Climate Action

Carbon Tax and Our Climate Actions

The Singapore government has established a carbon tax law to be made effective in 2019. What are the impacts of the upcoming carbon tax on various stakeholders? How may Singaporeans respond to it and take actions to reduce our carbon footprint? The NUS’ MSc Environmental Management (MEM) Alumni Group is organising a seminar titled "Carbon Tax and Our Climate Actions".  Speakers from different sectors will share their perspectives. All are welcome to this free event. 

ASEAN Focus for Climate Action Forum 2018

Conference to Drive Investment in Clean and Green Growth

SINGAPORE, 26 January 2018. Climate Action Forum 2018 will draw attention to key climate challenges facing ASEAN, the need to implement policies and the sense of urgency required to drive investment in green and clean growth in the region.

“A two-day workshop is being planned in May followed by a conference in July to coincide with Singapore International Water Week,” said Ken Hickson in a phone interview with Gaia Discovery. Hickson is the Chairman of Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA), an organiser of the forum along with another home-grown enterprise, Green in Future

Climate Action Forum highlights the latest on climate science, as well as the climate nexus of water, energy and food security, and the investment opportunities linked to climate change mitigation.

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The event will involve the People, Private and Public (3P) sectors locally and in ASEAN, as well as financial institutions, youth and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  He added that these events will complement Singapore's Year of Climate Action.

Professor Jeff Obbard: "Climate change needs urgent action"

Professor Jeff Obbard: "Climate change needs urgent action"

The Chairman of the Organising Committee is Professor Jeff Obbard, an environmental scientist, ecologist and engineer, who previously served as Director for the Sustainable Development and Water Alliance at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Professor Obbard expects the Climate Action Forum to stress the sense of urgency needed to deal with the impacts of climate change which are already making their presence felt in ASEAN and other tropical regions.

"There is a need for greater awareness in ASEAN of what needs to be done to deal with the greater frequency of extreme weather events linked to climate change and how the public and private sectors can work together to build climate resilience in countries, cities and communities".

Climate Action Forum complements the line up of activities in the Singapore’s Year of Climate Action.

For more information on the Climate Action Forum 2018 and to register interest, please go to:









Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in Singapore 2016

Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management will be held in Singapore from 9-11 November 2016

A high-profile conference with a focus on environmental law, policy and management aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held for the first time in Singapore 2016.

The three-day conference explores the issues, challenges, solutions and implementation of law, policy, science and management of four specific SDGs: SDG Goal 12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption; Goal 13 – Climate Action; Goal 14 –Life below Water (Sustainable Oceans); and Goal 15 –Life on Land (Biodiversity Conservation). 

The organisers are Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), NUS Master of Science (Environmental Management) [MEM] and NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES). They have invited prominent speakers who will share their insights on achieving the SDGs.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, USA.

Talk: In Pursuit of Sustainable Oceans (9 November, 9 am)



Prof Nicholas Robinson, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus; Co-Director, Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, USA; Former Chair, IUCN Commission of Environmental Law; Member, Advisory Committee, APCEL & MEM Program, NUS”

Keynote address at Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (9 November, 2 pm)

Talk: Towards Sustainable Global Management of Peat Forests (10 November, 11 am)

Keynote Address: The Future of the Earth - Environmental Law, Policy, Governance and Management and the SDGs (11 November, 9:45 am)

Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah

Supreme Court of Pakistan, Lahore High Court

Keynote Address: Climate Change and its Challenges. A Judicial Perspective (10 November 10.30 am)




Dr Mas Achmad Santosa,  Founder, Indonesia Centre for Environmental Law; Coordinator of the Special Staffs; Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

Keynote Address: Enhancement of Forest and Peatland Governance in Pursuit of Environmental Justice (10 November, 11:50 am)


The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston SC, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

Keynote Address: The Role of Courts in Climate Change (10 November, 1:30 pm)

Visit the website to view many other speakers and their pertinent topics on achieving sustainability amidst climate change and environmental challenges. Registration is needed and fees for the SDGs Conference apply.

These events will culminate with the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture.

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, will deliver his talk on “Going, Going, Gone? How to Prosper while Protecting the Global Commons.” The Fourth Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm (Registration and Tea from 4 pm) is free for all to attend. Register for the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture here


Conference Details

What: Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy & Management *

When: 9th – 11th November 2016, 8:30am to 6:00pm

Where: Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium

National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244


Registration and payment details:

About the Conference

In 2016, the NUS Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Two degree programs focusing on the environment – the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) also celebrate their 15th and 5th Anniversaries respectively.

To celebrate, APCEL, MEM and BES are coming together from 9-11 November 2016 to organise this three-day conference as well as the Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm.

Visit the individual organisers’ webpage:

*Qualified for PDU Points by the Professional Engineers Board (PEB). Refer to Registration Page for details.