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Space in Singapore

Key insights to guide your giving

Disposable Waste

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Each year, we consume
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plastics items
  • 820 million plastic bags from supermarkets
  • 473 million plastic disposable items like containers
  • 467 million PET bottles like canned drinks1


  • $157 billion worth of plastic is discarded after its first use2
  • Only 4% of plastic waste was recycled in 20183

Threats to Biodiversity

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Globally, up to 

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species are threatened with extinction.1

There are over 2,400 native vascular plant species, more than 410 species of birds, and over 330 butterfly species recorded in Singapore.2,3

Restoring ecosystems could provide up to one-third of the climate mitigation needed by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere4

Energy Security

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The energy sector has come a long way over the last 50 years and now faces new challenges from climate change. 


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of Singapore’s fuel mix for electricity generation comes from natural gas, the cleanest form of fossil fuel.1

Despite being alternative energy disadvantaged, Singapore is ranked

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globally in terms of carbon emission per capita.2


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In 2018, the annual mean of air pollutants (PM2.5) in Singapore exceeded WHO’s air quality guidelines by
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Haze season sees 10-20% increase in patients visiting the doctor due to respiratory problems.2
Only 3% of Food and Beverage outlets in Singapore have committed or switched to sourcing for sustainable palm oil.3

Water Scarcity

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Singapore is globally-ranked as the most water-stressed country in the world, along with six other countries.1

Water demand in Singapore is currently about

million gallons

a day—enough to fill 782 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

By 2060, the demand will double.

Food Security

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Singapore currently imports more than
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of our food from more than 170 countries and regions.1
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of the rice, chicken and beef consumed in Singapore are produced overseas.2
Only around a quarter of our egg supply, 14% of our leafy vegetables, and around 10% of our fish supply are produced locally.3

Food Waste

In Singapore, food waste has risen 20% over the past 10 years.1
In 2019, Singapore generated

million kilograms

of food waste2 – roughly equivalent to 2 bowls of rice per person per day.

Only 18% of food waste is recycled.3

Credit Mentions List

Frances Loke

Jeannie Kwok

Director, Corporate Responsibility Asia Pacific, Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Hazel Quek

Senior Executive, Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Hotels and Resorts  

Dr Shawn Lum

Benjamin Tay

Chitra Venkatesh

Head of Education and Outreach, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore

National Parks Board

Tay Sok Leng

Head, Business Strategy and Development, Singapore Environment Council

Eileen Bakri

Head, Marketing Communications and Outreach, Singapore Environment Council

Roshith Rajan

Director, Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific – SODEXO

Eugene Heng

Founder and CEO, Waterways Watch Society

Darryl Chan

Director, Energy Market Authority

The information provided on this page is as of 26 November 2020.