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ESG: Sustainability Tag

Climate Change Protest

18 Oct A climate for change

By Simon Tay Despite sceptics – most notably US President Donald Trump – people today are increasingly concerned about climate change and calling for action. Governments are responding, with some 60 world leaders gathered for the climate summit last month (Sept). Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

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03 Sep Transforming climate risks into opportunities

By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Business Times The recent Singapore National Day Rally (NDR) will be remembered for its sobering call to act on climate change - a "life and death" matter according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This means that beyond...

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31 May Ending coal financing, and jump-starting sustainability

By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi All major Singapore banks recently announced that they will stop financing new coal-fired power plants. This is significant in aligning Singapore as a financial hub with the position of many Western financial institutions. But it opens up more questions...

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16 May Why severe haze may return in 2019 and how to mitigate the risk

By Simon Tay, Wu Huijuan and Aaron Choo For TODAY A Haze Outlook developed by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has assessed that there is a real, although moderate, risk that severe haze will return in 2019. The prognosis is “amber”; on a scale of red-amber-green....

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11 Apr Making sustainable consumption of palm oil the norm in Asia

By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xin Yi For The Jakarta Post Relations between the European Union and Malaysia and Indonesia hit an obstacle when Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently threatened to boycott EU’s products if the bloc...

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05 Apr Thailand must take action for cleaner air in Asean

By Simon Tay and Liyana Othman For Bangkok Post When complaints are made about the haze crisis and air pollution in Southeast Asia, most usually think about fires in Indonesia's provinces, which have been a recurrent problem for over two decades. However, the situation this year has been different...

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07 Mar Sustainability is gaining traction as a business move

By Simon Tay and Wu Hui Juan For The Business Times Singapore is now one of the first countries in Asia to introduce a carbon tax to reduce fossil fuel consumption and to use market pricing to develop a low-carbon economy. The tax, in force from the start...

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Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR

20 Dec EU’s palm oil curb may hurt campaign to save forests

By Simon Tay and Liyana Othman For The Straits Times As the global community seeks to address environmental and climate change concerns, attention has been increasing about palm oil. In recent months, the European Union passed a directive that disallows commodities like palm oil to be used...

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