International Cooperation

EPA Collaboration with Singapore

The Chief Executive of the Singapore Public Utilities Board and (on EPA’s behalf) the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore sign the EPA-PUB MOU at the NEWater Visitor Centre in Singapore in June 2013. (Photo Credit: Singapore PUB)

EPA’s cooperation with Singapore occurs largely under the auspices of the U.S.-Singapore Environmental Plan of Action. Under the 2013-2014 Environmental Plan of Action, EPA may cooperate with Singapore on a variety of areas including: air pollution management, environmental enforcement, and drinking water protection.

Our current work with Singapore focuses on promoting improved air quality and expanding access to clean water, through the activities described below. EPA’s collaboration with Singapore advances our international priorities. 

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Activities

Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures

EPA officials lead an environmental inspections training in Singapore in May 2013.

In 2013, EPA developed and delivered an environmental inspections training course to approximately 50 participants in Singapore. Participants were primarily from Singapore’s National Environmental Agency, and also included guest participants from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. The course not only included discussions on the basic principles and skills for conducting inspections, but also an introduction to U.S. regulatory programs and pollution control and monitoring technologies.

Improving Air Quality

In 2011 and 2013, EPA hosted air quality management study tours for officials from Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and National Environment Administration (NEA). Topics during these study tours included air quality monitoring techniques, control of air emission from oil refineries and petrochemical plants, and public health impacts from improved air quality. These discussions have helped inform Singapore’s air quality management systems. 

Expanding Access to Clean Water

In June 2013, EPA and Singapore’s national water agency (PUB) signed an MOU to collaborate on sustainable management of water resources. PUB and EPA will cooperate to increase scientific and technical knowledge on long-term water sustainability. Areas of cooperation under the MOU could include: safe drinking water research; watershed management; and innovative wastewater treatment research.  Officials from PUB visited EPA in April 2014 to identify priority areas of collaboration.

Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

In 2009, EPA hosted a study tour by Singapore government officials on terrain decontamination. During the study tour, the delegation met with enforcement, air quality, and emergency management officials at EPA. The delegation also toured decontamination sites and facilities in the region.

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Agreements

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Key Partners

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Learn More About Singapore

 

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Contacts

For additional information about EPA's work with Singapore, contact:
Rakhi Kasat
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-6600