Energy & Environment

Singapore finance minister says city-state could become a regional hub for green finance

SINGAPORE — Singapore plans to invest more in building a new green economy, according to the city-state’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

The climate emergency poses an existential threat but also provides new opportunities around sustainability, Wong told Martin Soong as part of the virtual CNBC Evolve Global Summit.

“We are investing in renewable energy. We are investing in decarbonization technologies like hydrogen, carbon capture. And, we are also looking at building Singapore as a hub for the region when it comes to green finance,” Wong said.

The city-state, which is smaller than New York City, has been working for years to preserve its coastline from rising sea levels and other environmental damage.

The skyline of financial and business center is seen in the background as people paddle surf along the East Coast Park beach in Singapore on July 17, 2020.

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Most of Singapore lies within 15 meters above the mean sea level, with around 30% less than 5 meters above the mean sea level. Any additional increase in sea level caused by climate change poses an immediate threat to the country.

When asked about the criteria used in making green investments, Wong said Singapore considers a wide range of different measures.

“We can look at things like carbon intensity, the efficiency of use of energy, a whole range of metrics that will allow us to ensure that the investments we are putting in are bona fide green investments,” he said.

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