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AsiaIsGreen and Green Future Solutions 7 September , 2007

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AsiaIsGreen (AIG) is a brand new online green resource guide for Singapore and Asia, created by Green Future Solutions (GFS). GFS is a Singapore-registered business founded by Eugene Tay (that’s me) and provides consultancy services to help its customers:

  • Find practical ways of reducing the waste of energy, water and material
  • Develop business strategies for going green
  • Conduct small-scale environmental projects

We have been working on the website for the past two months and we think we are ready for its live testing. We are still new so do join us on this learning journey to create a green future at www.AsiaIsGreen.com.

We understand that Asia faces great challenges in protecting its environment as it develops economically. The people in Asia are beginning to be aware of their impacts on the environment and they wish for economic prosperity without harming the planet. Is it possible to see a future where Asia is green?

We do not hope that Asia is green and we have given up that hope because when hope dies, action begins. We have decided to take action to create a future where Asia is green and AIG is our small contribution towards that future. A green future for Asia is not a dream but a responsibility to Nature and our children.

AIG provides a wide range of resources for you to increase your awareness and understanding of the environment in Singapore and Asia, and to inspire you to take action. AIG is not only for Asians but for everyone around the world who wish to see a greener Asia. A green future for the world would be impossible without the participation of Asia.

We acknowledge that there are people in Asia who will not have access to AIG or who cannot afford the products and services shown in AIG. We do not pretend to have all the answers in AIG to create a green future for Asia. But we know that we have to take action now with whatever limited resources available. Learn more. Take action. Spread the message. Do what we can.

Check out AsiaIsGreen now.

Support Local 9 August , 2007

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Most people are not aware of the environmental products and services available in Singapore. Sometimes when we advise people to go green, their reply was that it is hard to go green locally given the limited resources or products and services. I’m creating an online green resource guide to showcase information on green products and services. This would help more people to understand the green choices available in Singapore, and to buy and support local companies and products. SUPPORT LOCAL!

To sidetrack abit, just watched Royston Tan’s 881 yesterday. Really enjoyed the film, great acting by the Papaya Sisters and the music is excellent. Thinking of getting the film soundtrack… Must watch local films. SUPPORT LOCAL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE! And in 881 spirit, SINGAPORE HUAT AH!

After Live Earth, Give Up Hope 7 July , 2007

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My letter below was published in Today on 6 Jul 07. There were some changes made to the content by the editor.

Live Earth, which will be held tomorrow across seven continents, is the brainchild of Al Gore, an environmental activist and former United States Vice-President, and will involve performers, who aim to spread awareness of climate change.

As the world waits for this monumental 24-hour event, I wonder what will happen after Live Earth ends. Will more people be concerned about climate change and start taking action?

If there is only one message to remember after watching Live Earth, it is this: Give up hope.

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Investing in environmental companies (continued) 29 June , 2007

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More info about the zero certs:

  • The zero certs launched by ABN AMRO are actually call warrants without any leverage.
  • ABN AMRO do not charge management fees for the zero certs but the dividends paid by the companies in the index goes to them, that’s how they make money.
  • When the index reaches its maturity date after 3 years, the cash balance is settled and returned to the investor.
  • Details on the companies in the Climate Change & Environment Index are shown in the attached file.

Schroders Global Climate Change Fund 20 June , 2007

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Schroders is launching the Schroders Global Climate Change Fund in the UK. The Fund invests in companies involved in the mitigation or adaptation of climate change. Not sure whether this fund will be available to local investors. There will be a seminar on investing in climate change and the fund on 17 Jul (6.30-8pm) at Aviva@Cecil. Register at the dollarDEX website.

Investing in environmental companies 15 June , 2007

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ABN Amro launched ten Zero Strike Participation Certificates last week, including ten emerging markets and two themed zero certs. One of the themed zero certs is the ABN AMRO Climate Change & Environment Price Return Index. The index tracks 30 environmental companies in the following sectors: Ethanol; Hydroelectric Power; Other Alternative Fuels; Platinum and Palladium Mining; Solar Power; Water; Waste Management; and Wind Power. Some companies in the index include big players such as Veolia Environment, Waste Management Inc, Vestas Wind Systems, Suntech Power, Allied Waste Industries, etc.

The environment themed zero cert gives local investors another investment choice besides investing in stocks of individual environmental companies or energy related unit trusts. My understanding of the new zero certs is limited. The zero certs are actually call warants that expire on a certain date and can be traded like stocks. The environment index zero certs expires on 28 Mar 2010. For more info, ABN AMRO will be holding a free seminar on the zero certs on 28 Jun at the SGX Centre. To register, check out ABN AMRO’s website.

There is no guarantee that environmental companies will do well but climate change and the environment will continue to be a hot issue over the next few years. More countries and companies will take action to improve their environmental performance and clean up their act. And this means business for environmental companies who help to clean up the land, water, air, and provide clean energy.

Six things we can do to protect the environment 6 June , 2007

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My letter was published in today’s online ST Forum. The content is almost the same as what was written in my original letter. The one published by Today yesterday made more changes and have a funny title.

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WORLD Environment Day is celebrated globally today with activities and events to remind us of our impact on the environment and also the things we can do to improve and protect the environment.

Everyone can do something for the environment. For a start, we could consider the six steps described below.

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The Green Spirit 5 June , 2007

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My letter to Today was published on 5 Jun. It’s a summary of my ebook and I thought it would be good to share it with newspaper readers on World Environment Day.

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World Environment Day is marked globally today, with activities to remind us of our impact on the environment and also what we can do to improve and protect it. Everyone can do something. For a start, we could consider these six steps:

One: Respect life and renew our bond with nature. Without respect for nature and its biodiversity, there will be no desire to protect them.

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Global Warming: Four Possible Scenarios 15 May , 2007

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My letter was published today in The Straits Times Forum in response to Warren Fernandez’s article. The content is adapted from my earlier post.

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I REFER to the article, ‘Why I am not a climate change sceptic’ by Warren Fernandez (ST, May 12).

For sceptics, is it possible to not believe in global warming but still take action? What if we do not presume that global warming is happening? Can we look at different scenarios and choose what to do?

Let us imagine four simple scenarios.

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Voluntary Packaging Agreement 14 May , 2007

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An article was published in the Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao regarding the Voluntary Packaging Agreement. More than 10 food and beverage manufacturers will sign the Voluntary Packaging Agreement next month. They will promise to reduce the material used for their product packaging.

Mr Ong Seng Eng, Director of the Resource Conservation Department, National Environment Agency (NEA), said that to effectively reduce packaging waste, we cannot just depend on public education about the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we must also work closely with those involved with the source of the packaging waste – the manufacturers, importers and retailers.

The amount of packaging waste such as paper cartons, boxes, plastic and glass bottles, drink cartons and cans, adds up to 35% of the total household waste. NEA together with the Packaging Council of Singapore (PCS) and the Singapore Environment Council formed a working committee last year to address this packaging waste problem.

The Chairman of PCS said that they are partnering with their counterparts in Japan, Australia and New Zealand to learn from their experiences in making packaging more environmentally friendly. He also revealed that manufacturers are worried about consumers’ acceptability of products with environmentally friendly packaging, and the cost of redesigning the new packaging. However, manufacturers acknowledge that consumers are more concerned about the environment,and improving their packaging becomes inevitable.

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The real culprit of global warming? Human activities 5 May , 2007

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My letter was published today in the Straits Times Online Forum. Thanks to the ST editor for keeping the content intact and not trimming down such a long letter.

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I REFER to the article, ‘Who or what is the real culprit?’ (ST, May 1), by Dr Andy Ho.

Dr Ho discussed three main points to debunk man-made global warming. One, there is no scientific consensus. Two, there is contradictory evidence and other causes. Three, it is caused by the sun. He is entitled to his views but I will offer my views to explain why I disagree with him.

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Who Or What Is The Real Culprit? 1 May , 2007

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Mr Andy Ho, Senior Writer for The Straits Times, wrote an article today in the Review section titled, “Who or what is the real culprit?“, to debunk man-made global warming. I wrote a letter to the ST Forum on my views to explain why I disagree with him. I think my letter will not be published as it is too long, so I’m sharing the contents of my unpublished letter that I submitted.

I’m not an expert on global warming and my explanations are based on my limited knowledge. Most of the global warming science that I read comes from the IPCC report, RealClimate, and some published papers.

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Man is the real culprit 

I refer to the article, ‘Who or what is the real culprit?’ by Mr Andy Ho (ST, May 1). 

Mr Ho discussed three main points to debunk man-made global warming. One, there is no scientific consensus. Two, there is contradictory evidence and other causes. Three, it is caused by the sun. He is entitled to his views but I will offer my views to explain why I disagree with him. 

In my opinion, there are two ways in which people reach consensus on global warming – after looking at the evidence or after hearing what other people say. To show that there is no consensus, Mr Ho quotes three scientists – Richard Lindzen, John Christy and Paul Reiter. Through their quotes in the press and the documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle, Mr Ho suggests that there is no consensus among scientists and even within the IPCC.  

On the other hand, I can show scientific consensus by listing national science academies that agree with man-made global warming and they include: National Academy of Sciences (United States of America); Science Council of Japan; Russian Academy of Sciences; Australian Academy of Sciences; Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts; Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Royal Society of Canada; Caribbean Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Sciences; French Academy of Sciences; German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina; Indian National Science Academy; Indonesian Academy of Sciences; Royal Irish Academy; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy); Academy of Sciences Malaysia; Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; and Royal Society (UK). 

Incidentally, the documentary has received complaints of being misleading and one-sided. In addition, a professor of physical oceanography at MIT who gave comments in the documentary, is considering legal action against the producers after saying his comments were taken out of context to mislead people that man-made global warming is not real. He believes that climate change is real, a major threat, and almost surely has a major human-induced component”. 

So who is right? People have different views on issues, therefore, consensus should not be based on who is saying what but should be based on scientific evidence. This brings me to Mr Ho’s second point. 

The evidence that Mr Ho presented says that temperature rise precede carbon rise by 800 years. Carbon dioxide is not causing global warming and the culprit could likely be water vapour, methane or nitrous oxide. Mr Ho’s point is that carbon dioxide is not causing higher temperatures, therefore humans are not the cause of global warming. 

What causes global warming? To answer that, we need to first understand the concept of radiative forcing and that carbon dioxide is not the only cause of global warming. According to the IPCC report, radiative forcing is “a measure of the influence that a factor has in altering the balance of incoming and outgoing energy in the Earth-atmosphere system and is an index of the importance of the factor as a potential climate change mechanism. Positive forcing tends to warm the surface while negative forcing tends to cool it”.

Different radiative forcing sources include carbon dioxide, mehane, nitrous oxide, ozone, surface albedo, aerosols and solar irradiance. Warming or cooling periods in the past are affected by the contribution from each forcing source, and is decided by the forcings that dominate or is amplified. Carbon dioxide is the dominant contribution to positive radiative forcing in recent times due to emissions from human activities, which is why it contributes mainly to global warming.  

The idea that temperature rise precede carbon rise is not new and can be found in several published papers. In a paper published in Science magazine by Caillon et al. (2003), it was stated that “the 800-year time lag is short in comparison with the total duration of the temperature and CO2 increases (~5000 years)”. It takes about 5000 years for glacial-interglacial warming to happen and if the first 800 years of temperature rise is not caused by carbon rise, we cannot conclude that the remaining 4,200 years is not caused by carbon rise. The first 800 years of warming could be due to one or more of the other radiative forces besides carbon dioxide, and then amplified by the radiative forcing due to carbon dioxide for the other 4,200 years. Therefore, the 800-year lag cannot conclude that carbon dioxide is not causing global warming.                                                                                                                                

Mr Ho suggest that the global warming culprit could be other gases because methane is 27 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and water vapour and nitrous oxide are each 380 times more powerful. According to the IPCC report, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide in 2005 is 379ppm, methane is 1.774ppm, and nitrous oxide is 0.319ppm. Carbon dioxide still exerts greater radiative forcing than methane and nitrous oxide because it is in higher concentrations.                            

The IPCC includes water vapour in its climate models, although not as a radiative forcing but as a feedback. Although water vapour makes up the bulk of greenhouse gases, it is considered as a feedback because it has conflicting feedbacks on the greenhouse effect, and it also does not stay in the atmosphere for a long time. Water vapour has a positive feedback by acting as a greenhouse gas and causing warming but it also has a negative feedback when it becomes clouds and reflecting solar radiation, thus causing cooling.     

The third point by Mr Ho is that global warming is caused by the sun. He is partly right, global warming is caused by the sun and the associated water vapour and clouds, but they are not the dominant culprit. The Earth is warmed by the sun and has an effect on climate. According to the IPCC report, “changes in solar irradiance since 1750 are estimated to cause a radiative forcing of +0.12 W/m2”, compared to total net anthropogenic radiative forcing of +1.6 W/m2. Human activities still play a bigger role than the Sun. In addition, a review paper in Nature by Foukal et al. (2006) concluded that “brightening of the Sun is unlikely to have had a significant influence on global warming since the seventeenth century”.                                                                                             

The existing evidence and explanations available is sufficient to convince myself that recent global warming is caused by human activities. I hope that Mr Ho and other readers will not accept everything I say but to look at the scientific evidence and explanations, and then make up their mind on whether recent global warming is man-made and what actions to take.

Green my Apple 5 April , 2007

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Greenpeace’s recent report, Guide to Greener Electronics, ranks electronic manufacturers based on their policy and practice for chemicals used in the products, and on producer responsibility for taking back discarded products and recycling. Companies ranked include Lenovo, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Dell, Samsung, Motorola, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Sony, LG Electronics, Panasonic and Apple. Apple stays in last place since the guide was launched in Dec 06. Read more at Greenpeace’s website.

To get Apple to go green, Greenpeace organised the “Green my Apple” campaign. The campaign encourages Apple fans to voice their views to Apple so that they can improve their environmental record. It is hoped that Apple would remove the worst toxic chemicals from their products, and offer take-back for their products everywhere they are sold.

If you are an Apple fan and own a Mac, iPod or iBook, do help to voice your concerns to Apple on their poor environmental performance and suggest that they do something about it. I personally know of many greenies who use Macs. You know who you are and what to do.

ABN Amro Climate Change and Environment Index 28 March , 2007

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Finally, an investment product based on the environmental sector is available to Singaporean investors. ABN Amro launched its Climate Change and Environment Index covering companies in renewable energy, water, waste management and biofuel. It plans to list its tracker certificates on the Index with the SGX next month. This is the first time I heard of tracking certificates, supposed to be similar to exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Will this attract local investors to invest money in environmental companies? I think it will, looking at the past popularity of water-related stocks on the SGX. Also, investors have seen increasing reports on climate change in the local newspapers, and the government going full swing into environmental R&D, funding and industry development. Green is the IN colour.

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ABN AMRO launches environment-based index, seeks SGX listing

by Jeana Wong, Channel NewsAsia

27 March 2007

SINGAPORE: Singapore retail investors may soon be able to invest in socially responsible companies.ABN AMRO is launching a new equity index that tracks the stock performance of listed companies involved in addressing climate change and environmental needs.The bank said demand for investment products related to businesses in water, renewable energy and biofuels is on the rise.Growing awareness of environmental issues and government legislation will help to drive growth in the environment sector.

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What’s Inside Your Laptop? 23 March , 2007

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Read this interesting article, “What’s Inside Your Laptop?“, by PC Magazine. It explores the world inside the laptop, including the toxic chemicals and the different countries involved in making parts of the laptop.

One concern is the release of the toxic chemicals when the laptops are not disposed properly or when laptops are exported illegally to developing countries and manually “recycled”.

Another concern is the transportation involved in shipping different parts of the laptop across countries. Globalisation has enabled the shipment of parts from any country that can produced them at the lowest costs. The shipment of parts across countries just to make one laptop may cause more carbon dioxide emssions, as it is reported that emissions from shipping are twice that of airlines.

Climate Change and Singapore 22 March , 2007

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Bob Sargent, President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), gave a seminar at NTU’s Environmental Engineering Research Centre this afternoon. His seminar is on “Water Resources in a Changing Climate – What are the implications of climate change for Singapore’s water infrastructure?”.

In his seminar, he summarised the findings from the recent IPCC report and the Stern Review report. He also gave a summary of what might happen to the region around Singapore in the 21st century, including reduced total rainfall, increased variability of rainfall and sea level rise of about 50 cm. He concluded with the consequences on Singapore’s water infrastructure, including the need to cater for variable rainfall, greater provision for storm runoff, and some low level reservoirs threatened by sea level rise.

In the Q&A session, he asked the audience what Singapore is doing to mitigate climate change but there was no response (although some PUB officers were present in the audience). Is Singapore doing something?

Read the National Climate Change Strategy consultation paper for Singapore’s plans to tackle climate change. Below are four suggestions that I submitted during the consultation process:

1) Using reduction in absolute CO2 emissions as a target instead of carbon intensity
A reduction in carbon intensity does not necessary mean a reduction in the amount of CO2 emissions. The problem of climate change is one of absolute concentration of CO2 and each country must reduce its CO2 emissions. Singapore’s per capita emission is one of the highest in Asia and is similar to some developed countries. Most developed countries (Annex 1 countries) under the Kyoto Protocol are required to reduce absolute emissions by about 5% below 1990 levels. Likewise, we should set a target of reducing our absolute CO2 emissions by 5%. I’m not aware of other countries that use carbon intensity as a national target.

2) Setting up of decentralised power stations using renewable source
The current centralised power generation and distribution of electricity is not that efficient as electricity need to be transferred at long distances to users. Decentralised power stations at selected locations could be set up using renewable sources to generate electricity. These power stations would serve localised users and increase energy efficiency due to shorter electricity transfer.

3) Ramping up the use of alternative energy
More alterantive sources of energy such as solar, wind, tidal and biomass should be researched and developed. The intention is not to completely replace oil and natural gas but to reduce our dependence on energy imports. We have our 4 national taps (from water import, reservoirs, Newater and desalination), similarly, we should aim for our 4 national switches (oil, natural gas, and 2 other sources). The cost of alternative energy might be higher now but we should also take into account the future price of oil given the security and climate change concerns. Besides considering the cost of doing something, we should also consider the cost of not doing it.

4) More emphasis on reducing energy consumption and wastage in buildings
There are 2 approaches to reduce energy usage and wastage in a building. One is by changing the System, eg. conducting energy audit, switching to energy efficient equipment, using motion sensors, etc. The other is by changing the Culture, eg. switching off lights when leaving the office, switching off computers and printers when not in use or when leaving the office, etc. Both the System and Culture must be done together to achieve a reduction in energy usage.

Some of my wishes have already been answered as the government recently announced plans to focus on clean energy research and also consider legislating Green Mark requirements on buildings. I hope that the government can also consider using reduction in absolute CO2 emissions as a target instead of carbon intensity.

E-Waste 13 March , 2007

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According to Today, the recent IT Show broke records with 718,000 visitors and sales of $48 million. We are buying more electronic products, whether we need them or not. Consumers nowadays are caught in a cycle where we try to keep up with the latest electronic gadgets. As companies come up with new products with more functions or upgrades, we change our electronic gadgets faster than we change clothes. Do we need the new gadgets in the first place? Are we buying the products because we actually need it or because the product advertisement says we should have it? It would be wise to consider the idea of sufficiency before buying. Sufficiency is about what needs to be done; enough and not too much.

As we buy more electrical and electronic products, it also mean that more such products are discarded. This is becoming a global waste problem, also known as the e-waste problem. E-waste contain toxic chemicals that will pollute the environment if not disposed properly. The export of e-waste from developed countries to developing countries on the pretext of recycling also poses environmental and health problems. Learn more about the e-waste problem from Greenpeace and Basel Action Network (BAN). The following video is a trailer of the documentary, The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa, filmed by BAN.

Recently, a United Nations initiative, StEP – Solving the E-Waste Problem, was launched to develop a sustainable approach to e-waste. There are 5 task forces that focuses on policies, design for end-of-life, reuse and recycling infrastructure, and capacity building. The international initiative involves UN organisations, governments, universities and research institutes, and also industry players such as Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

Next time, think twice before buying another electronic product. Do you need it?

Endangered Species-Friendly TCM Labelling Scheme 2 March , 2007

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A voluntary labelling scheme was launched yesterday by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) and the Singapore TCM Organisations Committee (STOC). The “Endangered Species-Friendly TCM Label” will cover three endangered species – bears, rhinoceroses and tigers. By placing the red-coloured label at their shop entrance, TCM companies committ to not sell such products. Great work by Acres!

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What’s that red label in the TCM shop?
Todayonline March 2, 2007
by Gracia Chiang

BY THE end of this month, the public will be able to tell if a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shop is selling endangered species products. Under a new voluntary labelling scheme launched yesterday, shops committed to not selling such products will place the red-coloured label (picture) at their entrance.

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The Three Laws of Corporate Responsibility 23 February , 2007

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Some skeptics might be doubtful of a company’s self-proclaim corporate responsibility because a company’s responsibility is to seek maximum profits for its shareholders. If the company spends some of its budget or profits on social or environmental responsibility, does that mean that the company is not being responsible to its shareholders?  

The company is justified in spending on social and environmental responsibility only if it helps to improve the bottom line in whatever way. A company then spends on that not because it is being altruistic but because it hopes to gain something, which will improve their profits in the long run. There is no free lunch in this world.  

When a company does not practise environmental sustainability or pollutes the environment, it is not wrong because the company is an institution created by humans that does not take into account the environment. It is only concerned with making profits; it was created to do so. In his book, The Corporation, Joel Bakan described a company or corporation:

“As a psychopathic creature, the corporation can neither recognise nor act upon moral reasons to refrain from harming others. Nothing in its legal makeup limits what it can do to others in pursuit of its selfish ends, and it is compelled to cause harm when the benefits of doing so outweigh the costs. Only pragmatic concern for its own interests and the laws of the land constrain the corporation’s predatory instincts, and often that is not enough to stop it from destroying lives, damaging communities, and endangering the planet as a whole.”

Therefore, while we are getting more companies to embrace corporate social and environmental responsibility, we also need to examine how we define and regulate the company. Perhaps there should be some rules for companies on corporate responsibility, similar to the Three Laws of Robotics that robots have to obey in Issac Asimov’s science fiction books. The Three Laws of Corporate Responsibility could be:

1. A corporation may not harm the society and environment, or, through inaction, allow the society and environment to come to harm.

2. A corporation must practise corporate social and environmental responsibility, except where such practice would conflict with the First Law.

3. A corporation must maximise its profits, as long as such profit undertakings does not conflict with the First or Second Law. 

Would the absence of “Green” representation be problematic? 14 January , 2007

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Read this post by Wayne of Singapore Angle. The 3 “green” NMP candidates were not appointed. Will this result in green voices being less heard in Parliament?

My comment: There is still “green” representation in Mr Edwin Khew, one of the selected NMPs. He is the Board Member of the Singapore Environment Council, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, and the CEO of IUT Global Pte Ltd, a food waste to enery plant. He will bring a businessman’s perspective on the environment though he may lack the “green activisim” like Dr Geh Min (I may be wrong). It’s interesting to note how the green representation has shifted from the people sector representation (NGO Heads like Dr Geh Min, Louis Ng and Wilson Ang) to a private sector representation. I guess it reflects the growing interest of the government in developing our water and environment industry as it becomes one of our strategic growth areas. All is not lost for the “greens”.