The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli, CDL Group CEO Mr Sherman Kwek, and over 50 ambassadors and diplomats. It saw a turnout of over 200 representatives from government, corporations and civil society. As a key representative from the private sector, CDL was proud to be part of this national movement towards fulfilling Singapore’s climate commitments.
According to the International Energy Agency, although Singapore contributes 0.11% of global emissions, it ranks 26th out of 142 countries in terms of emissions per capita – meaning that each person in Singapore produces more carbon emissions than his or her counterpart in Britain, Switzerland or France.
During Minister Masagos Zulkifli’s opening speech, he highlighted the urgency of this global problem and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to meet its Paris Agreement targets in partnership with businesses and civil society, “This is a year when we will join forces with all of you here, plus many other parties across Singapore and beyond, to rally everybody to take action to reduce our carbon footprint and fight climate change.”
To commemorate the occasion, CDL E-Generation Challenge Distinction Award Winner Ms Inch Chua, a home-grown local singer, performed a specially-composed song about Climate Action.
At the event, CDL also launched the second edition of its CDL Little Green Hearts series: Budding Little Green Hearts. Organised in conjunction with local non-profit Ground-Up Initiative and LEAP SchoolHouse kindergarten, this community programme connects kids to nature.
The CDL 6th Sculpture Award commissioned artwork by full-time artist Ms Toh Ah Lan was also unveiled by Minister Masagos Zulkifli. Centred on the theme of ‘Towards Zero-Waste!’, the masterpiece drew inspiration from the concept of a circular economy and Singapore’s vision of becoming a zero-waste nation by 2030. The sculpture utilises the SSA’s residual building materials, including Cross-Laminated Timber, Glulam and timber decking, and is on display outside the SSA to remind and inspire all to conserve resources for a sustainable future.