Singapore has announced its intention to raise its climate ambition and achieve net zero emissions by or around mid-century.
The road to net zero will require concerted efforts from government agencies, the private sector and individuals.
Net Zero means cutting greenhouse gas emissions by human activity to as close to zero as possible, with any remaining emissions re-absorbed from the atmosphere, by oceans and forests for instance. This is critical to keep the average temperature rise limited to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.
At WWF-Singapore, supporting Singapore’s net-zero carbon emissions target is a top priority through collaboration with policymakers, businesses, communities, and individuals.
Earth Hour, WWF’s iconic annual event held in March, will continue to pave the way for global efforts against climate change and signify unity in dedicating ourselves to reducing our carbon emissions. Excitingly, WWF-Singapore has plans to extend the conversation about positive action for our planet beyond the hour-long event. Watch this space!
We are expanding Earth Hour into a movement in Singapore that highlights the urgency of climate action and inspires communities to enable individual change and adopt sustainable lifestyle practices.
Earth Hour 2023 will be a six-month campaign aimed at galvanising collective action by organisations and individuals. The campaign will inspire climate action in the community and work toward driving Singapore to reduce carbon emissions.
Nature-based Solutions (NbS) involve harnessing the power of nature and its ecosystem services to address societal environmental challenges, such as climate change, food and water security, extreme weather events and human health. These are achieved through protecting, restoring or managing natural ecosystems, hence providing benefits for both human well-being and biodiversity.
Forest conservation and restoration are one of the best examples of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) that can provide solutions for societal challenges, such as reducing people’s vulnerability to climate change impact and building their resilience to it. For example, planting trees in our mangrove areas not only provides a habitat for various fish, bird and plant species to thrive, it also safeguards human lives by reducing the impact of storms on our coasts.
WWF-Singapore aims to develop high-quality nature-based interventions for climate mitigation in Southeast Asia and provide corporate guidance on Nature-based Solutions investment (NbS).
In recognition of the increasing interest in NbS and the associated opportunities and risks in financing NbS, WWF-Singapore joined forces with seven other globally recognised environmental and conservation nonprofits, to establish the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature Based Solutions Coalition (SCeNe Coalition). The Coalition aims to develop high-quality, ‘triple benefit’ Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Climate in Southeast Asia to mitigate climate change, conserve nature, and benefit local communities and indigenous peoples.
Nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions can be traced to energy generation, and half of that energy is used by industrial or commercial entities.
WWF-Singapore is engaging with businesses to broaden corporate participation and take action on climate change throughout their supply chain. Our work with companies starts from supporting them on the sustainability journey and committing to take climate action. We eventually help them align with a 1.5°C world by achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
We will bring the expertise from our global network on topics like the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), best energy practices, carbon markets and clean cooling to help companies become the stewards of the green transition that is already swiftly unfolding in Asia.
Together, we can demonstrate that climate action is vital, achievable, practical and compatible with corporate growth.
At WWF-Singapore, we act as a catalyst to drive change and collective transformative actions. We contribute to the net zero vision by collaboratively working with policymakers, businesses, communities, and individuals, as well as with the WWF network expertise, together.
We’re taking a three-pronged transformative approach that focuses on climate, nature, and people.