Ministry for National Development announced the new 10-year HDB Green Towns programme
4 March 2020 — Singapore’s Ministry of National Development announced that the new HDB Green Towns programme aims to make HDB towns more environmentally friendly and liveable by 2030.
The Housing & Development Board (HDB) plays a vital role in supporting the nation’s commitment to sustainable development. The new programme will focus on addressing several key areas on liveability such as reducing energy consumption, recycling rainwater and cooling HDB towns, and consolidating initiatives that have already been implemented and trialled successfully in some HDB estates, as well as new initiatives that have the potential for scaling up.
Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong, also announced that the next batch of towns will benefit from the Remaking Our Heartland programme (ROH).
“With the Green Towns programme, we aim to reduce energy consumption in HDB towns by 15 per cent from today’s levels. This is a major effort, and the government, town councils and our residents will all need to do our part. Only then can we build greener and more sustainable HDB towns for our next generation,” said Lawrence Wong during his speech in the Committee of Supply Debate 2020 – Building our Future City and Home.
More towns selected for ROH programme
Minister Wong also announced that Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Choa Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio have been selected as the fourth batch of towns/estates to be rejuvenated under the ROH Programme. The programme is a comprehensive blueprint to renew and further develop existing HDB towns and estates to meet the changing needs of the community. Since 2007, nine towns/estates have been chosen for rejuvenation under the ROH programme. Most of the plans for the first two batches of towns have been implemented, while works for the third batch of towns are currently underway. Residents can look forward to new/revitalised facilities such as upgraded town and neighbourhood centres; parks and more greenery; new community spaces; and improvements to connectivity networks under the programme.
For more information, please visit: https://www.mnd.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/view/rejuvenating-and-greening-hdb-towns-for-sustainable-living.