The public sector will use less electricity and water as part of its bid to do more for the environment, under the inaugural Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Monday (June 5).
Mr Teo, who is also the Minister in charge of the Civil Service, announced the public sector's plan to cut electricity consumption by more than 15 per cent and water consumption by more than 5 per cent by 2020, from Financial Year 2013 levels. Employing 145,000 officers, the sector comprises 16 government ministries and 64 statutory boards.
From 2013 to 2015, the public sector accounted for 4 per cent of Singapore's total electricity consumption on average, and 3 per cent of total water consumed.
All new public sector buildings will also attain the Green Mark Platinum standard, and existing buildings will strive for at least the Green Mark Gold standard.
The sector plans to expand its green procurement policy, with plans to hold events and functions only in venues with at least Green Mark-certified rating. All new office infocomm technology equipment are to meet the latest Energy Star standards, where available. Printing paper procured is to have the Singapore Green Label, while lamps and air conditioners are to be rated at least three ticks by the National Environment Agency, among other measures.
Electricity saving measures include replacing or upgrading aircon systems and lights, and promoting good consumption habits.
As for water, measures include water-efficient fittings in buildings, efficient irrigation systems and private water metering for leak detection. Inefficient aircon cooling towers will also be replaced.
Mr Teo was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Singapore Sustainability Academy at City Square Mall today. The academy is a joint creation by property developer City Developments Limited and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore.
Under the global Paris climate agreement, Singapore has committed to cut its emissions per dollar of GDP by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and stabilise emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030. To achieve its objectives, a concerted effort from government, businesses and individuals is required, said Mr Teo.