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Environmental Sustainability at GovTech
Our Journey to Net Zero
In 2021, the Singapore Government unveiled the Singapore Green Plan 2030, an ambitious and rigorous strategy that outlines the country’s long-term plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 with the public sector leading the way.
As the public sector’s centre of excellence for info-comm technology and smart systems (ICT&SS), we are taking the lead in decarbonising public sector technology in order to mitigate global warming and secure a smart and sustainable future for the people living in Singapore.
“It is fortuitous that I was given this role to be the sustainability lead for GovTech, where together with my team, we drive the sustainability agenda as a convenor and orchestrator of all internal and external stakeholders and touchpoints of GovTech, as we build the foundation to move towards our 2045 Net Zero goal.” - Liew Hui Ming, Director, Digitalisation Strategy & Partnership Office
Net Zero Emissions around 2045 - We aim to peak emissions around 2025 and achieve net zero emissions around 2045, as aligned with the public sector’s commitment to lead the way.
An Environmentally Friendly Workplace - GovTech has been Eco-Office Elite certified since 2022. We commit to protecting the environment by reducing our consumption of energy, water, and waste.
Sustainable Digital Value Chain - We consider the environmental impact of our products and services, from the point of creation to its end-of-life.
Green Government Hosting - We centrally provide greener data centre and cloud hosting options that serve the whole-of-government’s consolidated needs more efficiently. All our data centres are Green Mark Platinum certified.
Sustainability Framework and Strategy at a Glance
Vision - To become a net zero government around 2045
Mission - Adopt sustainability as a core principle in our digitalisation business and professional way of life
Three Key Pillars
We prioritise ethical practices and sustainable operations in every aspect of our operations, where we actively reduce, reuse, recycle and remove any unnecessary wastage.
We incorporate green practices and technologies into our hardware selection and software development approaches to provide more eco-conscious solutions.
We empower the Singapore Government’s net zero journey with innovative digital solutions that make a positive impact on the environment.
Empowering all GovTech Leaders and GovTechies to drive eco-conscious practices across business lines, consuming fewer resources, and fostering a sustainable culture.
Embedding sustainable standards, processes, and tools within the software development lifecycle to achieve sustainability by design while ensuring high service reliability and performance.
Engaging and collaborating with suppliers, industry peers, public officers, and citizens to drive the innovation and adoption of sustainable technology solutions and approaches.
Digital Workplace - The Digital Workplace provides digital alternatives to physical transactions such as tele-conferencing and digital business cards.
Government Hosting Consolidation and Cloud Migration - GovTech provides centralised energy-efficient data centres to support the consolidation of standalone agency server rooms and data centres. We also develop secure government cloud solutions to accelerate adoption of modern cloud capabilities.
Green Software - We actively explore Green IT tools to augment our existing software development processes, and enable our product teams and engineers to manage and optimise their software to reduce carbon emissions.
Open Digital Platform - We are developing the Open Digital Platform to power smarter district planning at the Punggol Digital District. With ODP, district planners expect to progressively reduce energy and water consumption by as much as 30% compared to the national average.