Written reply by Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, to Parliamentary Question on Life Cycle Assessment Study on Plastics on 7 October 2019

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • MEWR

Question by Mr Pritam Singh: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources when will the NEA life cycle assessment study on plastics be made public in its entirety for the use of academics, professionals and the lay public so as to promote an evidence-based approach to climate solutions suited for the Singapore context.

Answer by Minister:

            The National Environment Agency (NEA) commissioned a lifecycle assessment (LCA) study on carrier bags and food packaging in September 2016, in order to take an evidence-based approach to the issue of disposables in Singapore. It was conducted by Associate Professor Kua Harn Wei from the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment (SDE) and his team of researchers from SDE and NUS Environmental Research Institute.

2              NEA released a factsheet on the key findings in 2018. The key findings showed that every type of material (including bio-degradable and paper materials) imposed different environmental impacts, and that consumers can reduce their impact on the environment by opting to use reusable bags and food containers, instead of disposables. We therefore encourage the public to reduce the excessive consumption of all types of disposables and to use reusables where possible.

3              NEA will work with NUS to release more information on the study, focusing on the methodologies and assumptions. This approach will enhance readability and ease of understanding by the general public. We will release the additional information when ready.