycling as a feasible & profitable business model. Hence,
provide a comprehensive range of recycling facilities and services for the convenience of the public to dispose their "useful" trash.
389 Educate and have higher public awareness campaigns on recycling. Most people don't understand the need for recycling as our Iris 7/31/2008 13:12
waste disposal system is so efficient. Dump it into a bin and you have ever have to think about it. All of our waste is incinerated,
which produces toxic fumes especially from plastics. Public education on what happens to waste needs to be raised. Incineration
followed by dumping into landfills. They need to be made aware of the perils of dumping and the benefits of recycling.
From personal experience, ever since we have our recycling bins collected every other week, my family recycles as much as we
can. Most people aren't aware of the need, and if they are, lack of convenient places to deposit recyclable items.
Hawker centres and food courts, which generate a lot of trash, should have bins to collect used metal cans and plastic bottles.
They need to be in conspicuous spots so that people don't have to look very far for them.
Discourage the use of styrofoam and plastic plates at hawker centre & food courts. Use reusable utensils and cutlery. For
takeaway containers, use paper based ones, instead of styrofoam and hard plastic containers. Remember the old days where tao
bao was wrapped in waxed brown paper.
Educate ! Market ! Implement !
We're great at public campaigns - Speak Mandarin, Flush Toilets. Why not a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Campaign and place those
390 Solar powered lights for HDB void decks and corridors. We will soon manufacture solar cells. Why shouldn't we promote their use Iris 7/31/2008 13:15
in our most prevalent buildings - the ubiquitous HDB block.
391 Roof gardens for the flat roofs of HDB blocks. It will kill 2 birds with 1 stone : Iris 7/31/2008 13:15
- beautify the surroundings
- store CO2 emitted
- cool the flats on the top floor, reducing their energy requirements for air conditioning and fans !
392 Campaign to encourage air-con thermostats to be set at 25C. Iris 7/31/2008 13:18
In the summer, Japanese companies are encouraged to set their thermostats at 28C. That I feel is too high.
Currently most thermostats in office and public places are set beterrn 18-22C. That is way too cold and wastes energy, and emits
unnecessary CO2 anc CFC into the environment. Government buildings should take the lead.
393 Water from A/C is wasted! Jagathisan 7/31/2008 14:22
Every a/c unit produces water due to condensation from the air; this happens when warm air gets in contact with cold parts in the
a/c unit. A typical room unit produces about 2 to 3 litres of 'pure' water every night.
In almost all private houses and HDB flats this water is quickly drained away into the sewers. Water that can be 'recycled' by
channeling it to other uses like washing cars or watering the plants.
First suggestion is to consider a vertical drainage pipe so that this can be linked up to all aircon units which will collect the water;
this can then be linked at the ground floor to mini reserviours or even directly drained onto the ground so that plants can benefit
Thus we can safe energy by not using pipe water to water our plants.
394 1) How else can we encourage companies to use energy more efficiently? How else can we encourage companies to use water Seah, KW 7/29/2008 8:18
If a company can reduce usage by 5% or 10% over a certain period of time, give them a certain amount of utility rebate. Once they
have adopt new practices, need to make them sustain the practices.
2) Given that we live in an increasingly carbon constrained world with rising energy prices, what new economic opportunities can
Singapore seize going forward?
A lot of focus on research on biotech.. We need to do more alternative energy research.
395 compulsary 5 days work will help reduce electricity and water daniel 7/29/2008 8:11
396 i would raise two hand in support of green energy. ideally, it would be green, clean, cheap and affortable. even better, it wont pose sunseeker 7/29/2008 10:50
a hassle or danger at home or in office, it wont catch fire or give electric shock. does such energy exist ? hmmmz.
397 1. Build the ability for companies/apartments to "sell" excess electricity generated into the power grid. Yeoh HT 7/29/2008 15:06
2. Mandate all new buildings with substantial roof sizes to install advanced solar panels to help offset purchase of electricity from
the power stations. Incentives and tax rebates to be given for such installation.
3. The requirement to install solar panels plus the ability to sell excess energy into the grid could help to spur R&D in this area.
Germany's abiltiy to excel in this area can be replicated and surpassed by Singapore - esp. with sunlight 365 days a year.
4. Whilst initial cost may be expensive, reducing Singapore's use of fossil fuels will help to ensure Singapore's energy security and
reduce shocks from sudden fuel costs increase.
398 I read that the govt. is concerned about subsidising solar power. At it's current rate, it's more expensive than energy coming from Yeoh HT 7/29/2008 16:14
It's time it relooks at its view towards energy security and treats it similarly with its emphasis on defence and water security.
If we are willing to spend billions of dollars a year on defence and water security, we should look at energy security in the same
In view of the lack of space, solar is probably the best choice for Singapore other than energy conservation.
As solar needs are capital intensive rather than on operating basis, the one time investments is within the capability of the
government. Esp. if it focuses on tax reliefs and dollar for dollar match.
Perhaps a goal for Singapore would be towards energy self-sufficiency in 20 years. This would be like an Apollo project.
The grandiose plan would capture both the imagination of Singaporeans as well as the world at large. It will help to attract talents
and investments to come to Singapore; and for students to be excited in this area of R&D.
It would also be the one cohesive message towards getting residents excited about cutting their waste, conservation, recycling,
Sometimes countries' need to present a captivating goal that will capture the imagination of its citizens/residents.
If there's any country that can do this, it's Singapore.
399 How else can we better encourage companies to minimise and recycle waste? Leow YH 7/29/2008 19:21
Supermarkets and grocery suppliers can start a "Refill" system whereby shoppers bring empty containers or bags to contain daily
necessities like shampoo, rice, oil, detergents, cleaning fluids... Instead of shelves of cooking oil, there could be a cooking oil refill
counter for each brand. Of course there must be a significant reduction in price as incentive for consumer to bring their own
container to refill.
400 Q1 . Answer AJOY 7/29/2008 19:30
Encourage them to use senors will provide great benifit of energy saving as and when there is no one around the specific location.
By having separate waste bins for specific waste.
Solar energy is one of the option to use in offices and homes. Have solar panels on top of all roof top.
401 How else can we encourage companies to use energy and water more efficiently and minimise and recycle waste? Chua PQ 7/29/2008 22:41
402 As a first step towards energy conservation, increase the temperature in every air-conditioned premises ,except for temperature SUHAS 7/29/2008 23:05
dependent industrial process areas ,by one degree Celsius.
403 How else can we encourage companies to use energy more efficiently? Leow YH 7/30/2008 9:59
When one enters a typical office, it's a common sight to see all ceiling fluorescent lights turn on at all times irregardless whether
it's lunch time or nobody's around. Another observation is window blinds are always drawn to block out sunlight and probably heat.
1) Open up window blinds to allow natural daylight in, and only switch on ceiling lights when necessary eg on rainy or cloudy days.
2) Replace central lighting with individual table lamps. It enables individuals to adjust the light intensity to his needs and switch off
when he don't.
3) Heat near window seats can be reduced with indoor plants, solar shield or venetian blinds that allow light in and reflects heat.
404 Title: Using Seawater for Toilet Flushing Cheng CH 7/30/2008 12:09
Using water more efficiently can cut down the cost for water treatment (e.g. desalination). I hence suggest to use seawater (after
particle removal, e.g. through micro-porous membrane) for toilet flushing in new built buildings, especially those near the sea. With
this approach, it should significantly reduce the consumption of fresh water and indirectly save the energy.
It requires separate water transport pipeline network from the existing one. It may be too expensive to renovate the old buildings.
However I feel that it is meaningful to incorporate such seawater network for toilet flushing.
405 To allow people to reach their destination effectively (in short time) with good energy efficiency, we have to further improve the Cheng CH 7/30/2008 13:42
public transport network.
In my opinion, MRT is the most effective and energy efficient approach for long distance transport. Buses take usually take a long
time to travel and it also depends on the traffic condition. Buses are hence better to middle distance transport to help the
passengers travelling to places not reached by MRT. Express Buses are alternative to MRT for long distance transport. However,
its cost and frequency are usually not satisfied. Same problem to other bus routes. Customer always wish lower cost and higher
frequency. This may be achieved by revising the percentage of passengers in each bus route and different time. I have noticed
that some buses are usually quite empty all the day. For example the bus 284 circling from Clementi Station to Clementi Ave 4.
This is actually a very short distance and most people prefer to walk rather than waiting the buses. Case like this, a smaller bus
(e.g. van size) is sufficient for the passengers. With smaller vehicle, it can save some petrol! eum as well.
In short, we should prevent big buses serving few people. In general, small buses are suitable for short distance transport and big
buses are suitable for middle distance transport where is not reachable by MRT. Bus routes, capacity, percentage of passengers,
should be reviewed frequently to make the public transport network more efficient & effective.
406 Do you think we should also look into financial solutions for the climate change as well? philip 7/30/2008 13:56
407 I would like to suggest inline skate as a mean of transport. There is no need for parking space. Skaters can be educated to follow Christopher 7/28/2008 21:29
standard code of practise to minimise pedestrians and motorists conflicts. Facilities upgrade include levelling footpath and
construct ramps, which provide additional benefits to diabled and cyclists. Promoting inline skate as a mean of transport also
greatly enhance the quality of life for all Singaporeans.
408 How can we encourage greater use of public transport, even for those who can afford cars? Phyo M.T. 7/28/2008 23:44
Reduce the waiting time for buses by increasing frequency of bues.
What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns?
In my opinion, facilities for cycling such as separate cycling paths/lanes where cyclists can be ensured their safety should be
How can pedestrians and cyclists use the same footpath with minimal conflict?
My idea is to make a separate cycling path on the pavements as most of the pavements got extra spaces with grass on the side of
walking path. These can be converted to cycling path so that pedestrians and cyclists can separately and safely travel.
409 I have been driving for 9 years.Let be honest I do enjoy the MRT ride 10 year ago maybe around the early 90s when its not so Tony 7/29/2008 0:36
crowded...But now MRT train are simply too crowded especially the peak hrs and the whole MRT network is just too
OUTDATED,for example: using MRT travelling from Yishun to Tampines took around 1hr45mins passing through about 23 MRT
station and have to join the congested crowds travelling to the CBD area...IN 1996 I was travelling the above MRT route on a daily
basis,Sad to say 12 later which is now I think nothing to the network has change or improve..If I'm driving maybe a cool 20 to 25
min drive via TPE from yishun to tampines. Can you imagine the time wasted to and fro? Ask around any car owners on the road
would they prefer not to drive if they are given a better or a cheaper alternative? The whole problem is on the Public Transport
itself...MRT is indeed a! great idea for transporting peopl e.but has it been put into good use for the public( in terms of easy access
from different places)I am truly impress with the circle link project.but the waiting time for it to complete is just simply too long.I
remember the circle link plan start around 2001 or 2002. 6 years of waiting it's still WORK IN PROGRESS.Maybe its time the
410 To make cycling more attractive, MRT stations should have proper sheltered and secure parking areas for bicycles, as well as Pauline 7/29/2008 1:15
ample parking spaces. We should be able to ride our new bikes to the station and return at the end of the day with the bike still
intact.. without missing tyres etc.
411 How can we encourage greater use of public transport, even for those who can afford cars? Seah, KW 7/29/2008 8:26
Some Singaporeans' mindset is "owning a car is a status statement". In Japan, the mindset is taking the train or bus or public
transport is the smart and way of life. Most people take the public transport. We need to change the mindset that taking public
transport is "the right thing to do and it saves you the hassle". However, we do need to improve our system to be more integrated
and efficient. Japan and Canada has a relative better system in terms of time schedule and transfer.
412 We need to ensure bicycle have good secure from stolen in MRT or whatever. Although bicycle can bring to MRT train, but it is not LOKE JH 7/29/2008 8:46
suitable to most of them.
413 1. Abolish special tax for bi-fuel/CNG cars. Su KT 7/29/2008 10:36
2. Give incentives to those cars retrofitted with CNG for post-registration cars.
3. Get bi-fuel/CNG car users to keep CNG gas receipts, and exchange them for tax incentives or road tax rebates.
4. Give special ERP rebates for bi-fuel/CNG cars.
5. Control CNG gas pump prices.
414 a green recycling box to be fitted into the car/transport ? so that there wont be any or minimal pollutants coming out from the sunseeker 7/29/2008 10:53
exhaust ? transports., like the basics of man, clothing and food, should be make free... hehe, just kidding...
415 With the greater encouragement for the use of public transport, i feel that it is also necessary that the public transport play its part Alex 7/29/2008 11:24
to help with the vehicular emissions.
I was on a holilday trip to Japan and had a chance to take their public bus transport. To my surprise, the bus drivers would switch
off the engine while waiting at the traffic lights.Even with the engine off, the electricity on the bus will still be running as the vehicle
is not switched off completely.This small effort in reducing the vehicular emission may be troublesome to the bus drivers, but i feel
that it is through this small efforts that we can slowly create this awareness to the public and to help reduce emission and keep our
416 I would like to provide feedback on cycling on pedestrian paths: My suggestion is to consider only allowing smaller wheels bicycles Vivian 7/29/2008 11:27
(smaller than 26 inches) such as 8 to 20 inches bicycles on pedestrian paths. Such bikes take up a lot less space on the
pavement, and can still share the pavement with pedestrians. Large wheeled bikes (26 inches) often take up most of the
pavement and many ride recklessly with increased speed as if they were on the road. Thank you.
417 I would like to suggest that the Traffic Police organises face to face public education and awareness talks on cycling safety at Vivian 7/29/2008 11:33
construction sites where most foreign workers cycle to and from home to work. Often, they cycle without lights at night, posing
danger on the roads and pavements as oncoming traffic and pedestrians cannot see them. Sometimes, such foreign cyclists do
not observe traffic rules and cycle irresponsibly and recklessly. Perhaps safety cycling lights can be made available to construction
site workers at subsidised rates during cycling awareness talks.Thank you.
418 Car - My parents recently bought a Toyota Corolla Altis in May 2008. During the decision making process, I was a staunch Lyon 7/29/2008 11:36
supporter of hybrid cars. Knowing that it was not possible to do without a car, that was the best solution. I read up on the Toyota
Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid. Visited showrooms for both cars. Searched for government incentives online. I even convinced my
mother on the benefits of a Hybrid car. I was however disappointed in many ways. The so called Green Rebates for green vehicles
did nothing to put a dent on the premium cost of such hybrids. Dealers were not truthful about the specification relating to these
cars - they afterall, are more concerned about selling the more popular models, or over-sold the Honda Hybrid capabilities (it's not
as ground breaking as the Prius), which only add on to disgrunted drivers who were misinformed (not to mention those who got !
the Honda Civic Hybrid and noticed a significant performance issue). Hybrids in Singapore, cost a lot more than their petrol
equivalents (same performance/engine CC). In many countries in the Europe and US, government/state incentives help bridge
this gap and make hybrids more affordable to the general population. In Singapore, you need to cough out the same amount that
can get u a 2.0L Camry for a Prius, or a Honda Civic 1.8L for a Honda Civic Hybrid. Consumers are rational people. If they can get
a better car at the same price, who would go for Hybrids except the wealthier and more environmentally aware/conscious
419 Bicycle - I read with enthusiasm on the recent public transport operators plan to allow foldable bicycles on buses and trains. I Lyon 7/29/2008 11:36
decided that if this policy maintains, I will get a foldable bike. I'm already an avid supporter of public transport, using it for my
travelling needs in place of a car 90% of the time. Therefore, I urge authorities and public transport operators to maintain and even
extend this policy. I will not get a foldable bike for my other transportation needs until this is out of trial and maintained as standard
procedure. On cyclists on pesdestrian pathways, isn't it already the case? It might not be allowed, but most cyclists still cycle on
pesdestrian pathways. It is way too dangerous for cyclists to be on the roads. Our roads are too crowded and driving ethnics
among many Singaporeans do not bode well for cyclists on the roads. Let motorised vehicles (including motorised/electric
bicycles) be on the roads, while human-pedalled bicycles and pesdestrians ! take on the footpath. Consult/stud y other US and
Europe cities/states on their already implemented bicycle policies. Many have bicycle (rental and for locking ur bicycles at
destinations) kiosks and dedicated bicycle pathways. If Singapore can implement these, it would be a great alternative to
420 To encourage safe cycling in Singapore and to make it viable as an alternative mode of transport, we should follow the examples Vivian 7/29/2008 11:45
of cycle-friendly countries that make it mandatory for cyclists on road pavements and roads to wear safety helmets and use safety
cycling lights during cloudy, rainy and night conditions so that oncoming traffic and pedestrians are able to see the cyclist from
afar,thus making it safe for everyone and create a happy co-existence between all road and pavement users.
421 Cycling can be made more attractive as a form of transport between homes and MRT and for intra-town commute purposes: By Vivian 7/29/2008 11:59
allowing folding bikes in MRT and buses, during offpeak hours during weekdays and all weeknights and all weekends and public
holidays. By allowing folding bikes in public transport, commuters can travel conveniently between towns and to connector parks
for leisure or to work etc. Such an initiative will reduce the need for more cycling parking facilities at train stations and remove
completely the possibility of bike thefts as such folding bikes are always with their owners. Dedicate carriages, for eg,the first and
last carriages of the train can be designated folding bike areas to ensure that other commuters are not inconvenienced. Car
owners may also be encouraged to use less of their cars to take up cycling with the public transport, as an alternative viable mode
422 The cyclists in Eunos and Kaki Bukit are a rowdy lot. as the situation is bad especially during the time before/after office hour David 7/29/2008 12:06
where most of the people going to /from work
There is great number of cyclists riding bicycle illegally on pavement around Kaki Bukit Ave 1 and Eunolink Kaki Bukit Road 3, Ubi
Ave 1. The bicycle population is big because of the foreign worker hostel nearby such that there is good business for bicycle such
that there is a bicycle shop@Blk 330 near junction of Kaki Bukit Ave 1 and Eunolink Kaki Bukit Road 3 and Ubi Ave 1.
These cyclists are a terror to many of us walking on the pavement. I myself have been bumped by reckless cyclists and the injury
took me a week to heal and I cannot get the cyclist to compensate me because he is a foreign worker and he said he does not
understand me. Many are inpolite and ride as though the whole pavement belongs to them when they should be on the road.
It is a traffic offense to ride a bicycle on a pavement. That is covered by Rule 28 of the Road Traffic Rules
Many of these cyclists are foreign workers or permanent residents. they think they have the right of way on the pavement. They
are all breaking the law, but there is little the law can do about it, as thereis nobody to enforce it and educate them to cycle safely
and fine them.
Most Cyclists cycle across the zebra crossing, traffic crossing and at the bus stop pavement along the Kaki Bukit Ave 1, many
cyclists just ring their bell or make noise to ask the bus commuter to let them have their right of way and stare at us. These cyclist
do not alight from their bicycle.
Many of these bicycles are ill fitted, without bells, warning lights and the cyclist do not wear proper helmet.
423 Pls Create more Wide,Big,large,Fast,Easy,Safe, Daniel 7/29/2008 12:16
Efficient, ART Transits,Wide Chairs, Designated, Organize and Comfortable Stations and Trains in the East west line,North south
line, North-east,Bukit panjang lrt, Sengkang/punggol lrt and Future Mrt,Lrt and Bus line .
Make Downtown line as wide as possible also, So that the More People here in Singapore will ride and Take Public TRansport.
424 How do you define "minimal conflicts"? Scratches and bruises? Cursing and swearing? CHAN MF 7/29/2008 12:25
I, myself are strongly against sharing the footpath with cyclists. Footpath as you put it, is literally for those who are on foot. I
encountered mostly rogue, and rude cyclists everyday in my neighborhood in Woodlands. They comprises of both locals and
foreigners, young and old. Pedestrians will be the one who suffered the most and heaviest injuries if an accident occurred
between the two.
I, too understand that cycling is one of the cheapest form of transport to nearby places. I personally are not against cyclists. They
deserved to have a separate cycling path just for their safety. Just take a look at some cities in China, they have a separate road
for cyclists. I found it to be a great idea.
Singapore do have enough spaces on the road for a separate path for cyclists. Just utilize the spaces between the footpath and
the road. Town Council also have enough funds to fund the building of cycling path by stopping the upgrading/building of some
under-utilized garden/amphi-theatre. LTA can also uses its fund to finance the building of cycle path.
Hope LTA really deploys engineers that actually goes on the field to check first hand on their own.
425 1) Allow more buses on expressway to shorten the traveling time. ong B.H. 7/29/2008 13:44
2) Allow all type of bicycles, not only foldable bicycles, on the last cabin of the MRT trains.
426 currently LTA give rebates to convert CNG for newly register vehicles. They should give rebates for cars who want to convert. At Daniel 7/29/2008 13:54
least, owner needs to forks out cash for the installation of the CNG drums
427 Put ERP gate outside every carpark. ERP 7/29/2008 14:10
428 A quick cue suggestion is not just to reduce pollutive diesel-driven vehicles but to reduce their mileage against harmful vehicular Steven 7/29/2008 14:34
It starts with prowling or hovering taxi drivers in search of potential passenger. If the authority could install a radio transmitter
around taxi-stand, bus-stop or building, a potential passenger could then press it's button to signal nearby receiver-installed taxi to
draw near without additional call fee.
The objective is to curb taxi driver from prowling or hovering with potential passengers being the beneficial driving force behind
such free transport-call system.
429 Overhaul bus transport system drastically - make routes less circuitous (especially the feeder services), decrease the number of Anonymous 7/29/2008 14:42
bus stops (so many of them are within walking distance), require SBS and other companies to observe scheduled departure times
at every stop (like most other cities in the world) because the current waiting time "ranges" are too unreliable (even with IRIS),
more sensible use of fleet/equipment (rather than using buses for expensive (and lucrative?) City Shopper services; single deck
buses for popular services during peak hours etc), allow more market competition to incentivize better quality, not monopoly.
430 Hi, on the use of bicycles, I think it's a win win situation to promote the use of it both for environment and for health. Perhaps a Janice 7/29/2008 14:56
lane can be set aside for bicycles and not just the pavement, as the pavement rightly should just cater for the pedestrian.
Somemore with ageing population, old people walking slowly or in wheelchair might take up space in the pavement thus frustrating
Perhaps, we can set aside one day in the week, say Friday, where cars are not allowed in the CBD area, only bicycles and public
transport are allowed.
431 1. All public transport - buses, taxis should be encouraged to use CNG. This can be achieved by either mandating all new vehicles Yeoh HT 7/29/2008 14:57
to be CNG enabled after a certain date (and providing a signficant road tax/COE relief) or imposing higher road taxes for new
vehicles after a certain date combined with significant tax relief if they are equipped with CNG.
2. Treat taxis & buses as public transportation - exempting them from ERP. This will lower the charges for the public.
3. By treating taxis as public transport, allow them to use bus lanes. It should have a negligible impact on the speed of the buses
as the number of taxis is not significant enough. At the same time, convert all three lane roads to have one lane limited to bus/taxi
4. Encourage conversion of private cars to hybrids through a substantive reduction in road taxes for vehicles with fuel
consumption of above 25 liter/km (eg) and increase road taxes for vehicles that do not meet that requirement. Eg. cut road tax by
50% for hybrid vehicles and increase by 50% for those not meeting the standards. If small vehicles meet that fuel consumption
requirement, they should be eligible for the road tax reduction as well.
5. Have a one payment system (eg. EZLink) for all public mode of transport - inclusive taxis; with the necessary rebates for inter-
transport transfers; eg. MRT to taxis.
432 Build more office buildings around MRT/Circle line stations. Not necessarily only at the designated "hubs" but any MRT station. HY 7/29/2008 15:58
Locating offices besides MRT/LRT stations facilitate commuting using trains rather than private vehicles. Also helps to reduce
congestion to the city as well as reduce rental costs for companies who don't have issues being located outside the CBD. It's the
lack of decent quality office buildings near MRT stations that deter companies from locating in those premises.
The popularity of buildings such as those located at Toa Payoh HDB hub and SingPost show that the demand is there.
Allow parcels of land besides the MRT stations to be built for Cat A office buildings rather than homes.
It will also reduce the commute time for residents in that area.
433 Bring back the trishaw as a mode of transport for people going to the market or nearby especially for those who cannot cycle, and Tan TY 7/29/2008 17:55
encourage cycling by dedicating a whole lane for cyclists, even at the roads or highway if possible. A smooth and safe route will
make it more attractive and encourage people to cycle even longer distances than just to nearby.
434 Greater use of public transport can be encouraged by increasing the number of sheltered walkways. We should aim for a scenario - 7/29/2008 17:58
where someone can proceed under shelter from his home all the way to the bus stop or mrt station. In that way, public transport
will be more convenient.
Cycling can be made a more attractive option by giving the cyclists a lane of their own. This will make cycling safer and more
convenient for the cyclists.
435 Make public transport much more affordable than now for both short and long trips, and for both peak and non peak hours. CHAN M.F. 7/29/2008 18:04
Reduce our waiting time down to 5 minutes during peak hours and not more than 15 minutes wait for non-peak hours. Increased
trips frequencies. Reduce the distance of the bus circuits. Implement all day bus lanes in all estates. All public transport will have
full ERP rebates and channeled the rebates to financing the public transport operation cost. Offer free bus services in the city.
Offer even more tax relief for people who are currently using public transport. Offer public transport commuter one free ride day
every three days.
Increased ERP ten times more than what it is charged now. Offer full rebates on ERP to all public transport. Offer attractive tax
relief for drivers who gave up their cars for public transport.
Allow more private bus companies to compete with existing operators. Relinquish all Govt link in existing public transport operator,
thus make it truly private. Require all operator to post their arrival and departure time on all bus stops and make they commit to the
All bus should be kept clean and air-conditioned. No Mobile TV or pipe in music needed or Wi-Fi. Driver should be connected and
436 How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars? CHAN M.F. 7/29/2008 18:20
singapore is a small island. You, as the Govt should not be "encouraging" people to buy car in the first place. No effort, energy, tax
payer money should be used in this. Instead, you should focus more on "discouraging" people from buying cars and take public
437 What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns? Leow Y.H. 7/29/2008 19:00
I'm an avid cyclist for over 10 yrs on the road. The following are what I thought discourages people from cycling and my solution:
1) Hot humid weather.
Solution : Plant more huge shady trees like flame tree along the roads eg Upper Thomson Rd, East Coast Park Service Rd.
2) Reckless drivers, road bullies, inconsiderate drivers Solution : Build dedicated cycle lane.
3) Bicycle thief.
Solution : Build more bicycle stands especaily at MRT, bus interchanges, shopping malls, markets, libraries, sports
complexes...AND install security cameras to be man by the respective organisation. Bicycle thief is a growing problem ignored by
the police. It's a major discouragement to cyclists to leave expensive bikes at public places. I had 5 bikes stolen.
5) Educate the public especaily schools on cycling courtesy.
438 Q1. answer Ajoy 7/29/2008 19:23
Encourage thier children to use school bus by providing fare subsidy. So that we can avoid morning and return trips to reach
school and home. That saves some extent of trips and fuel.
Create aswerness to use cycle among all the homes across the island. Have guildelines to limit the speed of the cars/buses within
the towns. So that bycyclers feel safe to use cycle.
Creating separate lanes for cycling is one of the encouraging criteria to eliminate pedestrains and cyclists conflicts.
By providing subsides in parking fees. Those who own a fuel efficient car will get discounts at parking areas accross the island.
439 The problem with public buses is that people think that their vehicles are more environmentally friendly than buses as majority of Deshawn 7/29/2008 19:39
SBS buses spotted on the roads actually produce a huge amount of "black" fumes every time the accelerator is being stepped
upon. So to get more people to use buses, stop them from emitting these harmful gases!
To ensure diesel driven vehicles from emitting harmful gases, we can have a policy of owners to have their vehicles checked
every few months or they will get a warning or even fined for not doing so.
440 Hello, I cycle to/from work in the city/East Coast daily and would greatly appreciate better bike lanes on Nicoll Highway and other Charles 7/29/2008 21:18
roads. Most cars are quite considerate, however, on occasion there are some bads ones which I'm sure keeps others from cycling
more. Additionally, I'm more than happy to contribute in any other way to helping Singapore create a better, safer and popular
cycling commuting culture. Best Regards
441 How can we encourage greater use of public transport, even for those who can afford cars? Chua PQ 7/29/2008 22:47
-make public transport cost cheaper, cars fuel more expensive
What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns?
-say, get spotted cycling to MRT stations and win prizes
How can pedestrians and cyclists use the same footpath with minimal conflict?
-have a standard rule. pedestrians to the left, cyclists to the right.
How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars?
-make getting CNG easier. more CNG stations instead of current two. make the time to get CNG faster. more suitable for people
who have hectic schedules
How can we ensure that pollutive diesel-driven vehicles are properly maintained so as to minimize harmful vehicular emissions?
-catalysts? convert harmful gases to non-harmful gases
How can we encourage owners of pollutive diesel-driven vehicles to switch to cleaner options?
-make price of diesel increase, price of CNG decrease.
442 Please consider protected/safe cycling routes and networks across the island. These can leverage on the plan to link parks all Lionel 7/30/2008 1:43
around Singapore. This may be a better alternative than simply carving out cycling lanes on main roads.
443 Do consider having a network of bicycle kiosks spread out over the denser parts of Singapore, where people can just give a Lionel 7/30/2008 1:49
deposit (or via membership) pick up and drop off bicycles at any kiosk. This overcomes the hassle of needing to own a bike, and
finding a place to park it. If we can generate enough numbers, this would allow more people to use bicycles to travel from place to
place. Such systems have already been tried out in New York City and Europe.
444 u mentioned diesel is the no.1 contributor to the Pm2.5 and buses (public transport) and taxis runs on diesel whereas private cars ronald 7/30/2008 2:24
runs on petrol and hence dun u think public vehicles like buses and taxis shld be yr key focus? shouldnt they be inspected more
often or switched to CNG?
also if half the contribution is from diesel driven engines and vehicles, have u look into ALL sources of diesel powered including
lawn mowers, grass cutters, electrical generators etc?
also, singapore is such a small island and the wind can easily sweep all such polutants away in one evening..if u disagree,
consider one lousy sumatra fire and the entire sg is engulf in 150psi unhealthy polution..
since petrol driven cars are the majority and yet they do not contribute anywhere near to the PM2.5 issues, u shld relax the
stringent inspection required of such cars..and instead focus yr resources to tackle ALL commercial vehicles including bulldozers,
construction machineries which mainly runs on diesel..!!
445 wrt to cycling..speed up the connections of major NS park connectors..one of them is the Park DISCONNECTOR from bishan to ronald 7/30/2008 2:36
cross over to toa payoh, currently one has to carry one's bicycle over a pedestrian overhead bridge ! that is unheard off!
worse still, one does NOT have the option to continue after potong pasir, the park connector just DIED at the end of PIE !!!
again this is one of the major possible cycling path down to town and its disconnected at so many major junctions without any
plans in sight..
can the relevant authorities put in place a workaround within the next 6 months if u guys are truly interested to encourage cycling
as an option..
last but not least..consider the more secure bike parking facilities in this link..given the fact that ppl do ride their expensive bike to
work and parking n locking in public lots is NOT an option due to theft..
these ppl who ride expensive bike would be willing to pay for the security afforded to them by this system..
446 I strongly support promoting cycling as a mode of commute for short distance. I think cycling in the neighborhood with 5km radius Jim XY 7/30/2008 10:35
is definitely a feasible approach to reduce dependency on cars. If you look at Japan, people normally use bicyle to cycle to their
train stations and park the bikes there in the morning, then, coming back at the evening to cycle back home. It's more convenient
than driving a car in short distances. But for singapore, there need some parking space for bikes at the train stations and more
road friendiness by vehicles on the road for bikes. When i cycle in the USA, bikes are normally given half a lane when overtook by
cars, but here I was frequently overtook by fast moving cars just inches away from me.
447 How about a quaterly (or annual) work-at-home day? While this may not be feasible for all industries, the government departments Woo B.S. 7/30/2008 10:41
and agencies may want to take the lead first.
448 Is hard to ensure safety for cycling. From the way in Jurong West Extension, alot of china & india people is riding bicycle but is not Betty 7/30/2008 10:58
safe at all. They just though that the road/path way is theirs & ignore kids, elderly...etc & even car. They know car won't knock
them althought the cyclist ride unsafe co's cyclist aware that if car owner knock them down surely is car driver fault. And if they
knock on kids or elderly, they just ride away quickly, who will help to caught, if really caught the rider, police will just give warning &
release them, after that they can ride unsafe again co's there is no ensurement at all. Bus, lorry, car..etc need to paid COE then
how about bicycle. Do you think those foreign will really follow Singapore rules? I think those ride bicycle mostly is foreign rather
449 Increase frequency of public transport. How? Perhaps for trains, one or more carriages could be added. Additional ones would Derek 7/30/2008 11:13
have to be accessed from the last carriage though. For buses, instead of establishing a certain period to increase frequency, why
not implement this system? Commuters will press a button corresponding to the service they want to take, and each press
increases a counter. After that service arrives, the counter resets. This data could be used to customize bus frequency for each
I feel that having an official established route would encourage commuters to cycle to the MRT station. If I were in charge, I would
first establish the area each MRT station serves. Ideally, the small roads in the area would link up to a dedicated route or what I
like to term "bicycle highway" to the MRT. Establishing more secure bike parking at MRTs would be great as well. Perhaps some
of the bike parking can be outsourced to security companies. For a small fee, bike commuters can enjoy peace of mind, especially
those who invest in a good bicycle. For those who are on a tight budget, the normal posts should still be made available.
Personally, I get off my bike and push when there is not enough space. I don't think manners like these can be enforced, only
Perhaps, we can encourage people to modify their cars to be more fuel efficient instead?
450 COE Categorization as well as Road Tax calculation should be changed from a ccm basis to an emission (HC/NOX/PM)standard Dirk 7/30/2008 11:53
basis. By way of example, all vehicles fulfilling the European Union's EURO V standard could qualify for a COE currently awarded
to cars below 1,600 ccm. At the same time, Special taxes for Diesel cars fulfilling EURO V could be abolished (recognizing the fact
that these cars are actually "cleaner" than most Petrol cars, also due to their lower fuel consumption), while all other Diesel
vehicles still on the roads should be taxed higher. Special Tax exemption for CNG cars should only be extended if there is a clear
commitment from the fuel selling industry to significantly enhance the network of fuel stations - otherwise, the large number of
kilometers which need to be clocked to reach a pump causes more consumption and hence higher pollution levels.
451 i Suggest to you Singapore to Increase and Full the Security of Safety and Secure Precautions here in Singapore in Both daniel 7/30/2008 13:21
MRT,LRT,BUS,Private Vehicles,Tourist Spots,Housing Estate(HDB,Condomunium,Private Subdivision/Masionate houses and
Hotels) and Nature/Farm Reserve against Accidents and Terrorism.
Pls Put more CCTV Camera in Every Corner of Singapore for Full SEcurity agaisnt Accidents,Crime and Anti-terrorism and also
for Cleanliness of the Singapore.
Put more Woman and man Guards,Police and army in every corner of Singapore Patroling even in bus so the Terrorism is Stop.
Pls Put more Energy and happiness in the city by Creating more Festivals and programs came also in different OCuntries around
the globe but blend here in Singapore as Unique way so many people should come here in SINGAPORE
452 This first thing, I would like to give feedback is your feedback box. It's tiny. I can't type a proper message in it. I can only cut and Jim XY 7/30/2008 14:10
paste from my word document. Can you make it bigger, like a quarter or half page or something?
453 Qn : What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns? Chang YL 7/30/2008 16:01
Suggestion : Build cyling track below or next to the MRT track. Sheltered, fenced and able to over take for faster cyclist. There
should be displine enforce. Cyclist must pay a toll.
Qn : How can residents be involved to ensure safe cycling practices within towns?
Suggestion : Enforcement in place. Or perhaps license needed.
Qn : How can pedestrians and cyclists use the same footpath with minimal conflict?
Suggestion : Enforcement in place. Or perhaps license needed.
Qn : How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars?
Suggestion : Encourage do not work for most people. Order from Government on imports. Actually, for a small island like
Singapore, the Government could allow only electric car to be imported. If Singapore were to start an electric car (solar included)
manufacturing(more jobs created), we may be able to lead in this field world wide. To have confidence in electric car, publicise by
having the electric car drive up to Penang and come back. Such major changes would be installing electrical power point at
carpark for home and work place. Also lost of tax from petrol.
Qn : How can we ensure that pollutive diesel-driven vehicles are properly maintained so as to minimize harmful vehicular
Suggestion : Quarterly vehicular emissions test. Emissions test only. FOC ?
Qn : How can we encourage owners of pollutive diesel-driven vehicles to switch to cleaner options?
Suggestion : Encourage do not work for most people. Since diesel-driven vehicle are pollutive, just ban it. Or ask SBS to have
tram buses like those in Amsterdam. Clean and quite.
454 The Public Transport with Air-cooling unit - Is there a way to gauge how much CO2 is being generated by a Bus per day? Dan 7/30/2008 18:38
There were reports on a warmer day when the bus is loaded, the enviroments in the bus is rather stuffy, if this is true. As such, this
could be one factor that discourged the ridership.
To boost the ridership and also the need to consider of CO2 generated from the air-cooling unit per bus. Is may resulted in conflict
of Interested. If air-cooling system in the bus need to be pushed fully to satisfy consumer needs.This indirectly would contributed
There is a Solution here to solved the said problems. But the Bus Company in Singapore need to be bold enought to explore with
us to Test and Trail for one bus to see for themselve.
The solution reflect heat away from Bus Roof. Hence Buses applied with the solutions no longer need to exhaust it air-cooling unit
to full speed.
End Result :
1) The consumer would enjoyed a cooling and comfortable trip on a warmer day or the buses is loaded.
2) The amt of CO2 generated by per bus is greatly reduced.
We would love to participate with any bus company as long as they are keen to trail test a bus. This is provided if the Bus
455 FOLDING bikes are THE best answer.... they give public transport the benefit of private cars by going 'Door to Door' - with Mark 7/30/2008 19:31
additional benefits to health, environment and stress levels (eg traffic).
Some folding bikes do not even need to be carried when folded - they roll along on their wheels.
456 Suggestion one: Convert Orchard Road into a pedestrian-only road, either permanently, or during peak hours such as in the Lin Wanjie 7/30/2008 23:02
evening and at night. This not only helps to reduce congestion in the area and discourage car use, it will also create a more
enjoyable shopping and strolling experience for Singaporeans. This stretch of road can be transformed into a place of vibrant
public life, following the model of several European cities such as Barcelona and Baden-Baden. There will be opportunities for live
music performances and open air cafés. Furthermore, as most of carpark entrances of Orchard Road's buildings are not located
along Orchard Road, the prohibition of vehicle entry will not inhibit those who really intend to drive and park, thus revenues from
parking fees will be maintained.
457 Suggestion two: The green vehicle rebates currently offered by the NEA must be more highly-publicised. Perhaps they could even Lin Wanjie 7/30/2008 23:02
be actively promoted by the government. Salespeople could also be required to mention the 'greenest' options in their showroom
to all customers intending to purchase cars i.e. the most efficient vehicles in fuel consumption.
458 1) Provide more carparks for drivers to park at major bus/mrt interchange and more attractive rebates to park and ride. Sim Kian Wee 7/31/2008 1:23
2) Provide extensive cyclist paths for safer commuting by cyclist on the roads away from the pedestrian walkway.
3)Public talks to raise awareness of proper and safer cycling practices
4)Limit the speed of cyclist with speed reducing strips. Though it may be better to segregate pedestrian and cyclist.
5)Better rebates for fuel efficient cars. Public talks to raise awareness of the benefits of these cars.
6)Raise awareness to the benefits of regular maintanence of these vehicles.
7)Raise awareness of the available options less pollutive diesel-driven vehicles and provide rebates for the switching to these
459 Best solution is to learn from developed economies on how they implement their models and see if they could be adopted here. john cheng 7/31/2008 6:28
Ultimately, it is the authority who has the final say on how much to spent to improve the situation. From my experience it is usually
a top down approach rather than a bottom up one.
460 To promote cycling between homes to MRT Stations, more cycle parking facilities and increased security should be provided. Tow Joon Heng 7/31/2008 9:07
Perhaps there can be segregation for "free" parking without security vs "secured" parking.
461 I ride a bicycle every day in Singapore - 6 days a week on the road and 1 day a week off road. I am very experienced with the Martin 7/31/2008 9:48
drivers on the roads here and the #1 problem is that drivers believe bicycles should not be on the road. They do not know the law
and they will often honk their horns or swerve their cars to try to tell riders to get off the road. Drivers need to be educated on the
rules of the road and told through a large, sustained, muli-lingual, multi-channel campaign that bikes are allowed on the road. The
biggest offenders are without doubt the truck and private bus drivers. For some reason they are amongst the rudest and most
agressive drivers on the road when it comes to bicycles but they are also oblivious to the fact that they can kill a rider so easily.
The next biggest issue is to make wearing of approved helmets compulsory and riding on the footpath illegal. This has been done
in most industrialised nations (the US is a mix of laws from state to state). Once people learn that they have to ride on the road
and they have to wear a helmet then they will learn how to ride more safely and cars will get more used to them. To this end,
helmets should be sales tax exempt so that a little of the cost can be offset.
462 Cycling is a good idea but the current facilities are not very encouraging. Consider the cycle stands at the MRT stations, they are Wong LH 7/31/2008 11:51
all exposed to the weather and theft. Folder bicycles are good too but how do we 'park' them at MRT stations if we do not have
better facilitites. Pedestrains and cyclists can co-exists given more space. The current lanes in our housing estates far too narrow.
The only one I have seen that can comfortably accomodate both group of users is the short stretch outside Bedok reservoir.
463 Further incentives for green vehicles - Hybrid as well as CNG. Iris 7/31/2008 13:21
A possible area would be a discount/rebate on road taxes for green vehicles. This amount although small compared to COE and
the cost of cars, is a recurrent cost, and would send a strong signal to the car owning community about the seriousness of the
environmental intentions of the government. We could start with 50%.
464 Road safety is a major for aspiring cyclists in Singapore. Given the high amount of traffic and congestion on our roads, most would Iris 7/31/2008 13:25
not hazard their lives by cycling on these roads. One area that would go a long way in incentivizing cycling would be the
provisioning of bicycle lanes on the road, especially within housing estates. This is commonly practiced in Europe and US, in the
465 My comments is in the areas of resource management, or reduction is resource usage. Bok 7/31/2008 17:51
1. Enbloc Redevelopment Policies
Enbloc redevelopment is seldom seen in the light of resource wastage. Our appartments are built to last many decades yet many
are pulled down while they are still in good shape and when they are still new. I am not against making more effective use of
higher better plot ratio if the increase is substantial. I am also not against redevelopment if the building is not safe to live in. Why
can't we learn from the HDB - instead of pulling it down, we could have intermediate upgrade program? I propose that Enbloc
redevelopment policies be tightened so that buildings are not redeveloped solely for economic gains, but also considerations from
the resource wastage point of view. In my view, a building pulled down within 30-40 years is a gross waste of resources. And look
at the amount of damages it does to the communities living in them. If our HDB flats can last much longer, I don't see why our
private appartments cannot.
2. Can we consolidate the direction signs on our road? We will save a lot of steel and yet provide neater street if we do it. Just go
to any HDB estate, you will see road direction signs for police post, school, hospital, town council, road, church, temple, mosque,
etc. etc. Many a times, these signs are just side by side. Although I have seen some effort to mount a few signs together, much
466 Having set up the IMCSD is a great start. Charles 7/31/2008 18:02
Plus, the dialouge in the Official media release on the 28th July, outlined some really encouraging expressions on the Govt.'s part.
Co-operation (and support) will be crucial.
Feedback essential. People and business will need to know that their positive actions will be encouraged along the way, so they
are motivated to explore and pay- themselves- for more upgrades towards a lighter carbon footprint.
A tourist and financial hub like Singapore instantly benefits from clean air in many ways.
These are issues that everyday people could talk about directly to Civil Servants. Ask the people..........How would this impact you
if these were the conditions especially enviro-economic issues such as food costs, air pollution etc.
Thanks for the feedback opportunity.
467 At last, a platform where we can share our suggestions on adopting greener habits! Other than the usual rhetoric of re-cycle, re- Ms Chan 7/31/2008 18:37
use and reduce, here is my 5 cents worth of suggestions.
I used to live in Manchester, UK in the 1990s. There, apart from the London cabs, we would always call for a cab at no extra
charge. Can we eliminate the on call charges for calling a taxi in Singapore? Commuters will then be encouraged to call to book
for a taxi trip. This way, taxis no longer need to cruise empty, waste diesel and contribute to road congestion. Commuters will be
able to get a taxi when they need, they need not wait in frustration. It will be a win-win situation and we will be saving Gaia too.
Bicycles are a green mode of transportation. However, there is simply not enough cycling tracks in Singapore. Realistically, it is
unsafe for bicycles to be on the roads as our roads are very congested and Singaporean drivers are not the world's most gracious.
At the moment, cyclists cycle on the pedestrian paths. If we were to promote cycling as a mode of transport, we really need better
cycling tracks all around Singapore, to and from MRT stations.
At the moment, only foldable bikes are allowed on the MRT trains at certain times. This certainly does not encourage cycling. Can
we change this rule?
The Straits Times reported on 30th July that in France, bicycles can be rented and returned at a different location. It will be great if
we can do that here too, rent a bicycle at one location and be able to return it at another.
3) Drying of clothes
Singapore is a tropical country right next to the equator. It is an irony that while we are researching on the use of solar energy, we
discourage our people from hanging their clothes out to dry in the sun, and encourage them to use electricity to dry their clothes in
dryers instead. And this is simply because some feel that clothes being hung out to dry are an "eyesore". Residents of
condominiums are not allowed to hang their clothes out to dry. Newer HDB blocks are designed such that clothes hung out are
discreetly hidden from public view, with a result that it is harder to catch the sun to dry the clothes. I feel that we should we change
our mindset, because surely conserving energy is more important than "aesthetic beauty"? Can we design our residential
buildings such that there is space for clothes to be sun out to dry? It is possible to do this at the top of the buildings, so that clothes
will still be kept away from public view?
4) School Textbooks
Every individual has a role to play in conserving resources. Organisations and especially government organizations play an even
468 Dear Manager Sham L.K. 7/31/2008 18:45
LET THE HDB DWELLING UNITS LEAD
All the while, before this campaign was raised, I have it in my mind the design of an HDB unit shall lead the way with a green-
functional design. With such a concept, we can guarantee a 80% participation of our population.
A green-functional corner in an HDB design shall comprise with a multi-purpose functions that it may provide the unit with
a. hanging area
b. planting area
c. gathering area
d. shade area
e. dining area
at a same location. This can be achieved by a seamless design on the unit with feasible and creative features.
How can I send some photos for you to consider?
469 Adopt the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) as an alternative metric of progress and well-being. We don't need to abandon the Chan T.M. 7/31/2008 19:19
GDP, yet, but we could compare the both of them to gauge true progress.
"[GDP] is a gross tally of products and services bought and sold, with no distinctions between transactions that add to well-being,
and those that diminish it. Instead of separating costs from benefits, and productive activities from destructive ones, the GDP
assumes that every monetary transaction adds to well-being, by definition. It is as if a business tried to assess its financial
condition by simply adding up all 'business activity,' thereby lumping together income and expenses, assets and liabilities."
470 LTA solves the congestion on our roads by widening them most of the time. We should consider building elevated expressways Loh F.K. 7/31/2008 19:19
like they do in land-scarce Japan. The high taxes that motorists have been paying all these years should more than cover the cost
of building them. Wider roads means a hotter Singapore because the roads absorbed heat during the day and irradiates back into
the atmosphere. If elevated roads are built it means we can build narrower roads and plant more trees besides them to cool the
areas below the elevated roads. A good example is the area around Keppel Road near PSA entrance which is a few degrees
cooler than the area around the CTE. Trees are a good source of oxygen and helps in slowing down global warming.
471 One day most of my suggestions will have to be implemented. Paul 7/31/2008 19:25
No ERP charges for cyles and cars under 600cc. A 10-year plan to be set to implement 600cc car ownership. Forget about
electric, gas transport
Do not allow top loaded washing machines.
Do not allow electrical dryers...ridicule to use electricity at the equator to dry clothes. See coming suggestions about buildings
These are simple and basic suggestions. Far more complex proposals will be forth coming.
DO NOT install floor drains. They are dangereous and probably the cause of Foot & Mouth desease. Please do consider seriously.
Floor drains (FD) are bad!
472 The Greenest and Most Sustainable Youth Olympics the world has yet seen Lim L.L 7/31/2008 19:56
Green Schools, green classroom stationery, paper most common waste to be reduced, avoid wasting food (Tang poet Li Shen's
Promote tour to Singapore to environmental sensitive areas, water plants, viewing room from top of green buildings, greener
hotels/accomodation, support eco-friendly retailers, great green and eco-friendly resorts, quality local souvernirs to support local
NOT TO TAKE FOR GRANTED
Fresh air, more will decide to walk, cycle and exercise outdoors
Refreshments: Oasis, facts-about-water, "only 20% of world's population has running water...over a billion people do not have any
access to safe water..."
NOT A THROWAWAY SOCIETY
(NOT TO TAKE FOR GRANTED)
cut down on disposable utensils, less packaging for takeout lunches, bring own utensils when buying takeout food, cook
accurately, food donation, eateries can deliver to homes and offices and collect back their utensils
Carefully discard hazardous electronic waste
Donate old stuff of good condition to the needy eg furniture
(NOT TO TAKE FOR GRANTED)
Enforce to keep areas of recreation/public places clean
Over-illumination, blackouts/ lights out exercises
473 To Whom It May Concern, Stein 7/31/2008 21:07
I would like to suggest changing intersection left turn rule to allow left turn after yielding on a red signal. This is as opposed to the
current rule of stopping if red light. This will produce the following benefits:
- Lower pollution by allowing vehicles to reach their destination quicker.
- Reduced traffic congestion by allowing vehicle movement on left most lane.
- Increased contentment for driver for reaching destination quicker (hopefully more family time).
Of course, there is a slight chance of increased accidents due to poor judgment of the driver making the left turn, but my
experience from driving in USA for over 30 years tells me that the increased risk it nominal (US allows right turn after yield on red
lights on all intersections). Even today, I'm aware of several intersections where a dedicated left turn diagonal drive way leads to a
non-dedicated lane (i.e. there is traffic from right side going on that lane), so that would be similar to turning left after yielding (I
hope that made sense). If we find out things are more dangerous, we should not implement this rule (nothing should compromise
In these times of high fuel costs and need for "green" solutions, this simple change could go a long way to address several of
474 First, I want to know what the percentage of carbon emissions the industry gives out compared to homes. I want to know Christopher 7/31/2008 21:38
especially what the kinds of emissions the oil industry is giving out.
Second, I want to know if effort is being made to make the F1 race green. I am extremely alarmed at it being a night race; to boast
about F1's first night race and then ask Singaporeans how to be a sustainable city seems slightly hypocritical.
Third, I have read somewhere that Singapore is one of the highest consumers of electricity on a per capita basis. What are the
reasons for being so?
Fourth, why can't green cars be made more accessible here. Out of 500,000 cars, only 2,000 cars are green. That is an
unacceptable figure. Shouldn't there be a target for green cars?
Fifth, why are buses still running on diesel? Many European countries already have buses running on hybrid, CNG and even using
hydrogen prototypes. Given that most Singaporeans use public transport, it is unthinkable that we don't have a more green bus
Sixth, are streetlights being fitted with energy saving bulbs?
475 Propose: Set up Web-Based database for Home-Office Owners Ong T.L. 7/31/2008 22:29
Globalization @ Neighborhood
Globalization shouldn't be restricted between countries and regions, but also in our own neighborhood.
According to on-line dictionary, globalization is defined as "to extend to others or all parts of the globe."
But I prefer to define globalization as a "distribution of wealth from a higher concentration to the lower concentration." Initially, this
is what many people expected from the buzzword globalization that "can be benefited." But in reality, its looks like the gap between
the rich and the poor is widening.
Hence, I feel that we need to create a platform whereby people can communicate and making deals with each other in a user-
friendly, fast and effective way without the need of any agency or middleman to cut down the cost.
Set up Web-Based database (WBdb)
A portal for home-office owners which allow users to narrow down near their residence
Currently, it's the people who look for job via Classified Ads, Recruiting Agencies. I feel that too much resources and time have
Hence, I suggest govt set up WBdb for the retirees who want to continue to work or to be self-employed, or extend to above age
45. This WBdb will provide as platform to allow employers easier and more effective to look up for old-age workers. For those who
prefer to be self-employed, potential clients will look up for their services.
WBdb should also consider open to all retrenched workers who are in their 40s' and 50s' as it is harder for them to find a job.
This web-based database can even consider reach out to all Singaporeans by paying a few dollars as a registration fee to cover
up the maintenance cost.
WBdb is for those who are not shy to put their name and contact in the web in seeking for job. This program shouldn't be any
concern to those recruiting agencies. The reason is ones need to put up their particulars in the web, which many do not want to be
known to their friends and relatives.
Govt can encourage all companies to help their retrenched and retired employees to register in WBdb if they are interested,
476 especially for those who are illiterate.
I would like to suggest that our apartment blocks be fitted with solar panels to generate power for use in common areas, such as Eva 7/31/2008 22:53
for corridor lights and lifts. It's an expensive exercise, but it will reduce our dependence on oil, and affirm our commitment to go
green by not straining the Earth's resources further.
What ordinary Singaporeans can do for starters is to just keep clean, by not peeing in lifts and littering, or cluttering their homes
and corridors, which lead to dirty corners, bad smells, unsightly surroundings and a generally unpleasant environment to live in.
477 minimise the limit of cars in s'pore. Y.R 7/31/2008 22:56
increase more public transport like mrt and buses.
buses should have special lanes more clearer rules to put them at advantage. cheaper please. stop building roads as this
endanger our plants. on the road, there should be more buses than cars in future. public transport...make it premium service very
very zai..make cars superduper suck..like very high price.. no carparks. more advantage to bus.. watever you do just be
harsh...invest on algae fuel too. higher density building to grow more plants around
478 * How can we encourage greater use of public transport, even for those who can afford cars? Justin 7/31/2008 21:05
i think the only way for this to happen is not by making car ownership anymore costly but rather by increasing the appeal of public
transport. our public transport network is already very convenient and accessible whilst still affordable to the majority of the
population. however, there is still plenty of room left for improvement. These include the frequency of trains and buses during the
peak periods. The key to encouraging people to take to the idea of traveling via public transport will be the level of comfort
experienced during the peak period. currently buses and trains and still very packed during these times and i am certain that even
a slight increase in passenger comfort and standing space will provided the much needed incentive for people to use public
transport instead of cars.
What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns?
As an avid cyclist myself, i feel that what most people are unaware about cycling are the health benefits regardless of the intensity
and duration of the ride itself. By commuting on a bike to and from MRT stations, commuting becomes much more efficient and
the commuter can at the same time squeeze in some daily exercise.
How can pedestrians and cyclists use the same footpath with minimal conflict?
479 I know of quite a few people who would gladly give up their cars and cycle to their destinations if there was a safe way to do so. I Christina 7/31/2008 22:23
don't think it's feasible for cyclists to share the footpath with pedestrians when the number of cycists increase as it becames more
expensive to own and use a car.
Cycling should not be confined to intra-town commuting. Singapore is a small enough country for its residents to cycle from one
end to the other easily if they want to. Please study cities such as Paris and Portland, Oregon, that have recently seen an increase
in the number of cyclists due to cyclist friendly policies and facilities. While only 1 percent of Americans cycle as a means of
transport, in Portland, 6% do so. Wouldn't it be great to get 5% of car owners to switch to cycling? In Paris, they have the Velib
cycling network, which estimates that for every 200 people, 1 bicycle is needed. So to cater to Singapore's 4 million residents, we
only need to have 20,000 bicycles divided among various stations around the island. Coincidentally, the Velib bicycle system in
Paris, also has 20,000 bicycles.
Instead of always saying that Singapore does not have enough road space for bicycles, make space, because it will get more car
users off the road. In Copenhagen, 36% of the city's inhabitants cycle to work. Most of them cited a safe cycling environment as
the main reason that they have started cycling. So if Singapore could just create a safe cycling environment for its citizens, I am
480 1/ Go Green-I felt that our government can give a "BIG Push" in term of using CNG car and bicycles. adrian 8/1/2008 0:08
We have heard that other cites are using it.
The amount of effort are on the supports liked:
-CNG refill stations and cost of converting to CNG car
-Bicycles tracks to all area and safety rules.
I felt that we are too slow,even bicycle trial take so long....
2/ Go "Free"- Energy from the Sun and Wind.
Everything is "Free" , just need "something to catch it".
We know that the cost is the main issue .
Stopping every roof of HDB and Houses go solar.
Stopping every bus station go solar.
Stopping every office block go solar .
Stopping Wind to create energy from our sea.
Looking at the price hike for all materials , we will never have free energy .We still need to depend on oil.....
3/Dun " Waste"
Recycle is always in our mind , but no company seen to be sucessful in term of profitability and surviving in reality.
Maybe our "Waste" too little "tons" .
Maybe our Start-Up Cost is too high.
My suggestion is that Government should startup first and go public and sell away the company when successful
The government is looking into all the issues that i had mentioned.
But i urge government to "Push Hard and Faster" .
I am Forty years old and i can see the intergrated resorts are coming .
But I really really hope that i can see the Garden city is Greener ,pollution free and dun depend on polluted, expensive oil ...
481 1. Alternative Energy: Singapore is never short of sunlight, however over the year little was done to harnass the Solar Energy. Lee T.M. 8/1/2008 0:38
Goverment should take the lead in using and promoting solar power. With more user, it will drive down the cost of using this
technology. More R&D fund should also be allocated to reseach into this area.
2. Alter source of energy. Currently Singapore generate most of its energy. We should also look at buying these service from our
neighbour in-order to feed the growing demand for energy.
482 3. Stricter emission standard across all industry. It may make some bussiness more costly to opearate in Sinagapore but we Lee T.M. 8/1/2008 0:38
should also look at the long term benifit of having a clearer Singapore. This is especially so as service oriented and tourist industry
are taking up bigger role in our GDP.
483 4. Enviromental friendly vehicle should be encourage, higher tax should be impose on vehicle with poor emission standard or poor Lee T.M. 8/1/2008 0:38
fuel consumption. Currently fix tax rate is imposed across the broad and environment friendly car which is more expensive to build
was penalise due to our tax structure. Hence, instead of just building more ERP to increase the cost of driving, why don't impose a
tax on the environmental factor of a car. This will not only indirectly drive up the cost of driving but also make environmetal friendly
car more attractive.
5. Goverment should take the lead in using Enviromental friendly vehicle. Hydrid, fuel-cell vehicle has been around for some year
but until today there is hardly any gov agency using these type of vehicle.
484 Riding bicycles in housing estate is not only dangerous to pedestrians and cyclist, it also destroys the green bushes, plants along Yvonne 8/1/2008 8:49
the walkways. Nowadays, you could see plenty of people just riding their bicycles (big ones) along walkways (supposed to be for
pedestrians) leaving very little space for the rightful pedestrians to walk. This therefore caused either the cyclist to ride on the
bushes and plants or pedestian walk/squeezing onto the bushes and plants. In this circumstances, even proper care of the bushes
and plants, at the end of the day, it is a waste of efforttime /money of the public because the bushes and plants are being
destroyed by ruthless cyclist.
485 I believe cycling can be viewed as an additional mode of transport not just for short distances for intra-town commute purposes but Arun 8/1/2008 12:44
also for long distances for inter-town commute purposes and a means of transport for people to commute to work.
Distances such as 10-15km can be covered between 30-45mins which is equivalent to the time taken by public transport. I also
believe this is the average traveling distance that most people cover to reach their workplace. However, cycling does not leave
behind a carbon footprint and it is also benefits health which is important because most Singaporeans don't get much physical
Dedicated cycling lanes can be given to cyclists just like in many developed cities like Copenhagen. They came up with a cycling
policy as part of their effort towards a sustainable, livable city.
The policy had a few main elements. They wanted to:
1) Increase the number of people cycling to work by 40%
2) Decrease the risk of cyclists being injured on the road by 50%
3) Increase the sense of security of cyclists (traffic safety)
4) Increase cycling traveling speed by 10%
5) Improve cycling tracks leaving less than 5% unsatisfactory (traveling experience)
The numbers are specific to the city but I believe the initiatives are something Singapore can adopt. The video link below gives an
idea of what Copenhagen did.
I believe cycling can be part of the Singapore experience and personally, I enjoy cycling in Singapore and Singapore looks a lot
better on a bike than through the window of a bus or underground in a train. It's a different experience altogether. I'm not saying
public transport doesn't have its place, it definitely does and is very important too in developing a sustainable Singapore. However
cycling is an excellent means of transportation and a great alternative which will benefit Singapore in the long-run as well.
Work-places would also have to be geared to support a cycling lifestyle by including proper shower facilities as well as offering
safe places to park bicycles. Countries like Japan offer high-tech parking systems for bicycles which prevent bicycle theft. These
486 I will be providing a series of feedback over this period. As an individual, there is so much the eyes can see. Hence my Han JK 8/1/2008 14:04
suggestions are modest.
While recycling bins are provided for in most HDB estates (at least in organised fashion), this is less so in private condominiums (I
live in one). I think more CONCERTED efforts are required, including education to residents.
I would suggest domestic helpers/maids are given some BASIC training by employment agencies in the merits of recycling house
Irresponsible throwing of rubbish will be a hard nut to crack!
487 As part of reward package, big wigs in large organisation are typically provided with car/chaffeur and in most cases 'transport Han JK 8/1/2008 14:15
allowance' of sort.
PERHAPS, we can STRONGLY encourage part of such reward translated into stored valued Ezlink cards for the purpose of taking
the MRT. I am NOT suggesting taking public transport 100% of the time but rather to cut down on use of cars where sensible.
488 Every would be driver (private, taxi driver, coach drivers..u name it) SHOULD be given some TRAINING, ORIENTATION (at the Han JK 8/1/2008 14:21
points of taking lessons) on the demerits on keeping the engine running while vehicle is stationary.
Some notorious habits incl:
* taxi driver sleeping while engine is running
* coach drivers keeping engine on BECUASE they like to keep the vehicle cool.
* parking to deliver goods.
* parking at hawker centre, disappear to buy food, 4Ds, drinks...
489 There is one very big asset that the people and the Singapore Government can look into .We can look into the viability of tapping Anthony 8/1/2008 16:22
into the energies from the movement of vehicles whether they are cars,vans, trucks or buses through the exploits of the batteries
with-in these vehicles.As these vehicles move they generate energy that are stored onto their batteries.Proper management and
methology can be derived .This from of energy far exceed the efficency of solar energy or other form with-in the constrains of
Singapore eg wind energy due to the inconsistency of wind sources.Our population of vehicles on the roads have increase ,they
are potential energies generators.One of the greatest advantages of this energy is that it does not cause polution by itself.
490 We have first class hardware infrastructure, highly efficient services, and a clean and green environment. Although our people can bok 8/1/2008 16:23
be more civic minded, this will take time. In general, our city environment is bit too artificial.
What is missing in this otherwise perfect environment to is the element of nature, not just in the rural areas, but right in the city.
For instance, why can't we introduce some small animals like ducks and goose in our city parks and water bodies. They are
generally harmless. Most important of all, they remind us that human beings should learn to live with other creatures graciously
And we should seriously consider renaming some of our reservoirs as lakes. It gives a softer touch to a otherwise 'cold and hard'
city environment. Perth is a good reference for us to consider.
I have made this suggestion to the relevant government agency before but I didn't hear from them again other than an offical
acknowledgement. I hope this high power committee will give this idea another chance.
491 First of all, I would like to thank the person who created this web site as i had written to the appropiate authoritories on my Lim Ki.H. 8/1/2008 16:39
suggestions but was never heard. This was many years ago so i hope with this site, more people are coming forward with
suggestions to improve the society we are living in.
Roads merging into highways always often caused traffic snarls due to vehicles turning out from highway crossing path with those
turning into highway. These conditions could be reduced with a short underpass for these busy intersections and thus eliminating
the bottle neck. The below are some of teh common traffic jams on peak hours or accidents.
Roads like TPE just above Loyang Fly over could be done with a small underpass from the small road of Loyang heading to
Changi and PIE and airport towards ECP instead of traffic going towards Changi had to be crossed with those going to Airport.
There is a small elevation on this particular road whereby it is suitable to make a small underpass for vehicles heading to PIE. The
rest of traffic from TPE could thus travel above towards PIE.
Highway like CTE towards AMK near junction of Toa Payoh before Braddell whereby the volume of traffic increased tremendously
due to 3 mergings and gets worse during peak hours or accidents. ERP is one part of controlling traffic but ultimately the main
cause are road designs. Just a slight deviation for these traffic to the underpass in these merging traffice conditions help to
smoothen the traffic cos vehicle from CTE going towards amk do not cross path with vehicle from CTE turning out to Braddell
The above are just some of the common traffic jams along roads that i had travelled during peak hours. There could be more to be
done in others as well.I hope this suggestion could be put in place in terms of the high traffic volumes coming in the near future.
492 DO OUR PART. DO WHAT WE CAN. Sylvia 8/1/2008 17:00
It is so heartening and proud to know that our Singapore Leaders are committed, progressive and holistic in their thinking and
economic approach to sustainability (reference PM's speech at the International Water Week). These are important messages
and directions that have to be set at the national level.
Following that, one Minister also highlighted that our policy-makers have changed their approach in implementing new ideas via
influencing the mindsets and behaviours of Singaporeans as opposed to 'stick and carrots' approach. An example given was the
concept of New Water. If we were not convinced that Singapore has the capabilities to turn waste water into New Water, we would
have labeled it the 'yuck' water. This powerful combination of setting the goals, sharing the rationale and the bigger picture, raising
awareness and inculcating a sense of belonging will enable Singapore to collectively set high standards and achieve what it
aspires to do.
Singapore has been well regarded in its structured approach and intellectual power to tackle social and political issues. It prides
itself to have world class medical care, high educational standard and high literacy rate. It is aspiring to be an R&D centre,
financial hub, knowledge hub, water hub, renewable energy hub and so on. This will not be possible if it does not have thinking
individuals at all levels who believe that these aspirations would benefit everyone in Singapore. The next big item to target is
climate change and the environment. This issue is of a different league as we are dealing with the 'common space', and tackling it
would mean costs and sacrifices, to a different degree at the international, national, corporate and individual levels.
Each one of us can do our part, big or small. One proxy to one's capability to act and to influence is the amount of income tax one
pays. The more tax you pay, it is more likely that you have a larger carbon footprint due to a bigger house, higher standard of living
hence higher electricity bill, do more air and road travel, drive bigger cars and so on. The more tax one pays would also be
synonymous with the job and role one is responsible for, the extent you could influence others, the directions you set for others
and/or the type of decisions you could make.
Unlike carbon tax, the taxes that we currently pay do not absolve one's responsibility to look after the 'common space', our
environment. We certainly do not look forward to the day when carbon tax is needed (carbon tax is a tax on emissions of carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases). Or maybe there is no alternative, but to do so with big cars; especially when clean air, just
like clean water is priceless.
493 Your Committee must understand that "sustanaible" means control of consumption at minimum cost of incomfort to the people. In Paul 8/1/2008 19:29
other words, reducing ENERGY.
To avoid mentioning "less consumption" Politicians invented the "Carbon Foot Print" expression. To have less carbon emission
you must have less consumption. Forget about alternative sources of energy except maybe geothermal (Spore may want invest in
it as the Swiss + Iceland + Sweden gov are doing at the moment )
494 Transport/Commercial buildings Paul 8/1/2008 19:29
Provide cyle lanes using back alleys as well as bus lane.
Discourage using all DOWN escalators. WE want people to exercise but in a gym...not really logical!
495 HDB/Residential: Paul 8/1/2008 19:29
Use condensing unit (aircon outdoor unit) as clothes dryer.
Use the chimney effet for that purpose.
[see design of tropical buildings later]
496 Maybe the Moderator could tell us if we are on the right track with our suggestions. Something like this: Paul 8/1/2008 19:36
Number of suggestions received
Number of positive proposals
Closing date of this site
The Committee might want to receive something else. Heck...the questions are rather philosophycal (or is it phylosophical)..a bit
more details could indeed be useful for people like me.
The people participating to this forum discussion are (or should be) passionate about the subject...I dont think you will have casual
visitors. So comments on feedback could be useful Cheers!
497 Singapore is small country with vast road network. With nearly half million of vehicle running on our road and including thousands Paul 8/1/2008 22:23
of foreign cars and motor bike, the road is very conjested and jam with cars during peak hour. This is the reality facing by people
living in such small island where every inch count. No doubt this seems to be a draw back, however something came to my mind
that some form of energy can be tap by those moving vehicle on the major highway. Will it be a good idea to have some sort of
small turbine mount under the road where a passing vehicle able to turn it when running over a series of small roller on the road
surface. This can generate some electricity and use for lighting street lamp. Instead of having just road stripe to remind road user
to slow down, it would be ideal to use roller that can generate energy and at the same time slow down the traffic for s! afety
reasons. I hope some institu tion can conduct a study on how feasable is this idea using passing vehicle to provide valuable
energy for our consumption and beyond.
498 Promote commuter cycling. Several permutations: MaleK 8/2/2008 0:35
1. Cycle to work - allowances for special cycle lanes, education of car and bus drivers to give space, encouraging building owners
for bicycle lot and showers. Great side-benefit is health
2. Cycle to MRT - secure bicycle parking lots at MRT stations
3. Cycle to work via MRT - special carriages for cyclists during peak hour commutes
Promote green cars
Reduce taxes to zero for hybrid cars, future fuel-cell cars
Promote green (ish) fuel
Create incentive schemes for petrol stations to install CNG fuelling stations.
Subsidise (ooh, bad S word) CNG conversions
Install covered travellators at Causeway to give Johoreans alternative way of commuting to work in Singapore (impractical for
Second Link). Encourage Johor municipal government to provide motorcycle parking facilities at Causeway (good luck with that
Ministers/civil servants to lead by example
On yer bike/train/bus Mr Minister (Make Norman Tebbit proud)
Encourage car pooling. If minimum of 3 passengers in car, they pay for 1/3 ERP (ok some technological constraints here).
499 Make it easy for consumers to recycle Malek 8/2/2008 0:35
Legally require condominums to provide recycling bins and arrange daily pick up
Consumers mandatorily required to divide waste into recylable and non-recyclable components,at pain of penalties and fines, our
classic motivation tool
500 The government should further encourage the use of alternative sources of energy such as solar energy through grants & tax Y.Y. 8/2/2008 8:54
501 Hi, I will like to suggest : Kevin 8/2/2008 12:34
1. Carpool system
1.1 Fixed Carpool pickup & fixed alighting points at major bus/MRT Interchanges
1.2 At pickup points; have lanes for fixed alighting points (destinations). Drivers get some rebate upon pick up passenagers thru
ERP like system (credit into cash card). Passenager may get free ride or pay small sum thr ERP like system if possible
1.3 SMS system for drivers to send msg to pickup points and show at the pick up location for passenagers to know # of car
coming to pick up. If possible, system can SMS to passenagers to show # of drivers coming to pick up points. Likewise, system
also SMS to drivers to indicate # of passenagers waiting to be picked up.
502 2. Reduce public lightings Kevin 8/2/2008 12:34
2.1 Our public lighting (road, parks & buidlings) are very bright compared to most countries in the world. Should switch off 1/3
between 7-11pm and 1/2 between 11pm to 7am. I do not think that safety is very much compromised.
503 3. Install solar system to heat up HDB water storage tank to supply heated water to households. Residents can collectively opt to Kevin 8/2/2008 12:34
support the system by paying a shared amounts to get heated water connected to their house. Or pay according to usage.
504 4. Install more recycling bins Kevin 8/2/2008 12:34
505 5. Build "Underground Reservoir" benealth golf courses and parks. This will also improve of drainage system of the golf Kevin 8/2/2008 12:34
courses.e.g. at the current golf courses near Changi Airport, also can build dam for flood control like current Singapore River's
Dam. At the same time, we can free out more sand for construction use.
6. Divert the rain water at current SICC to reservoir if we have not done so before SICC proceed with the remaining course
506 enble cyclist on swmbawang is not logical cos' I had been seeing most cyclist does not gaveway to elderly as well as parent Mr Chan 8/2/2008 13:55
pushing a cabby with hand holding another young children especially cyclist is a foreigner worker , they tend to sound their ringner
and dash their way thru,if you purpose education to singaporean how about foreigner worker, they are large numbers of worker
riding bicycle in singapore they doesn't care for others user unless there is another pathway only for cyclist,if not I think is it not
safe for the elderly and children !! Kindly considerate on this matters , this will issue on other places too. Thanks you
507 Singapore is small, overcrowded, has a reducing native population and is active in a world economy that is entering a downturn. R H Bond 8/2/2008 17:06
What relevance has Sustainability when the underlying assumptions are economic and population growth? The liklihood of "real"
economic growth over the next 5 years is probably less than 50%. The liklihood of non-immigrant population growth is zero. So are
we asked to contemplate an immigrant labour force kept obedient in an economy that is governed by a doubtful world scene?
Thoughts along those lines will be neither Sustainable nor Robust.
Sustainable growth can only be considered in association with Singapore's neighbours, as suppliers of land and labour.A 6 million
plus population of the Island is rediculous and courting unrest.
Singapore, viewed in isolation, must re-inforce and consolidate its success. It must take every opportunity to work with the
environment, although we can do nothing to alter the
coming results of global warming. Sea levels will rise. Sea wall defences are unreliable. Singapore is blessed with the coastal
defences of the tropics- mangrove and reefs.
Every effort must be made to encourage and increase both. Those are sustainable. Food availability will alter. Singapore must do
all it can to gain advantage from this. Broad based fish farming, hydroponics are two examples for encouragement. Singapore
talks of being a Garden City and its Parks and Botanical Gardens are good examples but we are woefully
short of natural vegetation. All forest patches and areas must be maintained and increased. Sentosa is lost, but Ubin and the other
islands must not be. Golf courses must be an unsustainable and anti-social land use. One golf course a year for at least 10 years
should have its lease revoked and the land returned to a
natural state. The most under-used amenity is the water areas of reservoirs and the coast. PUB must come out of its ivory tower
and promote its high value asset by encouraging water sports of every type.
We seem to be blessed with an environment free from dangerous excesses, such as earthquakes and typhoons. Our record of
fast response to neighbours less lucky has been excellent. Continuing this service is good for their and our sustainability.
508 No doubt Singapore is a world class well managed and clean city. Raj 8/2/2008 18:03
Every Singaporean should start to think about the effects of all actions on environment, be it use of electricity (lights, aircons,
washing machines, computers etc.), cookers (gas/ electric), cars, plastics. Environment should always be the first in mind and this
can come with good training which starts from young age. Schools should make environment as a separate and enlightening
subject. Take for example if whole or Singapore should stop all air cons one day with every individual involved. The heat from
inside the building comes out in the open air and hence that becomes hotter. The Political Leaders in Singapore are very proactive
and that shows good training and talent. I am sure a way could be found to involve all Singaporeans to start to experimenting to
see effect of say one day no use of any private cars, air conditioning, no plastics for a day (not to be even seen). This should be all
voluntary and for that look for training the future generation from schools.
509 continue to develop other neighbourhoods instead of already crowded popular areas. we do not need more people heading SING 8/2/2008 18:28
towards east coast park and making it more crowded. Or more crowds at outram or orchard. Each neighbourhood should be able
to attract its own crowd. e.g. Ang Mo Kio is doing well with AMK Hub.
510 Everyday I cringe at the amount of junk mail that I receive and throw away without a 2nd look: flyers, advertisements, these are all Terence 8/2/2008 18:41
good paper wasted.
Singapore's HDB flats currently have at least one empty mailbox at the bottom of every block of flats. If that empty mailbox can be
opened up, and painted a prominent colour (perhaps green) for Singaporeans to slot all these junk mail in.
The mailbox shall be cleared by the postman whenever he/she comes along to deliver mail. The mailbox idea discourages
inconsiderate people from dumping rubbish in them like the case is now for normal paper recycling bins. All that paper can be
collected and sent for recycling.
511 Less lights at night. SK Chang 8/2/2008 19:31
Many of the buildings, HDB flats, gardens and roads are brightly and excessively lit at night. I can understand the need for a
vibrant nightlife Singapore city, however, I find such brightly lit places should be restricted. Night time is a time where most people
rest and have peace; a brightly lit place reminds one that the day is not over and we can still do more outside of home; let silence
and darkness have their place.
We can have less light at the void deck, HDB corridors and carparks. I believe this will help reduce electrical consumption and
make Singapore greener.
512 Food for thought....for a liveable city.. Paul 8/2/2008 19:52
1. Spore must among few international cities without water fountains. Water fountains - small size say 2m dia max. - are very
realxing point of attractions for residents and visitors. AMK and TP and small streets in downtown should have these...or at least
experiment .. Problems with maintenance. Yes maybe. Problems with vandalism. Yes maybe. Still they are very nice! But they
must be small and traditional.
2. Telephone exchanges and PUB HT stations should be located underground...spaces above turn into small parks . Nice project
although could be expensive for existing stations/
3. Spore sidewalks are a disgrace. LTA and PUB never knew how to design these important features of a street. A lot of potential
here. I spent much time designing these during my U summer holidays; huge possibilities indeed.
Hope this can help
513 I observe that there is a heavy demand for free tabloids like Today and myPaper. However, these papers are often discarded by Soh P.H 8/2/2008 20:56
Hence, my suggestion is to have wastepaper recycling bins near MRT stations & bus interchanges to encourage commuters to
recycle their newspapers
514 Make more efficient use of MRT rail network by offering "express" MRT services. Soh P.H 8/2/2008 21:01
These would operate during peak hours and stop at fewer stations. Passengers on these trains would pay a higher premium for
the shorter travelling time (this can be tracked from the entry/exit time)
515 Perhaps its time to relook at our policy of distributing plastic bags so freely and easily. As it is free, people take it for granted. Ronald 8/2/2008 21:18
Singapore uses a few billion plastic bags each year.
Perhaps we should take the lead of countries like Taiwan which enforces a minimal charge of just 5 or 10 cents whenever
customers require plastic bags. IKEA in Singapore has already adopted this policy. However, the major supermarkets like NTUC
Sheng Siong and Giant have not.
Reducing the number of plastic bags used will definitely enable us to be more eco-friendly!!
516 A sustainable society should be: X.M. 8/2/2008 21:20
for its citizens to live and prosper.
Therefore, a sustainable society must develop a sustainable mobility, which replies on sustainable transportation systems.
My suggestion is that Singapore could develop the world-first sustainable transportation systems which are:
1. Green (i.e. zero pollution from cars)
2. Safe (i.e. zero accident from cars)
3. Cheap (i.e. zero ownership of cars)
And, the solution will be the combination of MRT and Smart Electric Vehicles which are co-owned by a community.
517 How about switching our lighting in Singapore to LED-based ones? Mr Lim 8/2/2008 21:20
Benefits of Light-emitting diodes (LEDs):
What other country doing:
518 1) New residential blocks and blocks undergoing upgrading should have rubbish chutes compartmentalised (eg. food waste, Manivel 8/2/2008 22:14
recycable waste and toxic waste). This will definitely increase the rate of recycling in Singapore as it will be very convenient to do
so (of course there will be some bad hats to abuse this, but this is already occurring with recycling bins). Include this as mandatory
item in building design code. Moreover, collection of these wastes can be enhance through the normal refuse collection services.
519 2) Solar panels/wind mills on roof tops of residential blocks to power lighting and small power consuming items such as lift fans; Manivel 8/2/2008 22:14
charging of backup batteries in lift motor rooms etc.
520 Target the schools. They print alot of worksheets and notices' especially the primary schools. Albert 8/2/2008 22:39
So it would be a good idea that it is a must to make schools recycle up to the equivalent of the amount of paper they use in a
year(base on the number of reams they purchased, to maintain a zero paper footprint.
521 Normally, big buildings have a centralised air-conditioning system. OSMAN 8/2/2008 22:45
And very normally these centralised air-conditioners would produce their condensate -which is literally water- which is then
discharged as waste.
These discharging of condensate -though not potable- is actually a waste of water.
A collection system should be build to collect these condensates and to re-cycle them.
The condensate can be used for flushing of wastes in toilets, watering of plants or for washing of floors. This way each building
can reduce its usage and dependence of potable water and subsequently its water bill.
The Government should make it mandatory for each new building to build its own condensate collection system for this purpose,
just as it makes it mandatory for buildings to have some areas reserved for greens.
With this idea, I hope we can help to reduce wastage of water
522 I would like to see bicycling become a serious alternative to cars,and for it to become better integrated with our current forms of Justin 8/2/2008 22:51
To that end, the government can:
1. Implement a nationwide bike sharing system, like the hugely successful Velib system in Paris. This does not cost the Parisian
municipal government any money - Velib is run by the advertising company JCDecaux, in exchange for the right to advertise in
public spaces in Paris.
2. Have more bike lanes that connect from residential areas into the CBD (and not just within housing estates and parks).
3. Build other infrastructure to encourage cycling: bicycle racks, allow larger bicycles onto trains (perhaps during non-peak hours).
1. Physical: Bicycles take up less road and parking space per person on our small island. See this:
2. Economic: lowered national dependence on imported oil i.e. lowered inflation; encourages people to move money into
appreciating assets eg. housing instead of depreciating ones ie cars.
3. Health reasons; cycling can prevent many cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Lowered national burden of health
4. Social: a bike-friendly country with low pollution is attractive to both expatriates and citizens.
5. Environmental: fewer petrol- burning vehicles on the road make the air cleaner. Cycling will also lower our carbon footprint,
523 Government - to replace all elevated MRT station roofs with solar cells to power the entire stations. Alfred 8/2/2008 22:53
Replace the sky shades with solar cells in all HDB flats to generate electricity to power public lighting.
Build giant superstructure that tower up to 280m. Every deck (about 6 stories apart, would have green plots to grow rice,
vegetables. This wouls sustain the essential foods/fruits.
Build solar-hydro plant together with Deslination to extract fresh water out of seawater and also extract hydrogen and store them in
large storage tanks. Solar would generate electricity. Hydrogen would become a fuel to heat water or turn on turbines to generate
524 I feel that air conditioners consume a lot of energy and release a lot of hot air in the atmosphere outside the area being cooled.The ALOK 8/2/2008 23:12
solution lies in using electric fans along with air conditioners in offices,hotels,MRT and even in homes.A fan consumes 1/10th
power being consumed by an air con.If a fan is being used along with air conditioner we can keep the room temperature setting as
high as 26 -28 deg and the room will still be comfortable.
Secondly we should make sure that taps being used have a self closing mechanism and even if they are manually opening
ones,the maximum opening should be very less.
525 Make Education in the following area a priority right from the Primary Level, continue in Secondary Level and onwards to Morgan 8/2/2008 23:27
specialise in the field they are interested in:
All children must be familiar with the above-mention to appreciate and practise best practises.
School outing and overseas visit should include at least one visit to these areas to show the seriousness. It should not be, 'If it is
convinient'. It should be a compulsory item.
To encourage people to take Public Transport, have muti-storey carpark near MRT and Bus Interchange. Charge cheaper parking
rate for whole day parking. This will definitely encourage people to leave their cars in their own town and take Public Transport to
town or elsewhere to work.
Make Singapore a Top Energey Research Centre.
Never shut off any suggestion saying, we have tried that, or that won't work because of...
Try new as well as old ideas. Situations and technology may allow old items to be implemented now.
Get a forum started on the internet on how an ideal liveable city would be like.
Have a yearly or once every 3 years contest for company's and individuals to come up with a workable solution to some problems.
Invite scientist on renewable energy to come to Singapore from time to time to give a speech. Get donations from the private
sector to encourage this.
526 Restrict/Ban paper flyers/advertisements. Ivan 8/2/2008 23:38
Paper flyers/advertisements had been spamming HDB mailboxes at a rate of almost 10 flyers per day. Most of them are
redundant/rubbish and are often dumb directly to the ground by the residence.
Wonder how many trees can be saved each day if these papers are saved.
527 1. Do not have any more F1 races. Sam 8/3/2008 0:00
More pollutions will be thrown into our air by these races then the pollutions from all of the cars on the road for 1 day, let alone the
waste of energy lighting the roads for this race then would be used by almost half the road lighing in Singapore for almost 1 night.
528 2. Install motion detectors to light up the walkways on each floor Sam 8/3/2008 0:00
of all HDB's.
Walkway floor lights are left on all night with many hours when there is no one needing those lighted areas. By installing motion
detectors that would switch lights on as and when people need them and then turn off untill someone needs them again, would
save the electricity. Locations on each floor could easily be worked out. The inital costs would work out to just pennies over just 1
year of use and savings of electricity that would result.
3. Install solar water heater panels on the roofs of HDB for tenants
to use instead of electricity to heat their hot water. Ways of using such a resource for so many people could be easly be worked
out. My company (which runs a 15 room guest house in Phuket Thailand) has used such methods of heating it's guests hot water
for years with absolutly no problem and no cost.
529 1)we everyday use many bottles of soap and shampoo, detergents,but always throw them away together wit the rest of the John 8/3/2008 0:42
rubbish. Why not set up a special collection bin especially for these down at each HDB flat and encourage housewife to use it?
530 2)organize clean up activity for school children not at beaches but at the HDB flats downstairs which is where they are all familiar John 8/3/2008 0:42
with. This will create a better sense of belonging and help persuade them to stop littering.
531 1) banned or limit the use of plastic bags in super markets. John 8/3/2008 0:46
2)banned the throwing of batteries into litter bins.
3)banned non recycle paper
4) organize book recycle campaigns, where everyone contribute their used books. Do this in communities and schools.
5)since everyhouse hold now has PC, ask everyone to register their Email with the RC so that it is easier for RC to organize
532 Comment : Ng H.T. 8/3/2008 1:07
A) I like cycling to work even if that will take me 45 minutes. I can't do it as the roads are dangerous to cyclist. Singapore has a
good weather to do that... 7 am and 6 pm. Cooling and with natural light. If the land-stretch under MRT lines are made into cycling
routes, that may help. Make workplace conducive for cyclist to bathe and change. Double yellow lines to be wider and made for
cyclist to ride over (like bus lanes without need to creat for one).
B) Allow for more home office.
C) Distribute the CBD activities into the town centres.
D) Reward businesses which support and demonstrated practice for telecommute. I have come across scheme in China which
classify each employee or jobs with 1) office bound 2) 4 day in, 1 day out, 3) 1 day in, 4 day out 4)occassional in. Just like carbon
tax, reducing commute are credits.
Live and play:
A) I always remembered when I was young, my whole family bathe with cool water. Water heaters were uncommon. However,
with affluence, our lifestyle changed. 2 ideas I can think of 1) collect heat from the sun thru roof/water panels and store them for
bathers 2) educate the nation in bathing in cool water.
B) I sleep without the fan. My wife and children have learn to do that too for cooler days. I will like to share the ideas here. Arrange
bedroom with good natural airflow passing above the bed. This would normally mean having the bed between the door and
window and that the bedroom furniture do not block the airflow.
C) Cool buildings. If heat is prevented from entering buildings, there is lesser need to cool our houses with fans and aircons. Ideas
1) run water thru surfaces of buildlings (like human perspire when hot).
2) have air insulation (hairs on your body) grow plants like creepers.
3) Roof tops lease out for farming purposes. (before Singapore breed of farmers disaapear) and support with a technology team
from Singapore to make it work. Many educated workers who toil in factories and offices may want to start a second career in this
new business. Imagine vegetables within housing estate.
4) Built houses that take in natural airflow like slab blocks and take care of the direction of wind and Sun to minimise heating the
concrete and taking in sea/land breeze.
5) Built units with good airflow without opening the main door. I find it very important for fresh air to flow thru the house.
6) Trees... let our NParks who does such a great job invade the heartland and city to do their wonders. Plant a million tree a year.
7) Education of our children... the school should set a good example to enforce the text. Example: do away with giving bottled
water (what do we do back in the days without bottled water?). Setup energy saving labs to understand how our behaviour impact
533 The govt should consider the following measure: Seah L.B. 8/3/2008 9:50
Standardise the number of operating hours of all major retailers and requires all retailers to close one day a week
Each retailer should be allowed to operate a fix number of hours a week so that they need not try to outdo each other by extending
their operating hours and leading to energy wastage.
Most countries have these measures and even required each major retailer to close one day a week to protect smaller retailers
but it actually also help to save energy. It also help the workers in these industries to have a better work life balance. Most
importantly, the general productivity and efficiency of the retailers will also improve. This need legislation as non of the retailer will
be willing to step out to take the first step. The first to do it will be the one to be hurt most but it is different if all are required to do it
as all will compete on the same base.
Consumers will also benefit since retailers will now focus on what they can improve in terms of merchandising, competitive pricing,
advertising, visual presentation, better logistics, products improvement and smarter retailing in general.
In Europe and Australia, major retailers are required to close once a week and these have been done for years without affecting
the general economy and in fact it spruces more and better innovation in retailing.
It is time for Singapore to put these simple to impelement, easy to administer measures into place to save energy and avoid great
wastage. Energy bill is one major component of retailers operating cost besides staff cost and rentals.
534 Good day, Rhys 8/3/2008 11:20
I would like to offer various suggestions for the Government to consider implementing and turn Singapore into a 50% clean energy
Singapore is an island with 682 sq km and 193 km of coastline, which makes us very suspectible to the future impacts of climate
change and the increasing sea levels that threaten to submerge Singapore by the time of my grandchildrens.
Firstly, I would like to thank the Government for the great work and making Singapore a safe and stable country for business and
life, however I believe we can do more, starting with small changes to the adminstrative areas to major changes in infrastructures.
1) I understand that some housing estates are issued with green plastic bags to encourage recycling, however the collection is
done by a separate agency twice a month only. The collection bins set up near housing blocks are few and far between, making
frequent recycling a hassle. Proposal (a): let town council cleaners be in charge of collecting and storing the recycled bags in the
storerooms below HDB blocks and prevent them profiteering from this with incentives etc. Proposal (b): Increase the education of
the importance of recycling and clear instructions(not just throwing green plastic bags at our doors) through effective media like
schools and TV programs.
535 2) Next, a more costly and long term suggestion for the Government to consider. Installing Solar Panels and wind turbines on the Rhys 8/3/2008 11:20
rooftop of HDB flats, then directly sell the clean energy to the Power Grid, which in turn sells to consumers. This is an long term
investment for the Government that may well break even in the early few years, once the storage and transfer of generated power
is worked out.
536 3) Offering rebates to users of Clean energy vehicles, working out a 5 years plan to turn Singapore into a 50% clean energy city Rhys 8/3/2008 11:20
like Sweden which embark on their campaign to reduce the number of oil dependant vehicles. Send a team to learn from Sweden
and how they educate their people to think green. Hence reducing our carbon emissions.
Currently these are the 3 major changes I would like to see the Government pursuing, but I am also willing to help work towards
these objectives by offering my time to volunteer as a Grass Root Leader and do my part, though I am not clear the process to
apply or join.
537 nice form gg 8/3/2008 12:58
538 I wanted to make a point about a sustainable environment not only locally but globally as well. I think alternative renewable energy Kelvin 8/3/2008 14:17
sources (such as solar and wind power) should be considered for our needs. The government could take steps to initiate some
form of Solar/Wind Power that (while it could be considered experimental today) will serve us in the future.
For Solar Power, we are a tropical city with quite a lot of sun throughout the whole year. Surely we can generate some amount of
our power thru this renewable resource? Also there is a program in the US (California/Texas if I am not mistaken) whereby houses
who generate excess Solar Power are able to sell their excess power back to the Power company. Then this can be used by some
other consumer on the grid. The power company thus saves using fossil fuel generated power.
I strongly believe this is something worth looking into.
As for Wind Power, I realise the limitations of our size constraints. But surely with so many tall buildings around, we can run some
small form of Wind power generation on these buildings? Perhaps this small amount of power could be used for the common area
lighting in these buildings?
539 Waste Reduction Tan H.H. 8/3/2008 15:20
- Ban use of disposable chopsticks, spoons, bowls, plates, etc in all foodcourts and hawker centres.
540 - Collection of food waste for bio fuel generation Tan H.H. 8/3/2008 15:20
541 - Increase recycling of paper, metals, plastics etc in industries and households Tan H.H. 8/3/2008 15:20
542 Greens Tan H.H. 8/3/2008 15:20
- Planting of more trees in fields
543 Public Transport Tan H.H. 8/3/2008 15:20
- Improve convenience of public transport
- More full day bus lanes
- Reduction in CoEs
544 Singapore : More Babies Program Ken 8/3/2008 15:27
Government wants Singapore women to produce more babies.
Employers, especially SMEs cannot afford to pay them for not doing any work during their maternity leave. Maternity leave disrupts
office operations. Many pregnant women got sacked, as a result.
Government should reimburse the employers 3 months pay of the pregnant women employees should they go on maternity leave.
Reason: The pregnant women has contributed to the economy by way of being gainfully employed and the taxes they paid to the
country. Government must also play its part to strive for a win-win situation. Her maternity leave should not be a burden to her
company. The women on maternity leave should not suffer financial loss also; bearing in mind that many of them have a housing
loan to repay.
545 In addition to Oil and Water, Spore faces or will face sooner than later a problem with food supply. In fact, for most nations (more Paul 8/3/2008 16:45
for Spore for obvious reasons), food is a matter of national security.
A golf course should be converted into a chicken farm.
An 18-hole course, having 18 chicken farms could give how many eggs per day? Geez, a nice projet with 100% of public support.
I think you guessed what Proposal 2 will be :)) yeah! another golf course for say fruits and vegs (never pigs).
What about an 18-golf course divided into say 1000 farmettes operated by the people? Super project creating jobs and especially
reviving skills lost in pursue of soso academic papers.
546 The recent reports of drivers queuing up to fill their tanks with natural gas with the wait of an hour would be one factor that SQ 8/3/2008 16:59
discourages people to purchase hybrid cars.
With the rising oil prices, and the fact the Singapore is dependent on other countries for oil should encourage us to make the
switch. The public could be educated on these alternative solutions and also tax exemptions could be used as a motivation for
drivers to purchase such cars. Rebates to make the switch from older cars could be a solution, if not enforced already.
Not only depending on natural gas or fuel, there area also other forms of hybrid cars out in the market and if not, Singapore could
also invest in the RND of alternative energies.
Despite the advertisments out there for us to take public transport, I must say that I constantly notice the black sooty smoke that is
produced by these public transport buses. No doubt taking public transport is great, but these public transport companies should
save on that rusty old catalytic convertor admit the hiking of bus fares.
This is just a suggestion.
547 The vast area of space on every roof top of HDB flats is a very important resource. A few was we can make use of it Lim K.S. 8/3/2008 17:09
1. Can be use to heat up water for use.
2. Solar panel can be install to generate power.(alternate energy)
3. Hydro phonic industry can be developed.
Many benefits can be derived from it. especially the third suggestion. Including creating jobs and increase self sufficiency.
548 1.) Housing estates can be laced with solar cells on the exterior/walls to generate electricity. Naraharisetti 8/3/2008 17:31
2.)If one can develop transparent solar cells, they can be used as windows that generate electricity.
549 3.) Use 2 passenger taxis/smaller taxis, so that they consume less fuel. Naraharisetti 8/3/2008 17:31
550 It wasn't too easy to reach this website. Given the publicity surrounding it, it was nonetheless quite difficult to reach it from Tan P.S 8/3/2008 20:34
www.gov.sg. Worse, the hyperlink on the government's media release site, which I finally found after googling "Inter-Ministerial
Committee on Sustainable Development " at http://app.sprinter.gov.sg/data/pr/20080728991.htm is wrong.
Anyway, on to my actual suggestions:
One potential low-hanging fruit in our efforts to encourage sustainability in Singapore is in reducing wastage of takeaway food
receptacles. Many Singaporean workers buy takeaway food for their meals. Currently, the most popular means of packaging such
food are in white styrofoam containers. While reducing the usage of such containers itself is probably not easy given commercial
and convenience factors, what can be eradicated is the use of another plastic bag to carry the container. The use of this additional
plastic bag is almost a universal practice currently.
The design of the styrofoam container can quite easily be modified so that it sports a handle. Further enhancements could provide
a snap on feature for cutlery or containers of chilli and soy sauce.
The same concept can be applied to plastic containers that are currently popularly deployed for carrying hot soups etc.
551 I would like to see that our food supply can be self-produced rather than rely on imports from other countries. Edmund 8/3/2008 21:54
The high food prices are here to stay. There might be a day when we cannot afford the prices anymore. We cannot wait until that
day arrives and it is only prudent that we should start preparations now, to prepare for the worst case scenario.
I have approved AVA (Agri-Vet Authority) on an idea about Vertical Farming but so far their response is lukewarm.
Their response is that it's too capital intensive and they are confident of getting our food sources from other countries at a cheaper
However, that puts us at a vulnerable position.
I hope one day that we can be totally independent and self-reliant with our food supply, just like our water supply.
Below is a proposal which I have submitted to AVA for MND research fund, but it was rejected.
URBAN AQUAPONICS IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS
Vertical intensive aquaponics farming is a form of agriculture and aquaculture done in urban high-rises. In these high-rises, food
such as fruit and vegetables, can be raised by using greenhouse growing methods and recycled resources, allowing Singapore to
Aquaponics is the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment. Aquatic fish waste
accumulates in water as a by-product of keeping them in a closed system or tank (for example a recirculating aquaculture
system). The effluent-rich water becomes high in plant nutrients but this is correspondingly toxic to the aquatic animal.
Plants are grown in a way (for example a hydroponic system) that enables them to utilize the nutrient-rich water. The plants uptake
552 I would like to see more recycling initiatives. Edmund 8/3/2008 22:07
Presently, the recycling business is not taking off because residents cannot be disciplined enough to sort their trash.
We have reached the point which we cannot ignore our actions. Our basic resources and raw materials are getting more
expensive. We need to recycle more to preserve our resources and prolong the lifespan of raw materials.
Below is a plan that will be submitted for MND Research consideration. I hope that this plan will take off. We cannot wait for the
day until it is too late.
Recycling advertising banners to make into useful materials isn't new, as "Make Your Own Bag" campaign from the Tanglin-
Cairnhill constituency in Central Singapore, have been doing for some time. The "Make Your Own Bag" campaign was launched in
2007 to recycle banners into useful shopping bags. The project, by grassroots organisations in the Tanglin-Cairnhill constituency
in Central Singapore, plans to make 5,000 of these one-of-a-kind banner bags.
In addition, it helps generate some pocket money for the women, who come from low income families in the area, as they were
tasked to sew the recycled bags. Sewing courses were even conducted for those who did not know how to sew.
Each year the commercial advertisers prints out nearly 500 32" x 60" nylon street banners to decorate shopping sub-urban malls
or central shopping centres. These banners are made of polyurethane based materials with formaldehyde-based spray paint
which are toxic to the environment when they are incinerated.
Rather than returning the banners at the end of their season-and sending them to incinerators-this project is about turning the
banners into recycling building chutes for existing HDB blocks. By sewing the nylon banners into an elongated long recycling
chute, it will save 25,456,640 BTUs of energy-enough to provide electricity to an average Singapore home for over 10 months.
Many existing HDB blocks do not have the facilities to sort their waste. Building concrete pillar chutes to cater to recycling
553 purposes is very costly.
The Government can enhance the incentives to use and develop renewable energy like solar power and wind energy. TOGLE 8/4/2008 0:30
New technology such as energy harvesters can be set-up on MRT stations where movement of people can generate electricity.
A gym also can also be set-up in community clubs where exercise equipment like stationary bikes, treadmill, etc. can generate
electricity and then stored and use it for lightings, etc.
Ordinary Singaporeans can support a sustainable Singapore by having the mindset of energy efficiency, not only of conserving
energy thorugh various means but also contributing energy through electricity generation.
554 Are there plans for sustainable energy in Singapore? Such as solar power plants to supplement the grid? Are off shore wind Felix 8/4/2008 0:24
turbines feasible in Singapore? How about offshore solar panels?
555 STOP Increasing living cost. STOP bringing in too many Forigen Students. Take a walk at our local universities and poly, you will Koo H.S. 8/4/2008 10:07
see mini China. North Brooks Secondary School, only 6 SINGAPOREANS in the whole school.
Autralian Government gives monthly allowance to it's un employed citizen. Subsidised Medical. Some of the health checks, the
government hospitals COST MORE than PRIVATE. And we don't have to wait very long for our appointment.
I have a friend, his dad retired and sold his local property,car and migrated to Australia taking all his CPF. Bought 2 landed home,
a car. And rented out one of the house. He still gets income and enjoy his life there at the same time.
If the government don't do something, very soon all the younger generation like us will move out, most of my friends who studied
overseas, ended up staying there. Singapore will become 2nd China very soon. Look at our local food stalls, Sold my China
people. NOT by Singaporeans. I'm not discriminating China people. Just stating facts.
556 It is undeniable that Singapore loose out other nations for its hot and humid weather. So far the old campagin that initiated by LKY yit M.T 8/4/2008 10:21
in planting lots of trees yeild good result that we saw a green and cool Singapore. Unfortunately, I notice less of such emphasis in
tree planting recently:
1) chopped tree off to make way to house additional life,
2) No tree planting a long the canal or MRT track (too afraid of falling leaves? - laziness)
3) No tree before the road signboard or near the lamp post, traffic - tall tree would not cause visbility issue and neither would it
block the lighting, (tree will grow tall and we could trasfer a mature tree to these area), also tall and big signbaord can be errected
at the centre divider of the road/expressway like the US style.
plant more of those shaddy tree like angsana (along ECP), palm tree doesnt shade much.
557 Green Energy / Earth Friendly - are we there yet? yit M.T 8/4/2008 10:34
I salute Singapore for a nation that highly regarded globally and I have strong confident for its good success if a project is
undertaken by the government with its proiority in mind. But I supposed we still have long way to go when it comes to Green
Energy. There are mnay opportunity Singapore, an island state nation can drive better than any countries in the world, eg:
- Why can't all the buses go with Electric Power?
- Why didn't we install each and every HDB roof top with Solar Panel to power the public ammenities?
- Why did we tap the wind power on the top of all the sky scrappers?
- Why do we still allow so many lazy coffee shops to continue using the disposable items (plates, bows, cups, chopstick,
- Why cant we ban styrofoam material for disposal items
- Why are we so late in segregating the recycle-able material (paper, glass, plastic) in the HDB estate? (I mean built in the rubbish
558 I have a few ideas. Hope they find a home somewhere to be considered seriously: Arthur 8/4/2008 12:09
1. Batteries: Rechargeable: Encourage the use of rechargeable batts. Nornmal Alkaline ones for AAA and AA cells should attract
a green tax.
Disposal and recycling: Should have collection centres in prominent places to collect dead batts for recycling. Now mainly trhown
and incinerated. Very wasteful. Contributing to heavy metal pollution and landfill.
2. Electric Meters: All electric meters now placed outside the home. Should have a digital meter INSIDE the home. Can have
immediate feedback when one turns on the aircon and see the meter fly. Every time we off the lights, can see immediate decline
in consumption. Added potential benefit is that consumers and call into an automated phone system or web system to report
monthly usage, No need for estimates and manpower to read meters. Reading can be reduced to exception cases and to general
population every 6 months to 1 year.
3. Consumer liquids and powders: long time ago, people used to bring containers to neighborhood provision shops to buy cooking
oil, rice etc. The provision shop guy will pump some oil into the bottle. No waste. Consumer products such as detergent, shampoo,
liquid soaps, even rice etc could be sold in similar manner. Also should encourage the use of re-fillable packs. My shampoo brand
Heads and Shoulders by Procter and Gamble does not have re-fill packs. Forced to buy a pump bottle every time. Waste again.
Should impose green tax on such products.
4. Electrical Transformers: Transformers for laptop and phone chargers usually plugged in. Even if phone or lappy is not
connected. It is real hassle to unplug them. Should develop a charger that can sense that device is not plugged in and de-activate
on its own.
5. Bottled water consumption: very wasteful. Theres no real need for drinking bottled water. Green tax on them! Kopi tiams serving
bottled water should serve tap water option. Consumers can pay a small sum for loss of profits.
6. Boiled water consumption: many households still drink boiled water although tap water is perfectly good. Many kilowatt hrs
wasted just to boil water for drinking. Even poor households boil water. Education and champaign to encourage reduction in
7. Power generation: Study should be applied to see if possible to mount solar panels and wind turbines on buildings. No reason
559 There are many aspects to sustainability. C.H. Roolvink 8/4/2008 12:36
In this case I would plead for a comprehensive
approach to cycling in Singapore.
Allow more people to use our roads safely, increase independence and increase health, reduce car trips.
I do not have a clear overview on gazetted policies pro cycling, perhaps some of my suggestions have been executed already, or
are in preparation....
I would like to to see that the Government...
1. to clearly state there position towards cycling in Singapore. expecting this to be a positive and firm stance, coupled with budget
say of at least 100 million SGD for the next 5 years.
2. to set up a dedicated team at Ministry of Transport & LTA to look into ALL aspects of cycling.
3. to have them consult with all cycling groups or cyclists in Singapore. + specialists in the world.
4. to work on a comprehensive plan that incorporates:
-- update of the LEGAL aspects. Cyclists position in traffic system, new road signs, new infrastructure.
-- EDUCATION. - traffic rules theory+practice as standard part of primary school curriculum (not one day sponsered by Shell...).
Foreign workers, Cycling groups. And an overhaul of the Highway Code and curriculum for those learning to drive a car
-- update of INFRASTRUCURE. Starting with the tools (cycle path, cycle lanes, were to allow driving on pedestrian lanes... Then
very important, to work on a safe network. Not only
recreational but from towns to towns, to CBD. Then inside the neighborhood from home to school, from home to shopping centres,
from home to the MRT station.
-- Have a time planning to go with it. All can not be built overnight, but certainly faster than it takes with the park connectors.
560 I feel that in order to sustain a green singapore,small steps taken can go a long way. Himani 8/4/2008 12:59
1.Turning up the air con temperatures by 1-2 degrees in trains/malls/restaurants/offices.we always have to carry jackets whenever
we go out.
2.We also find too many lights on in all the condominiums floors, even during the day time.turning them off or half of them off or
introducing censor lights may help.
561 3.Banning all plastic bags will force people to carry more eco friendly bags for their shopping. Himani 8/4/2008 12:59
562 Hello, why is it that Singapore do not have a plan to ban the use of incandescent light bulbs. It sucks up a lot of energy and is not KT Sia 8/4/2008 13:33
efficent at all. many countries has already put a timeline on it and are actively working towards alternative lighting technology to be
more environmentally friendly.
Halogen lamps is also another bulb to ban as it is similarly very inefficient. There are already alternatives out there.
The govt should also support users with energy saving devices like what the USA does. They have a Energy Star program. WE
need similar programs in Singsapore.
563 I personally feel that Singapore as a developed country can do so much more in making sure that the place we live in continues to Janet 8/4/2008 15:53
There are a few areas which we can look into. To begin with, I feel that Singaporeans are still far from being gracious and civic-
minded. Yes, the country may appear seemingly clean but I think the effort has to be attributed to the unsung heroes, the cleaners
who keep the place clean. In countries like Japan which I have been to once, I was totally impressed with the state of cleanliness
of the city. What was interesting to note is one can hardly find any dustbins on the streets in the city I was at (Tokyo) and the place
was very clean. I later gathered that most Japanese make an effort to bring along a plastic bag with them whenever they are out.
The plastic bags serve as mobile dustbins that they have on them.
Next, the lack of civic- mindedness among some pet keepers. It seems that some of these pet keepers do not dispose of their
pets' poo poo when their pets defecate in public.
Another area which shows the ugly side of us Singaporeans is at the MRT stations. I am peeved whenever I see commuters at the
platforms all ready to dash into the trains before the commuters inside the trains can alight. In addition, people do not stand in an
orderly manner on the escalators. For a moment, I think there used to be some campaign asking commuters to stand on the left of
the escalators unless overtaking. If people in other cities like London can do that, why cant we Singaporeans do it too?
564 On saving energy Rohaya 8/4/2008 17:06
There is a lot of wasted use of energy in a lot of public and commercial buildings and carparks because estate managers are
afraid to review and change their standing orders from the norm
- Carpark lighting should be substantially reduced during hours when the carparks are hardly occupied
- Lighting of building facades from midnight onwards should be substantially reduced especially for buildings away from the central
- Lighting of bus stops should be brutally reviewed as there are so many of these stops. In areas where a lampost is near and
where the area is already bright and fairly safe, bus stop lighting is totally unnecessary. In fact lighting should be completely
switched off after service hours.
- Upgrading of HDB estates inevitably ends up with higher energy usage in the public areas at ground level as unfailingly green
areas are reduced and replaced with hardpaved areas just to show that there has been 'concrete' new things added. Must this
always be so? I always find these upgraded places hotter and more artificial than before. The increase in covered walkways, not to
mention pedestrian bridges too, inevitably also come with more use of energy for lighting. Sometimes I think the HDB designers
seem to think that covered walkways are needed to pacify residents in their desire for upgrading. But this only translates to more
energy use in lighting and more maintenance cost.
-HDB should also not replace low maintenance landscaping with high maintainence landscaping which ultimately translate into
more energy use in its demand for more frequent trimming of ornamental hedges and plants etc. Surely there are alternatives for
landscaping. Landscaping does not need to be neat and tidy to look pleasant. The public can and do appreciate more natural
It is not important to try and look good that you have put in a lot of effort to beautify an environment because you will end up trying
565 I am happy to learn that cycling will increasingly be incorporated as part of transport eco-system. I will argue it's even good for Han J.K. 8/4/2008 18:04
health. For someone with worn-out knee cap, cycling, according to my doctor, is better than jogging.
If we adopt a more tolerant approach of co-sharing of resource (eg pavement, footpath), there is a lot more we can do. I am a
week end cyclist (I travel with foldable bike to different parts of Singapore in my car) who makes use of park connectors, side
roads, foot paths, pavements in the past 3 years with absolutely no issue with pedestrians and vice-versa. It's about courtesy,
consideration and civil mindedness.
To commute within 2-3km proximity of one's home, make cycling a viable option co-sharing with pedestrian footpath and
pavement. If we believe this is the way to go, then we should ACCELERATE developments in multiple satellite towns and embrace
cycling wholeheartedly. If it means bringing back licensing of bicycles, so be it.
However, I recognize licensing will be nightmarish. IF the concern is safety/accident, make penalty high and cyclist liable for
pedestrian/cyclist accidents; much like knocking a car from behind. In the long run, ongoing education is still necessary.
When I read that we are experimenting with allowing foldable bicycles into MRT, buses I am excited. I recognise such practice will
be a challenging during peak hours but then again, with proper planning, it may just be doable especially on MRT. This may be
stretching a bit! Can we imagine having 1 dedicated carriage (last one perhaps) to take cyclists (add a premium) during peak
566 We need to follow Copenhagen's model, and start instilling a bike culture/lifestyle in Singapore. There are too many cars on the Cheryl 8/4/2008 22:43
road that the driving is usually a slow crawl. And it's not helping with the increase of petrol prices and ERP gantry costs and etc.
Moreover, our country cannot afford to live with the increasing amount of air pollution. As a small country, cycling to school, to
work and basically getting around on a bicycle, would be very feasible and logical. We need to build bicycle lanes on the road,
such that cycling is not just a sport or a recreational activity, but a means of transport. Follow the model of Paris. In 10 months,
they managed to get their cycling policy going well. It is not unusual to hear of people who have stopped driving their cars because
of the traffic jam and the rising costs, but taking the train/bus is not optimal either because of the crowd ! (even at non peak
hours!) Neither is it unusual to hear of Singaporeans who live in HDBs and can't find parking spaces every night (and get fined as
a result!) because their neighbours own 3-4 cars per family. Imagine the future...it will not be pretty.
There are many Singaporeans who want to cycle to work and to school, but the policies in Singapore just aren't bike-friendly.
Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Copenhagen's book, and start to consider a cycling policy. If even their politicians cycle to
567 1. Reduce the number of vehicles on the road by allowing for zero growth in car population Roger 8/4/2008 23:06
2. Reduce emissions by having stringent standards on pollution since we are a small country
3. Have more non-smoking areas
4. Reduce the amount of waste by using more paper and less plastic
5. Regulate temperatures in commercial buildings
6. Raise everything associated with car usage - oil will run out within 50 years. What we use now will deprive our children of the
1. Singaporeans can bring their own bags (not popular to plastic bag makers)
2. Take public transport (not popular to taxis, car rental companies)
3. Support the government's green initiatives.
4. Use less of the same (retail affected)
5. Waste not (not popular to retailers)
6. Reuse where possible (not popular to recyclers, retailers)
7. Consume less (not popular to retailers)
8. Be conscious of energy usage. (not popular to power generation plant companies)
9. Combine trips to save on energy use.
568 1) A lot of the trees grown in HDB estates are nice to look at but do not provide shade which is badly needed in our burning hot James 8/5/2008 5:23
climate. For example, the ubiquitous palm trees that line our roads. They do not provide shade for the sidewalks at all! In Los
Angeles it is common, but it is okay, because the weather there is cool or cold mainly - temperate, not tropical. I was there for 2
years so I know. Did our planners copied others blindly?! Umbrellas are made for the rain. In Singapore it is a very common sight
when the sun is up - the carriers are invariably women. I am very sure our men also want the shade, but they don't want to be
looked at as sissy. The gardens in HDB estates also are not usable in the hot sun, because the trend is to have trees that don't
have many leaves that are nice to look at, so the planners thought. But the reality is when it is searing hot and uncomfortable, you
don't appreciate the beauty of the trees. All you want is shade, shade and shade, especially when people are going to work - they
don't want to arrive at the workplace wet from perspiration and the subsequent body odour. The HDB garden seats can be used
only in the morning up to about 9 am and in the evening from about 7 pm. But these are the times during which people generally
don't use the gardens. So the gardens are under utilized. So are our parks where there are no big trees with dense leaves to
provide shade. In temperate countries, for example, New Zealand, one of the favourite pastimes is picnicking, when families and
lovers go to the park to eat and have fun. And their government actively supports it by providing tables, etc, at parks for this. In
Singapore it is pretty rare - unfortunately - and there is no government facilitation. It is rare mainly because our parks are hot and
569 2) HDB residential blocks are supported by narrow pillars, so that there is a void deck for the residents to use. But I wonder if the James 8/5/2008 5:23
planners realised that if terrorists place a powerful bomb
against the main supporting pillar at the corner of a block, all the floors will come tumbling down like a house of cards when this
pillar is blown off in an explosion. And, as most of our blocks are so built, terrorists will have a field day repeating their deed when
they know our vulnerability and that they can cause great panic. Similarly, war saboteurs, like those Indonesian bombers that
came here during Confrontation, can do the same. A few bombs that kill thousands can demoralize Singaporeans, as 80% of us
live in HDB blocks.Can that put us on our knees in a war? In a war, not just
saboteurs can blow off HDB block pillars, in built-up area fighting, artillery fire or a tank can tear off a pillar. I feel strongly
something ought to be done about it. It only takes one sabotage that causes hundreds of deaths, and there will be copy-cats
because it is easy. Terrorists want maximum impact, and they can have it this way.
570 3) I am very unhappy public transport fares always increased and never came down, even when it was recession. During the past James 8/5/2008 5:23
recessions, the government cut CPF contributions, called for wage freeze and asked Singaporeans to bear with it. But public
transport fares were not cut. This is very unfair, because workers needed to take public transport to work and back. They had less
to spend but transport cost was the same. In times of recession, public transport must be cut also. There is no real competition
among the taxi companies to benefit the public. It seems like they all act in unison whenever there is a fare increase.
571 Provide tax rebate or incentive for household to install solar panels at home. Come up with a system that allows household to sell Daniel 8/5/2008 8:48
back excess electricity generated back to the grid, similar to what Germany is doing.
572 Hi. I was just thinking that Singapore could have some use of the wasted or uneaten food from everywhere; supermarkets, homes, Joan 8/5/2008 12:08
food centres, hawkers, wet markets. If all food are just going to be thrown away, wouldn't it be a REAL waste? Since Singapore
has limited power stations to provide the energy for everyone in Singapore, why not reuse waste food as an alternative? Not
reusing food as to having to consume it once again but use the waste food as a fuel for power plants to run or for engines to run.
For example, how wonderful it will be if cars were to run on vegetable oil. Amount of waste gas coming out of the exhaust pipe
would definitely be much lesser in carbon compounds and all. At least there will be a use for the unconsumed food thrown
everywhere in Singapore.
573 In order that you dont suffer from Lancett's fatigue, I would like to end my contribution with these words. Paul 8/5/2008 12:07
By 2015 latest , like it or not, gouvernments will be forced to curtain consumption and drop the suicidal principal of Economical
Growth which has been sustainable in the West by massive immigration (adds a huge burden to society). Growth should be set
backward based on birth minus death rate.
If we have lower consumption then there is no point to build new power stations. One should be very cautious about adding new
Power Stations (same for Incinerator)
To conserve the basic tenets of our way of life, there's no alternative to OIL...no alternative to WATER.
1. Solar is appealing to the media. Can be sold to naive public but really useless to produce work except for domestic hot water.
Note: to produce, transport install and maintain the panels for HW takes more energy than it saves. Same for electrical lamps.
(We should consider switching 50% of street ligths after 1 am)
2. BioFuel is amoral. It is criminal to produce food to feed machines so that Mr Tan can go to the beach in his SUV. Scandaleous!
3. Wind is an hoax! To manufacture, transport, install, maintain, operate these fans take more envergy than the power delivered at
points of use while still requiring power stations. However can be sold easily to the Ah Bengs.
4. Nuclear is a polical hot potato
5. Geothermal is my favorite (just common sense)
Please think again about Tropical Buildings.
Ludicrous that in Spore we dont have one...last one was Ngee Ann building replaced by ill suited a granite building designed from
handbooks for Cold Climate zone, like all our buildings in town.
30 years later CBA approve Keppel crooked towers, a future eye sore in our skyline...and we call that progressive designs. There
is so much one can talk about to improve our building designs.
Ask Magaret Drive Girls Sec. School about their crooked Podium, now a few years old. BTW...any reasons why are schools
aircon? Of course I know your answer but....
For a tropical building see: KL Subang Airport (I must express a point of interest here...my then employer designed the building
and that is reason I am in Spore:))
574 1) increase the temp @ the office by about 2 degrees celcius. Timothy 8/5/2008 13:09
encourage staff to dress down.
women are normally more flexible when it comes to dressing. they may wear something sleeveless & when it is cold, they would
put on their jacket, so increasing temp & therefore lowering air-con power would not affect them drastically.
For the men, I suggest that short sleeve collar shirts as opposed to long sleeve be the acceptable dress code.
Ministers & Perm Secs can lead by example in the civil service.
On days that staff are not meeting clients, they can wear short sleeve shirts & if they r, they can put on a tie.
Actually it is more practical wearing short sleeve in this weather.
Pardon my bluntness, but I have lots of clients whose work requires them to be outdoors often & they perspire frequently with the
sweat trapped inside and this often results in strong body odour.
Ministers should set an example by encouraging the wearing of short sleeve shirts . Business Leaders would then follow suit.
Once the stigma is removed, the men will be more open to dressing down and thereby requiring less air-con power.
Imaging how much energy will be saved per day if UOB Plaza were to increase the temp by 2 degrees.
What if all office building in Raffles Place, Suntec and Shenton Way do that?
575 The goverment can look into generating 'green' fuel/electricity from the waste materials we collected to run the aircon system and CHUA SQ 8/5/2008 13:52
electricity in buildings like how the Japanese counterparts are doing back in Japan. It is 'greener' and we will be less dependent on
fuels that are harmful to the enviroment.
Low cost and positive results are shown in this area of being 'green'.
576 Ordinary Singaporean can help by recycling their shopping bags, go green by not taking the disposible cutlery from the hawkers CHUA SQ 8/5/2008 13:52
when they take away their lunch/dinner, instead use their own cutley back in office/home. We can help to reduce the use of plastic
577 I have the following feedback / suggestions: Ranjan 8/5/2008 14:12
1. There needs to be a national survey on the level of awareness in Singaporeans about climate change. Should be a cross
section of the business community as well as individuals of all levels of society. By doing so, we can address pockets of the
community where ignorance is prevalent
2. Currently, private apartments and estates are not mandated to have recycling bins. This should be mandated immediately.
Myself and my neighbors have often lamented at the lack of recycling bins around our private estate
3. I am not sure if outlawing the use of grocery bags makes sense. In my household, we re-use such bags for refuse. Perhaps we
should encourage the use of biodegradeable grocery bags that can still be recycled for refuse. The increased costs should be
minimal but eventually this will dissipate with widespread use of such bags which will generate sufficient economies of scale
4. I have found it wasteful to see festival lights around our city area - Perhaps more can be done to do away with the adding of
lights and to deploy decorations that require no electricity. Alternatively, lights can be used in conjunction with solar power panels
which are already in use today for some of our street lights
5. The use of electricity in households can be curbed by individuals with a change of current habits. However, a 10-20% reduction
is not significant. I would recommend the following possible options:
a. Use of solar panels in conjunction with batteries to supply power to the building
b. Use of car batteries which are parked at the estate which help to contribute to the household's required wattage. A car battery
can output around 15 kilowatts of power while a household may need only 1.7 kilowatts of power per day. Moreover, car batteries
are recharged during driving. Some US inventors are already exploring this concept.
The above options work in-conjunction with our national utilities providers. It is not meant to replace our utilities companies but to
drastically reduce carbon-based energy consumption by using green sources.
6. Singapore is a sunny island and we have sunshine in abundance. MIT in the US has recently made a breakthrough in the
capturing and storing of solar energy. This was previously thought to be lacking viability owing to high costs...however, the people
of MIT have come up with a cost-effective way to do so. Singapore should join MIT's push and help fund/co-operate in such a
A more cost effective way to utilize solar energy in Singapore is to install solar panels on top of every HDB block, but leave out the Joseph 8/5/2008 15:49
batteries and extra infrastructure needed to connect to the national grid.
This way, the electricity generated will be fed directly to each block's needs with no wastage as there is a baseline energy need
anyway, no matter what time of the day.
Together with the Government's energy conservation efforts, this will put a very visible (and even viable) face to Singapore's
579 We can have cleaner air fairly quickly if 2-stroke motorcycles were to be removed from our road because they tend to KS Ang 8/5/2008 15:55
emit light bluish smoke, worse some blow this pollutant as they
move along their journey.
Imagine how wide spread this un-burnt lubricating oil can go.
Stain on everything it comes to rest.
The NEA idea that this machine will die of natural death (stated a good number of years ago) does not hold water,
as a prove, there are thousands of them still on the road at this moment, they will still be around for a long long time even after the
officer who said that have died!
Thousands more will cross the causeway daily to join the polluting.
Whoever says this is harmless can breathe the exhaust for a few minutes daily.
The only way to get rid of this pollution is an outright removal from the road. No Machine No Smoke, that simple!
It is very naive of the NEA officer who said that this machine will die of natural death (fail the emission test)?
Put on your thinking cap!
Going for the test, rider do not add oil while filling the petrol tank.
The oil will be added once he is out of the test compound,
the same trick could be used for diesel engines.
No matter how stringent the emission rule is, this trick always works.
The only way to get these machine polluting is to catch them in the act on the road.
At the moment there seems to be NO Enforcement.
For years on the road I have not seen any form of enforcement.
This is the only effective way, without which
Some suggestions game is on everyday.
580 the mouse-and-cat on creating a sustainable Singapore. Michael 8/5/2008 16:31
Not in order of priority:
1. Convert all public buses from diesel to CNG, which produces cleaner exhaust / better air quality
2. Try not to cut down trees, and over-develop especially in build up area.
3. Grow plants or install solar cell on HDB root-top. Grow more trees and create more parks wherever possible.
4. Facilitate the use of bicycle and ensure its safety as an alternative transport.
5. Restore / convert canals into rivers with plants.
6. Use solar cells to absorb energy; it may also reduce the temperature.
7. If vehicle driver does not turn on car air-con at night or in the early morning, it would reduce carbon emission and heat.
581 I believe Singapore will more scenic and beautiful place with some stream/river flowing through our HDB heartland. This creation Alvin 8/5/2008 23:18
will 'soften' the vast concrete build up/landscape, and with our current aggressive tree planting taking place; you can imagine, in
no time, you will be able sit/laze along the river bank and may be doing some fishing/canoeing/reading your favorite novel/picnic
with family/friend etc.
We can do this by damming the huge concrete drain in many of the estate like the one I seen in at Yishun Industrial Park A and
Another plus point is that this project will enable us to increase our water storage capacity/water catchment which is also our
It will definitely enhance the settings of the area and give the countryside effect to the concrete enviroment.
I am sure with determination and technology, we should not have much difficulty to achieve this for a more gracious living.
Hope you will consider my views seriously.
582 Put a recycling bin at every level of a block of flats, so people will find it more convenient to recycle and more people will recycle Yeoh Y.S. 8/6/2008 8:17
583 Encourage the use of composting worms to compost waste. There can be a community worm bin at every block of flats. This way, Yeoh Y.S. 8/6/2008 8:22
organic waste can be turned into organic fertiliser for use on plants and veggies in community gardens.
584 use heat from air-con exhaust fans to heat water. Yeoh Y.S. 8/6/2008 8:33
provide more job oppportunitiesin the waste management, energy and water sectors.
provide government subsidies for those who install solar panels.
organise an activity which gets people to plant trees. teach the young children the importance of the environment and what we can
do to save it.
raise the price of incandescent bulbs and encourage everyone to buy fluorescent light bulbs.
585 I believe each and every Singapore resident should be required to recycle - plastics, glass, tin, paper, etc. should all be separated Stacey 8/6/2008 10:01
and recycled. This is done in Australia and most of the US, there is no reason we cannot do this in Singapore, in fact it should be
easier due to the daily trash pick-up and with many households having domestic helpers to help separate the trash correctly
(though the helpers would need to be trained for this because many don't seem to understand or care).
586 There is also HUGE water waste in Singapore, as in all of Asia, where cars are washed daily, water is used to unnecessarily hose Stacey 8/6/2008 10:01
down driveways, etc. If water fees were increased, this might stop this waste.
587 I suggest banning or giving disincentives to owning petrol motorbikes in S'pore to reduce noise & air pollution. On the the other Lee YT 8/6/2008 13:01
hand we should allow the use of electric bikes in their place. Electric bikes do not pollute the air and are economical & noise-free
This has been very successfully implemented in most of the major cities of China.
588 I have noticed that Singapore has a massive plastic bag problem. Too many bags are being used and most of them are not Tejas 8/6/2008 13:30
recycled. Although people are encouraged to bring in their own bags...I hardly see anybody doing it.
I think one of the best ways to cut down on the plastic bag usage is to introduce a mandatory tax on each plastic bag. The money
collected from this could be used to fund other environment initiatives. This tax system for plastic bags has been implemented in
Ireland, where within weeks the plastic bag usage dropped by 94%. Here's the link for more information
The initiative could be started off at all the major grocery stores and slowly be expanded. Other countries that have taken
measures against plastic bag usage are: Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, Taiwan, Scotland, France, West Bengal, Zanzibar,
Tanzania, Switzerland, Rwanda, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, California, Somalia, Botswana, and the Philippines.
About 90% of the trash in our seas is plastic and reducing plastic would really augur well for our environment. I think the
government should strongly consider doing something about the plastic bag situation here.
589 1. Promote Community Gardening/Farming Gloria 8/6/2008 14:01
With the rising cost of food, perhaps we should encourage community gardening / farming to grow our own food (plus get to know
one's neighbours in the process). A recent article said that more and more people in the USA are also doing this, growing
vegetables and fruits in any and every available space. I understand that there is already a "Community in Bloom" scheme going
on, but it seems like only those already into gardening are aware of it. This scheme should be given more prominence and
publicity so that the general public becomes exposed to its concepts, and hopefully more will step forward to initiate community
farming at the many empty plots of land situated just next to their HDB flats. Perhaps the government can also consider opening
up the rooftops of HDB flats to grow food in pots or even have a full-fledged rooftop garden. But before this can happen, safety
measures (railings etc) have to be put in place to make rooftop farming a viable possibility. Hydroponics ! is not an option as it
uses a lot of chemicals. To encourage people to start their own community farmyards, the relevant RCs or appropriate
government body (maybe AVA or NParks) can conduct Farming Workshops to teach people how and what to farm. As an aside, a
lifestyle with more fruits / vegetables and less meat is in line with reducing one's carbon footprint as the production of meat is
2. Office Lunches - Use your Own Utensils
Most working adults do not enjoy the luxury of home-cooked lunches on weekdays. While others eat-out, a large majority prefer
packed lunches. At hawker stalls and restaurants, much plastic packaging is needed to ta-pao (pack) take-away lunches: 1)
Styrofoam food boxes or plastic containers 2) chopsticks, 3) forks / spoons 4) chilli packets 5) drinks bag or cups with straws 6)
plastic bags to contain all of the above. Extreme environmentalists would produce their own containers for everything. I'm not
asking for us to do that. For a start, we can easily keep a set of simple utensils like forks, spoons and chopsticks at our desks, so
that we can avoid using such disposables. These utensils are easy to wash, and help cut out a lot of wastage in the name of
convenience. Since my office is just above the canteen, I do not even take the plastic bag, choosing instead to carry the packet of
food on its own. And if I want chilli, I'll just get the hawker to pour it directly on my foo! d, cutting out the little chilli p lastic bag.
Perhaps there should be a 'Use your Own Utensils' campaign, with such posters being placed prominently at hawker stalls
590 Being in the tropics, we have ample sunlight. Solar cells and solar panels may be considered for everyday use. Our new HDB Mdm X. M. 8/6/2008 14:19
apartment faces the afternoon and evening sun. It will be wonderful if there is some economical way to make use of the abundant Chen
sunlight to generate power for household use. We have replaced usage of our toilet lights with solar lights sold at Ikea. It is but a
small change but we feel that it is the right direction. Now if we can harness all that sunshine to power our refridgerator and fans, it
will be a dream come true. Perhaps HDB will consider something along this line? Then even the west-facing apartments will be in
591 Have the Government looked into the recently improved invention of Water Powered vehicle from Japan and the Air Powered car Alvi 8/6/2008 15:19
from France? Imagine if our public transport (except the MRT of course) uses the air powered car which has cool air as a by
product...not only will it have the obvious advantages to the environment and economy, we will have 'cool' air in our streets!
Can the roofs of our HDB flats be converted to 'mini' reservoirs? Are we able to build a system that would allow water collected
from our roofs to channel into our toilet flush system which are responsible for the greatest wastage of water?
Solar power has come quite a long way... can we incorporate the technology into most of our homes and our daily lives?? What
about street lights? I am sure a dual based system (electrical and solar) is most possible.
I also feel that most if not all of our roads (or perhaps the pavement closest to the roads ) should have cycling tracks with proper
parking areas all over the country. We are an island afterall.
And we should do away with parking coupons. Firstly, because we have to have more supply than demands means that there is a
big wastage. Secondly, littering with flakes of paper is almost uncatchable. Thirdly, many do not need the whole book of
coupons...so that is another form of waste..environmentally and money wise. I think the on top of ERPs and Electronical car park
gantries, we should introduce what the UK has done for a while now. Coupon dispensing machines in all public carparks. It solves
so many problems:- No more time cheats as the time will based in accordance to the machine (no more arguments), greatly
reduced littering 'offenses', etc. And because the machines only dispenses one ticket for any amount of time you have paid for..
not only does it look much better aesthestically inside the car, it saves tons of paper. And logically, someone can park their car for
more than 12 hours without using the entire dashboard!
592 Make all pavements within the CBD sheltered. For commercial properties, bring back the sheltered five-foot way regulation. For Timothy 8/6/2008 18:13
public pavements, build sheltered walkways with planted roofs.
593 NGOs and small religious organisations currently have severe problems finding space to meet. Currently, many are illegally using Timothy 8/6/2008 18:18
homes as meeting/office space as they cannot compete with companies and businesses for space.
Provide a new land use type solely for community organisations that cannot be used for any commercial/industrial purpose.
594 Hi, I'm glad that the feedback window has been enlarged. It seems that you are really listening and acting fast. I'm so impressed. Jim XY 8/6/2008 18:30
I'm not sure whether it's economical for Singapore to do trash separation like what is done in Japan. I do believe for any truly
developed societies, it's necessary to recycle most of the consumer waste we generate in order to be sustainable in the long run.
I know it maybe hard to change people's behavior in a short while, but with some encouragement, the rate of recycling should
improve. If the trash bins are given the 2 or 3 choices, such as plastics, food waste, metal. it will be easiler or more ecomonical to
Or every month, set a day in a particular neighborhood to collect certain type of waste with incentives, i think that will work. Many
people living in HDB especially those low income, will love to do that. I have seen there was one exercise of using waste paper or
old clothes to exchange for rice in Bukit Batok. The response was enormous. But sadly, that was a one time effert. If we set
something like plastic day, metal day, for a each month or once in 2 months, many people will do that.
595 To increase rates of household recycling, educate the general public about what items can be recycled. E.g. Whether milk Gayle 8/6/2008 21:17
cartons/ other tetrapack containers can be recycled. Study and learn from the Taiwanese model?
596 To promote cycling as a viable mode of transport, increase number of bike racks and security of bikes racks, e.g. at MRT stations. Gayle 8/6/2008 21:17
Perhapas implement a nominal "bike parking" fee/ install CCTV cameras at the bike racks? (though the fee may not be well-
received by the general public).
597 Re-publicise the Park & Ride scheme Gayle 8/6/2008 21:17
598 - Set up recycling bins for papers, plastic at every HDB blocks and encourage every private estates to Set up similar recycling bins Christopher 8/7/2008 7:39
- Engage companies to do the daily collection, just like collecting the trash.
- Promote recycling habit, knowledge of the global warming, pollution, etc as well as the benefits of a greener environment by
having posters on the HDB notice boards and walls, organising activities such as green knowledge games for kids to encourage
recycling among families.
599 Govt to work with supermarkets like Carrefour, Cold Storage, Fairprice, Shing Siong, etc, to encourage recycling through cost- Gilbert 8/7/2008 15:12
For example: -
1) incentivise supermarkets to install vending-like machines that take in used cans, plastic and glass bottles, etc
2) the machines then issue rebates in the form of shopping coupons to consumers that practise recycling. They can use the
rebate to offset purchases at the supermarket
This is a win-win-win formulae (country-business-consumer) which is widely practised in the EU countries.
600 Have a rule that air conditioners should not be colder than 25 degrees celsius, especially in public places, to set a good example. Lim TP 8/8/2008 3:20
Use the timer to switch off the air conditioner at night, but allow for manual override if there are people working overtime.
601 There should be sliding door for all mrt station. ie install them in the above ground stations. Kelvin 8/8/2008 14:24
The above ground stations currently create a unsafe situation that encourages suicide, allow accident and arson/murder.
Operators I wrote to refused to do so because of cost and concern of profitability.
The government should consider funding such a project.
Consider this as an infrastruture improvement project.
Based on past records many life will be saved over a 10 years
The downtime accompanying incidents of suide and accident may itself jusitify this investment.
602 I read with interest the many articles and comment on Global Warming and rising Fossil Fuel prices in this paper. Kelvin 8/8/2008 14:37
All the calls and comments are for the LTA to reduce taxes and or not to increase ERP charges; similarly our gorvernment
responses are to increase taxes and charges incrementally.
Mr. Denis Distant even call for the cancellation of this year's National Parade flypast just to save some jet fuel.
However these two issues are abnormal situation and cannot be solved by the same incremental fine tunning approach.
Both the Global warming and high fuel situation require a total paradigm shift in thinking and approach.
We need to cut down the use of transportation fuel significantly and reduce the cost of mass transportaion to the public at
the same time in a sustainable way.
Both this objectives can be achieved using a simple but totally different approach we are so used to.(ie incremental increases)
I fully agreed with the government Vision to encourage the use of mass transportation system.
We should significantly improve our mass public transport system. i.e. bus and train system. I am aware that our
government is already doing this by the various construction and tunneling currently going on for more train infrastructure.
Provide bus lane for all major routes and allow more bus operators to increase competition and services.
All the above are already planned and systematically implemented by our government.
Below is my proposal which though simple require a paradigm shift. (this is radical and totally against the current government
stand of no subsidize and incremental approach.)
The government should further promote the use of mass transportation by reducing the fares to commuters.
The reduction should be very significant so as to encourage the majority of the population to use the mass transportation
A subsidize on say 70% for MRT commuters and 50 % for bus commuters( including school bus/van that carry more than
( Imagine we only have to pay not more than 80 cents for the longest trip on any bus or MRT.)
The government can fund this subsidize by increasing transportation fuel by a special tax of say $4 per liters over and above
603 Dear Sir, T S Chua 8/8/2008 15:51
Firstly I was very Impress and Thank all the ministers involed in this topics of "Sustainable" Feedback from the public.
1) I would like to era the Minister of MND and MOM to look into our population has been "Decrease" causes by rising of H.D.B flat
and Jods taken away by the foreigner.
2) Most of the young Singaporean prefer to stay single (Not marriage) because the "Burden" of to have a Family is not as before.
The salary that they have take home was unable to hook-up the housing loan. Jobs was taken away by the foreigner comptitor that
willing to accept lower paid due to our strong Sin dollars exchange rate.
My question is are we going to live in a country that have to depend on foreign worker in our future or live in an country with more
foreigner than our orgin Singapore. If there is touble in Singapore, our children serving the Ns will be in the front lines not the
On last Labour Day Message the PM Mr Lee has mentioned that the foreigner are hard working and willing to work longer hours
and accept lower paid. do the ministers aware that Singaporean has a burden to carry such as housing load, hospital bills PUB
bills, children education. and etc. The singaporean family of four all had to work if each of then salary is below $1,500/-. But for the
foreigne Exp: if China national earn S$1,200/- a month and send 60% of he paid back home the whole family in china can enjoy
604 Preferably BAN or limit burning activities of all offerings during the Chinese seventh month. Lin Y.H. 8/8/2008 16:06
All joss paper must be ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY and MUST have a certain STANDARD, it must not produce to much
dangerous, environmentally damaging and poisonous gases.
ANYONE, young or OLD, rich or poor, MUST be fine on the spot for not burning in the bins provided and have their photos
displayed on newspaper. They are alos to be charged with littering and acting as a public nuisance.
605 Good Day, Craig 8/8/2008 17:38
I refer to the article "Wanted: Public's Idea's for a Greener Singapore" in the Straits Times of July 29 2008.
With respect to the statement that the hope is to "find a Newater solution for the energy sector" I would like to draw attention to
some information that I uncovered in the course of some research I made this year for a client report on renewable energy:
Providing Daytime Electricity needs for Housing and Commercial Buildings Using Solar Power
1) In 2004 a report was produced by the NUS Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture entitled "Potential of Building Integrated
Photovoltaic (BIPV) in Existing Urban Housing in Singapore" - an executive summary of which can be obtained at the following
2) The report outlines the potential for solar electricity generation from HDB apartment buildings. The key point:
By using then state-of the art technology - which at that time was able to achieve only a 6 % efficiency in converting sunlight into
electricity -the report concluded that it was feasible to retrofit HDB apartment blocks to provide up to 50 % of the building's energy
3) Since 2004 there have been considerable improvements in the efficiency of PV systems- particularly thin-film systems. In
California, a company known as Nanosolar began production this year of thin film solar panels with an efficiency of 14.6 % - 2.5
times the efficiency of the 2004 benchmark http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/green/item_59.html
By revisiting the 2004 NUS study in the light of the increased efficiency achievable using the latest technology it seems feasible to
me that the entire daytime energy needs of all public housing in Singapore could be provided by solar power.
Furthermore this technology could be retrofitted to existing government or commercial buildings as well as to new buildings. In the
case of privately owned premises this could be encouraged by providing tax incentives. It could also be used on car park roofs-
perhaps to power charging systems for electric or hybrid vehicles- a type of vehicle which is ideal for Singapore given the relatively
short commute distances in this country
606 Generating Electricity from Windows
I strongly feel that the government should encourage the development of clean fuels infrastructure for transport to fight climate Ng HJ 8/8/2008 20:43
change, to improve air quality in Singapore, to fight rising oil price, and to have fuel diversity.
These should include legistration to mandate a certain percentage of biofuel to be blended with normal petrol and power
infrastructure to support electric cars.
Some of our neighbouring countries are already doing so, not to mention Americia and Europe, so why is Singapore so far behind
in this area?
607 1 .Solar panels on top of every HDB building to support the lighting system in the building. Low CK 8/9/2008 2:57
Currently, the lights in HDB Buildings turn on everyday from 7pm to 7am.
I wonder if there is a possibility of using solar power to cater for this lighting needs.
Solar panels could be placed on the top of HDB building. The panels would store solar energy in the morning and then use it to
light up all the lights from 7pm to 7am. The next day, it would store solar energy again in the morning, to be used at night to light
up the flat. : ) : )
These use "solar energy to light up HDB" is self-sustaining and would save HDB considerable electrical bills everyday : )
The government can set up the solar panels on a few HDB flats to pilot-run this project and if it is feasible, expand it to all HDB
flats. : ) Just imagine, all the HDB lightings powered by solar panels on the rooftop! This would contribute significantly to Energy
self-sufficiency : ) : )
608 2.Household level Waste-sorting. Low CK 8/9/2008 2:57
Change the current 1-refuse-chute system to a 3-refuse-chute system.
Currently, in HDB flats, there is a centralized refuse-chute [usually near the lift] for the householders to throw their rubbish. Thus,
all the rubbish are not sorted [into recyclables and non-recyclables] as all rubbish would be thrown into the same refuse chute.
Suggest to build another 2 refuse chute beside the original refuse chute.
The refuse chutes would be labeled as such:
Refuse Chute 1 [Recyclable waste] : Plastic/glass/cans/metals
Refuse Chute 2 [ Food waste ] : Food waste
Refuse Chute 3 [General waste] : Waste that is not Recyclable and not Food waste.
House holds can then sort their waste by the above 3 categories. They would packet the food waste and throw it in Refuse Chute
2, throw the recyclable waste into Refuse Chute 1 and any other type of waste into Refuse Chute 3.
As the waste have been properly sorted at the house hold level, the Recyclable waste could be send to recycling company, the Bio-
waste [Food waste] could be sent to the bio-mass power station to generate electric, and the General waste could be send to be
These would encourage waste-sorting at the house hold level and facilitate the rubbish-management process.
609 SUSTAINABLE SINGAPORE: jyanzi 8/9/2008 10:30
A 'HORIZONTAL' VISIONING, STRATEGY AND REALITY
The birth of a millennium is surely a time for new hopes and extended imaginations. Recent public policy speeches have
underlined the Singapore governments commitment to the strategy of population growth through the attraction of highly skilled
immigrants who may be able to contribute to an advanced, technologically dynamic society. Being a city-state island of only 646
sq. km., surrounded by 58 tiny islands and islets, the nation's strategy of growth depends critically on a bold vision of how to solve
its problem of limited sustainable land space.
The conventional view is that Singapore must grow vertically, inspired by the skyscraper era of the International Style. By some
estimates, Singapore's present population of more than 4 million, including visitors and foreign residents, might rise to 5 million or
more through a policy of maximum land use and towering buildings, without extending its currently reclaimed coastline of 139 km.
However, land reclamation from the sea, due to economic and environmental factors, will not be feasible beyond a prescribed
depth . As the coastal areas of Singapore become increasingly congested, the idea of building structures offshore becomes a
compelling necessity even before the end of the new century .
Offshore structures of various kinds have become increasingly common since the first offshore oil rigs were assembled in shallow
waters in the late 1930s. Today's vision, perhaps, is of the Megafloat: a giant structure of multiple platforms, both buoyant and non-
buoyant, joined together to form a new morphology of technologically advanced infrastructures imaginatively adapted to offshore
Oil rigs and platforms have long since proved their ability to withstand monster waves and hurricane-force winds. Rapidly
improving technologies, successfully tested, now hold out the promise of creating new societies, of which the idea of floating
civilizations may just be the millennium project for Singapore.
Already in Japan, collaboration between the public and private sectors has resulted in the construction of a 1,000 feet long
experimental floating platform in Tokyo Bay. This structure, which might be used for floating airports, pier facilities or power plants,
consists of a series of hollow steel blocks welded together to create a pontoon-like structure, which is moored to the sea-bottom
Admittedly, years of experimentation lie ahead before the government can be expected to enter into long-term commitments. But,
as exemplified, the project is sufficiently thought through to justify the funding of serious studies in our grossly land-deficient
In many ways all major cities in the Asian Pacific zone, including Singapore are moving toward some kind of integrated climatic
envelope. Prototypes of which include Kansai and Chap Lap Kok Airports, Petronas's twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur,
610 Can a few accessible resource centres be set up where people can obtain more ideas and (hopefully affordable) equipment for LN Ng 8/9/2008 10:54
recycling, energy conservation etc. e.g. the range of products may include:
-solar energy lamps, panels (if these can be made on a smaller scale that laymen can use);
-solatubes that allow sunlight to be directed into the house at desired angles (thereby reducing the need for electricity-run lights in
the daytime); thus far I have only seen such contraptions advertised in imported magazines like 'Better Homes and Gardens';
-composting worms and composting bins, shredders and other equipment- useful for organic household waste orgarden waste for
those who have a bit of space for them;
-aesthetically pleasing recycling bin combinations that can be used within the house - having a ready set would hopefully
encourage people to start recycling rather having them overcome the hurdle of getting various miscellaneous bins
- bicycle dynamos that can store energy- or recharge batteries at least ( that means less disposable batteries to poison the
-is there a way to collect food waste hygenically for biofuel use, something alike the old days when pig swill was collected house to
house; i suppose it would be feasible to only collect from the large establishments like hotels etc.
Perhaps if actual resource centres are not feasible at the moment, your website can provide an online resource centre with
information on how or where we can obtain such equipment?
611 i would like to suggest that all shampoos, hand soap and everything that can be refilled to be in refillable packs. this can help Cheng ZY 8/9/2008 18:09
singapore lessen the amount of soap containers or dispensers to be thrown away. or better still the soap to be contained in a
612 Make use of the roofs: happynationald 8/9/2008 18:11
1) Green the roofs of all government-built building like how it was done to the School of Art, Design and Media in NTU: ay
http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/23/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/. This would hopefully lower ambient
temperatures that would no doubt has been rising.
2) Either that or install solar panels on our roofs
1) Use rainwater instead of creating more reservoirs which will no doubt destroy the little coastal flora and fauna we have left.
Maybe have water tanks in homes - like how Australia's coping with their drought. But think of ways to do it such that the hydrology
of the island is not affected too much - less freshwater flowing into the seas could affect salinity and thus health of coastal
ecosystems like Sungei Buloh Wetland reserve and Labrador Nature Reserve
613 I live at Pasir Ris St 53 and it is near White Sands Shopping Centre. There are many vehicles (motors , buses ,cars)whizzing Yan WX 8/10/2008 11:10
across loudly in our streets.It is very noisy and it disturbs the residents. If they want to ensure that they don't disturb the
residents,they can modify their engine to lower the noise pollution.
614 May I suggest that we should be putting more efforts into researching and implementing clean energies? The solar energy Ng CT 8/10/2008 23:32
initiatives are a good start but I feel we can do more than that.
Saving energies, while helpful in the short run, do not eliminate our dependency on depletable fuel sources totally and lower the
pollution at best.
Singapore is an island nation surrounded by seas and I feel tidal energy is something very appropriate for us to be looking at.
Tidal Energy is freely abundant as long as the moon is around and tidal power generation does not create any pollution at all.
There are already commercial tidal power generation and more information can be found at
Another more difficult to implement but not impossible clean energy source is underground thermal energy.
Just like the successful implementation of NEWater and water projects by Hyflux that enable us to reduce dependency on external
water sources, we should not find ourselves always relying on external sources for energy.
The recent oil crisis has proven that Singapore is very vulnerable to world oil prices and the demand and supply of oil. It is very
important that we research other clean energy sources apart from the solar energy that we are already looking into.
I hope the relevant departments would look seriously into my suggestion and I am sure Singapore will benefit in time to come by
becoming a pioneer in clean energy technologies.
By implementing clean energies, the Ministry of Environment would also become highly regarded and a life-saver when the oil
crisis hits really hard in the future.
Thanks for your consideration
615 The Way we live and play Jimmy 8/11/2008 16:34
I would like to suggest to make good use of all HDB flats rooftops. There are potentially thousands of hectare of land for use
available from using HDB flats rooftops.
We can put solar panels on the rooftops to create energy direct;y for HDB households refrigerators! Forget about batteries to store
the solar energy, it's too little energy and the batteries are another environmental hazard.
We can cultivate light agriculture like hydroprohnics. Heavier agriculture like soil planting, even a pond. With the proper setup, we
can have a self sustaining eco-system with fishes feeding on the plants and the plants taking in the fishes droppings as food plus
sunlight. Solar panels operating the filter pumps or water sprays etc.
Think of the vision of a thousand gardens in the sky!
The Way we work
To encourage companies to conserve energy and be environmental friendly, use $$. For example, offer all ISO14001 certified
companies a 1% tax relief.
20 years later, once it becomes a way of life, it will be self-sustaining.
The Way to Commute
Currently, the public transport companies have separate IT systems. Encourage the creation of a PRIVATE entity to merge the IT
systems for centralized transport information.
In the future, people can use their handphone to find out in realtime, what's the best route/bus/MRT/LRT to take to reach a
destination by combining the location information of all public transport.
616 ECOPARK. Jeff 8/11/2008 17:54
I have previously mentioned about an idea of an ecopark using human-power to produced water and ultimately a constant supply
of water and electricity for a self sustaining entity of sort.
On this park there will be a tower with space for 'offices ' and
electricity generating and transmitting capability on the other wing.
This tower will also have solar power capability.
This space for offices could house exercise equipments which
when activitated would generate some electricity.
The power generated from these two sources could produce
water from the atmosphere. The water will be collected in a tank.
Water would then drain out via mini-turbines which would
generate constant supply of electricity.
The water drained out would flow through some landscaped area
and then into a lake.
People would be encouraged to exercise here and they will be paid a token or if they accumulated certain points, these points
could be used to purchase groceries or for transportation.
Make this place comfortable so that people could hangout here
24/7. All sorts of groups could come here to contribute as well
as learn more about a possible future world.
This is the big picture. Technically it is possible.
Thanks for making this box bigger.
617 Singapore should take a look at the land transport infrastructure surrounding the Tokyo Disneyland resort. Let me share with you Yoong F.Y. 8/12/2008 9:00
Motor vehicles travel on level 1, non motorised transport commute on a network of 6m wide viaducts on level 2, and trains travel
on level 3.
I am impressed with their excellent planning of their level 2 network of viaducts. The 6m wide viaducts is built based on line of
sight, which allows shorter direct walking between stations and shopping centres. There is no need to walk parallel to roads, and
there are no traffic junctions to wait. The shopping centre main concourse is also at level 2. Cars move freely without having to
wait for pedestrians to cross. The 6m wide viaducts also facilitate use of bicycles and prams, with ramps to reach level 1 when
there is a need to. Such infrastructure is extremely efficient for all commuters, and I believe should be incorporated into all
Singapore building design. We have crammed too much into level 1 now, and as a result, walking and cycling is such a bother.
For building design, I propose that URA review the policy of including sun shade ledges are part of Site Coverage Ratio. Currently,
Site Coverage is a design control to ensure that buildings are not bulky. As a result, sun shade ledges are minimally provided,
unlike in other countries. This site coverage is the biggest design constraint in any private building development.
Also, with regards to skyrise greenery, URA's development control guidelines need to be reviewed. Currently URA has a design
concept known as Landscaped Deck, which essentially allow a partial basement carpark, covered by landscaping. This is an
excellent design principle but is currently only allowed for large sites. I propose that such a design concept be applicable to all
developments regardless of size. Given today's climate change, I am a firm believer that we need to go underground, or at least
618 Currently a lot of buildings have no awnings or overhangs to the windows and the windows are also doen so that they cannot be aliza 8/12/2008 9:30
opened once there is even the slightest rain. Hence come the rainy season, the only source of ventialtion would be the air con.
Would it be feasible to change these window eg from sliding to top hang windows so that at least a small portiion can be left open?
If it is not possible to change all the windows at least the ones critical to ventilation could be changed.
an example of such windows is my current condo Pinevale.
Prvevioulsy I was living at Flamingo where there were overhangs and a small top hung windows so i oculd leave some windows
open at least.
619 To reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfill each year, the government can encourage residents to separate their M.Y. 8/12/2008 10:48
trash into bio-degradable and non-biodegradable. For trash that can decompose such as fruit peels, there can be a separate way
to throw it (for e.g. a separate chute). It can be then collected and made into fertilisers for the parks.
Regarding Pulau Ubin, hopefully the government can retain its rustic charm and not urbanise it, so that the future generation can
still witness its beauty.
620 Global warming is the single biggest threat to the world,including Singapore. There are also other pressing problems than Mas Tay C.S. 8/1/2008 9:22
Selamat and Pedra Branca - Pedra Branca will be under water if we do not cut CO2 emission by 2015.
1. Put solar panels on the top of HDB blocks immediately. They can contribute up to 50% of the energy needs for each block.
2. Make it mandatory for all new factories/buildings to be energy-effiicient with rebates for any building capable of remaining
3. Equalize all taxes for hybrid cars and normal cars.
4. Stop consideration for a coal generator.
5. Massive Investment into tidal, wind and solar generation plants. Dedicate 1 outlying island for this purpose.
6. All parks lighting to switch to those that utilize solar power.
7. NTUC to stop issuing plastic bags for free on weekends.
8. Make it simple for landed homes to install their own solar heaters and panels.
9. Massive investment into R&D for clean energy.
621 1) Have more events for the singles as currently the events / activities for singles is so limited. Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 13:15
622 1) Reduce costs of phone bills, internet bills and newspaper bills to encourage people to know more of current affairs. Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 13:16
623 1) Have a monthly quiz for residents and reward the one with the correct answer such as NTUC voucher or other perks. Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 13:25
624 1) Cheaper season carpark. Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 13:29
625 customers should be made to pay for plastic bags. serious consideration should be made to providing some subsidies/rebates for chen ll 8/1/2008 13:57
residents who cut their electricity usage.
626 Singapore near the equator is ideal to tap solar power. Lets cover all our HDB roof-tops with solar panels to generate electricity. Roger 8/1/2008 15:44
Solar paneled cluster of private residential houses with common roofs to generate electricity and use it to power common areas
and street lightings.
Garmen could provide incentives to encourage building of portable re-cycle filtration system for rain water/washing machine and
use it for watering plants/toilet flush respectively.
627 How can we encourage residents to recycle? Leow YH 8/1/2008 20:26
Currently, recycle bins are located at selected locations, to be shared by a few surrounding blocks of flats. It may not be
convenient to all residents. Moreover the bins are not cleared regularly, sometimes overflowing with rubbish.
I suggest recycle bins be places at every blocks lift landing to encourage & make recycling convenient to residents.
628 How can we encourage residents to recycle? YY 8/2/2008 8:58
The various agencies such as Town Councils should provide more recycling bins at common areas. If a ratio of 1 rubbish bin to 1
recycling bin is too high, at least provide half as many recycling bins as rubbish bins should be provided, so that the public can
conveniently dispose of their recyclables instead of discarding them into ordinary trash bins.
629 A sensor maybe a simple and cheap device, it can saves millions of dollars and more importantly our Mother Earth is the relevant Leow Y.H. 8/2/2008 10:06
authorities are willing to use it.
Street lighting can be controlled by a fuzzy-logic program whereby on roads with light traffic at night, (eg. industrial parks)
1) alternate lamps can be switched off.
2) install a simple device like a sensor at both ends of the road that switch on the whole stretch of street lamps when a vehicle
passes and automatically swithes off after the vehicle exits the road.
3) install solar powered street lamps.
HDB, condominums, commercial buildings can use sensors to save electricity on common corridors after certain hours eg
MRT can use sensor activated escalotors. Electricity will be saved during off peak hours, especially at low passenger stations (eg
Kembangan, Tanah Merah, Expo, Changi Airport... )
630 1. Build in systems to reuse water more effectively; e.g. bath and washing machine (2nd rinse) water in my house is reused as Michael 8/2/2008 22:17
"flushing water". Could harness the fact that flats are usually above each other, so, using this resource is easier, except probably
the top floor. Rain water could also be harnessed better.
2. Use clean energy to run lights around the neighbourhood. Some sources such as solar power are available easily, furthermore,
Singapore is going to be developing such energies.
3. Upgrade perhaps the non-essential lighting systems to "detector" systems. They will only turn on when movement is detected.
Otherwise, they could be dimmed or turned off. This could also apply to lamp-posts along roads, but it could be dangerous, so
perhaps we could emply it on a "every 2 lights" basis. Every alternate light could be using such a system. This can cut power
usage by a significant amount immediately.
4. Please place recycling boxes around the gound floor of flats. This will help to encourage such activities. More education should
also be done about it. This could be done through the RCs, as part of their workplan.
5. Perhaps there could be some form of recognition for households who managed to lower their power and water bills every
month, say for 3 months in a row. They could be given rebates of say 10%?
631 In Sweden, ICA, one of the leading household retailer, provided incentives for every bottles/tins recycled. Ernie 8/3/2008 5:42
For example, each bottle and tin can earn the recycler 2 cents. If you collect enough and recycle, it would provide you with some
cash. It may not be much but it is still cash.
I believe that this will not only encourage and make students and some adults more interested in recycling but it will also put a stop
to those who messed the thrash in their bid to locate tin cans to sell.
How about giving it a try?
632 Build less roads will save Singapore some land. Kok W.B. 8/3/2008 11:44
It is a known fact that Singapore is getting hotter and hotter. It doesn't help that there are more buildings and the concrete and
glass just add more surface for heating up the island.
HDB should take the lead to build more passive energy building eg a cover to shelter the rain and sun so that we can keep our
windows open during a rain storm and there is less need for air conditioning.
The government should also look into more green roofs surfaces on overhead bridges, car parks, HDB roofs etc to absorb more
heat. The government should consider legislating it and not leave it to the developers or LTA or HDB.
Today, residents brings the recycle items to the bin and recycler get them free. How about setting up a permanent system which is
currently done occasionally for residents to exchange the recycle items for some vouchers? like NTUC?
Instead of asking the manufacturer to reduce their packaging, why not work with NTUC, and supermarkets with housebrands to
use big self service dispensing machines for their liquid soap, washing liquids. The idea is that consumer can bring their own
containers and purchase what size they want and have the liquid dispensed into their containers directly. This will really save on
633 1. Public parks/ lighting: JennY 8/3/2008 12:18
a. To have exercise corner (e.g. bicycle machine) in the estate's park link with equipments that could capture energy generated
from the cycling motion from the bicycle into electric power to light up public parks, etc
2. Housing Estate:
a. Make use of hydraulic power from running rain water flushed down from the rooftop through water pipes located within the
b. Possibility of coming up with a tool kit or some simpler equipment for each household to convert and conserve greener energy
into electrcity. E.g. solar, wind, etc. Maybe it could be link with mechanical treadmill, bicycle machine. Exercise while saving
634 Dear IMCSD Committee YEH S.S. 8/3/2008 13:29
I would like to say that the current design and quality of our HDB public housing is not sustainable. This problem will become more
teething with the increase population and building height.
Too much emphases have been put on buildabilty, reduce labour and material wastage. The quality (I mean functional and not
aesthetic) was appalling and the attitude of HDB when responding to such feedback was equally appalling.
Many HDB home owners have serious problem with their ceiling slabs. The slabs were so poorly designed and constructed that
even footfall noise can be clearly heard in units below.
When owners approached HDB for help to rectify the problem, HDB always take the easy way out by warning the owner upstairs
to be considerate and advise affected owners to be more tolerate. The problems are simply being treated as neighbour dispute.
Obviously this will only worsen the relationship between neighbours which was already tense. From time to time we see this issues
being brought up in national newspapers and radio, but they continue to fall on the deaf ears.
I was shocked to receive explanation from HDB that their flats are built for affordability and general mass. Sound insulation of
building is only a special requirement in upmarket and luxury houses and is not a core requirement in affordable housing. It added
that this performance is not regulated in Singapore. I just have to accept it as there is no bench mark to rate the slab as sub-
standard or defective.
Noise is proven to contribute to cardiovascular diseases. Singaporeans are constantly subject to noise in their daily life. If they are
deprived from peace at home after a hard day work due to engineering factor, can we call these sustainable housing? I hope your
committee will not underestimate the social impact of this problem.
My suggestions are:
1. All housing, be it public or private, must meet certain basic functional performance. Acoustic is part and parcel of sustainable
home in developed countries. It is not a luxury. As a developed country, Singapore is falling short in regulating the sound
635 I think your feedback mechanism on this website of 1 way from web user to your end is not conducive to generating ideas. You Felix 8/3/2008 13:43
should be open and let others see what others have posted. The ideas may be silly, but it may become a springboard for better
636 1. placed recycle bins at lift lobby for plastics and glass bottles. Tan B.H. 8/4/2008 15:51
No conflict of business with Karung-Kuni who are interested in news paper and cans. The fact that there is no trading for plastics
and glass bottles, it is less likely that old man/woman to go about digging from the recylce bins at each lift lobby.
2. Singapore enjoys sunlight most year round. Will it makes sense for Singapore to install solar panel on the roof top HDB flats?
Teh energy can be used to run lightings in the corridor.
3. Enhance Public awareness of how we can recycle water collected from the last wash cycle of washing machine? That's a
handsome amount of clear water. Can new HDB flat be constructed to pipe and recycle the water for toilet flushes? There a
certain amount of detergent in the water and it's great for the toilet.
637 Solar panels for bus stops - like those powering parking rate signs. This will reduce amount of fossil fuels needed to power public Iris 8/4/2008 17:46
infrastructure as well as symbolically support our aspirations to be a key solar development site.
638 For inspiration on how to green the ubiquitous HDB blocks, checkout http://www.the-riverhouse.com/index_flash.html for ideas on Iris 8/5/2008 13:14
solar panels and green roofs.
639 For ideas on how to incent people to recycle, look at www.http://recyclebank.com Iris 8/6/2008 11:57
They have come up with a scheme that collects, measures & rewards recycling. For an analysis of their work read Time
Magazine's article on them.
640 While there have been ongoing publicity in the media for energy conservation at home, there may be some who do not really know See W.W. 8/6/2008 12:03
how to identify the ways to conserve energy.
In addition, there can be many who knew about the measures to prevent energy wastage but did not do anything about them.
Because of these, I propose a volunteer program whereby volunteers in their residential area will visit houses to determine the
various ways to reduce unnecessary power consumption. For security reason, the volunteers will have to register with the
respective authorities and consenting form can be filled up by the house owners to allow volunteers' assistance.
This measure will be more effective as it is a direct way of approaching energy saving in houses.
641 Dear Sir or Mdm ADMIN 8/7/2008 15:06
We are from www.wakeupyourideas.com.sg
Following is an idea and a thread contributed by our member for your consideration. To read more threads on this topic please go
Subject: To Build An International Coach Station
I would like to suggest that an international coach station is built. We have a first class airport and harbour yet there is no official
coach station. There are many bus operators to Malaysia and beyond from beach road the golden mile complex. The golden mile
is an old shopping complex and the coaches are parked on the road curbside of the road. I would like to suggest a coach station
where travelers can board coaches and arrive at a modern coach terminal with similar traveler facilities to an airport. Victoria
coach station in London is an example of a modern coach station where coaches depart to destinations all over Europe.
This is a great idea in promoting Singapore as a travel Hub. We have a World Class Airport, On target to getting a World Class
Crusie Centre and Why not an International Coach Centre. It will create a new way of travelling from Singapore to Malaysia,
Thailand,Vietnam, China...for the Adventurous....
642 Title: GO VEGE, LESS MEAT Cheng CH 8/8/2008 20:09
It is well known that from the view point of the whole world and all mankind, consuming plant food (e.g. vegetable, bean)
compared to consuming animal food (e.g. meat, fish, egg), is much more energy, protein, and fresh water efficient. The logic can
be simply understood with knowledge about food chain. Only a small percentage of what animal eat and drink is used for their net
body mass growth (energy, protein, fresh water accumulation through their life). Therefore people eating the animal's meat can
only obtain the very small percentage of energy, protein, and fresh water, compared to what animals had taken before they are
The above is FAO website regarding the global food outlook. The sum of plant food mass (including only cereals, wheat, coarse
grain) used as animal feed is much higher than the total meat production with mass mass ratio about 5. This brief calculation
further confirms the claim in food efficiency loss by eating meat. Regarding water efficiency, a claim is found from "World Water
Council": growing 1kg of potatoes requires only 100 litres of water, whereas 1 kg of beef requires 13 000 litres.
643 - How else can we encourage companies to use energy more efficiently? Chen TL 8/1/2008 12:50
1) Have a competition of which company can save the most energy gets a trophy / reward every month.
- How else can we encourage companies to use water more efficiently?
1) Have a competition of which company can save the most water gets a trophy / reward every month.
- How else can we better encourage companies to minimise and recycle waste?
1) Have a competition of which company can minimise and recycle waste most gets a trophy / reward every month.
- How can we encourage companies to reduce their pollutant emissions (e.g. sulphur dioxide, particulate matter)?
1) Have a competition of which company can reduce their pollutant emissions most gets a trophy / reward every month.
- Given that we live in an increasingly carbon constrained world with rising energy prices, what new economic opportunities can
Singapore seize going forward?
1) Encourage Singaporeans to save energy and spend less by staying at home or spend on less expensive entertainment
644 incentivise energy saving for companies. on top of the regular cost cutting measures, eg saving paper, encourage greater chen LL 8/1/2008 14:01
environmental participation by perhaps giving tax cuts.
645 Many of our office towers have glass panels/windows that can easily be overlay or replaced by solar cell panels to generate Roge 8/1/2008 15:34
our waste collectors are not doing enough to collect recycle matls. Almost all waste (except food waste) that we throw away
everyday can be re-cycle. However we collect rubbish everyday but only collect re-cycle twice a month. So most people throw
excess re-cycle matl into rubbish.
To be the best Liveable City in the world we should NOT ALWAYS think of fine/charging to solve a problems. Look at Melbourne
they have all kinds of short Free Parking periods. Thats good thinking for the citizen and avoid always thinking of trying to 'out-
kain' our citizens.
646 A lot of offices are left fully-lit, with their computers running at night and over the weekend. Soh P.H. 8/2/2008 21:15
This could be discouraged by charging higher rates for electricity during non working hours.
647 This includes energy efficiency for HDB. Tan S.C. 8/3/2008 13:57
When architects submit building plans for commercial/residential buildings, for asthetics reasons use of glass facade increases
the temperature significantly despite the glass being treated.
A building can still look grand without too much use of glass finishing. The cost of energy wastage in the long run in terms of of the
20-50 years is enormous and not justifiable.
With Singapore at equator and resources dependent, perhaps the authorities can look into the use of building materials that
absorbs less heat.
648 For public lighting, I have observed that SON lamp are been used for security lighting. Such lamps are typical rated at 70W. Goh T.S. 8/3/2008 23:11
I would proposed to use PLC lamp which are rated at typical 36W as they consume less wattage and deliver similar lux level. In
term of replacement, it is also lower. this will reduce maintenance as well as utility charges.
in addition, in the event of the light been switch off, it is able to re start instantanous instead of having to wait for the lamp to cool
before re-starting in SON lamp.
649 -How can we encourage greater use of public transport, even for those who can afford cars? Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 12:41
1) Have more rebates on transport.
2) Have magazines on bus for riders to read.
-What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns?
1) Have a cycling path for cyclists.
2) Have discounts on the sale of bicycles.
- How can residents be involved to ensure safe cycling practices within towns?
1) Educate cyclists on the safety of cycling.
2) Traffic lights for cyclists to let pedestrians to walk.
-How can pedestrians and cyclists use the same footpath with minimal conflict?
1) Have separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
- How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars?
1) Educate by distributing brochures and pamplets.
2) Cheaper cars.
- How can we ensure that pollutive diesel-driven vehicles are properly maintained so as to minimize harmful vehicular emissions?
1) Arrange every vehicle to go for checkups at least every year with no costs.
- How can we encourage owners of pollutive diesel-driven vehicles to switch to cleaner options?
1) Greater discounts or rebates on petrol. Costs will make a very great difference.
650 Have more shopping online websites so that people will travel less. Chen T.L. 8/1/2008 13:10
651 I am in HKG and most people take buses. One of the reason is that the bus stops displays the schedules of the buses, and the Ang N.B. 8/1/2008 15:06
buses keep to the schedules.
More importantly, there buses provide more direct services to destinations... unlike in S'pore. Where the buses go on an "island
652 Remove the charge for calling a cab. This will reduce the number of taxi's roaming for customers, less CO2 emission and less Ang N.B 8/1/2008 15:20
traffic on the roads.
653 Spore small size is very suitable for green and electric cars. We are not championing this direction fast enough. We are not doing Roger 8/1/2008 15:21
enough... talk only abt R&D which is indirect, but no direct action.
1. Have more hybrid & electric cars in Spore. We can lead the world and be No1 again in this field.
2. Provide more licences to encourage growth of CNG pump stations and not having civil servant give frequent, std and lame
3. Encourage use of euro4 diesel cars and not impose unnecessary taxes just to collect more revenue. Garmen did not subsidise
petrol but it should also not collect too much tax for the sake of our future generation.
654 I would be more than useful to have an additional more visual system to indicate the bus routes. To determine how I can go from Dirk 8/1/2008 16:48
one place to the other one I need a street map to see the nearest bus station and the bus guide to determine which bus goes to
that station. If I have to transfer this makes it a certain sophisticated task, so that in this occasions finally I decide to take a cab.
In many cities in Europe there are street maps with all bus stations and connections in the same map (in concrete cities I lived in
Madrid or Hamburg). This helps to encourage the population to use more often the public transport just because they see that
there is an easy way to go from A to C transfer at B.
655 What can we do to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to MRT stations within towns? Leow Y.H. 8/2/2008 7:53
The day MRT allow bicycle onboard would be a dream come true amongst cyclists.
It's a feasible option if MRT stations can build a ram at one end of the station to allow cyclist to cycle up to the train platform and
delicate a carriage just for wheel bound passengers like cyclist, wheelchair, bladder...
It'll make cycling more attractive as a form of transport between homes to office, school, everywhere...
656 How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars? Leow Y.H. 8/2/2008 10:19
Singaporeans are a practical people. Cost is the main factor to the majority's purchase decision.
To encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars simply
reduce the cost of fuel efficient cars with a COE category for fuel efficient cars, lower road tax for fuel efficient cars.
In the case of hybrid cars, more LPG stations can be incorporated into existing petrol stations.
657 Empty cruising taxis cause pollution to our environment, hogs the road, waste precious fuel. Leow Y.H. 8/2/2008 10:38
Taxi operators can do a BIG environment favour if they waive booking fees. This simple act will have a win-win effect to all road
Passenger win because they can plan their time can call a taxi when they need.
Taxi drivers win because they don't waste time and fuel cruising the roads. They don't get tired out and are more efficient.
Motorists win because there'll be less "unnecessary" vehicles on the road and therefore a safe and smooth traffic flow.
The Earth and population win because there'll be less pollution, thus more fresh air to breath.
658 We need better parking areas for bicycles. I cycle to various commercial buildings for meetings, shopping and watching movies Geraldine 8/2/2008 14:25
and I've been harassed by building security guards that tell me that I cannot lock my bike outside their building. They direct me to
a parking lot but also say that many bikes have been stolen there since there's low traffic. How is that supposed to encourage me
to ride my bike and reduce my fuel consumption?
We also need shower facilities available so that I can shower once I reach my destination.
Designated bicycle lanes would go a LONG way towards promoting the bicycle as a means of transportation. Many motorists, taxi-
drivers and bus-drivers are really unfriendly towards cyclists, always honking, driving dangerously close and cutting the cyclist off
even when the cyclist has right of way.
659 Have campaigns and publicize the usage of bicycles as a form of commuting and to have a common understanding between Charlez 8/2/2008 18:10
pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. At the same time, impart responsible usage of bicycle to the public also.
Unlike in US or europe, most cyclists i've seen do not cycle safely nor responsibly. They either forcefully cycle on crowded
pavement, disregard traffic rules or road hog. That is dangerous to both pedestrians and road users alike. One thing to highlight is
to push their bicycle at zebra crossing instead of cycling across. It is safer that way. As a cyclist, i found certain areas hard to spot
incoming vehicles due to trees or other blockage. As a driver, it is challenging to spot crossing cyclists even though you have
checked. This is worse at night if cyclists do not have lights.
Pedestrians are not without a fault too as they frequently ignore signs to keep to footpath or the bell signals from the cyclists
behind them. I'm a cyclists too so i know it is annoying as i am forced to use the footpath because they occupied the cycling path.
There are also times that they ignored cyclists as they jay walk across the road.
While most drivers give way or some clearance to cyclists, there are a few black sheeps around. Some drivers will either go very
close to the cyclists, forcing them on the road, while others will just stay behind them and keep honking even though the next lane
is empty. Most motorist have the notion that cyclists should cycle between or inside the double yellow line. That is wrong and it is
660 - To encourage greater use of public transport, personally I believe low travel fares will definitely help. How to gain a balance Angela 8/2/2008 19:17
between transport companies and the public would be a challenge. Due to the increasing fuel costs, many people are starting to
switch to public transport, however in the recent news, it was reported that public transport fares may be increased. Many will start
to reconsider giving up the comfort of having private transportation since the advantages of taking public transportation is not very
much attracting the public, especially for those whom could jolly well afford any private cars.
- To attract more people switching to cycling, more 'parking' areas for bicycles can be built. Other than promoting cycling as a form
of transport, considerations should also be made to the others too. There is an increase to the number cyclists compared to 10
years ago. However, some cyclists do not take the lives of themselves and others importantly. They cycled on the roads
recklessly. Thus, other than just attracting the public to use cycling as a form of transport, the public should be educated on the
safety measures and the dos & don'ts of cycling.
- I believe it still takes a long time to educate the general public on practising safe cycling within the towns. Safety measures can
also be introduced to help prevent accidents on the streets.
- To encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars, one way is to introduce some kind of rebates.
661 1. Introduce penalties for households of multiple cars....eg. 2nd car could cost 30% more...3rd car could cost 50% more etc. Michael 8/2/2008 22:02
2. Introduce talks at school level to educate safe cycling practices...
662 Hi there, Lim T.Y. 8/3/2008 8:51
This website is a great idea and I fully appreciate the effort to make designing Singapore an inclusive project. I also appreciate the
effort to encourage cycle commuting and the development of the park connectors network - these are certainly encouraging steps
in the right direction.
However, changing mindsets about something as basic and everyday as daily commuting takes more than just small measures.
Changing the way people move, changing their transport habits, needs big and bold steps. And I would suggest encouraging cycle
commuting, not just locally (to the MRT station), but 'long-distance'.
If you want to reduce cars, you have to provide a satisfactory substitute. People drive to avoid public transport. To reduce cars,
you can't try to crowd more people on to public transport. That would only make more people want to drive.
If people drive to MRT stations to 'park and ride', then it makes sense to encourage local commuting in order to reduce cars. But
people don't drive to the MRT station to 'park and ride', they drive to work or wherever. So if you don't want them to drive, the
answer is not to ask them to cycle to the MRT to take the MRT. The answer is to provide an alternative way of getting to work or
wherever, without public transport.
Obviously cycling within towns is still very important - for residents using local amenities, for school children, and to reduce the
crowd on local feeder buses. But cycling is a better substitute for cars than public transport can ever be. You can go to exactly
where you want, exactly the route you want - all the advantages of a car over public transport, without the pollution or crowds.
So do consider developing a comprehensive cycle network, both integrated with the public transport system and across the island
as a full substitute for driving. It would cut pollution, encourage healthier lifestyles and relieve public transport congestion. How to
encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars? The most fuel efficient car is a bike.
The current attitude towards building bike lanes is a chicken and egg situation - there aren't any bike lanes because there's not
enough of a cycling culture; there's not enough of a cycling culture because they aren't any bike lanes. One side has to make a
decisive step forwards - please build the bike lanes. Don't say people don't cycle. Build the bike lanes, the cyclists will come.
On the pedestrian/cyclist safety issue, the answer is to build bike lanes on the roads and ensure responsible and mutually
respectful behaviour by all road users. Provide legal protection for the fair rights of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Make cyclists
663 The government should not be building more roads and maybe car user may start to use public transport. The current ERP Kok W.B. 8/3/2008 11:25
system simply transplant the congestions to other free roads like Farrer Road.
More cars, fuel efficient or not, still means congestions and noise pollution. Not to mention that more roads take away land that
can be used for something else.
Car owners should pay a carbon tax and this tax revenue should be used to improve public transport especially the buses eg
increase the frequency of buses by having more buses on the road.
Fundamentally, the government should move away from this mentality of allowing Singaporeans to have more cars. This is a mind
On cycling, Singapore is so humid. To cycle in the morning before you go to work means that your office will need to install shower
facility. It is not very practical for office worker during the weekdays.
Why not stick to the simple and basic solution - more buses and trains and increase their frequencies to reduce over crowding on
these public transports. Currently, not all buses' frequencies have been improved. What is being done now is not good enough!
There were many times that I am tempted to buy a car while waiting for bus 93.
On a separate note, our public transport system may improve quicker and better if senior public civil servants even at the Perm
664 I travel extensively for my work around the World, and wherever you go in developed countries, from the US, Europe to Asia Stephane 8/3/2008 19:53
(China / Japan), nobody seems to have an issue with ciyclists... be it on the road, through dedicted cycling tracks, or on the
walkway (Germany, Japan for instance....).
I fail to comprehend why this should be such a big deal for Singapore to "formally" allow cyclists on the footpath. I insist on the
word "formally", as in practice, most cyclists today use the footpath to travel (even though technically illegal). Isn't it time to allow a
practice that de-facto exist in our society? Nobody seems to care on the parkway connectors for sure, where pedestrians, cyclists
and roller blader seem to co-exist fine.
And for those pedestrians who worry about the risk of accident, it would be interesting to compare the risk of fatal accidents for a
cyclist on the road vs pedestrian&cyclist on footpath... but again, no one seems to bother in the rest of the World.
I therefore welcome the effort that Singapore is taking to look into short term cycling commutes and hope that the use of bicycles
on footpaths will be reviewed with an open mind. As an example, Singapore has a great footpath that is completely under-
exploited on weekdays along the river (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay). The entire community living around River
Valley Road, Tiong Barhu etc... could be cycling to work in the morning (for those who work along that stretch and all the way to
665 Dear Sir/Mdm Charlez 8/4/2008 9:56
Apart from the fear that commuting via cycling is dangerous, bicycle theft and lack of bicycle parking areas also deters bicycle
People are put off by news/rumours of the ease of theft such as someone who have locked the bicycle with 3 locks overnight at a
nearby MRT station, only to be stolen the next day. In some cases, accessories and even the seat are stolen when the user
parked it for a few hours. In most of the cases, the stolen bicycles are not recovered. The safest way is to lock it at home but that's
not possible for everyone.
There's also a lack of bicycle parking area at certain location (i.e. Bishan Stadium). Cyclists ended up having to lock their bicycles
at lamp post, fences or other areas possible. That might pose a risk to the public.
Recommended solution is to have more bicycle parking areas in well lit and open area to deter theft. A single car park lot can park
a lot more bicycles than a car, hence space should not be too much of an issue. Due to the location, lack of police manpower and
other factors, theft is unavoidable. However, if the culprit is caught, it might be a good idea to publish it on the news to create
awareness, let the public know that no one gets away with bicycle theft and let the public know that the police are doing their job.
666 Think this is a useful link. An example on implementing bike culture in Paris. Arun 8/4/2008 22:13
667 As oil price increases, people are considering using public transport and bike as commuting to work and around town. See W.W. 8/6/2008 11:27
I applause the NParks move to incorporate park connectors and cycling paths around Singapore, as this will promote cycling as a
form of transport.
With these cycling paths, commuters can now them to cycle to work. However, I view that the main obstacle lie with the company
support for staffs cycling to work.
Firstly, there may not be bike stands to encourage parking of bikes. Secondly, there may not be shower facility in the company.
These 2 factors will certainly encourage more people to cycle to work, if companies would not have to spend a lot for these. To
facilitate this, I propose if the NEA or LTA can provide grants for companies to make the work premises more bike-friendly as well
as more more conducive to clean up after cycling to office. These facilities upgrade can be done or consulted by approved
vendors by LTA or relevant authorities.
668 Taxi service is a very important source of demand response transportation in many communities. Usually, it is available 24 hours a James 8/9/2008 21:23
day, seven days a week, providing a service to those who may have no other form of transportation.
Taxis provide an important service for people who do not have access to private car transport or who do not use a car.
However, Taxis are not regarded as part of Singapore's public transport system but are treated as "private" services because the
government assume that taxi is a car, seats 4 to 10 (van), and is thus one of the most inefficient mode of "public transportation"
To most commuters, taking a taxi can be greener than riding public transportation.
Here's why taking a cab was greener than the bus & rail:
1. I feel the necessity to support taxi's company and the cab driver (whom are often considered sole proprietors).
2. Many cab drivers could provide his perspective not just on public transport, but also politics and the economy.
3. I can beat the buses and trains full of passengers by nearly 30 minutes thus gave me extra sleep in the morning.
4. I usually call cab to avoid walking side streets at night or to save journey time if there is no alternative direct service.
As such, the government should review the policy on taxis matters and offer more incentives to recoginise taxi as another option
of public transport in order to encourage those people who can afford cars to greater use of public transport.
669 Create bicycle lanes on selected non highway roads operating during pre peak periods ie, 7 am to 8.30 am and 5 pm to 6.30 pm Glenn 8/11/2008 10:34
where bicycles have right of way to enable and encourage more full door to door commuting by cyclist.
670 A lot have been talk about green house warming CO2. Most of the tall building are praise with good energy efficiency but fully adam 8/12/2008 18:09
enclosed. Nice landscraping at the ground floor. Why not the build HDB or condomium or skyscrapper built-in with planter area to
help to purifier the air to reduce the green house effect. A lot of the heat are generate from the aircon unit.
What is the main cause of the green house effect? Can it be reduced by more plants on the roof of the sky scrapper. Thank you
and best regards.
671 PROPOSAL FOR THE CONVERSION OF USED PRIVATE VEHICLES TO CNG TAXIS Fiona 8/12/2008 13:51
In response to the most recent call for ideas by the government on how we can contribute to a greener Singapore, we would like to
share our suggestion of a practical way to introduce a greater number of environmentally friendly vehicles [fueled by Compressed
Natural Gas (CNG)] onto our roads. In view of the massive pool of polluting diesel taxis today, we are advocates for a fresh new
aspect of looking at allowing taxi operators to convert second-hand private vehicles to CNG taxis.
Our government's strong message to promote clean energy as a viable alternative to fossil fuels has suggested its firm
commitment in developing sustainable energy policies. And no doubt CNG has been identified as an integral part in our plans
moving forward with the objective to reduce carbon emissions. CNG is low in pollutants and available in abundance globally. It not
just a form of clean fuel but also much less costly than conventional fuels such as diesel and petrol. In promoting the use of CNG
taxis, we can foresee economical and environmental benefits which will alleviate Singapore's standing in terms of quality of living
and will also reinforce our image as a clean and green country.
Currently, Singapore Vehicles Traders' Association and the Automobile Importer and Exporter Association (Singapore), are
working closely with Land Transport Authority (LTA) on the prospect of allowing used private vehicles of less than three years old
to be converted into taxis based on the condition that they will be powered only by CNG. The following will discuss the benefits of
this proposal in greater details.
With the growing hype over the Integrated Resorts which is set to be the centerstage for Singapore by 2009, a modernized taxi
fleet with newer models and environmentally friendly vehicles to boot, and praiseworthy service standards, will surely create a
lasting impression on our visitors. Tourists will be awed by the superbly run first class Changi airport when they emerge from their
aircraft. Similarly, they would expect to be greeted with a fleet of modern and clean taxis to transport them to their destination.
Unfortunately, we have a large fleet of old Toyota and Nissan taxis with Euro II emission standards belching out unpleasant diesel
smell and black soot awaiting for them. This is indeed anti-climax. Beautifying our roads by removing the current ageing fleet of
soot emitting taxis, will reinforce the vibrancy and progressiveness of our country as a premier transportation hub. This would
consequently lead to a multiplier effect on tourism and on our economy's growth. !
It is common knowledge that majority of our taxis today are fueled by diesel engines. We have a market that is dominated by a
large ageing fleet of more than 23,000 Toyota Crowns and Nissan Cedrics, on the go 24/7 with multiple drivers working shifts
round the clock. With such extensive mileage clocked on these diesel vehicles, there is a constant emission of harmful
672 Dear Sir/Mdm, Mikael 8/12/2008 15:54
I would like to share my opinions on the following question - "How can we encourage people to purchase more fuel efficient cars?"
Perhaps Singapore could consider Japan's policy of giving heavy tax incentives to the fuel efficient small cars, the 'kei' class or the
smallest legal car class that are allowed on Japan roads.
These ' kei' cars are given free parking in less populated parts of Japan.
To encourage more people to buy the fuel efficient and spacious hybrid cars, Singapore could consider in giving more tax
incentives which would help to lower the prices of such cars, making them more attractive to Singaporeans.
673 I am a Singaporean who had the opportunity to reside in Austrailia for 5 years. During that time, I have developed a green Monica 8/12/2008 14:19
mentality brought home by my children from school.
In Australia schools, embracing a green lifestyle is a major part of the curriculum. Every lunch time, all students recycle their lunch
packaging, they are encouraged to use less packaging and they have many excursions and projects to fully inculcate the value of
recycling and using less packaging.
All paper in the classroom is recycled into designated bins and organic material goes into compost bins. Children from
kindergarten level knows what item is able to be recycled and they are very careful to put the item into the recycling bin. The 3 R's
is much more important to the average Autralian then scoring good marks. They have managed to instill a strong sense of
environmentality responsibility into the school children.
Being back here in Singapore this year, I had observed that much had been promoted in regards to the 'green' issues. However,
we have not inculcated the mentality into the general population yet. The way to do this is through the school children.
May I share some thoughts on how we ordinary Singaporeans can contribute......
1. Improve incentives for shoppers who bring their own shopping bags. Current incentives being implemented is too meagre.
2. Environmental Education to be intergrated for all ages especially the pre-schoolers. (It's easier to nurture 'green' habits from
3. Pilot 'GREEN' clubs within the community to harness like-minded people to promote & educate the 3 'R's lifestyles.
(Volunteerism spirits from the young to the seniors are most welcome)
674 Dear Sir/mdm, adam 8/12/2008 16:44
I believe singaporean are always looking for adventure in the city, organise tour outside of singapore. In singapore ,and the many
islands of singapore have not been fully develop as an attraction for the singaporean and the tourists.Coral recultivation for future
sea exploring, promote more kelong for fish cultivation village, resort island, farm resort to make the surrounding of singapore
more vibrant and attractive. This will make more singaporean to spend the money locally reduce the tendency to go malaysia,
indonesia or far away country for relaxation/vacation.
If Singapore can make it lively, sure singaporean will spend locally rather than go out of the country.
I think for the town planning, the major Mrt area and Bus interchange integrated services at present can be seen. But the lack of
landscraping around the area for relaxation and beautiful scenery, art sculpture for the tourist to capture their unforgettable time
when they step out of MRT. Buisness area be more creative and competitive. colourful banner and advertisement to drawn the
crowds located around MRT areas will allow the tourist explore all the shops around the area like the switzerland city.
Singapore does not have any natural resources. It is better for the Singaporean to recognise that the recycle items can be turn into
cash themself rather than the unknown status of the ganaguni man who collect the recycle products. Singaporean does not known
the value of these items. All they know it is a waste and no cash value and thrown it away. Every night it is the ganaguni man who
I am around searching for this Singapore's Foreign Talent Policy. It is to the for a Singaporean, awareness do understand our
675 went writing with concerns with precious resource. What is green meanso hardSingaporean? What me included, tothey have.What Koh K.K. 8/12/2008 17:24
foreign talent policy. What is the criteria for allowing a foreigner to live here as a PR. My sense is ever since our doors are open to
Indians and China's immigrants, they have brought with them a host of social problems - Littering, mass gathering and
consumption of alcohol at void decks, prostitution at heartlands. The acceptance of such foreign talent are often brought about by
proclaiming the economic value these talents bring. But with that they have not stopped the recent oil price increase and inflation.
How should a ordinary Singaporean come to terms with that 'economic value' and the real problems they face everyday? As the
government takes on a macro view of such long terms developments, i urge the government to also consider the microscopic
developments brought about by such p rojects. In my opinion, The government should take stock of today's problems and
concerns, address it before moving on to bigger projects.
MTI and STB have done a wonderful job for organising F1 race in singapore. So is the impending youth olympics. This is definitely
the right direction to head if Singapore was to become a lively city. As a singaporean, when i first heard that IR will by built in
Singapore, i was elated and i was one of those that defended Singapore and PM lee's decision when others contradicted and
raise the potential problems it will cause. Granted, the social impact is considerable but if Singapore is going to be relying just
Sentosa and Orchard road, we will end up no different from our neighbouring countries. We will never shine.
World Bank S2006 are one of the most memorable events. To an ordinary Singaporean, World bank means more job, more