The Road to Net Zero
We have been focusing on the progress industry is making towards carbon neutrality, holding sector-specific sustainability conversations, and building towards the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.
 
The British Chamber is proud to have achieved Carbon Neutrality for 2019 and offset our emissions for the year.
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Our Sustainability Journey
Sustainability Report 2020
On 15 Jul 2021 we released our inaugural Sustainability Report, covering the 2020 reporting period. The Report aligns our impacts and activities to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
We also announced our signatory for the Chambers Climate Coalition pledge, committing:
 
  • To advocate for climate action within their business networks and for well-conceived policies to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C.
  • To support the goal of achieving net-zero emissions globally by 2050.
  • To mainstream climate mitigation and resilience guidance into chamber services.
  • To work with public and private entities to support effective climate solutions as part of a transformational change that works for people and the planet.
  • To reduce the greenhouse footprint from chamber activities without delay.
Becoming Carbon Neutral
The Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) team helped the Chamber to calculate our Scope 1,2 and 3 footprint for the calendar year 2019, including our flights, office energy consumption, travel to, catering at, and logistics of the Chamber events we held throughout the year, and have 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 for 2020 and beyond.
 
We have measured and released our emissions for 2020 in our Sustainability Report and plan to offset these during 2021.
BritCham's Road to Net Zero Regional Insights Survey 
The goal of this survey was to benchmark business opinions around South East Asia on sustainability perspectives, actions and commitments. Questions referenced sustainability as a business priority, commitments and frameworks, and sustainability reporting. The survey ran from 28 Sep - 23 Oct 2020 with invitations sent to organisations from the British Chambers in Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand.
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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.

What does net zero mean for the UK?
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.
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