But this is where small steps can add up. Singapore has a wealth of innovation in the blue economy space. For example, the National University Singapore has poured research into Carbon Integrity SG, as well as the Carbon Prospecting Dashboard open-access platform with ST Engineering, to estimate yields and returns on investment of carbon credits.
The work of Ocean Purpose Project’s NTU research partner Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute is fundamental in making Singapore an ocean plastic to hydrogen hub for the region. Singapore itself is pursuing hydrogen as part of its decarbonisation efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
In the same tradition of Singapore’s success in securing water supply through technology, we’re also seeing hundreds of innovations in alternative proteins, seaweed aquaculture, solar energy and electric vehicles.
It is vital that Singapore confidently steps forward and takes its place in the global call for real ideas. This not only diverts us from the “highway to climate hell”, but will showcase how a small country with diverse people can punch above its weight.
Mathilda D’silva is CEO and Founder of Ocean Purpose Project.