Environment

-In July this year(2011), the Indian government introduced a nationwide carbon tax of 50 rupees per metric tonne of coal both produced and imported into India. Officials expect to raise 25 billion rupees for the financial year 2010-2011 from the tax which they are hoping to use for a clean energy fund.

-Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has become an ASEAN Heritage Park on 2011.

-The Singapore Environment Council has implemented the Green Labelling Scheme to enable consumers to make more eco-friendly choices.

-China and Singapore have worked together to build a Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, which will be fully developed in the early-to-mid 2020s and home to about 350000 residents

-CapitaLand has built Singapore’s first eco-mall, City Square Mall, in Singapore, while another one will be ready in 2012, the JCube mall.

-Since August 2009, Styrofoam takeaway food boxes in NUS canteens have been replaced with the more eco-friendly Microwave Packaging food boxes which are certified with Green Label Singapore

-Since 2006, all households in Taiwan have been required to separate recyclables from kitchen waste and general trash.

-In 2006 in Taiwan, a complete ban on disposable tableware and paper cups was imposed on all government agencies, a ban that was extended to schools in 2007. These measures are estimated to prevent 2,600 tons of disposable tableware and 276 tons of paper cups from entering the waste stream each year.

-It takes between 7 and 11kg of animal feed (mainly corn and soy beans) to produce just 1kg of meat. Added up, the amount of calories required to sustain the global meat industry is more than enough to feed the earth’s entire population (6.2 billion and growing). And yet, there are over one billion malnourished people around the globe.

-The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labels seafood that are certified to be from sustainable fishing. However, only 8% of Japanese consumers recognise the MSC logo, and although Japan has just 2% of the world’s population, it eats 10% of its fish.

-Three Japanese artistes have set up a non-profit bank called Artists’ Power Bank, or AP Bank in short. It invests in and lends money to environmentally friendly projects.

-Japanese company Genepax recently invented an eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water.

-Japanese electronics firm Panasonic announced yesterday it will build and test an integrated energy system in Singapore’s Punggol Eco-Town which could increase energy efficiency across public housing towns and advance the city-state’s smart grid pilot study.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/singapore-agencies-panasonic-partner-for-green-public-housing/

http://web-japan.org/trends/business/bus050610.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8534166.stm

http://greenjapan.com/living-in-japan/4054/

http://taiwanreview.nat.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=93447&CtNode=1337&mp=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Singapore_Tianjin_Eco-city

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