KEY TARGETS - ENVIRONMENT

PAPER

Environmental Impact
Potential loss of forest and biodiversity and other associated adverse impact on land resource, pollution and carbon emission from waste incineration.

Performance Status
Our concern for paper consumption as an academic institution had led to our first Green campaign - R3A4. Started in 1999, the campaign encouraged staff and students to Reduce (wastage), Reuse (on both sides) & Recycle (by segregation for pulping) A4 size paper. It was re-launched in 2002 for greater awareness. As teaching and communication become more electronic based, paperless and self-accessing, a downward trend was observed from 2002 to 2006. In the last two years, our efforts in adding new and revamping e administration sites within Singapore Polytechnic (SP) as well as utilizing other e-submission and e-procurement at Government websites have helped us achieve 10% paper saving, a significant improvement above our KPI target of 5%.

In the 2005 report, SP said it would continue to promote the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) mindset/culture by making it convenient for staff and students to practice the 3Rs, with focus on recycling. In 2006, this initiative came from our students. What was originally a student project [Ms Sim Chiew Hong of the School of Media & Information Technology] to promote paper recycling became a successful collaboration with the SPENV (SP Environment Club). Twenty paper recycling bins, named Monsters made their home at strategic corners of the campus. As the friendly Monster bins gained popularity, these were extended to collect other recyclables like PEP bottles and aluminum cans near vending machines.

The SP ECO Office Challenge 2007 initiated by the Green Committee also increased awareness of recycling practices in our offices.
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Objectives & Targets – 2007 to 2010
Paper saving is easily connected with green practices in an academic environment and from the start, the R3A4 campaign was not intended as an end in itself but a tool for a building green culture within SP. Having put in place facilities for paper segregation and recycling, we will continue to maintain our KPI target and work towards more student peer outreach on green practices.

2005 – 2006 Financial Year 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007
Objectives & Targets Performance & Efforts
Paper consumption- Maintain KPI between 1.5 & 1.66 ream/student/year. Achieved 1.42 ream/student at the end of FY2006 or 10% improvement.
Launch of new recycling initiative by students
Launch of ECO Office Challenge Award for schools/departments.
Set benchmark for the recycling of A4 paper. Substantial reduction in usage and recycled paper collection. Data loss over a few months during the transitional phase between service providers
Currently no meaningful data can be derived for establishing benchmark for paper recycling
2001 - 2004 Financial year 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2005
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