Sustainable Development

Sustainable Business Grants: Funding Increases for 2018

Increased interest in sustainable tourism has seen increasing numbers of major companies and organisations  buying into the startup culture – with big money grants to innovative operators

Who Won the 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards?

Highlights of this year’s Responsible Tourism Awardees are among the best operators globally in ecotourism, community-based tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism and sustainable destination.

Mountain IDEAL Standard Recognised by GSTC

A new sustainability standard for mountain area tourist destinations has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The new standard rating, called the Mountain IDEAL Standard, has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that are tourist destinations in both winter and summer seasons.

Circular Economy – Using Waste to Make Biofuels

here has been plenty of controversy about the production of biofuels from plant sources, and the impact it has on food production and the environment. And recently, the blockage of sewage systems by waste fats has also been in the news. One smart Finnish company is applying its technology to both problems and making biofuels from food processing waste.

What to expect at the UN Conference on Climate Change 2017

With a humble indigenous style opening ceremony, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opened on Monday 6 November morning at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany. Governments are meeting to fast forward the implementation of the Paris Agreement’s goals. What can we expect from the world leaders this time? By Jovin Hurry, reporting live from Germany.

Singapore's biggest wind turbine at Semakau Landfill

Singapore's biggest wind turbine at Semakau Landfill

Ushering in winds of change in clean energy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and ENGIE have jointly deployed the nation’s first long-span wind turbine at Semakau Landfill, which is one of several to be installed in Singapore’s drive towards sustainable energy solutions.

Urban design: How the bicycle is changing cities

Researchers are discovering that younger city dwellers are moving away from car ownership towards more sustainable transport methods. One of the key drivers is the rapidly increasing use of bicycles, and expanding provision of bike-friendly infrastructure. Today, it’s cool to be a city biker.

Marina Bay Sands and WWF Partnership for Sustainable Sourcing

Marina Bay Sands and WWF Partnership for Sustainable Sourcing

Leading integrated resort (IR) Marina Bay Sands today announced a landmark partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Singapore (WWF) to raise sustainability standards within Asia’s hospitality industry, starting with ocean conservation.

100% Pure? The polluted facts behind New Zealand’s tourism claim

100% Pure? The polluted facts behind New Zealand’s tourism claim

One of the world’s most recognisable tourism taglines is “100% Pure New Zealand.” But recent developments have cast doubt on the quality of its environment – especially the quality of its water.

Singapore – Far from a Circular Economy?

Singapore – Far from a Circular Economy?

Given Singapore’s capabilities in instituting judicious environmental regulations and embracing new technologies, it still lags behind in creating an economy that harnesses resources optimally while reducing wastage. Mallika Naguran reports on the discussions had during an MEM Alumni seminar on the circular economy.

Tackling Climate Change with Circular Economy and Circular Cities

Tackling Climate Change with Circular Economy and Circular Cities

News headlines have been full of extreme events recently. Many consider these as a symptom of global warming – so is it time to reconsider the economic model that’s widely in place, revisit how cities are planned and reflect on current financial models

Floating Wind Farms: New Power Generation

Floating Wind Farms: New Power Generation

Wind power has been marketed for many years as a solution to sustainable power generation. But NIMBY issues have meant many wind farms are limited in size and capacity. Now, large scale deepwater floating wind farms are being touted as the perfect solution.

PATA Award Winners 2017

Bangkok, 27 July 2017 – Winners of the 2017 PATA Grand and Gold Awards of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). These awards, supported by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO),  recognise the achievements of 28 separate organisations and individuals in sustainable tourism, heritage, culture, environmental management.

Five Ways Solar PV is Greenest Among Renewables

Five Ways Solar PV is Greenest Among Renewables

Photovoltaic systems compared to other renewable energy sources have many merits, writes Mallika Naguran. Solar PV come out significantly better in terms of secondary impacts such as water use, greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and social disturbance. 

UNWTO: Fight Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism

UNWTO: Fight Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism

The Headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a meeting to fight against child sexual exploitation in the tourism sector. The initiative is coordinated by ECPAT International with the support of the government of The Netherlands

World Engineers Summit 2017 Discuss Energy & Carbon

World Engineers Summit 2017 Discuss Energy & Carbon

World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum 2017 to drive sharing and co-creation of low carbon, energy, engineering innovations for sustainable urban development from 18 to 21 July, 2017.