The Road to Net Zero
We have been focusing on the progress industry is making towards carbon neutrality, holding sector-specific sustainability conversations, working with private and public sector organisations to support work in this area.
The British Chamber is proud to be the first international Chamber in the region to be Carbon Neutral.
Our latest Sustainability Report

The Chamber is proud to publish the latest edition of our annual Sustainability Report on Earth Day. This report reflects our sustainability journey and activities across 2023, focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are aligned with the Chamber's themes. Hear from our patron, Kara Owen CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore, in the report. Click on the image below to read the report in full.

The UK-Singapore Green Economy Framework

The UK and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a bilateral Green Economy Framework on March 1, 2023. Building on the successful UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (UKSFTA) and Digital Economy Agreement (UKSDEA), the innovative UK-Singapore Green Economy Framework (UKSGEF) combines elements of climate, economic and trade policy. This will enable both countries to achieve national decarbonisation targets in alignment with the Paris Agreement, while enhancing energy security and promoting green growth through new investment, job creation and export opportunities.

Collaboration will take place across three key pillars:

1. Green transport:

i. Maritime transport decarbonisation measures, including green and digital shipping corridors.
ii. Air transport decarbonisation measures, including sustainable aviation fuels, improving air traffic management, carbon credits, and green airport initiatives.
iii. Continued bilateral and multilateral cooperation in international fora and negotiations, such as through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), on achieving targets for decarbonisation.
iv. Strategies and legal frameworks for zero emission vehicles and charging infrastructure.

2. Low carbon energy technologies:

i. Advancement of low-carbon hydrogen technologies and the development of certification, standards and wider regulations to support the growth of the hydrogen economy.
ii. Policy, regulatory and technical aspects of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), sharing of best practices and identification of areas of mutual interests on which to further discussions and cooperation.
iii. Policy, regulatory and technical aspects of grid interconnection, cross-border electricity trade and solutions to improve system resiliency and flexibility, such as energy storage systems and smart grid technologies.

3. Sustainable finance and carbon markets:

i. Cooperation bilaterally and through multilateral initiatives, which may include capacity building programmes, to increase transparency in carbon markets, and advance climate action and ambition through high-integrity international carbon markets.
ii. Cooperation on sustainable finance under the annual UK-Singapore Financial Dialogue, which is co-chaired by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the HM Treasury.

In addition, both countries will explore activities that support collaboration between governments, academia and the business community. This includes activities such as information exchanges and dialogues on technical regulations, collaborations on standards development and the  adoption of internationally-recognised standards, mutual recognition of conformity assessment procedures in relation to the green economy, enterprise matching for business and co-innovation, green capability development for small and medium sized enterprises, academic and research partnerships, pilot projects, and outreach and promotion.

Read the full MoU here.

Green Jobs
To support the green economy and energy transition at a global level, many organisations are creating new job scopes focused on sustainability. Below are recruitment platforms for listing, and jobseeking, in Singapore and the region.
Our Sustainability Journey
Becoming Carbon Neutral
The Swire Shipping team support the Chamber to calculate our Scope 1,2 and 3 footprint for the calendar year, including our flights, office energy consumption, travel to, catering at, and logistics of the Chamber events we held throughout the year, and to offset the result by including us in their internal voluntary carbon offsetting scheme.
Recognising that measuring and offsetting is just the beginning of the journey, the next steps are for our committees to support the Chamber to take action in making positive sustainable changes to our processes, and reducing our footprint.
Earlier this year, we offset 31 tonnes of our carbon emissions generated during 2023 through the Cathay Pacific Fly Greener Programme. 
Our Equality & Sustainability Commitment
First published on September 1, 2019 and peer-reviewed by our Sustainability committee.
Getting involved as an SME & Financing Support
Recognising the unique limitations and opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to participate in global net zero efforts, the global Race to Zero campaign includes an SME Climate Hub with toolkits and ideas for engagement. The SME Climate Hub is an initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business Coalition and the UN Race to Zero campaign.   
How you can get involved in the Race to Zero
Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

It mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 of the biggest investors, and 569 universities. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25% global CO2 emissions and over 50% GDP.

Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz– Race To Zero mobilizes actors outside of national governments to join the Climate Ambition Alliance, which was launched at the UNSG’s Climate Action Summit 2019 by the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

The objective is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that business, cities, regions and investors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy.

Singapore's Green Plan 2030

The Green Plan charts ambitious and concrete targets over the next 10 years, strengthening Singapore's commitments under the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, and positioning the country to achieve their long-term net-zero emissions aspiration as soon as viable.

Spearheaded by five ministries – the Ministries of Education, National Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Trade and Industry, and Transport – and supported by the whole of Government, the Green Plan builds on the sustainability efforts of preceding decades. The comprehensive plan will strengthen Singapore's economic, climate and resource resilience, improve the living environment of Singaporeans, and bring new business and job opportunities.

The Green Plan has five key pillars:

City in Nature : to create a green, liveable and sustainable home for Singaporeans;
Sustainable Living : to make reducing carbon emissions, keeping our environment clean, and saving resources and energy a way of life in Singapore;
Energy Reset : to use cleaner energy and increase energy efficiency to lower the country's carbon footprint;
Green Economy : to seek green growth opportunities to create new jobs, transform industries, and harness sustainability as a competitive advantage; 
Resilient Future : to build up Singapore's climate resilience and enhance food security.
Content Library
Watch our playlist of net zero webinars on demand
Listen to our playlist of podcasts on the go