Singapore is committed to sustainable development, and important growth areas include smart grids, green buildings, and energy efficiency. Their policy goal is to be a zero waste nation by 2030. Diverting food from waste will play an important role. The Singapore Green Plan 2030 provides new opportunities for sustainability solutions in areas like sustainable packaging, waste upcycling, urban farming, and water treatment. Below are some examples of voluntary certifications in Singapore.
See also the Singapore-Australia Green Economy Agreement.
Green Label is a voluntary certification administered by the Singapore Environmental Council (SEC). The SEC also run a number of environmental awards in Singapore. Green Label is Singapore's leading environmental standard and certification mark, with over 3,800 unique products certified across 43 countries and 70 product categories. The scheme aims to help the public identify environmentally preferred products that meet certain eco-standards.
More info: Singapore Green Labelling Scheme
The SGBP Certification Scheme and the Singapore Green Building Services (SGBS) are voluntary certification schemes administered by the by Singapore Green Building Council (GSBC). The schemes adhere to the ISO 14024 Type I Environmental Labelling Programme. Building products are assessed on their environmental properties and performance through a comprehensive list of assessment criteria covering the five key areas of Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Resource Efficiency, Health & Environmental Protection and Other Green Features. Buildings are rated with a tick from 1 to 4. Having 4 ticks indicates a leader position. A directory of certified products is also available on their website.
More info: SGBC Certification
The Green Mark Certification Scheme is a voluntary scheme administered by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA). It is a rating system designed to evaluate a building’s environmental impact and performance. Key assessment criteria include: Climatic responsive design, Building energy performance, Resources stewardship, Smart and healthy building, Advance green efforts. Energy modelling is required as part of the assessment criteria.
More info: Green Mark Certification Scheme (BCA)
The Singapore Environmental Council (SEC) administers these certifications or accreditations. SEC engages and provides applicants with tools and information to work on their Office Environmental Guidelines via its “Eco Office Enhanced Capability Building Programme”. After certification, SEC will continue a yearly basis to guide companies on improving identified environmental gaps, through an Eco Office Health Check. Similar systems, tools and support are offered for shops, food establishments and events.
Green DNA is a voluntary certification or accreditation administered by the Singapore Environmental Council (SEC). It is an internationally UNEP-recognised accreditation system.The certification covers carbon emission reduction (CER), aligned to ISO Greenhouse Gas (GHG) 14064 standards. The GreenDNA certificate is provided to organisations and government agencies who successfully complete all aspects of GreenDNA, which encompass programmes such as Training & Education, Awards & Outreach and Eco-Certifications.
More info: SEC GreenDNA