Singapore aspires to be ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’
Beauty and brains. That’s how Singapore imagines its future.
Jessica Cheam reports for the Straits Times that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has launched two distinct visions for the city-state. One is to morph into a “smart” metropolis that harnesses technology such as sensors and apps to improve lives. The other is to become a “sustainable” zero-waste city by 2030 with a flourishing “green economy.”
Some might see these strategies as contradictory. More technology could increase energy consumption, which would complicate the zero-waste goal. As far as Lee is concerned, the two are not mutually exclusive. “Being a smart and sustainable city are two sides of the same coin,” Cheam writes.
In fact, Singapore already is deploying innovation in its quest to be more eco-conscious, the article says. This is occurring in the Jurong Lake District, where sensors are used to measure air quality, temperature and other environmental factors. In another example of cross-pollination, the smart city plan is headed by Vivian Balakrishnan, minister for the environment and water resources.