EPA Programs in Singapore
EPA’s cooperation with Singapore occurs largely under the auspices of the U.S.-Singapore Environmental Plan of Action. Under the 2013-2014 Environmental Plan of Action (PDF), EPA may cooperate with Singapore on a variety of areas including: air pollution management, environmental enforcement, and drinking water protection. Our current work with Singapore focuses on building strong institutions and legal structures and expanding access to clean water, through the activities described below.
EPA’s collaboration with Singapore advances the Agency's six international priorities.
Explore our work in Singapore:
- June 2013: Memorandum of Understanding signed with Singapore Public Utilities Board on Sustainable Urban Water Management
- April 2013: U.S and Singapore adopted 2013-2014 Environmental Plan of Action, after reviewing accomplishments under the previous Environmental Plan of Action
Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures:
In 2013, EPA developed and delivered an environmental inspections training course to approximately 50 participants in Singapore. Participants were primarily from Singapore’s National Environmental Agency, and also included guest participants from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. The course not only included discussions on the basic principles and skills for conducting inspections, but also an introduction to U.S. regulatory programs and pollution control and monitoring technologies.
Singapore also participates in the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network, in which EPA also engages as an international partner.
Improving Air Quality:
In 2011 and 2013, EPA hosted air quality management study tours for officials from Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and National Environment Administration (NEA). Topics during these study tours included air quality monitoring techniques, control of air emission from oil refineries and petrochemical plants, and public health impacts from improved air quality. These discussions have helped inform Singapore’s air quality management systems.
Expanding Access to Clean Water:
In June 2013, EPA and Singapore’s national water agency (PUB) signed an MOU to collaborate on sustainable management of water resources. PUB and EPA will cooperate to increase scientific and technical knowledge on long-term water sustainability. Areas of cooperation under the MOU could include: safe drinking water research; technical exchanges on watershed management; and technological research and development for innovative water and wastewater treatment and water quality management.
Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals:
In 2009, EPA hosted a study tour by Singapore government officials on terrain decontamination. During the study tour, the delegation met with enforcement, air quality, and emergency management officials at EPA. The delegation also toured decontamination sites and facilities in the region.
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- The Central Intelligence Agency Singapore Fact Page
- State Department Singapore Background
- U.S. Relations with Singapore
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For additional information about EPA's work with Singapore, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-6600