Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (2015)

The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) is the Government’s vision towards a more sustainable way to produce, consume, work and live. Articulated around five focus areas, it provides guidelines to structure collective action until 2030 and ensure that Singapore does its part towards the sustainable development effort at global level.

1. "Eco Smart" Endearing Towns 

Expand innovative design and technology to enable residents to enjoy a high quality of life while having a lighter environmental footprint:

  • estate rejuvenation,
  • integration of lush greenery in the urban environment,
  • more recreational blue spaces,
  • energy and water saving,
  • smarter waste management.
+178% of skyrise greenery by 2030 (reaching 200 ha)

For more details on the challenges of Planning & Design of residential areas, browse the Smart and Sustainable Living page of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) website.

2. A "Car-Lite" Singapore 

Reduce air pollution, congestion, carbon footprint, and serve pedestrians instead of vehicles:

  • expand more energy-efficient modes such as rail and bus services,
  • enhance on-demand point-to-point transport option
  • create more cycling and walking paths
  • increase the number of car-free spaces
  • develop disruptive solutions like autonomous vehicle and electric car-sharing.

+97% of cycling paths by 2030 (reaching 700 km)

For more details on Mobility challenges and targets, read our summary of the Land Transport Masterplan, issued in 2019 by the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA).

3. Towards a Zero-Waste Nation 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to preserve a clean and healthy city, conserve resources and free up space:

  • Develop adequate infrastructure such as centralized chutes for all new HDB flats and better waste segregation system, 
  • Reduce consumption,
  • Prioritize on food waste, packaging, and e-waste.

+9% national recycling rate by 2030 (reaching 70%)

For more details on Waste Management challenges and targets, read our summary of the Zero Waste Masterplan, issued in 2019 by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the National Environment Agency (NEA).

4. A Leading Green Economy

Encourage businesses to become the leaders of a more sustainable economy:

  • adopt greener practices, 
  • create meaningful and high-quality jobs.

Pioneer innovation districts:

  • develop living labs,
  • expand renewable energy such as solar,
  • keep up the green buildings capability.

+49% of buildings to achieve the BCA Green Mark Certified rating by 2030 (reaching 80%)

For more details on Green Buildings challenges and targets, read the 3rd Green Building Masterplan issued in 2014 by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). The Singapore Green Building Masterplan 2020 (SGBMP 2020) is underway

5. An Active and Gracious Community

Allow Singaporeans to actively participate in the Sustainable Blueprint, notably through consultations and public dialogues.

  • Promote the implementation of the Blueprint. 
  • Foster collective commitment, effort, and shared values.
  • Urge citizens to take responsibility for a better future for all.

+233% of active green volunteers by 2030 (reaching 5,000)

Since its issuance, authorities have implemented several detailed plans, with short-term, mid-term and long-term objectives:

Written by
Solène Meissonnier
Public affair specialist