Responding to Climate Change
As global energy demands continue to rise in the face of volatile oil prices and damaging carbon effect on climate change, the international community has forged to cut carbon emissions and work together towards a low carbon world economy. Singapore Polytechnic (SP) also examines its carbon footprint and introduces the concept of carbon neutrality. In 2005, we declared our electricity and other consumption levels and set targets to reduce consumptions. In this report we declare our carbon footprint, with the hope to encourage others to do likewise. Taking this challenge forward, our students, guided by staff have developed SPNeutral carbon calculator for anyone who would also like to find out their carbon footprint. Read about our plans for campus sustainability

According to the National Climate Change Strategy; “Singapore achieved a 22% improvement from 1990 carbon intensity (carbon dioxide emissions per GDP dollar) levels”, at the end of 2004. Encouraged, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has targeted to improve carbon intensity by 25% from 1990 to 2012. It adds:

  "We re-iterate our commitment to climate change action… which highlights measures that help to address climate change while achieving economic development. We will continue to review our national climate change policies and measures in line with advances in technology, further evidence on climate science, and international commitment to climate change.”  

More on Singapore’s National Climate Change Strategy.

At Singapore Polytechnic, we support the national policy and target in these ways, through:
Environmental Reporting We declared our carbon footprint and environmental performance and are working towards a low carbon campus
Education and training We developed new courses on environmental technologies to enhance capacity building for the service industry as well as integrating environmental and sustainability elements into more of the other courses
R&D and sharing of technology We are able to contribute to new technology developments through our partnership with other government organizations and businesses.
- More on Clean Energy Research & Testbedding (CERT) Project

Procuring Through Open Market
As a public institution, procurement of goods and services for Singapore Polytechnic is done via Gebiz, a fair and open tendering system. GeBiz is open to foreign company bidding but these companies have to be registered in Singapore and have enough financial backing to cover the value of goods and services engaged to ensure success. And though Gebiz does not ensure local supplier advantage, it ensures fair market competition and locals do have the added advantage of knowing the local market and enjoy better proximity to delivery sites.
GeBiz Prins Screen

At present, SP does not have an explicit policy to address green procurement. However, we are governed by our Green pledge (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), which constantly reminds us of Green practices and our commitment to environmental protection. This ensures that when we purchase products or engage services, we naturally look for suppliers and products that are green and sustainable in practices and production.

Our term suppliers for electricity, gas, toxic wastes, including biological wastes and service maintenance of clean rooms are local companies with ISO14001 certification. In FY2006, the value of operation and maintenance works carried out by local suppliers is about $6.8 million.

Investing in Best Learning Environment
In recent years, SP had invested in IT development geared towards e-learning and e-administration which had benefited the environment, as a result of reduced paper, waste and physical mobility. Other long term investments included a masterplanning programme to look into creating a sustainable campus conducive to lively and interactive learning with quality social spaces.

E learning Infrastructure
To equip our students with the best appropriate learning tools in today’s IT environment as well as improving the system efficiency of the institution, these initiatives were realized between FY2005 and FY2006:
The library e-system ELISER was enhanced to provide fast and convenient searching of information across several e-databases simultaneously as well as notifications on announcements of events, new resources, services and facilities.
The new Singapore Polytechnic website was rolled out with an improved user-centric information architecture to enhance users’ website experience including the Intelligent FAQ (iFAQ) system that allowed students and the general public to search for frequently asked questions.
Deployment of the Performance Management Programme (PMP) system, providing staff with an online system for the setting and tracking of job performance goals.
A new Employee Administration System (EASys) portal was launched to provide staff with easy access to a wide range of human resource services.
EASys portal
To automate the tedious process of creating multiple users’ accounts and managing multiple application systems access, a new Identity Management System was implemented. The system enabled passwords to be shared across multiple application systems.
Campus Infrastructure
To provide students with the most conducive learning environment, SP continuously upgrades its facilities to provide the best to nurture its students’ abilities and interests, and some of the development projects completed during the past two financial years were:
The new six-storey building to house School of Chemical & Life Sciences, Centre for Biomedical & Life Sciences and the Innovation, Design and Enterprise in Action (IDEA) Centre.
The Moberly Block refurbished and completely transformed from a historic colonial house into a Student Hub - a place for student, staff and alumni to socialise, relax or study.
Renovation of Sports Complex completed in 2005 - First institution in Singapore to gain International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Class 2 Certification, making it eligible to host selected international meets.
Reconstruction of the institution’s main frontage and new covered linkways connecting the campus to the Dover MRT train station – to improve accessibility and pedestrian mobility on campus

In FY2006, the bulk expenditure for campus and facilities development was $11.3 million. Overall, SP's operating expenditure was $179.9 million comprising $130.5 million for staff costs and $49.4 million for other operating expenditure.

Investing To Benefit Our Stakeholders
We will continue to ensure that these investments bring benefits to our stakeholders, especially our students through post development evaluation. One of the best value returns for developments was the building of the 1200 capacity SP Convention centre next to Dover MRT station converted from four lecture theatres. Since its opening in 2002, the centre has been continually booked and well utilised by our students, neighbouring schools, community groups as well as having graced dignitaries including; HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex; Singapore’s President S R Nathan, Senior Ministers and other cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament for various events.

In FY2006, the bulk expenditure for campus and facilities development was $11.3 million.
We will continue to ensure that these investments bring benefits to our stakeholders...
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