Singapore hires first ever government chief sustainability officer


Singapore has appointed Lim Tuang as its first ever government chief sustainability officer to drive the government’s sustainability efforts.

According to ESG Today, the appointment follows the establishment in 2021 of the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which is the government’s sustainable transition strategy aimed at strengthening its commitment to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Singapore has previously committed to reaching peak emissions around 2030 and has recently announced an acceleration of its plan to reach net zero emissions by around mid-century.

The Green Plan is supported by Singapore’s GreenGov.SG initiative, which includes public sector sustainability commitments, such as peaking carbon emissions around 2025, requiring government agencies to purchase products that meet high efficiency or sustainability standards, and considering companies’ sustainability-related policies and practices when evaluating government tenders.

In the new role, Lim will help to drive such plans, overseeing MSE’s Public sector Sustainability Office and Sustainability Partnerships Office, working with public sector agencies to develop and coordinate strategies for GreenGov.SG.

ESG Today noted he will also spearhead partnerships with businesses, civil society partners and individuals on advancing the sustainability agenda.

FigBytes, a creator of an ESG insight platform for strategy, reporting, data and stakeholder engagement, recently scored $14.5m in total funding.

Companies can use FigBytes’ software platform to easily and cost-effectively manage, track and report on their ESG goals related to carbon accounting, water stewardship, philanthropy, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

The UK and Singapore recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding focused on strengthening FinTech trade and cooperation between the two nations.

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